Get Ready For The Livingston Parish Book Festival
Stanley Nelson serves as the editor for the Concordia Sentinel in Ferriday, LA. For 10 years, Nelson investigated eight Civil Rights-era murders committed by the Ku Klux Klan in southwest Mississippi and northeastern Louisiana. Nelson’s investigative work led to successful identification of members of the most secretive Klan cell ever known in America - the Silver Dollar Group. As a result of his investigative journalism, Nelson was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting and was the first recipient of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication’s Courage and Justice Award. His work also became the basis of a blockbuster fictional trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles. Nelson will read excerpts from his book "Devils Walking" and detail findings from his investigative report.
Jayson Alfano was born in the small town of Independence Louisiana. His love for Elvis Presley started at a very young age. After years of listening to the “King of Rock & Roll,” he decided to give his own tribute to the legendary superstar. Jayson is a three-time Elvis Extravaganza sound-alike champion and has been all over the world with his tribute show "The Elvis Experience." He is married to his beautiful wife of 20 years, Michelle; and has three children, Trace, Shilah, and Heidi. He looks forward to continuing his tribute to Elvis and hopes to bring back many memories to those who once enjoyed the king of rock & roll!
The West Baton Rouge Jazz Combo is a small group spun off from the West Baton Rouge “Oasis” Jazz Band, an all-ages community jazz band based out of West Baton Rouge parish. Entering their third year of existence, this six-member ensemble entertains audiences with a mix of swing, funk, rock, traditional New Orleans jazz, and occasional surprises.
The outdoor performance area is located to the left of the main entrance, close to the front of the building.
11:00 AM • Jayson Alfano: The Elvis Experience
1:00 PM • West Baton Rouge Jazz Combo
After entering through the library's front entrance, the meeting room is located immediately to the left.
11:30 AM • Stanley Nelson - All attendees will receive an LPL book light and will be entered into a drawing for a signed book by the author.
1:30 PM • Cake Decorating Demonstration: Tripp's Tasty Temptations - Featuring equipment from the LPL's new Culinary Kit collection.
The storytime tent is located outside of the library to the right of the library parking lot, near Author Alley and Community Row.
11:30 AM • Ariane O'Pry Trammell
12:00 PM • Jasper Price
12:30 PM • J. Stephen Spires
1:00 PM • Michael Verrett
1:30 PM • Rickey Pittman
2:00 PM • Sherry T. Broussard
2:30 PM • Melinda Falgoust
Stop by our Author Alley and visit with local authors of all genres. You'll get the chance to browse and purchase some of the latest literature to come out of Livingston Parish and southeast Louisiana. Nearby, Cavalier House Books will have many new and popular titles for sale.
All attendees will receive a free book while supplies last. Stop by the Welcome Area inside the library to pick up your gift!
Stop by and see what's available at our book sale. A variety of genres will be on display. You may find some unexpected surprises.
Match your mettle against other players in our gaming zone. We'll have tabletop games available as well as giant-sized games to play with friends.
No festival would be complete without Bouncy Castles and Face Painting. Run and bounce through our inflatable playground and obstacle course, then grab a seat at our face painting table for a bright, colorful design.
In 2013, Livingston Parish Library added 3D printing to its collection of advanced technology services, becoming the first public library in Louisiana to do so. Stop by to see objects print before your eyes and pick up information about how to create your own 3D prints.
Step into another world! Experience the library’s HTC VIVE machine. Stunning graphics, a 110˚ field of view, intuitive controls and HD haptic feedback provide an unparalleled sense of immersion. This experience is not to be missed.
Have the kids come get their wiggles out! Sing, dance, and play at our Baby Zone.
Visit Community Row to meet with local organizations in and around Livingston Parish.