The highly anticipated debut of the inaugural 2022 New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University will take place on the uptown campus, March 10 through 12, and will feature 130 national, regional, and local authors. The festival is free and open to the public.
Dr. Charles Figley, Dr. Paul Henry Kurzweg Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health and Distinguished Professor, will represent the Tulane School of Social Work. Currently, Dr. Figley is editor of the oldest book series on trauma (established in 1978), the Psychosocial Stress Book Series. He has published more than 200 scholarly works including 28 books and over 130 refereed journal articles. Collectively, his work reports on more than 37 research projects focusing primarily on traumatic stress and resiliency of individuals, families, and communities.
In addition to author panels, the book festival will feature a savory culinary symposium with the talented lineup of chefs Edgar Chase, IV, Justin Devillier, Molly Kimball, Melissa Martin, Alon Shaya, and Poppy Tooker. The group will participate in roundtable discussions and food tasting.
A collaborative celebratory musical performance will close out the book festival in style on Saturday. The musical ensemble will consist of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Adonis Rose, Tom Sancton, and Charlie Gabriel and Friends with Ben Jaffe, Josh Starkman, and Walter Harris.
The book festival has partnered with the city of New Orleans’ Mayor’s Office of Youth and Families and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, to bring a group of talented and award-winning children’s authors for the event’s inaugural Family Day at the Festival on Saturday, March 12. Family Day is open and accessible to all children of our community and their families.
Designed to be a dynamic and fun experience for all ages, Family Day is a family-centered, free event that includes a diverse selection of authors and presenters set to interact with kids throughout the day. Programming involving adult literacy resources will also be featured. From book signings to photos with beloved book characters to performances and read-alouds, there will be something for every child in attendance across all reading levels, backgrounds and reading interests.
All events will take place on Tulane’s uptown campus, including the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, McAlister Auditorium, Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel, Goldring/Woldenberg Business Complex, and the Berger Family Lawn.