7th Annual Livingston Parish Book Festival

We’re excited to announce the return of our annual book festival celebrating books, literacy, and our great parish! Join us on Saturday, October 15 for the Livingston Parish Book Festival at the Main Branch in Livingston.

This year’s book festival will be headlined by New York Times Bestselling Author Kwame Alexander. Alexander is a poet, educator, publisher, and author of 36 books, including “Swing”, “Becoming Muhammad Ali”, “Rebound”; which was co-authored with James Patterson and shortlisted for the prestigious UK Carnegie Medal, and The Caldecott Medal and Newberry Honor-winning picture book “The Undefeated”. During the book festival, Alexander will host an author talk and book signing.

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Book Fest Recap

Book Fest Featured Author - Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, publisher, and New York Times Bestselling author of 36 books, including SWING, BECOMING MUHAMMAD ALI, co-authored with James Patterson, REBOUND, which was shortlisted for prestigious UK Carnegie Medal, The Caldecott Medal and Newbery Honor-winning picture book, THE UNDEFEATED, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, and his NEWBERY medal-winning middle grade novel, THE CROSSOVER.

Book Fest Featured Author - A. Lonergan

A. Lonergan prides herself as a reader first. She found a love for reading at a young age, even though she had to teach herself how to do so. Once she fell into that first make-believe land, she couldn’t be pulled out again. She dove head first in any kind of fantasy book she could get her hands on. It didn’t take her long after that to pick up a pen and start writing the stories swirling around in her head. A. Lonergan published her first novel in 2017. She has published twenty-two novels so far, and she doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon.

Book Fest Featured Author - Jeanette Weiland

Jeanette Rose Weiland is the Senior Vice President of Bio, Innovation, & Special Projects at the New Orleans Business Alliance, the city’s official economic development organization with a distinct focus on equity and inclusion. Her additional roles include wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, board member, historic building lover, household laundry manager, and children’s book author.

Justin Cornett Band - Live Musical Guest

Dinosaur Experience

Face Painting by Susie Q

More Book Fest Activities

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Community Row


LPB to Screen "Magpie Murders" at Book Fest

Readers and viewers alike are sure to sink their teeth into this time-hopping mystery-within-a-mystery. The story revolves around book editor Susan Ryeland, who finally receives a long-awaited mystery manuscript from her prima donna author, featuring famous detective, Atticus Pünd. There’s just one problem: the final chapters are missing!

Over the course of six episodes, we try to solve two mysteries, traveling across modern-day London and the cozy 1950s countryside village from the unfinished novel. It all adds up to a beguiling murder mystery with a solution that will both astonish and shock viewers.

Magpie Murders premieres on Sunday, October 16 on MASTERPIECE on LPB, but you can get a sneak peek at this year's Book Fest!

Magpie Murders

Event Schedule

Parking and Shuttle information

How to Participate

Calling all local authors and community organizations! The Livingston Parish Library is now accepting applications for the 7th Annual Livingston Parish Book Festival. This year's festival will be held on Saturday, October 15 at the Main Branch in Livingston. To participate in this year's event, simply complete the Author and Community Organization Form. You may also contact us directly at 225-686-4100 for any questions or assistance.

Please note: Community organizations wishing to participate in the Livingston Parish Book Fest must offer services that directly affect Livingston Parish residents. 

Local Authors

Community Organizations

7th Annual Book Fest Photos

Check out photos from the 7th Annual Livingston Parish Book Festival on our Facebook page.