BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – When we read, we become travelers. The books we crack open and download are modes of transport to new perspectives, foreign lands, and even to other dimensions.

This month, the Louisiana-based authors who serve as our guides throughout these exciting adventures will gather in Baton Rouge to present locals with new opportunities to ‘travel.’

The annual Louisiana Book Festival, set for Saturday, October 29 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., will take place in downtown Baton Rouge’s Capitol Park and surrounding areas.

Guests of all ages are invited to the family-friendly event that celebrates local readers, writers, and the books that touch our lives.

Those who’ve never been to the annual event and expect it to resemble a trip to a library will be pleasantly surprised.

While libraries serve their purpose as quiet places to access information, there’s nothing quiet about the Louisiana Book Festival.

State leaders describe the event as upbeat, lively, and an incredible opportunity to meet new people, enjoy live music, sample a variety of Louisiana delicacies, and find new books to add to personal collections.

This week, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser issued a news release to promote the event.

He said, “Louisiana is well known for its vibrant festivals, and there’s a reason the Louisiana Book Festival is recognized nationally as one of the best. You simply can’t beat the joyful atmosphere that reverberates through downtown Baton Rouge each year. There is truly something for everyone, and we encourage visitors to bring the whole family!”

This year marks the 18th time the festival will take place, and organizers say guests will be able to interact with the more than 200 authors and speakers slated to present their books at various programs throughout the day.

Some of the most anticipated local authors scheduled to address audiences include Louisiana’s current Poet Laureate Mona Lisa Saloy as she interviews interview Pulitzer Prize poet and Louisiana native Jericho Brown, as well as presenting authors Lindsey Duga, Claudia Gray, and Jack E. Davis.

The information above is a mere glimpse into the many activities planned for this year’s Book Festival.

To learn more about this ‘page-turner’ of an event, visit the Book Festival’s website at