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Book Fest Week, Audio: Trombone Shorty reveals how he got his nickname

Editor’s Note: The New Orleans Book Festival takes place Nov. 11 and 12, with dozens of critically acclaimed local, regional, and national authors, readings, food, music, and an entire section devoted to children’s literature. This week, NolaVie partners with the Book Fest to present a week of education-oriented stories focusing on literature.

Continuing our “Book Fest Week” series, NolaVie headed into the library at Schaumburg Elementary School to read with Erin Martin’s third-grade class. After reading Trombone Shorty, by New Orleanian, yes, Trombone Shorty, discussions focused on what students found exciting and interesting in his book. And, surprise: They were quite taken with … Bo Diddley.

New Orleans Book Festival

  • What: The New Orleans Book Festival presented by First Lady Cheryl Landrieu
  • Where and when: The festival begins on Friday, Nov. 11 with performances by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra quintet and Young Audiences from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Latter Branch Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Local food trucks will be onsite, and attendees may bring their own picnics.
  • The festival continues on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Big Lake in New Orleans City Park, near the New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collin Diboll Circle. The day will feature readings, author signings, panels and other activities for readers of all ages. Children will get free books.
  • Transportation: Free shuttles are available from area libraries, Click here for the schedule.
  • Admission: Free

The “Book Fest Week” series is underwritten by New Orleans Book Festival.



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