The festival is slated for Saturday, February 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Central School Arts and Humanities Center, 809 Kirby Street in Lake Charles. The free-to-the-public event will take up the entire first floor and will feature workshops, arts and crafts for children and vendor booths.

Promoting literacy is what the second annual SWLA Family Book Festival is all about, and organizers state that this year’s event will be bigger and better.

“You name it. We will have something for everyone,” said Linda Hurst, event organizer.

The festival is slated for Saturday, February 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Central School Arts and Humanities Center, 809 Kirby Street in Lake Charles. The free-to-the-public event will take up the entire first floor and will feature workshops, arts and crafts for children and vendor booths. A variety of genres will be represented, and there will be author presentations.

“The writers will actually have time to sit down, read excerpts and talk with the audience,” said Rose Henney, event co-organizer.

According to Hurst, last year’s event attracted over 100 attendees and around 10 writer-participants. This year, over two dozen authors have committed to the festival – many of them from the local area and some coming in from as far as Baton Rouge and parts of Texas. And with such a variety of genres represented, attendance expectations are high.

“We had such great feedback from last year, and we look forward to doing it all again,” said Hurst.

“We want to encourage as many people as we can to come out and see what we have,” said Henney, “We want build up this event and get everyone reading.”

For more information, contact Hurst at (214) 929-8368 or email her via HYPERLINK “mailto:linda@lindahurst.com” linda@lindahurst.com. Henney can be contacted at (337) 274-7178. You can also contact them through their Facebook page – SWLA Family Book Festival.