Sing Me A Story, Tell Me A Song: When Writing Demands Melody (Drummer And Smoke Series)
As part of our Drummers and Smoke Series, don’t miss out on the 11:30 AM, Sunday March 23rd session called, “Sing Me a Story, Tell me a Song: When Writing Demands Melody.”
There’s a reason why the best writing is easy on the ears. Language began as an aural tradition. In Western literature, the relationship between storytelling and melody dates back to the lyric poems of antiquity. That may be why Bob Dylan — who has won nearly every music award on the planet — appears to have a chance to win a Nobel Prize for Literature. But when do popular songs rate as literature? Storytellers David Simon, Tom Piazza and Luke Winslow-King consider the literary power of songwriting with journalist and host WWNO “Music Inside Out,” Gwen Thompkins.
This event will be held at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe at 1204 Decatur Street and is part of …
The Jazz Revival Revisited (Drummer and Smoke Series)
As part of our Drummer and Smoke series, we are proud to present “The Jazz Revival Revisited” featuring Tom Sancton and Dr. Michael White. This event is part of our Sunday Panel Series and will happen at 2:30 P.M. March 23 at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe. Get your tickets here by purchasing a panel pass for that day.
These two leading exponents of the traditional New Orleans clarinet style will celebrate the music of George Lewis. After his first recordings with trumpeter Bunk Johnson in the 1940’s, Lewis spearheaded the so-called jazz revival of the 1950’s and 60’s. With his lyrical tone and pulsing drive, he won fans around the world, touring widely in the U.S., Europe and Japan, making more than a hundred recordings, and inspiring generations of younger musicians to take up the banner of traditional jazz. Among them: …
Friends of Tennessee Spotlight: Helen Ingram
The Festival happens thanks to the kindness of our Friends of Tennessee.
We would like to recognize long-time supporter and patron, Helen Ingram.
“Why do I keep coming back, year after year, to the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival? That’s easy—because I’m in love with it! The arts enhance us all, and where else can I go to find them all in one place? And such a place it is. The architecture, people, sights, and sounds of the French Quarter provide a romantic backdrop unlike any other.
I share this love affair with hundreds of others—locals and out-of-towners—who make the annual pilgrimage to The Festival. We immerse ourselves in all the art and literature it has to offer, and come away from it having learned a lot and laughed a lot. That’s what makes this festival different from others. It’s literary but certainly …
Panel Listings Day by Day
Check out our listings of what is happening each day with our literary panels.
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2014 Poetry Contest – Finalists and Grand Prize Winner
The 2014 Poetry Contest was a banner event for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, in that we enjoyed a record number of submissions from some very talented poets. #TWF14 Poetry Contest Judge and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky remarked that he received “a strong field, that required a lot of attention and re-reading.” Mr. Pinsky selected ten finalists, and from these ten, two emerged as First Runner-Up and the Grand Prize Winner.
Here are our eight finalists:
Amber Adams, Denver, CO
George David Clark, Valparaiso, IN
Wayne Johns, Greensboro, NC
Andrea O’Rourke, Atlanta, GA
JoLee Passerini, Merritt Island, FL
Austen Rosenfeld, Brooklyn, NY
Anna Scotti, Burbank, CA
Jessica Smith, Oakland, CA
Our First Runner-Up is Daniel Leonard, Downingtown, PA, with his submission, “Four Poems.”
We are thrilled to announce the Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 Poetry Contest, Adie Smith! Adie Smith, originally from Southern New Mexico, currently lives in Jackson, Mississippi and is completing …
Don’t Miss The Bacchanal THIS Weekend: January 10 And 11
We invite you to join us for the New Play Bacchanal, a joint effort this January by Southern Rep and the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.
‘Tis the Season for Year-End Giving
If you haven’t yet, now is the perfect time to become a Friend of Tennessee. If you make a donation by the end of the calendar year, you can deduct it from your 2013 taxes and help us to support the cultural economy of New Orleans!
Searching for a last-minute gift for the holiday season? Make a charitable donation in that special someone’s name to earn them membership perks like free Festival passes, opportunities to mingle with the literati at VIP events, Festival merchandise, and public recognition.
To gift a membership, follow these 4 easy steps:
1. Click the “Donate Now” button below
2. Choose the appropriate membership level
3. Fill out your name first
4. Click “This is a gift” and enter the recipient’s name and we’ll credit the membership donation to their name.
If you prefer to purchase a membership by phone, call our office at (504) 581-1144.
Below are just some of the ways your …
End Of Year Ideas: Gifts And Donations!
We are thankful for Friends and supporters like you. As the year wraps up we want to thank all of you that have given of time, talent and tickets as well as our members and sponsors. For our 28th anniversary (March 19-23) we are thrilled to offer a stellar group of literary, theater and musical talent that will gather for the 2014 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.
In 2013 we were able to continue with our Coffee and Conversation series, and our writeNOW program, as well as to offer one of the premiere literary events in the nation to you. This season we would be thankful if you shared your enjoyment for the Festival with others.
Take advantage of our holiday gift special with a discounted panel pass or all access pass for a gift that you can share and enjoy. Buy …
Tomorrow Night Only, Don’t Miss Your Last Chance For Tickets, Books and Booze Literary Scavenger Hunt!
Join us tomorrow as we bring literature and writing to life with an evening that celebrates local bookstores, authors and readers alike! With beer generously provided by Southern Eagle Distributors and coffee (whiskey encouraged) by Bon Temps , the writers and bookstores that this city celebrates will come together for a night to remember.
“It’s a scavenger hunt through the French Quarter for book lovers and trivia geeks, and it’s laden with alcohol along the way. Local authors will be on hand to ask questions (and also to serve as clues), and teams will race around bookstores and literary landmarks to answer questions, pick up clues and complete challenges.”
Exerpted from the Gambit: http://www.bestofneworleans.com/blogofneworleans/archives/2013/11/19/take-a-bookish-boozy-race-through-the-french-quarter-this-friday
Books and Booze French Quarter Literary Scavenger Hunt
Event Details: Friday, November 22nd, 2013, at the Beauregard-Keyes House (1113 Chartres St.)
Last chance - GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY! Tickets will be available until Friday afternoon.
Support the …
Cats, Iguanas and a Menagerie of Talent Slated for the 28th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, March 19-23, 2014
NEW ORLEANS– A stellar group of literary, theater and musical talent will gather for the 2014 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, marking its 28th fête honors the legendary Tennessee Williams, his works, and literary life in the adopted city he called his “spiritual home” and features two days of master classes; a roster of lively discussions among distinguished panelists; celebrity interviews; theater, food and music events; a scholars’ conference; short fiction, poetry and one-act play competitions; a breakfast book club; French Quarter literary walking tours; a book fair; and special evening events and parties.
“I am delighted that we are able to bring so many of Tennessee Williams’ masterpieces to our audiences this year,” said Executive Director Paul Willis. “In addition, we are thrilled to add such a broad spectrum of established and rising literary stars to the mix.”
The programming schedule is still taking shape but some of the …
NEW EVENT: French Quarter Books and Booze Crawl (and coffee too!) Friday, November 22, 2013
This trivia and book crawl through the great bookstores and literary landmarks of the French Quarter will be a night to remember.
Write Well and Make Something Happen: Q&A with #TWF14 Fiction Contest Judges Victor LaValle and Emily Raboteau
This year, we will have not one, but two acclaimed authors, Victor LaValle and Emily Raboteau, serve as judges for our sixth annual Fiction Contest. We were thrilled when the couple said yes to our request—especially since this might well be the first time in the history of writing contests that a husband-and-wife duo are playing joint literary arbiters.
Between them, Emily and Victor have a Pushcart Prize, awards from Whiting Writers’ and the Chicago Tribune, fellowships from the Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts, and the Key to Southeast Queens. Victor’s most recent novel, The Devil in Silver, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2012. Emily’s latest book, a memoir entitled Searching for Zion, was named by the Huffington Post as a “Best Book of 2013.”
We talked to Victor and Emily about their early writing careers, parenthood, …
We Wholeheartedly Thank Whole Foods Market
It was a success! Thanks to you and your healthy appetite The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival raised some good dough at our 5% Day at Veterans Whole Foods Market on August 7th. We couldn’t have done it without you and Whole Foods Market. We thank all who were involved!
Foodies lookout: this year’s lineup will have many more opportunities to support the Festival with an excellent spread of delightful food events. Hope you’re hungry for some more!
(Pictured: Festival Board Member Tracy Ferrington, owner of Social Butterfly; Amy Wong, Festival Associate Director; and Tennessee Williams, courtesy of The Times-Picayune)
Join Us for Coffee and Conversation!
Our Coffee and Conversation series kicks off this September at the Jefferson Parish Library. This series includes local author interviews, book signings of their latest releases, Q&A sessions, and complimentary coffee.
All events are free and open to the public. They are held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. and take place in the meeting rooms of the East Bank Regional Library at 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. in Metairie.
7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013
Michael Sartisky: A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana
A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana is a commemorative hardcover edition limited to 3,000 copies. This large-format volume encompasses 450 color pages featuring approximately 275 artists and photographers. For art collectors and enthusiasts, for followers of Louisiana history, and for keepers of Louisiana pride, this book is testimony to the state’s artistic culture.
The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth: The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane Presents “Romeo and Juliet”
Hot on the heels of its critical success The Merry Wives of Windsor, our Festival friends at The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane present William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet under the direction of Amy Holtcamp as part of its 20th anniversary season.
Holtcamp brings to the stage a play beloved all over the world for the tragic romance of its star-crossed lovers. But it is the story, too, of an enduring feud between the Capulet and Montague families – a conflict grown so deadly that it throws an entire city into turmoil. The danger on the streets is palpable: armed enemies from both sides lurk around corners, while the Prince threatens death to anyone who is caught up in the clash. When Romeo and his Juliet rise above the old grudges, their love may heal the deep divisions in Verona…or bring the whole city crashing …
Lit Couple to Judge 6th Annual Fiction Contest
Victor LaValle and Emily Raboteau will jointly judge our 6th Annual Fiction Contest.
Back at the office, we’re tallying up everything that went into making it a truly memorable weekend. Here are a few of our Festival figures:
9,500+ audience seats filled at 29 panels, 17 theater performances, 7 special events, 8 master classes, 6 walking tours, the Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference, and writeNOW, our educational outreach program
150+ authors, thespians, musicians, chefs, and performers (including bounce dancers, burlesque performers, and a ukulele player)
150 invaluable volunteers who helped take tickets, sell concessions, register guests, and man the info desk and box office
44 generous sponsors and 185 Friends of Tennessee who keep the literary arts vibrant and accessible
25 raucous Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest contenders (Pictured above: Dewey Caddell, whose melancholy moans earned him the first place. Photo by Earl Perry.)
2,500 cups of Hendrick’s Gin cocktails consumed (Pictured right: (That delectable Night at the Iguana punch! Photo by Ride …
Top 3 Attended Literary Panel Discussions
New Orleans in 1920s: Bohemians, Baby Dolls, and Storyville
Writing New Orleans: the Most “Exotic” Place in America
Conversation with Michael Cunningham
Most Popular Master Classes
Scenes from a Screenwriter’s Notebook: John Patrick Shanley: Big Screen Stories
Resurrect the Past: Susan Straight: Mining History for Your Book
A Sense of Time and Place in Literary Fiction: Zachary Lazar: Mapping and Timing Narrative Space (Pictured right. Photo by Ride Hamilton.)
Overheard at the Festival
“#TWF13 Festival author (and 2013 fiction writing contest judge) Michael Cunningham talks marriage and divorce in his impromptu #SixWordStory http://ow.ly/jmezf”
“Heinz Heisl and Magdalena Kauz come all the way from Austria to pose with Tennessee! http://tinyurl.com/cy88qj5” (Pictured, right. Tennessee Williams courtesy of The Times-Picayune.)
“Don’t miss out on seeing literary rockstars like #TWF13 performers Bryan Batt, Harry Shearer, Michael Arata, and Cristine McMurdo-Wallis! Visit our Festival box office now! But in the meantime, check out this clip of Bryan Batt and Alison Fraser leaving the stage after their reading of ‘Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen…’ Thursday night. http://ow.ly/jlwR7”
“Ayana Mathis, Leonard Pitts, Jr., and Susan Straight wave hello from the 2013 #TennesseeWilliams Festival! #TWF13 http://ow.ly/jlwu9”
“Between her starring roles at the #TWF13, Cristine McMurdo-Wallis enjoys the spirited sounds of Tanya and Dorsie on Royal St. http://tinyurl.com/bnct2bn”
“Her name is Moira Crone, and she’s here to tell you a #SixWordStory http://ow.ly/jj4hb”
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Local independent bookseller Garden District Book Shop offered Festival authors’ books for sale, along with special books about Louisiana and all things Tennessee. How many of these Festival best-sellers are on your nightstand? (Photo by Earl Perry.)
The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, Arielle Eckstut & David Henry Sterry
The “Baby Dolls”: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition, Kim Marie Vaz
The Miniature Wife and Other Stories, Manuel Gonzales
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, Ayana Mathis
Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 20′s, John Shelton Reed
Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading, Maureen Corrigan
Shoot the Money, Chris Wiltz
Take the 2013 Festival Survey
Fill out our brief survey for a chance to win a free Stella-a-a! tank top.
7 Important Festival News Items
1. Every year, major stars gather to pay tribute to Tennessee. Join us for this year’s tribute, Tennessee Williams in Others’ Words. Among the presenters is Don Murray, the film icon who starred alongside Marilyn Monroe in Bus Stop and worked with our namesake playwright himself.
2. Only A Paper Moon: A Tennessee Williams Songbook captures the soul of Tennessee and puts it to music. If you can’t make it to our Fundraiser Gala, you can still catch a performance of the songbook on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
3. Our 2013 Festival Raffle is offering a grand prize worth $2,000 – including a VIP All-Access Pass, a Swag Bag overflowing with concessions, and a 2013 Library of many of the books and authors featured at our Festival this year. All books will be autographed by authors, and all prize items will …
Revisit Tennessee’s French Quarter Stomping Grounds: Literary Walking Tours
New Orleans — and especially the French Quarter — played a very vital part in shaping Tennessee Williams. When he came here for the first time, he was Tom Williams. When he left here a couple months later, he was going as Tennessee, having undergone a tremendous change in his personal life and his creativity.
A man perpetually on the move, Tennessee considered this city his “spiritual home” and had at least eight residences in its famous neighborhoods. Revisit the homes and hangouts where he lived and worked and returned to throughout his adult life, beloved spots that helped to make Tennessee America’s greatest playwright.
Each Literary Walking Tour will start with an introduction by Dr. Kenneth Holditch. Read on for the days and times of our six Literary Walking Tours.
Event: Literary Walking Tour
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Tour meets in the Hotel Monteleone …
“STELLA-A-A-A!”: The Stella/Stanley Shouting Contest Returns!
That’s right, the Tennessee Williams Festival’s annual Stella/Stanley Shouting Contest is back for #TWF13! Read on for details on this very special event and our sponsor, Hendrick’s Gin, as well as footage from past contests and the Shouting Contest Practice videos on Vine!
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The 27th Annual Stella/Stanley Shouting Contest
Join the #TWF13 Stanley/Stella Shouting Contest and vie to rival Stanley Kowalski’s shout for “STELLAAAAA!!!” in the unforgettable scene from A Streetcar Named Desire. The most outrageous, unique, and convincing rendition wins! Shouters are also welcome to try a little role reversal and yell “STANLEYYYY!” instead. Whichever name you decide to shout, remember to bring your A-game because prizes will be awarded.
Date: Sunday March 24, 2013
Time: 4:15 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Jackson Square
Price: Free and open to the public
This event is made possible by the generous support of Hendrick’s Gin.
Sponsor Spotlight: Hendrick’s Gin
Hendrick’s is a most unusual Gin that has taken the world by storm since it was first introduced, thanks to its delightfully unique flavour, which combines a distinct blend of eleven botanicals, as well as the signature infusions of Cucumber and Rose petals, producing a wonderfully refreshing gin with a delightfully unique aroma. Hand crafted in Scotland in miniscule batches, Hendrick’s uses a marriage of spirits from a Carter-Head and Copper Pot Still, a combination produces a divinely smooth gin that has both the required character and balance of subtle flavours.
Since its induction in the US, Hendrick’s has gained widespread acclaim and received numerous awards, including a Double gold medal at the San Francisco International Spirits Competition; “Gin of the Year” at the Food and Wine Magazine Awards, and voted “World’s Best Gin” by the Wall Street Journal.
Check Out Our Shouts on Youtube and Vine
It’s no secret that our annual Stanley/Stella Shouting Contest features impassioned participants from around the country who take their shouting very seriously. Each year at the climax of the Festival the Stanley/Stella shouters resurrect the memory of Marlon Brando’s impassioned “STELLA-A-A-A!!” from the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire.
In celebration of this stellar event, we asked local New Orleanians to let us capture their best shouts in a Vine video, as practice for the 2013 contest. Read on for links to our “Stanley/Stella Shouting Contest Practice” clips, as well as YouTube videos from past contests. Remember, the competition gets stiffer with each passing year, so take a look at these clips to pick up a few pointers for the #TWF13 contest!
Follow us on Vine, Instagram, and Twitter (@TWFestNOLA) for video updates throughout the Festival weekend!
#TWF13 Shouting Contest Practice: Round 1 (Vine)
#TWF13 Shouting Contest Practice: Round 2 …
Cocktails and Conversation with Festival Author, Kit Wohl
Among the 2013 Festival’s many special events, is the Saturday afternoon discussion of classic New Orleans cocktails led by author Kit Wohl and mixologist Hadi Kitiri-Idrissi. Wohl, Festival speaker and author of the critically acclaimed Classic New Orleans cookbook series, will lend her culinary expertise to the 2013 Festival’s Saturday afternoon special event, “Sipping on a New Orleans Afternoon.”
Read on for more information about author Kit Wohl and details on this must-attend special event.
Special Event: “Sipping on a New Orleans Afternoon”
The 2013 Festival special event, “Sipping on a New Orleans Afternoon,” pairs critically acclaimed author Kit Wohl with mixologist Hadi Kitiri-Idrissi, to sample and discuss historic New Orleans beverages at Arnaud’s iconic French 75 Bar. Wohl will share from her latest book, New Orleans Classic Cocktails, which boasts over sixty recipes from absinthe cocktails to Tennessee Williams’ beverage of choice, the Sazerac.
Spend a relaxing Saturday afternoon sampling Old New Orleans Rum specialty drinks while listening to history, musings, and stories about the history of cocktails in New Orleans. For the price of admission, this special event also includes a signed copy of Wohl’s latest book, New Orleans Classic Cocktails.
Event: “Sipping on a New Orleans Afternoon”
Date: Saturday March 23, 2013
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Arnaud’s French 75 Bar, 813 Bienville
Ticket Type: Special Event
Price: $30, or included in All-Access Pass
Ticket Code: SippingSat130pm
Bryan Batt Reads at the Festival’s Thursday Night Event
Mad Men’s Bryan Batt will be performing at the Thursday night theater event “Those Rare Electrical Things Between People: Readings of Three One-Act Plays by Tennessee Williams,” along with Harry Shearer, Alison Fraser, Cristine McMurdo-Wallis, and Nell Nolan. Batt will be reading Tennessee Williams’ “Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen…” alongside Alison Fraser.
Read on for a full description of the event, or peruse the 2013 Festival program for our selection of panel discussion, master class, and theater offerings.
Event: Those Rare Electrical Things Between People: Readings of Three One-Act Plays by Tennessee Williams
Description: This year’s Festival kicks off with an entertaining trio of Tennessee Williams’s one-act gems. Written when the author was only 28, “The Palooka” is an age-old tale of youth and age in which an up-and-coming fighter comes face-to-face with his hero, and perhaps his …
Tennessee Returns! Actor Jeremy Lawrence as Tennessee Williams
Crowd favorite Jeremy Lawrence returns to the 2013 Festival to explore the character of our eponymous playwright, Tennessee Williams. The actor and writer has a knack for personifying cultural greats like Tennessee, and also appears as Albert Einstein. This year, Lawrence will lend his talents to two Festival theater events: “There’s No Way We Can’t Finally Win,” an exploration of Williams’ personality and career; and “Tennessee Williams in Others’ Words,” a piecing together of Williams’ life through the eyes of those who knew him best.
Read on for a full description of these events, or peruse the 2013 Festival program for our selection of panel discussion, master class, and theater offerings.
Event: There’s No Way We Can’t Finally Win
Description: A new exploration of Tennessee Williams, arranged and performed by Jeremy Lawrence, culled from essays, letters and his works, many unpublished, and mostly …
Experience Tennessee Williams’ “Auto-Da-Fe” Performed on a Live Set in the French Quarter
The annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is known for its stellar theater performances, and this year is no different. Tennessee Williams’ one-act, “Auto-Da-Fe,” has two scheduled showings during the Festival and uses the French Quarter itself as a set!
The term auto da fe refers to a ritual of public penance that took place during the Spanish Inquisition, which makes it that much more appropriate as the title of Tennessee Williams’ one-act which will be performed using the historic New Orleans French Quarter as a live – and very public – set.
Directed by Jef Hall-Flavin and starring Cristine McMurdo-Wallis and Ben Berry, “Auto-Da-Fe” brings to life the story of puritanical Eloi Duvenet, who is over 30 and still lives with his mother. We find the two of them squabbling on the balcony of their Vieux Carre boarding house as the …
Festival Offerings That Help You Get Published
Need help navigating the complex process of publishing your work? Take advantage of these 6 Festival offerings designed specifically to help you get published.
1. “The Art of Self-Publishing”
Description: Cornell Landry provides practical tips for the self-published author. A great class for those tired of the query cycle or for anyone who might have wondered what self-publishing is all about.
Event Type: Master Class
Instructor: Cornell Landry
Date: Thursday March 21
Time: 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Location: Historic New Orleans Collection
Price: Single ticket ($25), or included in Master Class Full Series Pass ($175) or All-Access Pass ($500)
Ticket Code: MC-LandryTh9am
2. “The Art of the Debut: Writers on Their First Books”
Description: Panelists tell how they got their first fiction byline, ensnared their agents, won fellowships, maintained (or chucked) their day jobs and kept their sanity as they gained their bona fides as writers.
Event Type: Panel Discussion
Panelists: Manuel Gonzales, …
Get the Most Out of Your Festival Experience
Are you planning your Festival itinerary? Trying to decide which ticket types to buy? Want to score seats for those coveted wait-listed events? Consult our Sample Day at the Festival guide below to help make your choices. Plus, get a detailed explanation of ticket packages and a list of newly available events.
24 Hours of Tennessee: A Sample Day at the Festival
A five-day celebration of literature and Tennessee Williams is an exciting prospect, to be sure. But given this bevy of programming options, how does one decide which events to attend?
Fear not, Festival Fans, we have compiled a Sample Day at the Festival with suggestions on everything from panel discussions and master classes, to dining and after-hours venues. For our Sample Day, we chose Saturday, March 23rd, 2013. You, however, can browse the 2013 program and create your own Festival schedule. Read on to see how you can make the best of your Festival experience.
Day Four of the Festival: Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
START AT THE BEGINNING
Start your morning with a hot cup of French Market Coffee in the place where locals say the French Quarter really begins: the Hotel Monteleone lobby. During your visit to the Crescent City, you will want to experience as …
Seats Now Available for Select Wait-Listed Events
Previously, we announced that a few of our limited-seating events were on hold. We are pleased to let you know that we now have tickets available for the following events:
Restaurant Scoop from the Virtual Gourmet with John Mariani: Friday, March 22nd at 5:30 PM
Ticket Code: RestaurFri530pm
Sipping on a New Orleans Afternoon: Saturday, March 23rd at 1:30 P.M.
Ticket Code: SippingSat130pm
At Tennessee’s Table: Sunday, March 24th at 11:30 A.M.
Ticket Code: TableSun1130am
Only a limited number of tickets are available so buy your tickets now!
Buying Tickets, Demystified: Browse Our Best Packages
VIP All-Access Pass
The VIP All-Access Pass grants unlimited access to the Festival’s 70 literary and theatrical events over the course of the entire weekend. Oh, and did we mention it comes with an invitation to our exclusive VIP party? The VIP All-Access Pass is a must for any Festival-goer wanting the complete Tennessee Williams experience, with a VIP twist.
One-Day Festival Panel Pass
Good for a specific day of your choosing, a One-Day Festival Panel Pass grants you access to all of the panels, “Conversations With” events, and music events, as well as the One-Act Play Contest reading and production. The best part? You don’t need individual reservations, just drop in and join the fun. The One-Day Panel Pass is perfect for those who want to experience the Festival on a flexible schedule.
Access: Approximately 30 different programs (Access limited to …
Polish Your Writing Skills in Our Master Classes
Interested in sharpening your fiction writing skills, shopping your book to an agent, or even delving into the world of screenwriting? Discuss these topics, and many more, in a personalized learning environment with our professional instructors. Headlining our 2013 Festival Master Class series are authors Zachary Lazar (novelist) and John Patrick Shanley (Oscar-winning screenwriter), among many other established writers. Read on for author interviews, as well as descriptions for all 2013 Master Class offerings.
Menu of 2013 Master Classes
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Master Class: The Art of Self-Publishing
Instructor: Cornell Landry
Cost: $25 individually, or included in Full Series Pass $175
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: The Historic New Orleans Collection
Master Class: A Sense of Time and Place in Literary Fiction
Instructor: Zachary Lazar
Cost: $25 individually, or included in Full Series Pass $175
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: The Historic New Orleans Collection
Q&A with Critically Acclaimed Author and Master Class Instructor, Zachary Lazar
For his novel Sway, Zachary Lazar ventured back to the London of the 1960s. In his memoir, Evening’s Empire: The Story of My Father’s Murder, he retraces the more personal history of his own father’s life. Lazar, whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and elsewhere, will conduct the Master Class “A Sense of Time and Place in Literary Fiction” for the 2013 Festival. During this class he will share the tools of setting scenes from different time periods and places, while discussing narrative elements such as voice and character. We sat down with Lazar for a more in-depth discussion about the class, his memoir, and what’s on his personal reading list.
Your latest book, a memoir called Evening’s Empire: The Story of My Father’s Murder, attempts to elucidate the mysterious circumstances surrounding …
A Word from Oscar-Winning Screenwriter and Master Class Instructor, John Patrick Shanley
During the class Shanley discusses his screen and stage career, and offers insider wisdom and his personal thoughts on the writing life. Facilitated by Thomas Keith, an editor and leading authority on contemporary theater, this session promises lively conversation.
A Conversation with Harry Shearer, Artist-Activist Extraordinaire
We attempt to pick his endlessly creative brain and hold our own alongside his disarming wit.
2013 Festival Raffle: Win the Festival Library!
Win dozens of new releases and classics penned by our speakers and help support our WriteNow outreach program.
3rd Annual Poetry Contest Top 10 Finalists and Winner
Congrats to all our finalists and our grand prize winner! We’d like thank all the poets who submitted work for consideration and we hope you will continue writing and look forward to reading your future work.
Save the Date… Bold. Bracing. Bacchanal.
Warm up your winter with The New Play Bacchanal.
Presented January 10-11 by Southern Rep and the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, The New Play Bacchanal is a weekend event loaded with raw work and fresh voices, ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime. Events include:
A 6×6 Playslam,
Staged Readings and a Masterclass Discussion with Southern Rep’s Ruby Prize winner and finalists,
Special Presentations of Gabrille Reisman’s The Panama Limited and Greg Herren’s Grande Dames of New Orleans, and
“Five by Tenn” – a revue of five Tennessee Williams scenes – from cultural classics to the rarely performed.
And, of course, no Bacchanal would be complete without the famed Toga Party to cap it off.
Intrigued? Lock down your spot today by purchasing your tickets here. We’re offering individual event tickets as well as the all-access pass, our multi-event deal that gives even the most ambitious …
Oprah Picks Ayana Mathis’ “Twelve Tribes of Hattie”
Ayana Mathis‘s debut novel, Twelve Tribes of Hattie is the latest Oprah Book Club pick. “The opening pages of Ayana’s debut took my breath away,” Oprah said. “I can’t remember when I read anything that moved me in quite this way, besides the work of Toni Morrison.”
When we read the book’s galleys some months back, we had a similar reaction and immediately invited her to attend our 2013 Festival. We’re thrilled that she accepted and can’t wait to host her in March. Ayana will speak on two panels at the Festival: “The Art of the Debut: Writers on their First Books,” during which we imagine she’ll have lots to say about after her wild journey in Oprah-land, and “The South: Literature of Exile, Refuge and Return,” alongside Vivek Bald and John Jeremiah Sullivan.
To hear Ayana, and other talented new (and new-ish) …
An Evening of Cocktails & Antique Jewelry to Benefit the Festival
Join us Wednesday, December 12th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m at Keil’s Antiques in the French Quarter.
Q&A with Rene Brunet and Jack Stewart, Authors of “There’s One in Your Neighborhood: The Lost Movie Theaters of New Orleans”
Prytania Theater owner Rene Brunet has teamed up with urbanologist Jack Stewart and book publisher Arthur Hardy to produce a beautiful book that chronicles more than 100 lost movie theaters in metro New Orleans.
Holiday Sale: Save Up to 20% On Tickets
Searching for the perfect present for your favorite bibliophile, writer, or theater lover? Give them a VIP All-Access, Master Class, or Panel Pass to the 27th annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, and you’ll be giving the gift of inspiration. Hurry, offer ends January 4th!
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Board Member Spotlight: Mary Langlois
Get to know the faces behind the Festival with our new enewsletter Q&A, featuring candid interviews with board members, sponsors, and Friends of Tennessee! If you’re interested in getting involved with the Festival, check out our website or send us an email at email@example.com.
Today we’ve got board member, Secretary, and Co-Chair of Development, Mary Langlois, in the hot seat.
But first, a little bit about Langlois: Langlois has served as Director of Alumnae Affairs at the Newcomb College of Tulane University and Director of the Newcomb College Centennial Celebration. She was the Capital Fund Director for New Orleans’ Audubon Zoo and served six years as Tulane University Hospital’s Director of Volunteer Services. She also spent time as a child welfare caseworker with the Jefferson Parish Children’s Division and a day care supervisor with the Orleans Parish Area Welfare Department. Langlois has facilitated board retreats, provided …
Sponsor Spotlight: Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
David Johnson is executive editor of Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine and KnowLA, the digital encyclopedia of Louisiana (knowla.org), two projects of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. During his twenty years editing the magazine, the publication has won more than 100 awards from the Press Club of New Orleans.
As editor of Cultural Vistas, how have you seen the magazine change during your tenure and what is the greatest challenge for you in this age of so many changes in print communication?
Louisiana Cultural Vistas has grown by leaps and bounds during my twenty years with the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. In 1992, when I started on the job as a wide-eyed recent college graduate from the Midwest, the magazine was a 24-page largely black-and-white publication — color was a rare luxury — but today it is 100 pages, full color, and with a digital, online …
Friend of Tennessee Spotlight: Margaret Dziedic
Get to know the faces behind the Festival with our new Q&As, featuring candid interviews with board members, sponsors, and Friends of Tennessee!
Q&A with Carolyn Morrow Long, Author of “Madame Lalaurie, Mistress of The Haunted House”
An avid researcher of New Orleans history, Long gives a factual account of Madame Delphine Lalaurie’s infamous life as a wealthy society matron accused of torturing her slaves.
Advertise in Our Commemorative Program
An ad in the program will drive traffic to your business before, during, and after the Festival! Reserve your ad now; the deadline for our print version is February 3.
Q&A with Moira Crone, Author of “The Not Yet”
We quizzed Moira Crone, a featured speaker at Coffee & Conversation 2012, on her latest book, its chaotic New Orleans Islands setting, and its darkly immortal characters.
Time for Coffee and Conversation!
Our free series kicks off this October at the Jefferson Parish Library. Join us for local author interviews, book signings, Q&A sessions, and complimentary French Market Coffee.
Join Us Sept. 5 at the Fourth Annual Culture Collision
Join us for the city-wide celebration to kick-off the cultural season in New Orleans. We’re raffling off some goodies, including Stella tanks, posters, and literary panel passes to the 2013 Festival.
Poetry Contest Deadline Extended to September 1!
Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to share your work and win $1,000 and accolades galore!
Highlights from the 2012 Festival
Miss the Fest? Not to worry! Our talented friends at NOLAFugees filmed everything from literary panels and theater to burlesque and gin fizzes.
Get Inspired at the Tennessee Williams Writers’ Workshop
Led by industry professionals, our one-day workshop will take your work to the next level. Register by Oct. 1 to reserve your seat!
Summer Ticket Special: $395 for VIP All-Access Passes
Save more than 20% on your golden ticket to the 2013 Festival! Offer ends August 31, 2012.
Q&A with Marvin Andrade, Sales Manager at the Hotel Monteleone
Get the inside scoop on our host hotel, from tipples and fine dining to Faulkner and paranormal beings.
Win $1,000 in Our Poetry Contest!
Enter for a fantastic opportunity to share your work and win accolades galore. The winner will be chosen by poet Ava Leavell Haymon.
Susan Larson’s Blog: Q&A with Chris Hannan, 2012 Poetry Contest Winner
Chris shares the inspiration behind his winning work, ‘”The Nephilim,” and more.
Pamela Binnings Ewen’s “Moon in the Mango Tree” Wins National Award
“The Moon in the Mango Tree”, penned by Festival board member and panelist Pamela Binnings Ewen, won the Eudora Welty Memorial Award given by The National League of American Pen Women in their 2012 Biennial Letters Competition.
Me and Tennessee
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Take Our Survey
We hope you found the 2013 Festival enriching and entertaining. Take our survey for a chance to win a free Stella-a-a! tank top.
Susan Larson’s Blog: The Kindness of Writers, Part Deux
Alex Cook takes readers on a whirlwind tour of good times in south Louisiana.
Mint Juleps, Book Fair, Stella, and More!
The 26th annual Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival is only days away! We’re busy putting the finishing touches to what we’re hoping will be the best Fest yet.
Mint Juleps at the Road Food Festival
Refresh yourself between events with one of our famous, signature mint juleps at our booth at the New Orleans Road Food Festival. We’ll be at the French Market on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25. Our juleps will be served in special Mardi Gras keepsake cups! Read all about Maureen Detweiler’s Mint Julep Mix for a Crowd (pictured).
Our New Orleans To Do List
Support our wonderful Festival sponsors with your patronage.
Q&A with Elena Passarello, the 2011 Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest Winner
We caught up with Elena to learn the secret of a winning shout.
Susan Larson’s Blog: Piper Laurie’s Got Tales to Tell
And in Learning to Live Out Loud, her own is the most interesting of all.
Every fan of movies and plays and television has a favorite version of Piper Laurie — in The Hustler, The Glass Menagerie, Twin Peaks, The Grass Harp or Rich in Love, the list just goes on and on — but after reading Learning to Live Out Loud, you may find that your favorite version of her is the true, complex woman behind all those well-known roles. Piper Laurie is a truth-teller, that’s for sure.
Susan Larson’s Blog: “Broomstick” Will Sweep You Away
John Biguenet’s new play makes its local debut in a staged reading at the festival.
Susan Larson’s Blog: For the Aspiring Writers
We know that readers love the Tennessee Williams Festival. But writers love it too! They enter our contests in fiction and poetry, they gain inspiration from master classes, and this year, we’ve added two events that are designed for aspiring writers: the New Orleans Writing Marathon and Pitchapalooza.
Priceless Raffle: Win the Festival Library!
Purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win our 2012 Festival library, a collection of over 50 prize-winning books, films and CDs by speakers appearing at the Festival. The grand prize is worth over $2,000, and is great way to take the Festival home with you. For a chance to win these prizes, buy a raffle ticket ($5) or three ($10).
Susan Larson’s Blog: Late Night with Lafcadio!
A Q&A with the People Say Project’s Brian Boyles and Jarret Lofstead. We’re teaming up with these innovative minds to bring you the Literary Late Night: Lafcadio Hearn Revue.
Check us out in 360 West Magazine and The Tulane Hullabaloo
360 West, a lifestyle magazine from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, gives the scoop on the Festival experience in New Orleans Gets Booked Up.
And Tulane University talks Streetcar and Shouting Contest in Pop Culture Inspired by New Orleans.
2012 Poetry Contest Results
We’re delighted to announce the finalists and the grand prize winner of our 2nd Annual Poetry Contest, selected by Louisiana Poet Laureate Julie Kane.
Outdoor Screening of “A Streetcar Named Desire” on Friday, March 9
Get your tickets ($3-6 plus booking fee), grab a blanket, and head to the New Orleans Museum of Art’s gorgeous Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.
Festival President on GoNOLA Radio
Listen to a preview of the Festival’s events from our board president Janet Daley Duval on GoNOLA Radio here. All the events she mentioned can be found on our schedule. Tickets are available via our order form.
Susan Larson’s Blog: The Kindness of Writers
An chat with New Orleans writer Candice Proctor (aka C.S. Harris), who joined the panel “Bet You Can’t Read Just One: Mysteries for Fun.”
One-Act Play Contest Winner Announcement
We have a winner for our One-Act Play Contest winner!
One-Act Play Contest Finalists
We’re pleased to announce the finalists of our One-Act Play Contest!
And The Fiction Contest Winner is…
Kent Wascom’s “Extra Credit History: The Civil War by Juju Fandal” takes the top prize in our 2012 Fiction Contest.
Fiction Contest Finalists
We’re thrilled to announce the finalists of our 2012 Fiction Contest as chosen by our judge Amy Hempel.
Susan Larson’s Q&A with Tom Sancton
Get a glimpse into the life of the “Song for My Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White” author and Festival performer.
New! Susan Larson’s Blog
Read book recommendations and interviews from Susan Larson, author, editor, book critic, and Festival literary programming chair.
Reading up for the Fest!
A sneak peek at some of the books we’ll be talking about at the Festival: Peggy Scott Laborde and Tom Fitzmorris’s Lost Restaurants of New Orleans will make you forsake that January diet, and John Barry’s Roger Williams and the Birth of the American Soul will give you something to think about during this election year.