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Books Along the Teche Literary Festival 2019

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By: Brittany Racca

April 5 - 7, 2019

Symposiums, Seafood & Sisterhood at Books Along the Teche Literary Festival

The official Books Along the Teche Literary Festival: Celebrating New Iberia, Dave Robicheaux’s Hometown & Great Southern Writers will be held April 5-7, 2019, in New Iberia.

Nationally acclaimed author Rebecca Wells, author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, is 2019’s Great Southern Writer and will present a symposium with a question and answer session.

The "Louisiana Seafood Great Southern Chef Food Demo" featured culinary masters are Chef Ryan Trahan, 2018 Louisiana Seafood King and 2018 King of American Seafood, and Chef Bonnie Breaux, 2017 Louisiana Seafood Queen. This event kicks off the festival and introduces attendees with their first bite of Louisiana deliciousness.

"Dave’s Haunts & Jaunts Tour," featured in the New York Times, is a great way to see Iberia Parish the way Burke describes it, as it takes participants to various locations from the series and movies, such as New Iberia's Main Street, the Teche Motel, Iberia Parish Courthouse and Bayou Teche. Friday night gets moving with "Jazz It Up Opening Reception," a Cajun cocktail party at the Shadows-on-the-Teche, where a jazz band will serenade guests as they dine on the grounds of this National Trust for Historic Preservation site.

Saturday starts with the Sir Speedy Run, followed by a discussion on books made into movies. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will present an Academic Symposium on James Lee Burke and Louisiana politics. Iberia Performing Arts League actors will hold “Center Stage Readers’ Theater” with narration from Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells.

At “Allons Manger Food Truck & Music Event,” there will be live music and Cajun delicacies in Bouligny Plaza. Authors will sign and sell their books at the “Authors Book Fair.” Bourée lessons, tournament and literary workshops will also take place. Saturday evening will showcase Cajun food, music and dance lessons at the “Boogie On Down Evening Party.”

During the weekend, the Grand Theater will show Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

On Sunday, set off on a party barge with “T-Boy's Bayou Adventure Tour” and get a perspective of New Iberia from the waters of the Bayou Teche. A guide will highlight key points of interest along the way. The afternoon will culminate with a free Symphony Sunday in the Park featuring the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra under the live oaks of New Iberia City Park.

For more information and tickets visit BooksAlongTheTecheLiteraryFestival.com.

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