Louisiana Book Festival 2013


The Louisiana Book Festival was an incredible weekend in November! In Baton Rouge, just a hop, skip and a jump from my small town in Mississippi, the festival weekend was nice- not hot and def not cold! It was sunny skies and beautiful weather!

My friend Erin of Deep South Magazine invited me to come for the weekend and hang out with her. Erin was a lucky duck that weekend as she was getting to moderate 2 of the panels of author discussions (Rita Leganski of The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow fame and Shirley Ann Grau!)

I arrived Friday around lunch time- and after a quick call to the Hotel Indigo (shout out to them for helping a lost girl find the hotel!), pulled up to hotel, left my car with the valet and walked inside. Seriously, Hotel Indigo was nice. Located in the downtown area, near the MS River- and across the street from PJ’s Coffee– the Hotel Indigo was in a great location with a polite staff! Erin arrived shortly after I made it to the hotel, and after a quick check in, we went to our hotel room and then left the hotel to find a bite to eat. Went to a nearby restaurant where we had this great lunch (grilled shrimp wraps!) and then stopped by PJ’s Coffee to get an afternoon pick me up. Sat outside and chatted, soaking up the sun and taking care of some social media business- then we walked down to the MS River, looked around and began a walking tour of the downtown area.

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me ms river


After walking around the downtown area- we decided to head back to the hotel and hang out for a bit before going to Tsunami for a pre-party drink, then heading to the Louisiana Book Festival Author Party. At Tsunami, we sat on the rooftop (incredible view of the MS River!) and chatted about different books we have been reading, places we wanted to travel and more! Erin convinced me to get The Hunk martini telling me it was so delicious (and she was right!) The Hunk is the perfect combo of sweet and delicious- and def is now my drink of choice for future visits to Baton Rouge.


watching sunset on ms river




That night, at the author party, as we walked in we saw Rita Leganski and her husband immediately and began chatting with them. In the lobby, there was a 3 piece band playing lively Louisiana music and there were book covers of the authors attending the festival decorating the area. Inside the library, there was food and wine being served- so we walked inside and had crawfish etouffee, catfish, shrimp, and other nibbles of food.Ā  When the party was over, me and Erin walked back to the hotel- where we considered having another drink at Tsunami, but seeing the rooftop was closed for a private party changed our mind. So, we went back to the hotel, discussed The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow for Erin’s discussion the next day and then turned in pretty early- since Saturday was busy!

Saturday, we arrived to the Capitol, had to go through security, and then made it to the author room a few minutes before the Rita Leganski discussion. When escorted to the correct room, Erin passed me her Iphone to take some pictures and video- and I became Deep South Magazine’s social media person- tweeting, videoing, Instagram-ing, and taking picture with my own camera as well! Listening to Rita talk about her love for the South, how Bonaventure Arrow came about and Rita’s incredible story of going to college in her adult years was something else! Rita is incredible- and if you ever get the opportunity- def go meet her! We quickly rushed to the room for the Shirley Ann Grau event- where I again took on Deep South’s social media accounts. Not being familiar with Shirley’s work- I wasn’t sure what to expect- but she was entertaining and memorable. Listening to her stories about her books, her life, and more was so worth it!

Once Erin finished her commitments, we just walked around, took pictures- went to see Kit Wohl cook Popeye’s Gumbo, and had lunch. All in all, we had a fantastic time- and I will def be wanting to go back to Louisiana Book Festival! Here is the recap of the weekend from Deep South Magazine (with a link to the video of Erin and Shirley Ann Grau).


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Rita Leganski, me, and Erin


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Erin and I at the Louisiana Book Festival Author Party

I HIGHLY recommend attending the Louisiana Book Festival if you ever get a chance.

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16 thoughts on “Louisiana Book Festival 2013

    • It was super-fun! And nice and warm- it was in the mid 60’s- low 70’s that weekend- so nice to walk around and enjoy (but not hot so that you could walk without breaking into a profuse sweat!)

    • Erin has her own online magazine- and she seriously is AMAZING. The girl’s got a 5 year plan that is insane! She’s so organized and sees things ahead of the curve- I’m envious. What is ALA? I’m so not cool. Are you going to BEA in May? And miss K- did I just see that you bought your domain? We need to talk šŸ™‚

      • She sounds pretty awesome šŸ™‚ ALA is the American Library Association and apparently you don’t have to be a librarian to get a $35 ticket to spend two days looking at exhibits and getting free books. It’s in Philadelphia this year and is only about a 4 hour drive for me. I don’t think I’ll be able to go to BEA in May, because I’m going to be hopefully going to be travelling to the Philippines for work. Next year though! And I did buy my domain! It is mine and I love it. I’m having so much fun installing ALL of the plugins and customizing everything. I wasn’t sure the money would be worth it for something so intangible but I’m really enjoying myself šŸ™‚

      • šŸ™‚ She is pretty awesome šŸ™‚
        Oh cool- I wondered if that was what it is- but figured you had to be a librarian to go- so dismissed it! Yay- I’ll be anxiously awaiting an update on the weekend when it happens! I am making it to BEA. I missed out last year and was so crazy envious from all the tweets- well this year, it’s happening. Yay for a domain! So did you just do the simple easy thing or just buying the domain or are you selfhosted as well?

        I’ve been REALLY thinking about selfhosting (I could run ads, which I can’t now). But, the actual domain I want is bought šŸ˜¦ There are some other options and I’m trying to decide should I go with those? Or wait to see if domain I want opens one day? Or if I even REALLY want to be selfhosted? B/c sometimes, especially when I’m feeling bloggy insecure, I do like being under WP’s umbrella.

      • I went all out and am doing the self-hosting thing. Fortunately, the internet knows everything and I’ve been able to google for answers every time I get stuck. I’m excited to be able to use plugins like commentluv and comment reply notification and also to be able to put link-ups and rafflecopter giveaways right in my posts. I don’t know if that’s worth $10/month to you or if it’s worth it to you to have a second choice domain name, but if you did decide to switch, I’d be happy to tell you anything I’ve learned by the time you switch šŸ™‚

      • YES! YES! YES! Comment Luv, Rafflecopter, etc is part of the reason I want to change- I’m so envious. I JUST need to get more details, need to make sure I can DO all this (there is no else here to help me- I’m a 1 woman show!) I can already tell I’ll be asking a lot of questions to you šŸ™‚

      • Although I am still waiting on support staff at bloglovin and wordpress to move my followers over, I’ve gotten to where everything is back to as good as it was or better within a day of moving. If you wanted to move, I’m sure you could do it šŸ™‚

      • Oooh- good šŸ™‚ I really am strongly considering it. It’s something I’ve flirted with in the past- but just wasn’t sure. I think I just get up in my mind too much and start doubting myself- start doubting my techy knowledge

      • šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ Aww TY sweet Katie! šŸ™‚ Yes bloggers do have a TON of acronyms and I sometimes think about just throwing a few out there all made up to see if anyone even questions it or accepts it as something they just didn’t know about šŸ˜‰

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