© Rick Olivier
Recipient of the 2017 Louisiana Writer Award
Called the "Pied Piper of Louisiana music traditions," Johnette Downing is a children's book author and musician dedicated to sharing her Louisiana roots music and books with children globally. The author of twenty-two books and ten recordings, Johnette has received twenty-three awards and has performed on five continents.
10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Chamber
Louisiana Writer Award Ceremony
1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 1
A Conversation with Johnette Downing
2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Children’s Author Tent 2
Mumbo Jumbo Stay Out of the Gumbo
4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Mumbo Jumbo, Stay Out of the Gumbo
With her trademark lyricism, Louisiana musician and author Johnette Downing draws readers through an Acadian landscape. This brand-new tale introduces a cagey rooster who vows not to be in the communal gumbo pot this Courir de Mardi Gras. Downing provides a glossary of traditional French-Cajun words used in the story and a delicious recipe for gumbo z’herbes created by her Grammy Award-winning husband, Scott Billington.
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