Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Book events this week

            Family Puppet Theater for ages 5 to 12 begins at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the North Regional Library of Lafayette.
            Matt Kepnes signs “How to Travel the World on $50 a Day” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans.
            Warren and Mary Perrin, editors of “Acadie Then and Now: A People’s History,” will speak about their new book from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the 250th Anniversary of the Arrival of Beausoleil and the Acadians at the, Old U. S. Mint in New Orleans. For more information, call 233-5832, or email
            Louisiana’s first comic con convention will be Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Bossier Civic Center in Bossier City. For more information, visit
            T. Geronimo Johnson will celebrate the release of his latest book, “Welcome to Braggsville,” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Octavia Books of New Orleans.
            Johnette Downing and Jennifer Lindsley will be reading from and signing their new book, “Fifolet,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Maple Street Bookshop in New Orleans. The official book launch will include a book reading, art discussion, treasure hunt, coloring sheet, refreshments and a book signing by both the author and illustrator!
            Jyl Benson will be signing her cookbook, “Fun, Funky & Fabulous: New Orleans Casual Restaurant Recipes” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Oil & Vinegar Louisiana culinary shop, 6111 Pinnacle Pkwy, Covington. The book features three recipes from Covington chefs Keith Frentz and Nealy Frentz of LOLA Restaurant and we'll be serving samples to snack.
            The SWLA Family Book Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Central School, 806 Kirby St. in Lake Charles. The free event includes over 35 book vendors coming from all over Louisiana and Texas, activities for everyone including a miniature horse for the children to pet and read to, a Kids' Korral with "steer" roping, a children's story and activity center, plus food! The CAL/CAM 4-H Horse Club is sponsoring a jambalaya lunch and Coke is offering free soft drinks.
              The Writers and Readers Symposium: A Celebration of Literature and Art will be Saturday, Feb. 21, in St. Francisville and feature writers Abigail Padgett, Moira Crone, Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Hayman and photographer/writer Richard Sexton with Carolyn Thornton. Info:

Cheré Coen is the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “ExploringCajun Country: A Historic Guide to Acadiana” and co-author of “Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets.” Write her at