The 11th annual Jambalaya Writers’ Conference and Book Fair takes place March 22, 2014 at the Terrebonne Parish Main Library in Houma, Louisiana with New York Times best-selling author Adriana Trigiani as keynote speaker.
Trigiani, award-winning author of the Big Stone Gap trilogy and Lucia, Lucia, has written plays and television scripts. She is a documentary filmmaker, as well. Her presentation, scheduled to follow the conference lunch, is included in the conference registration fee.
Other presenters include prolific bestselling novelist Heather Graham, Barefoot Books editor Katie De Palma, The Night of the Comet author George Bishop, Jr., Love Finds You in New Orleans author Christa Allan and Kid Chef Eliana, among others.
Conference registration for the one-day event is $35 with a discounted early bird rate of $30 before March 7. A Novel Excerpt Contest and a Poetry Contest will be held in conjunction with the conference and have additional entry fees for interested participants. Those entries must be received by March 7.
Attendees will be able to network with other writers and aspiring writers, editors and publishers. The Book Fair provides a variety of both professional development volumes and reading materials for pleasure.
Support for the conference comes from a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. The Arts Council of New Orleans administered the grant.
Doors open at 7:30 a.m with the first session kicking off at 8:30 a.m. The event runs until 5 p.m. The event will be held at the Terrebonne Parish Main Library, 151 Library Drive in Houma. The Terrebonne Parish library system provides services throughout the parish with eight branches in addition to the main library.
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