At the festival

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 28, when the 2017 Louisiana Book Festival comes to town!

The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana held the 13th celebration of this free, world-class literary festival last October in downtown Baton Rouge.  Browse our site to see who joined us and watch videos to check out the fun!

Whether you're young or old, just can't get enough of poetry or love to cook up some great Louisiana dishes, our national award winning event has something for every book lover.

The Louisiana Book Festival is your chance to meet exceptional writers while enjoying book-related activities and presentations.

Visit our Featured Authors page to see a full list of participants for 2016 and download an At-A-Glance festival schdule.

Download the Louisiana Book Festival app!

Download the FREE Louisiana Book Festival app for on-the-go event schedules, author biographies and more! It's available for iPhone and Android -- just search for "Louisiana Book Festival" in your app store.

Festival information

The 2017 Louisiana Book Festival will take place on Oct. 28 in downtown Baton Rouge at the State Library of Louisiana, the State Capitol, the Capitol Park Museum, Capitol Park Welcome Center and nearby locations. Click here to view information about parking, event locations and more.

Christina Vella

2016 Louisiana Writer Award Recipient, Christina Vella, Passes Away

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The Advocate obituary

2016 Louisiana Writer Award Presentation


2016 LBF Press Conference



Comment from a 2013 LBF attendee

What did you enjoy most about the festival?

The explosion of literary and cultural forces that shape our state and the world.


Book-loving volunteers are essential to the Louisiana Book Festival's success. Whether it's escorting authors, guiding visitors, selling refreshments, working with children in the Young Readers Pavilion or other fun and rewarding assignments, the Louisiana Book Festival wants you to join the volunteer team.

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