Featured Authors & Panelists in Brief - D


ImageJ. D. Davis
J.D. Davis was raised in the piney woods of east Texas. He earned a bachelor's degree with highest honors in economics from the University of Texas and later received a master's degree from Southern Methodist University. A successful businessman and entrepreneur, he achieved the rare distinction of partnership in his 20s at a major actuarial consulting firm where he manages a large practice. He has three daughters and lives near Dallas.

Unconquered: The Saga of Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley

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ImageRonlyn Domingue
Ronlyn Domingue authored The Mapmaker's War. Its sequel, The Chronicle of Secret Riven, is forthcoming in 2014. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Mercy of Thin Air, was published in 10 languages. Her writing has appeared in The Beautiful Anthology, New England Review, The Independent and Shambhala Sun as well as on mindful.org and The Nervous Breakdown. She is a Louisiana native and LSU alumna.

The Mapmaker's War

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ImageJohnette Downing
Johnette Downing is a multi-award-winning author and musician performing music and presenting books with Louisiana spice for children globally. She has received 20 awards and has brought her Louisiana musical and literary gumbo to children in Egypt, Morocco, Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala and throughout the U.S. Her books include Today is Monday in Louisiana, Down in Louisiana, My Aunt Came Back from Louisiane and Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud.

How to Dress a Po' Boy

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ImageRod Dreher
Rod Dreher has been an editorial writer and columnist for the Dallas Morning News, a film critic for the New York Post and writer for The American Conservative. The Little Way of Ruthie Leming is his second book; his first was Crunchy Cons: How Birkenstocked Burkeans, Gun-Loving Organic Gardeners, Evangelical Free-Range Farmers, Hip Homeschooling Mamas, Right-Wing Nature Lovers, and Their Diverse Tribe of Countercultural Conservatives Plan to Save America (or At Least the Republican Party).

The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life

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ImageKerry Dunn

A native Texan, Kerry Dunn has lived in the Baton Rouge area for the past 10 years. Before that he spent 20 years in Austin, where his debut novel Joe Peace is set. By day, he provides software support and training for a local law firm. By night, he writes or hangs out with his adorable wife, Sheila. His next novel, It's The Singer and Not The Song, will be released in 2014 by Shelfstealers Publishing.

Joe Peace: A Novel

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Book-loving volunteers are essential to the Louisiana Book Festival's success. Whether it's escorting authors, guiding visitors, selling refreshments, working with children in the Young Readers Pavilion or other fun and rewarding assignments, the Louisiana Book Festival wants you to join the volunteer team.

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