New Orleans Public Library
African American Resource Center

Tom Dent Literary Festival
Authors Showcase
November 1 20, 2007

The Tom Dent Literary Festival took place at the New Orleans Public Library November 1-3, 2007. The three day event included an Authors Showcase, Storytelling with Angela the Yarnspinner and a Saturday afternoon Forum. The program was sponsored by the African American Resource Center with a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the generous support of the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library.

City Librarian Donna Schremser welcomes all to the start of the festival at the Authors Showcase.

This year's Showcase featured authors Roscoe Orman (l) and Ronald Guathier (r).

Author Ronald Gauthier chants with City Librarian Donna Schremser before the start of the program.

Author and actor Roscoe Orman, who stars as Gordon on the long running PBS program, Sesame Street, talked to the audience about his experiences as an actor and his time spent in New Orleans as a member of the Free Southern Theatre.

Following the author presentations, the authors answered questions from the audience. The Authors Showcase was the first evening program held at the Main branch of the New Orleans Public Library since Hurricane Katrina.

Valencia Hawkins, Head of the African American Resource Center chats with (l-r) authors Roscoe Orman and Ron Gauthier, and City Librarian Donna Schremser.

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