The world-famous literary detective Dave Robicheaux, created by author James Lee Burke, is coming home to Iberia Parish with his very own festival. The official Books Along The Teche Literary Festival returns for its sixth year, offering plenty of opportunities for exploration in the realms of literary history, culture, and cuisine—all in the beautiful historic district of New Iberia.
The weekend kicks off with a great lecture about southern history and a tribute to the Great Southern Writer Ernest Gaines. This is followed by other events including Dave's Haunts and Jaunts bus tour with lunch that will take you to all of Dave Robicheaux's favorite spots in and around New Iberia. Then Friday night will be the Jazz it Up Reception Cocktail Party in the gardens of Shadows-on-the-Teche, featuring music from the Bunk Johnson Brazz Band and delicacies provided by Cajun Aces Chefs Cody and Samantha Carroll. Saturday events will include storytelling, Children's word and picture workshops, academic symposiums, live music by Andy Smith, a James Lee Burke Symposium, a Dave Robicheaux walking tour, a 5K run, and much more. And don't miss the Louisiana Seafood Great Southern Chefs Food Demo featuring Chefs Cody and Samantha Carroll.
[Read more about the Carrolls, who were selected as Country Roads magazine's 2014 Small Town Chefs award winners, here.] Saturday afternoon will also be a lecture by the Great Southern Writer Osha Gray Davidson and the Boogie on Down Evening Party Saturday night. Cajun dance lessons will be offered so you can experience a traditional Fais Do-Do.
Tickets are available for the Dave's Haunts and Jaunts bus tour ($50),Jazz it Up Opening Reception ($50), Louisiana Seafood Great Southern Chefs Food Demo ($25), Boogie on Down Evening Party ($60), and T-Boy's Adventure Boat Tour ($25). You can purchase a discounted All-Inclusive package or individual tickets at bontempstix.com. Get all of the details for the festival at booksalongthetecheliteraryfestival.com.
COVID-19 AWARENESS: The festival will follow the State of Louisiana's guidelines. Should the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic make it impossible for us to ensure the safety of all attendees and participants as the date approaches, we will not hesitate to cancel or reschedule this event and provide refunds for every ticket purchased.
Terms & Conditions* No refunds will be issued within seven days of event date.* In the event of inclement weather, we will make every effort to ensure that guests are comfortably accommodated, but this may include moving the event to another location. In the event that a Books Along the Teche Literary Festival event coincides with weather severe enough to trigger a National Weather Service watch or warning within a twenty-five-mile radius of the supper site, the event may be rescheduled or canceled. If weather forces an event postponement, every effort will be made to reschedule within a reasonable time frame. Existing tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled date. If circumstances require a cancellation, a full refund will be issued.