Louisiana's annual book festival will celebrate 15 years in November

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BATON ROUGe, La. (AP) - Louisiana's annual book festival will celebrate 15 years when it's held in mid-November.

The free celebration of readers and writers is set for Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Louisiana State Capitol, state library, Capitol Park Museum and surrounding grounds.

More than 250 authors and presenters will discuss books during the day and sign their books in a nearby tent.

Among the writers scheduled to attend include Pulitzer Prize winner Jack E. Davis, legendary local author Ernest Gaines and New Orleans chef and Top Chef contestant Isaac Toups.

The festival also includes storytelling for children, live musical performances and cooking demonstrations.

A full schedule is available online at louisianabookfestival.org .

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser will present the Louisiana Writer Award to poet and essayist Sheryl St. Germain.