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Books Along the Teche Literary Festival 2023

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By: Brittany Racca

The Books Along the Teche Literary Festival is proud to announce its plans for the 7th annual festival on March 31-April 2, 2023.

Lisa WingateLisa Wingate The Book of Lost Friends


The featured Great Southern Writer is Lisa Wingate, author of Before We Were Yours and The Book of Lost Friends

The festival has many events to choose from that will delight fans of Southern literature, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, theater and children’s books.

Attendees can follow James Lee Burke’s character Dave Robicheaux through the streets of New Iberia at the Dave’s Haunts and Jaunts bus tour, take a guided walking tour under New Iberia’s historic live oaks, a leisurely bike ride and visit authors from around the country at the Author’s Book Fair.

Participants will learn the secrets to good Louisiana cooking at a morning food demo, and can be a part of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Symposium on James Lee Burke and the Center Stage Readers’ Theater featuring Lisa Wingate's The Book of Lost Friends.

There will also be children’s workshops, a bourée tournament, 5K run, art exhibits and a lecture from Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Ted Jackson.

Two evening receptions will give festival goers a chance to taste Southern Louisiana delicacies while being serenaded by the Bunk Johnson Brazz Band. They can also take a ride down the Bayou Teche with T-Boy’s Bayou Adventure Tour and savor the sounds at the free Symphony Sunday in the Park.

All of these events and more celebrate South Louisiana's unique literary history, culture, and cuisine in the New Iberia National Register Historic District.

About the Festival:

With a focus on Great Southern Writers, the Books Along the Teche Literary Festival highlights Iberia Parish authors and others who write about the unique culture of Louisiana. Patrons will have the opportunity to explore the sights and sounds of Dave Robicheaux’s hometown as they stroll through New Iberia’s Historic District and attend one of several events celebrating our unique literary history, culture, and cuisine. Events include cooking demonstrations, a book fair, academic symposiums, receptions, music, live oak walk, children's activities, a reader’s theater and more.

The festival is an event of the Iberia Preservation Alliance, formed by the Iberia Cultural Resources Association, Bayou Teche Museum, Shadows-on-the-Teche and the New Iberia Main Street Program.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit, follow the festival on Facebook and Instagram.

Check our coupon page for discounted room rates.

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