Growing up in Cut Off, Louisiana, Alexis Braud was surrounded by storytelling. She still finds inspiration for her work in the characters and inherent mystery of the bayous, swamps, and fens that she calls home. Braud realized her calling to be an artist and earned her BA in visual art with a focus on painting and sculpture from Nicholls State University. The raconteuse enjoys crafting, cooking, and exploring her Cajun culture.
2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Children’s Author Tent 2
3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Pass a good time in Acadiana on this alphabetical tour of Cajun country and culture. The sights, sounds, and smells of all things Cajun two-step off the page as readers are introduced to the ABCs of the unique customs of the Cajun people. From the alligators in the bayou to the stars of the zydeco stage, the food, music, literature, and language unique to the people of southern Louisiana are delightfully rhymed and beautifully illustrated. This lively yet educational jaunt showcases the famous Cajun joie de vivre and sets the stage for the reader’s own Acadian adventures.
With a heritage firmly rooted in the bayous and marshes of Louisiana for more than 240 years, the Cajun people have established a way of life that reflects triumph over struggle. From the fanfare of a holiday bonfire on the levee or the joy of a fais-do-do to the simple pleasure of a shared family meal. A glossary of terms completes this beautiful primer to a unique way of life.
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