LT. GOVERNOR LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES THE 2007 LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL -- 09/11/2007
Office of State LibraryFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2007
LT. GOVERNOR LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES THE 2007 LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL
Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and Mid City Dance Troupe Join the Festivities!
Louisiana's FREE, award-winning celebration of Readers, Writers & Their Books Returns!
Louisiana's award-winning celebration, The 2007 Louisiana Book Festival, returns to Baton Rouge on Saturday, November 3, 2007, offering booklovers young and old unique opportunities to meet many of the world's most distinguished writers of fiction and nonfiction. Sara Bongiorni, Joshua Clark, Ed Cullen, David Damrosch, Candace Fleming, Patty Friedman, Barbara Hambly, Jed Horne, Walter Isaacson, Rodger Kamenetz, Yusef Komunyakaa, C. C. Lockwood, Bob Mann, Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Chris Rose, Jeff Rothfeder, Laura Joh Rowland, Coleen Salley, Julie Smith, Susan Spicer, Mary Ann Sternberg, Mike Tidwell, Ivor van Heerden, Ken Wells and James Wilcox are among more than 100 celebrated poets and writers who are giving book talks or participating in panel discussions at the 2007 Louisiana Book Festival.
One of the new and very exciting additions to this year's festival includes a free outdoor concert from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. David Torns will conduct the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra on stage in front of the Louisiana State Capitol building. The orchestra will perform "The Sound of Books," a program of music selections from films that originated as books.
A second exciting addition to the festival is the Mid City Dance Project, which will perform an adaptation of "Giraffes Can't Dance," by Giles Andreae. Gerald the giraffe is too clumsy to dance with all the other animals at the Jungle Dance, until he finds the right music. Mid City Dance Project's sole mission is to provide an opportunity in dance education and performance to low-income communities. More than 400 children participate in this nationally recognized dance company.
A wonderful variety of book-related exhibitions, demonstrations and performances are also planned, promising an inspiring and fun-filled day! Highlights include book appraisals a la Antiques Road Show; papermaking, bookbinding and cooking demonstrations; and the Young Readers Pavilion, with storytelling, crafts, face painting and more!
For book-loving browsers, Exhibitors' Row will offer booth and table displays by nearly 100 book and reading-related organizations.
And of course, family friendly food and music will complement the festive occasion.
Food concessions will be available during the performance or visitors can bring their own and picnic on the lawn of the Capitol while enjoying the concert.
It all takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 3 at the Louisiana State Capitol, the State Library of Louisiana, the Louisiana State Museum, and in tents on neighboring streets in Baton Rouge. Admission is FREE and EVERYONE IS INVITED.
The State Library of Louisiana; the Office of the Lieutenant Governor; the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism; and the Louisiana Library Foundation are pleased to invite everyone to the fifth annual Louisiana Book Festival.
Complete information on the 2007 Louisiana Book Festival is available on-line at www.LouisianaBookFestival.org or by calling 225-219-9503.
VOLUNTEERS MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Information is available on-line at www.louisianabookfestival.org/volunteers, or by contacting Shedonna Martin-Mason, the LBF Volunteer Coordinator. Tel: 225-219-0946; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org