Laura Cayouette



Best known as Leonardo DiCaprio’s sister in Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Laura Cayouette takes us behind-the-scenes with amateur sleuth Charlotte Reade’s New Orleans-set mysteries. Know Small Parts: An Actor’s Guide to Turning Minutes into Moments and Moments into a Career features a foreword by Richard Dreyfuss and endorsements from Kevin Costner, Lou Diamond Phillips, and more. Cayouette has acted in over 60 movies and TV shows and holds an MA in creative writing.




2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Senate Committee Room F
Building a Mystery: Creating a Series in Genre Fiction

3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


The Haunted Heirloom: A Charlotte Reade Mystery

"Whether you've been there or not, Laura Cayouette brings New Orleans to life. Her Charlotte Reade character isn't just great at unraveling mysteries, she's a terrific guide through the music, food and culture of the city." - Allison Leotta

Local best-seller Charlotte Reade is back with another food and music filled mystery. As Charlotte prepares for the biggest red carpet premiere of her career, Hurricane Isaac prepares to make landfall. Hoping to find answers to her own family mystery and the chandelier that moves on its own, Charlotte looks into the apparent haunting of a tour guide's house.

After eighteen years of showbiz life in Los Angeles, Charlotte is becoming a local in her family home of New Orleans - even joining a Mardi Gras parade dance krewe. When she catches a tour guide telling the story of the eerie chandelier hanging in her Garden District window, Charlotte's quest for answers about its origins leads her to Robert, a guide whose house is suddenly haunted.

A sceptic of the supernatural, Robert doesn't want to believe the activity is linked to a Mason jar of marbles recently returned to him after he'd left the heirloom at his family's grave site. Charlotte tours historic cemeteries and tracks the story of "The Curse of the Lonely Boy" while looking for people who might want to fake a haunting.

Charlotte and her beau celebrate her big break playing one of the "7 Sisters" in the latest Clarence Pool movie, a film destined for awards and box office success. But will the premiere even happen with Hurricane Isaac growing?


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