Ripple on the Red makes splash Friday, Saturday at Westside Library

The inspiration for the new Rapides Parish Library literary festival, Ripple on the Red, trickled down from Bayou Teche in New Iberia. Karen Riley Simmons, adult services and outreach manager for RPL, was asked to be on the staff of Books Along the Teche, New Iberia’s literary festival last March. 

She said the festival down there is fantastic. But, Central Louisiana also has its own very rich and active writers’ culture.

Every month, the library features a local author and artist. There about 25 book clubs for all ages at the library that Simmons facilitates in addition to the writing groups.

“And local authors are always calling to have their book signings,” said Simmons.