My french book fest 2023

November 1-4

Alliance Française · 1519 Jackson Ave.

Welcome to the New Orleans premier young literature festival in French - My French Book Fest! Join us as we embark on a captivating literary journey, bringing together French authors from around the world to inspire and ignite the love for reading and storytelling.

My French Book Fest invites you to discover children's French literature and to meet authors from November 1 to 4 at the Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans. This event is for everyone, from ages 3 to 99 years old.


November 1-3 : Field Trips from 8:30am-3pm
November 1 : Book Fair  & Events from 4:30-7pm
November 3 : Book Fair  & Events from 4:30-7pm
November 4 : Family Day, Book Fair & Events from 10am-6pm

Wed. Nov. 1

Thursday Nov. 2

Friday Nov. 3

Saturday Nov. 4

10am Doors open 

11am Children's activities begin (details below)


Doors open to the public

Doors open to public

Author signing with Raphael Martin


Discussion with Illustrators

Readings by Rhéa Dufresne


Comic Book Workshop with Sophie Saffi and Martine Sousse


Author signing with Asché and Jean Bastide

Performance by Barbada





Daily Schedule

Wednesday Nov. 1

4:30-7:00pm : Book Fair (details below)

5:00pm : Discussion with Illustrators

5:45pm : Author signing with Asché and Jean Bastide

Thursday Nov. 2

8:30am -3pm : School Field Trips to AFNO (closed to public)
AFNO is closed to the public during elementary school visits.

Friday Nov. 3

4:30-7:00 pm : Book Fair 

: Author signing with Raphaël Martin

4:45-5:15 pm : Readings by Rhéa Dufresne

5:00-6:00 pm : Comicbook workshop with Sophie Saffi and Martine Sousse

5:15-5:40 pm : Reading by Marie-France Comeau

5:45-6:45 pm : Performance by Barbada

Saturday Nov. 4

Backyard (outdoors) Room 101 (1st floor) Kids Room (1st floor)
11am Reading with Marie-France 
1pm 1:30pm - Performance by Barbada Poetry workshop with Flore de Warren
2pm Workshop with Raphaël Martin for ages 6-12 
3pm Comic book workshop with Sophie Saffi and Martine Sousse for teens and adults Until 4:30pm Reading by Marie-France
4pm Author signing with Rahpaël Martin Reading by Rhéa Dufresne
5pm Round Table discussion "What is the importance of young literature?" Guests include: Marie Cadieux, Nicolas Trost, Sophie Saffi, and Rahpaël Martin


Raphaël Martin

Raphaël Martin is a project designer and author of documentaries for young people. After studying political science, he made writing his profession by becoming an editor. Along his personal paths, he has encountered theater stages, dojos, Himalayan villages and Alpine peaks. Today, he lives in Toulouse where he writes for children, young and old.

Since 2013, he has also been associate director of OKIDOKID, an agency specializing in the creation of books and collections for young people.

Rhéa Dufresne

After studying child psychology, Rhéa Dufresne chose to give free rein to her passion for children's literature. A jack of all trades and eager to know everything, she works, in joyful disorder, as a presenter, reader and critic, editorial assistant, bookseller, trainer and even volunteer librarian.

Sophie Saffi

Professor of Italian linguistics, comparative linguistics of Romance languages ​​at Aix-Marseille University - member of the CAER research unit. She defended her doctoral thesis at Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, in 1991, under the direction of Alvaro Rocchetti, and her HDR in 2009 at the University of Provence (tutor: Henri José Deulofeu, unpublished: The person and their space in Italian, published in 2010 by Lambert-Lucas. From 2013 to 2020, vice-dean of the Faculty of Arts, Letters, Languages ​​and Human Sciences. She led the History Boards projects: comics, creators and society (2018-2020) funded by the Europe Creative program), BD translation (2019-2021) funded by the MMSH of Aix-en-Provence, Comix & Digital (2020-2023) funded by the ERASMUS + KA2 program.

Martine Sousse

Partner of Aix-Marseille University in the framework of two European projects around comics: - History Boards: Comics, creators and society”, Creative Europe Program - Comix & Digital » ERASMUS + KA2. She is the designer of the BDKreator application dedicated to the creation of comic book stories. She has produced several application projects in the field of heritage, tourism and travel and obtained the “Jury's Favorite” Prize from the Ministry of Culture for an application project around books.

Marie-France Comeau

Marie-France Comeau is an Acadian storyteller from Dalhousie in the Bay of Chaleurs. She was awarded the Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Award in early childhood literacy for her first picture-book, L'étoile dans la pomme, a Bouton d'or bestseller. Ever since, Marie-France Comeau can't seem to stop creating and traveling to tell her stories. Her duo performance show with pianist Lucien Allard, has been touring around Quebec and Acadie.

We now welcome her to New Orleans! 


Barbada de Barbades, also referred to as Miss Barbada, is a French Canadian drag queen. An elementary school music teacher by profession, Miss Barbada has also been prominently associated with Drag Queen Story Hours in Montreal, including an annual special event at the Grande Bibliothèque of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, and is a frequent host of Montreal drag brunch events.

Since 2022, Miss Barbada has stared in her own children's television show. In Barbada's wonderful world, music makes flowers grow, helps tame a bird and can even chase away bad dreams. Along with her stuffed friends Yodel, Fred and Jeremi, Barbada invites you into her home to discover music in all its forms.

Flore de Warren

Flore is the Bayard and Milan local representative for the Miami area. She is am happy to offer you a wide selection of magazines for all ages and tastes. She is passionate about meeting the needs and interests of each child.

Flore animates workshops for children and will be bringing her expertise to New Orleans!

Marie Cadieux

A woman of the theater, filmmaker and author, Marie Cadieux is originally from Moncton, New Brunswick, where she now resides after having lived in Quebec and Ontario. She was a finalist twice at the Antonine-Maillet Acadie-Vie Prize, won the Champlain Prize (for her novel Histoire de galet) and has devoted herself for seven years as literary and general director of Bouton d'or Acadie editions. She loves sharing her love of books and meeting readers.

Nicolas Trost 

Nicolas Trost, curator of the exhibition Le Montrealer, tributes from dozens of artists to The New Yorker magazine, and was shown at the Alliance Française de Toronto in 2019. Le Montréaler collective was a salute the influence of this magazine in the field of visual art. Sixty-two creators took up the concept of The Parisianer exhibition and created the covers of an imaginary magazine paying homage to the Montreal metropolis in the same style. See the works here.

Marie-Claude Réau 

After studying literature, and a detour as a French teacher in Mexico, I worked as a proofreader then an editorial assistant at J'ai Lu. I then became a journalist and section manager in women's and youth magazines before return to publishing: I was appointed editorial director of documentaries at Milan éditions in Toulouse before occupying the same position at Bayard Éditions Jeunesse. I have managed a team of two editors there for around fifteen years.

*Translated from French


Children's books in French will be available for purchase each day during the festival from the following providers:



This festival is made possible thanks to the generous support of the French Institute of the United States / Villa Albertine and in collaboration with the Villa Albertine in New OrleansMy French Book Fest is part of a 2023-2024 children's literature season, an initiative of the Consulate General of France in Louisiana / Villa Albertine. 



We would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to our partners. From around the world you have made French literature accessible to the children of New Orleans. 



In partnership with
New Orleans French Immersion Schools, the Alliance Française will host field trips on November 1-3. We want to express our heartfelt appreciation to the French immersion schools in New Orleans for their support of My French Book Fest. Your dedication to nurturing a passion for French literature in young readers is invaluable. Your commitment to bilingual education is essential in celebrating the French language and culture.



We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the sponsors of My French Book Fest 2023. Your generous support made this literary celebration a resounding success. Your dedication to promoting French language and culture is invaluable to us. Thanks to your sponsorship, we brought together French authors from around the world, creating a vibrant and inspiring environment for all attendees. Your commitment to fostering a love for French literature has left a lasting impact on our community.

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Alliance Française
de La Nouvelle-Orléans

1519 Jackson Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130

Monday-Thursday: 10am-6pm
Friday: 10am-4pm


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