Barry Jean Ancelet


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Barry Jean Ancelet is Professor Emeritus of Francophone Studies and a Lifetime Center for Louisiana Studies Fellow at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has given papers, published numerous articles and several books, and produced concerts, festivals, records, museum exhibitions, documentary films, and television and radio programs on various aspects of Louisiana French language and culture. He and his alter ego Jean Arceneaux are currently serving as Poète Lauréat de la Louisiane Francophone (2018-2020).





10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Children’s Author Tent 2
Book Talk
B pour Bayou: Un Abécédaire Cadien

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


B...pour Bayou: Un abecedaire cadien

Has heartbreak broken her for good?

In the heart of the Bayou, where the Cipre rises from the swamp, a Cocodrie slumbers. Can you see it, as you perch in your Arbre a poules? In Nenaine's kitchen, the aroma of Debris and Jambalaya fills the air.

B pour bayou is a Louisiana French alphabet book originally conceived by late, great Cajun French language advocate, Richard Guidry.

Designed to bring Louisiana and its unique species of French to life for young readers, B pour Bayou is a wonderful gift for anyone interested in passing on Louisiana's linguistic heritage to new generations. 


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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