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Contact us

Louisiana
Center for the Book

Celebrating Readers, Writers and Their Books

If you are looking for Information on author submission criteria, follow this link or email the Louisiana Book Festival Office with questions concerning author submissions.

SEND US EMAIL
(225) 219 - 9503
Louisiana Center for the Book
701 N. Fourth St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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June Shaw
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For the second year, June Shaw represents Louisiana on the board of Mystery Writers of America’s Southwest Chapter. She’s sold a series of mysteries to Five Star/Gale and Harlequin’s mystery division. Ms. Shaw also independently published a book about her amazing mom, a contemporary romance set on a south Louisiana plantation, a suspense novel, and an illustrated book with her eight-year-old granddaughter called How to Take Care of Your Pet Ghost. Discover more at www.juneshaw.com.

Nora 102 1/2: A Lesson on Aging Well

Nora 102 ½: A Lesson on Aging Well shows an ordinary woman’s journey toward blossoming into personal fulfillment that began during her senior years. Nora Shaw, the widowed former teacher and social worker and the author Lana Laws Downing’s mother, found her days ignited after she reached sixty. Even while her vision decreased, her joie de vivre lasted well into her one hundredth year. It’s what made countless people say, “You’re my hero. I want to be just like you.”

A popular TV talk show invited mother and daughter to be on the program after they learned about things she still did late in life. The mayor of her city learned to dance so he could dance with her at a party. “I’ll dance with you again when you’re 110,” he said. She grinned and touched a finger to his chest. “I’ll hold you to that.”

Millions of people of all ages have found themselves caught up in the Betty White mania. A popular contestant of a fairly recent America’s Got Talent was a seventy-five year old jokester, Grandma Lee. It’s possible that both women ignited memories of viewers’ own beloved grandparents. Just as likely, both women’s fans were looking for inspiring examples of how to age well.

Nora is certainly an example. In her late years as she gave herself permission to step out of her comfort zone. She could be free to be herself—and surprisingly, that self turned out to be fun. She enjoyed the limelight. “My mother?” the Downing asks amazed, “My stilted Catholic mother?”

It’s never too late, she and others learned. The way she lived her senior years can show anyone how to live a much fuller life. This is a story about her. Or maybe it’s a daughter’s coming-of-age during her late middle years as Downing’s life certainly changed as she shared the path during her mother’s transformation. Possibly it’s both. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy getting to know Nora.

 

10:45 AM – NOON

House Committee Room 3

Discussion

Independently Published Louisiana Authors

 

12:15 PM – 1 PM

Barnes & Noble Tent

Book Signing