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10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Louisiana Writer Award Ceremony
Honoring John Biguenet
With Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne
Rebecca Hamilton, State Librarian, Presiding
Location:House Chamber

Book Talks

10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Every Bitter Thing (Hardy Jones)
Location: House Committee Room 3

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Navigating Disaster: Sixteen Essays of Love and a Poem of Despair (Sheryl St. Germain)
Location: State Library of Louisiana Capitol View Room
The Weight of Memory (Jennifer Paddock)
Location: House Committee Room 1

11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

The Cove (Ron Rash)
Location: House Chamber

11:30 a.m. - Noon

London Bridge in Plague and Fire: A Dramatic Reading (David Madden)
Location: House Committee Room 2

2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

The Angelic Mother and the Predatory Seductress: Poor White Women in Southern Literature of the Great Depression (Ashley Craig Lancaster)
Location: House Committee Room 2

1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Hold It 'Till It Hurts (T. Geronimo Johnson)
Location: House Committee Room 2

1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Austin and Emily(Frank Turner Hollon)
Location: House Committee Room 5

3:15 p.m. - 4 p.m.

A Good American (Alex George)
Location: House Committee Room 1


10:45 a.m. - Noon

Independently Published Authors Panel
Ron Gauthier moderates this panel featuring several independently published authors from several different genres. In fiction: Dianne Dempsey-Legnon's Belair Cove: A Novel of Life, Love, and Loss in a Prairie Cajun Village
Location: House Committee Room 3

Noon - 12:45 p.m.

Regional Identity in Fiction:
From the Louisiana Swamps to Appalachia
Tim Gautreaux and Ron Rash with Susan Larson moderating
Location: House Chamber

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Comics and the U.S. South
Author/editor Brannon Costello discusses how life and culture in the United States South is represented in serial comics, graphic novels, newspaper comic strips and webcomics with contributors Brian Cremins and Gary Richards.
Location: House Committee Room 4

4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

In Conversation with Louisiana Writer Award Recipient
John Biguenet with Darryl Bourque moderating
Location: Senate Chamber

4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

One Book, One Festival:
John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces
Discussion led by Gary Richards
Location: House Committee Room 2

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

What the Dickens:
Celebrating 200 Years of Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens (1812-1870), a writer so popular that his books have never gone out of print, has been celebrated around the world during his bicentenary. LSU professors and Dickens experts Dr. Elsie Michie and Dr. Sharon Weltman discuss their enthusiasm for his work and their involvement in the intriguing Dickens Universe conference. Mark Dunn, author of Ella Minnow Pea, talks about his new book, Under the Harrow, which uses a Dickens theme in a most interesting way, and Meghan Kelly, co-founder of the Dickens Fellowship of New Orleans, will describe that exciting new organization.
Location: House Committee Room 3


3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Louisiana in Books and Music
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne shares some of his favorite fiction and nonfiction about or set in Louisiana, with his picks of companion songs to go with the selections.
Location: Senate Chamber


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The Freddies
Before being adapted into a short film "The Freddies" appeared in Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe IV , was later anthologized in Best New American Voices, 2007 and was included in Walsh's collection of interrelated stories, The Prospect of Magic. After the screening author M.O. Walsh and filmmaker Valerie Rodriguez Black will discuss adapting fiction to the screen. Parental guidance is suggested.
Location: Capitol Park Welcome Center Screening Room