5TH Annual Books Along the Teche Literary Festival
IN PERSON on April 9-11, 2021
Celebrating Great Southern Writers and Louisiana Culture in Dave Robicheaux’s hometown.
For Immediate Release –
New Iberia, LA – The Books Along the Teche Literary Festival is thrilled to announce it will continue with plans to host its 5TH annual festival events IN PERSON on April 9-11, 2021. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, some revisions have been made.
Festival patrons will have the opportunity to explore the sights and sounds of Dave Robicheaux’s hometown as they stroll through New Iberia’s Historic District and attend one of several events celebrating our unique literary history, culture, and cuisine.
Festivities will kick off Friday night with the Jazz It Up Opening Reception on the grounds of the Shadows-on-the-Teche, featuring music by the Bunk Johnson Brazz Band and Cajun delicacies prepared by the 2013 “King and Queen of Louisiana Seafood,” Cody and Samantha Carroll, and other area chefs. Saturday’s events include the Sir Speedy 5K, the Author’s Book Fair, children’s activity workshops, Dave Robicheaux walking tours, a Louisiana Seafood Great Southern Chefs cooking demonstration, the UL Symposium and a Reader’s theater featuring an excerpt from a chosen title of author James Lee Burke. A Live Oak walk down New Iberia’s historic Main Street will take place Sunday morning, followed by the Symphony in the Park to close out the weekend.
A detailed schedule of events can be obtained on our website www.booksalongthetecheliteraryfestival.com or by visiting our Facebook page. Tickets can also be purchased via www.bontempstix.com. Please note, due to current events, the cost of some events has been reduced or eliminated entirely. Please come out and enjoy the festivities!
All events and details are subject to change pending new Covid-19 restrictions. Necessary precautions will be taken to safeguard attendees and volunteers in line with federal and state guidelines.
Join your best friends in New Iberia, Louisiana for a Cajun adventure under the oaks at the official, Fifth Annual Books Along the Teche Literary Festival: Celebrating New Iberia, Dave Robicheaux’s Hometown and Great Southern Writers April 9-11, 2021. The festival is held predominately in New Iberia’s historic district, but will also include events around Iberia Parish.
Experience various venues to celebrate literature and its impact on the area’s culture with a Dave Robicheaux walking tour, seafood cooking demonstration, storytelling, poetry, workshops, readers theater, music by the Queen City Classics , a 5K run, plus food and fun!
Anyone who is familiar with author James Lee Burke and his fictional character, Detective Dave Robicheaux, knows of New Iberia and our fascinating blend of heritage, hospitality and history. Burke spent his summers in New Iberia with relatives, playing and fishing in the many water holes that populate the area. His family’s hometown is clearly very dear to him, as evidenced by the prominent part that his fictionalized version of New Iberia plays in each of his novels.