Wednesday, September 06, 2023

In anticipation of mystery author Ellen Byron’s upcoming appearance at the Livingston Parish Book Festival, the Livingston Parish Library is inviting adult readers to participate in a special book club celebrating one of her award-winning. page-turners.

Over September, adults are urged to read Byron’s cozy New Orleans-based mystery “Bayou Book Thief,” the first book in her “Vintage Cookbook Mystery” series.

“Bayou Book Thief” is a Lefty Award Winner for Best Humorous Mystery as well as a nominee for the Agatha Award and Anthony Award. Copies of “Bayou Book Thief” are available at all five Livingston Parish Library branches.

On Oct. 5, those who register will attend a Book Club gathering at the Denham Springs-Walker Branch, located at 8101 U.S. Hwy. 190, to discuss “Bayou Book Thief” in detail. Refreshments will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by the start of the book discussion at 6 p.m.

This tasteful, Crescent City-themed evening will have friendly discussion, games, and lively chats about museums, magnolias, and murder! The gathering will also feature a Zoom Q&A with Byron, making sure participants will be ready to meet the mystery writer in person.

A native New Yorker and graduate of Tulane University, Byron is a USA Today Bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author. In addition to the “Vintage Cookbook Mystery” series, Byron is also the writer of the “Cajun Country Mystery” series, the “Catering Hall Mysteries” series (under Maria DiRico), and the forthcoming “Golden Motel Mysteries” series, set for release in 2024.

Byron will be one of the headlining authors for the Eighth Annual Livingston Parish Book Festival, which will be held from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, at the Main Branch in Livingston, located at 20390 Iowa Street, Livingston, LA, 70754.

The event is hosted by the Livingston Parish Library.

Registration for the Book Club gathering in October opens Sept. 14. For more information, visit