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State Library cancels 2020 Louisiana Book Festival due to pandemic

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Posted at 11:10 AM, Aug 19, 2020

The State Library announced on Wednesday, August 19, that the 2020 Louisiana Book Festival held in Baton Rouge has been canceled.

The festival was originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 31.

The Library says that the decision was made after evaluating the circumstances of the current pandemic and the needs of festival participants.

“As we made this decision, I was reminded our literary community and those who support it are some of Louisiana’s greatest treasures,” said State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton in a press release. “Together we have created something incredibly meaningful that stands as a tribute to Louisiana and tells her story with voices that represent all of us; that story will continue to be told until the 2021 Louisiana Book Festival brings us together again.”

The festival reportedly brings in over 20,000 people from all over the world to downtown Baton Rouge each year and features over 200 authors and panelists.

The free event takes place in the Louisiana State Capitol, State Library of Louisiana, Capitol Park Museum, and tents on neighboring streets each fall.

For more information about the festival and future dates, visit

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