Rickey Pittman, the “Bard of the South,” is an award-winning storyteller, author, and folksinger. Pittman earned a BA in New Testament Greek and an MA in English from Abilene Christian University and teaches online freshman composition and literature. Pittman is a tireless performer in great demand, with hundreds of performances annually at schools, libraries, festivals, and conventions. Pittman appreciates and respects the Cajun people, their history, and unique culture of Acadiana. Website: bardofthesouth.com
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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