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The New Orleans Book Festival

Dive into your imagination at New Orleans Book Festival.

New Orleans Book Festival
The first annual New Orleans Book Festival will take place at Big Lake at City Park on November 1, 2017. (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

In a day and age where technology is constant, there’s nothing like unplugging, getting lost in a book, and escaping it all for awhile. And this year, you can do just that at the New Orleans Book Festival. We know – we are just as excited as you are, fellow book lovers. Here’s everything you need to know about the fifth annual New Orleans Book Fest.

What: The New Orleans Book Festival was founded by First Lady of New Orleans Cheryl Landrieu. She started the festival to promote literacy among all and to celebrate books.

When: Saturday, November 11, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Beginning at 1 p.m., book readings and signings, opportunities to meet authors, and activities for children are just some of what’s on the schedule.

Where: Big Lake at City Park

What to Know: Every child who attends will receive free books, and other books will be available for purchase. Food and music complete the fest with a performance from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at 5:30 p.m. The New Orleans Book Fest is the first event to kick off the city’s Tricentennial celebration. The fest will close out with a fireworks show at 7 p.m.

Admission: Free! The festival will also provide free bus transportation from many New Orleans Public Libraries to the festival grounds. Visit the NOLA Book Fest website to see the full bus schedule.

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