Barnes & Noble in Baton Rouge will be the first of a series of book signings by author Yvette Landry. Yvette’s book, The Ghost Tree, was recently featured at the Library of Congress National Book Fair as well as the Louisiana State Book Festival. It has also been nominated for the Louisiana’s “Young Readers Choice Award.” Come on out and visit with Yvette and get your signed copy. Signing will take place at the Barnes and Noble on Perkins, Friday, November 22nd from 4:30-7:00 pm.
The Ghost Tree, written by Yvette Landry, and nominated for Louisiana’s “Young Readers Choice Award” will be featured at a book signing in Breaux Bridge at Joie de Vivre. The event will take place on December 1, 2013, from 2-4:00 pm. Come on out for the Breaux Bridge Christmas Parade, visit with Santa, and get your copy of The Ghost Tree signed!
Yvette Landry, with the help of a few supportive community members, was able to donate over three hundred copies of her book, The Ghost Tree, to fourth and fifth graders at Breaux Bridge Elementary. Students and teachers were surprised Monday morning – not only with the donation, but the author’s appearance, book reading, and signing. What a way to start the week!
The 10th annual Louisiana Book Festival will host a number of music-related programs as part of Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne’s yearlong salute to Louisiana music.
Singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier will lead a full-day pre-festival songwriting WordShop Nov. 1, at the State Library and will be interviewed by author Wally Lamb at the festival on Nov. 2. Lamb included Gauthier’s “I Drink” on his playlist for his novel “The Hour I First Believed.” His novels “She’s Come Undone” and “I Know This Much is True” were selected for Oprah’s Book Club.
Other author presentations on music-related books include “Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz” by John McCusker, “Traditional Music of Coastal Louisiana: The 1934 Lomax Recordings” by Joshua Caffery and “Unconquered: The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart and Mickey Gilley” by J.D. Davis. There will be a panel on Louisiana music with Tom Aswell, author of “Louisiana Rocks!” and Shane Bernard, author of “Swamp Pop: Cajun and Creole Rhythm and Blues.” Singer-songwriter Zachary Richard will give a presentation on his book, “Histoire des Acadiennes et des Acadiens de la Louisiane.”
Live music performances will take place throughout the day on Spanish Town Road, including singer-songwriter Yvette Landry, who will also discuss her children’s book “The Ghost Tree” at the festival. The debut performance of a show based on “The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul” will also take place in the Capitol Park Museum auditorium.
The Louisiana Book Festival takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2, in Capitol Park in downtown Baton Rouge. For more information, visitwww.LouisianaBookFestival.org.
Yvette Landry Steps Into The Spotlight
by Roger Hahn
Yvette Landry was driving home one day from her job teaching at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette when her cell phone rang. ”Hello?” asked the deep, male voice on the other end of the line. “Is this Yvette Landry? This is Hank Williams Jr. calling.” Landry shot back, as quick as if she’d suddenly hit the brakes, “C’mon. Who is this really?” It turned out to be the real Hank Williams Jr., calling about Landry’s first CD, Should Have Known—impressed and intrigued by the work of a local artist on a first-time CD handed to him by a Louisiana buddy. (See more) http://www.225batonrouge.com/102013/Honky_tonk_Angel