Featured Authors & Panelists in Brief - S


ImageLeila Salisbury


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ImageVicki Salloum
Vicki Salloum’s short stories have been included in the anthologies When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple, Pass/Fail: 32 Stories About Teaching and Voices from the Couch. An excerpt from her novel in progress, Faulkner & Friends, appeared in the November 2006 anthology Umpteen Ways of Looking at a Possum: Critical and Creative Responses to Everette Maddox. She resides in New Orleans.

A Prayer to Saint Jude: A Novella

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ImageDarrelyn Saloom
Darrelyn Saloom is a long-time contributor to former Writer’s Digest publisher and e-media guru Jane Friedman’s blog. Her guest posts generate up to 50,000 hits on Friedman’s blog, Being Human at Electric Speed. She is active on Facebook and has nearly 7,000 followers on Twitter. Saloom also writes online for Tweetspeak Poetry. She has three grown sons and lives on a horse farm with her husband in Lafayette, La.

My Call to the Ring: A Memoir of a Girl Who Yearns to Box

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ImageMichael Sartisky
Michael Sartisky is president and executive director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. During his tenure, LEH has won national awards of merit from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the quality of the projects funded. In 1990, he founded Louisiana Cultural Vistas and has been the journal’s editor since then.

Web site: KnowLA: Encyclopedia of Louisiana

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ImageSue Schleifer
Sue Schleifer lives in Lafayette, La. Through her company, Oak Communications, she provides life and executive coaching and management consulting services to individuals and organizations throughout the country. She writes a monthly e-newsletter and has written for newspapers. She co-designed and facilitates ongoing Writing Down Dementia workshops for adults with loved ones suffering dementia. The Key to the Castle: Zen and Travel Stories of Trust is her first book.

The Key to the Castle: Zen and Travel Stories of Trust

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ImageDayne Sherman

Dayne Sherman authored Welcome to the Fallen Paradise, a critically-acclaimed novel. Sherman works as a reference librarian and associate professor in Louisiana, where he lives with his wife, son and their alleged feist dog. He has finished a new novel after many years of work. He is doing more than a little newspaper journalism and creative non-fiction. Recent editorials appeared in The Times, Hammond Daily Star, The Courier and Thibodaux Daily Comet.


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ImageShari Smith
Shari Smith has been published in Thicket Magazine, Wildlife in North Carolina, Western North Carolina, The Draft Horse Journal, O. Henry Magazine and Pinestraw Magazine. She is working on her first novel and a non-fiction work as well as building a fence and fighting a mortal brawl with weeds along the creek bed.

The Shoe Burnin': Stories of the Southern Soul

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ImageEmilie Staat
Emilie Staat’s essay Tango Face won the Faulkner-Wisdom Nonfiction Prize in 2012. She is working on a memoir about life and tango under the same title as well as a novel. When she is not working as a script coordinator for film and television, she writes book features for 225 Magazine and blogs at NolaFemmes and her personal blog, Jill of All Genres. She has attended the Louisiana Book Festival every year since it began in 2002.


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ImageS. Frederick Starr
S. Frederick Starr lives in Washington, D.C., is chair of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of numerous books on New Orleans, including New Orleans Unmasqued and Louis Moreau Gottschalk. He edited Inventing New Orleans: Writings of Lafcadio Hearn.

Une Belle Maison: The Lombard Plantation House in New Orleans's Bywater

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ImageMary Ann Sternberg
Mary Ann Sternberg is a non-fiction author and freelance writer with a deep appreciation for Louisiana’s history and culture. She lives in Baton Rouge and has an abiding delight in exploring the world. Her previous work includes Winding through Time: The Forgotten History and Present-Day Peril of Bayou Manchac as well as numerous articles in magazines and newspapers, including Preservation, Sierra, Saveur, Montana Magazine, the Times Picayune and the Dallas Morning News.

River Road Rambler: A Curious Traveler along Louisiana's Historic Byway

Along the River Road: Past and Present on Louisiana's Historic Byway 3rd edition

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ImageGeraldlynn Stewart
Geraldlynn Stewart is a New Orleans native and senior at KIPP Renaissance High School. She grew up in the Seventh Ward neighborhood and attended elementary school in the Tremé until Hurricane Katrina displaced her family to Houston. Shortly after returning to the city post-Katrina, Geraldlynn enrolled in KIPP Believe College Prep, an ambitious new school determined to send all of its students to college. She has attended KIPP schools since fifth grade.

Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle to Educate America's Children

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ImageMike Strain
Prior to his election as Louisiana’s commissioner of agriculture and forestry, Mike Strain was a two-term state representative, serving on the Agriculture Committee and chaired the Legislative Rural Caucus. Strain received the Future Farmers of America’s highest national award, the Honorary American Degree, and was inducted into the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction. Named Conservationist of the Year, he currently serves as president of the Southern United States Trade Association and the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture. He chairs the Animal and Plant Industries Committee of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

Livestock Brands and Marks: An Unexpected Bayou Country History

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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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