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Books Along the Teche
Literary Festival 2020 -
Dave's Haunts & Jaunts
Bus Tour
NEW IBERIA, La. --- Making an anticipated return, the "Dave's Haunts & Jaunts" bus tour departs once more this year to traverse the New Iberia of James Lee Burke's famed novels. For those Robicheaux lovers who really want to see the area through Dave's eyes, the Books Along the Teche Literary Festival (April 3-5) is offering a guided tour to some of the real-life versions of key places in the detective's world.

Sponsored by the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, the bus tour is scheduled to run Friday, April 3 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cost is $60 and includes lunch at Victor's Cafeteria.

To purchase tickets, visit .

From 10-10:30 a.m., check in at the door of Victor’s, to collect your wristband for your included meal and tour. New this year will be a Q&A discussion with resident Burke expert Howard Kingston starting at 10:30 a.m. No walk-ups will be accepted after 10:30 a.m., in order for participants to have enough time to eat before the bus leaves at 11:10 a.m. Have your questions about the Robicheaux series or author ready when you walk up to check in so you can submit them for the discussion.

Tour Stops
From 11:20 a.m. - 2 p.m., the guided bus tour will include the Burke Home, Teche Motel and more before enjoying refreshments with local artists at the festival’s art exhibit. The L'Acadian Art Guild's exhibit in the Iberia Parish Main Library (445 E. Main St.) features original artwork created by many talented local artists. Pieces will be available for purchase.

New this year, is a stop at Cane River Pecan Company. Chief Nut Officer Jady regard will be on hand to discuss his 50-year-old family business.

Return Options
At the end of the tour, participants have the option of being dropped off back in front of Victor's Cafeteria (across from Bouligny Plaza), or they can choose to remain at the library for the Music & Poetry Louisiana Style discussion at 2:30 p.m. Those who stay at the library will be responsible for their own return transportation to Bouligny Plaza.

Free Extra
Each ticket purchased also includes a return voucher for a free tour of Shadows-on-the-Teche. Built for a wealthy sugar planter in 1834, the Shadows was home to four generations before becoming a National Trust Historic Site. With so much going on the weekend of the festival, Iberia Travel has partnered with Shadows-on-the-Teche to offer this free addition to the bus tour so participants have the chance to return in their free time and see the home Burke mentions.

A spot on the tour is included with each all-inclusive pass or Friday pass purchased for the Books Along the Teche Literary Festival.

If you can't make it on Friday, never fear: the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau developed a self-guided version of the tour, so you can download or pick up a guide to the 25 stops at the welcome center (2513 Hwy. 14, New Iberia) and explore on your own.

About the Festival:
With a focus on Great Southern Writers, the Books Along the Teche Literary Festival highlights Iberia Parish authors and others who write about the unique culture of Louisiana. Events include cooking demonstrations, workshops on writing, book fair, academic symposiums, receptions, poetry, music, live oak walk, movie screenings, children's activities, readers theater and more. Participants can learn Cajun dancing or how to play bouree, and tour the areas described in the Dave Robicheaux novels. 

The festival is an event of the Iberia Preservation Alliance, formed by Iberia Cultural Resources Association, Bayou Teche Museum, Shadows-on-the-Teche and the New Iberia Main Street Program.

To purchase tickets, day passes and all inclusive passes, visit .

For festival information, e-mail or call Shadows-0n-the-Teche at (337) 369-6446. Visit or their Facebook, and sign up for festival updates on (select Dave Robicheaux news). For travel information, visit Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official parish marketing agency promoting New Iberia, Avery Island, Jefferson Island, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre as a destination. Marketing programs target leisure travelers, business travelers, media, entertainment industry, and the travel trade including group tour planners, meeting planners, sports planners and special event planners. The bureau operates a parish welcome center in New Iberia, Louisiana.
For more information on parish events and tourism assets, call the bureau at 337-365-1540 or visit