Welcome to New Iberia and the Books Along the Teche Literary Festival. Get ready to experience a Louisiana adventure in the hometown of Detective Dave Robicheaux, the Cajun protagonist featured in 22 books by author James Lee Burke. Southern writers will be highlighted all weekend, including Osha Gray Davidson, our 2020 Great Southern Writer. The natural beauty and unique history of this area are a perfect setting for anyone interested in poetry, theater, film and discourse at several locations around the downtown area. Local tours, dance lessons, cooking demonstrations and a bourée tournament will allow visitors to experience what makes this area a one-of-a-kind destination.
An Authors Fair will have dozens of writers lining New Iberia’s Main Street, including a dedicated Children’s Book section in Church Alley with activities specifically for children. Workshops on writing and illustrating are planned for anyone interested in creating their own literary piece.
The Iberia Preservation Alliance is a coalition of the Bayou Teche Museum, Iberia Cultural Resources Association and Shadows-on-the-Teche. It was formed to coordinate and support our mutual interest in preservation and history. The Main Street Program is a Nationally Accredited program established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2005, the New Iberia Main Street Program won the “Great American Main Street Award,” the first ever in Louisiana. In 2017, the National Park Service listed the city’s “Downtown New Iberia Commercial Historic District” on the National Register of Historic Places. Together we present the fourth annual Books Along the Teche Literary Festival for visitors and locals to enjoy.