Featured Authors & Panelists in Brief - H


ImageElsa Hahne
Elsa Hahne is the art director and food editor of OffBeat, a New Orleans music magazine. She is also the author of You Are Where You Eat: Stories and Recipes from the Neighborhoods of New Orleans, which was supported by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.

The Gravy: In the Kitchen with New Orleans Musicians

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ImageJohn Maxwell Hamilton

John Maxwell Hamilton, a former foreign correspondent, authored Journalism's Roving Eye: A History of American Foreign Reporting and other books. He is a former executive vice chancellor and provost of Louisiana State University and the founding dean of LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, where he is the LSU Foundation Hopkins P. Breazeale professor.

A Journalist's Diplomatic Mission: Ray Stannard Baker's World War I Diary (Editor)

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ImageJosh Hanagarne
Josh Hanagarne believes in curiosity, questions, strength, and that things are never so bad that they cannot improve. He is a librarian at the Salt Lake City Public Library and lives with his wife Janette and their son Max.

The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family

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ImageDavid Havird
David Havird is the author of two collections of poetry, Map Home (2013) and Penelope's Design (2010), which won the 2009 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize. His poems have appeared in Agni, The New Yorker, Poetry, Sewanee Review, Yale Review and elsewhere. A native South Carolinian, he attended the University of South Carolina, where he studied under James Dickey, and the University of Virginia. He is a professor of English at Centenary College of Louisiana.

Map Home

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ImageAva Leavell Haymon

Ava Leavell Haymon is Louisiana’s poet laureate and the author of the poetry collections Eldest Daughter, Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread, Kitchen Heat and The Strict Economy of Fire. She teaches poetry writing in Baton Rouge and directs a writers’ retreat center in the mountains of New Mexico.

Eldest Daughter: Poems

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ImageCarolyn Hembree
Carolyn Hembree's individual poems have appeared in Colorado Review, DIAGRAM, Gulf Coast, and Verse Daily among other journals and anthologies. Her Rigging a Chevy into a Time Machine & Other Ways to Escape a Plague was a finalist for the 2012 Tupelo Press' and Switchback Books' manuscript competitions. Hembree grew up in Tennessee and Alabama. She teaches at the University of New Orleans and serves as Poetry Editor of Bayou Magazine.


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ImageNessim Higson
Nessim Higson holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Loyola University in New Orleans. He runs his own studio, IAAH/iamalwayshungry. The studio has been recognized nationally and internationally by publications such as Communication Arts, Print, Graphis and DGV. Higson was recently named a “young gun” by the Art Directors Club of NY.

Love Letters from New Orleans

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ImageCary Holladay

Virginia native Cary Holladay is the author of seven volumes of fiction. Her most recent works include Horse People: Stories and The Deer in the Mirror. Holladay has received an O. Henry Prize and fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Education Association. She was awarded a First Tennessee Professorship at the University of Memphis where she teaches with her husband, writer John Bensko.

Horse People: Stories

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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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