Louisiana Book Festival brings renowned authors to Baton Rouge

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 1:00am

Baton Rouge will celebrate its love of reading Saturday.

The annual Louisiana Book Festival starts at 10:00 a.m. and will run until 5:00 p.m.

Tents were being set up Friday afternoon and filled along Fourth Street between the State Capitol and North Street.

For children, there will be activities such as digging for artifacts to help them learn that reading is fun.

For adults, lots of authors will be on hand to read from their works, talk about the writing process, and autograph their books.

The previous attendance record was 25,000 visitors, but organizers are aiming for 30,000 this year.

"We always say the reason we're so successful in this area is because Louisiana inspires a lot of people," said state librarian Rebecca Hamilton. "So a lot of our authors have a Louisiana connection. Well, all of them have a Louisiana connection, but many of them are not from here, they were just inspired by here. So they wrote about us and they keep coming back."

The Louisiana Book Festival was recently named the third-best festival in the world for authors, because so many people show up and the setting allows for more personal interactions with readers. 

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