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 Pass to the 27th annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, and you’ll be giving the gift of inspiration.
Purchase now to lock in these holiday prices. Hurry, offer ends January 4th!
The complete schedule will be posted on January 18th. For now, have a look at our confirmed speakers so far! Check back often, as we’re constantly updating our who’s who of the Festival line-up.
VIP All-Access Pass: $395 (regularly $500)
The VIP All-Access Pass admits to all literary panels, master classes, theater, special events, walking tours, food events, and musical performances. This pass is your ticket to:
- Discuss Eudora Welty’s classic short fiction, The Collected Stories, over coffee and pastries at the Breakfast Book Club session.
- Hear Ayana Mathis, author of Twelve Tribes of Hattie, talk about her debut, which was recently (and rightly so, we say) selected by Oprah for Book Club. Read more.
- Reminisce at a star-studded tribute “Tennessee Williams in Other(s) Words,” where Festival luminaries paint a verbal portrait of Williams using the words of those who knew the playwright well — family members, friends, directors, actors, producers, even critics — and those people who have known him only through his plays, his films, and his reputation.
- Take in New Orleans’ Four Humours Theater’s production of The Gnädiges Fräulein, a surreal work said by Williams to be “kin to vaudeville, burlesque, and slapstick, with a dash of pop art thrown in.”
- Be enthralled and thrilled by fresh literary talent at the Melanated Writers Collective‘s Literary Jook Joint event, a new addition to our Literary Late Night schedule. A evening of prose, poetry and live music to move your spirit and your feet.
- Plus, gain admittance to an exclusive “invitation-only” party with Festival authors and VIPs in the beautiful courtyard at The Historic New Orleans Collection. (The only ticket not included in the VIP pass is the Wednesday night fundraising event—details to follow.)
Also available as gifts for the holiday season: Master Class Full Series Pass: $175
Admits to all eight of the Master Classes and also includes a Festival Panel Pass ($275 value).
- Cornel Landry: Write Your Own Success Story — The Art of Self-Publishing
- Zachary Lazar: A Sense of Place and Time in Literary Fiction
- Susan Straight: Narrating History — The Past in Your Novel
- Moira Crone: A Whole New World — Speculative Fiction
- Arielle Eckstut & David Henry Sterry: Navigating the Publishing Process — Wisdom from the Book Doctors
- Author Danielle Evans & agent Ayesha Pande (pictured): Your Manuscript’s Greatest Champion — The Agent-Author Relationship
- Marsha Norman: Shaping Your Play — Writing for the Stage
- John Patrick Shanley: Scenes from a Screenwriter’s Notebook — Crafting for the Big Screen
Festival Panel Pass: $60 (regularly $75)
Admits to the “Conversations with” series; readings; the One-Act Play contest events; “Drummer and Smoke,” the day of music at the Palm Court Jazz Café; and over 25 inspiring panel discussions including:
- NEW ORLEANS IN 1920s: BOHEMIANS, BABY DOLLS, AND STORYVILLE: If you think New Orleans is a raucous place now, imagine the city during the Roaring Twenties. In the French Quarter, then a thriving working class neighborhood, writers and artists worked and drank, amongst them future Nobel laureate William Faulkner and his circle of artists. Nearby, Storyville, the red-light district thrived and throbbed with pleasure-seekers and underworld characters. Meanwhile, in black New Orleans, women were making inroads into Mardi Gras culture with an outrageous masking crew, the Baby Dolls. This panel will explore the Crescent City’s cultural landscape, and how this era continues to influence contemporary culture.
- BREAKING NEWS: A CONVERSATION WITH DOUGLAS BRINKLEY: One of the nation’s most respected historians returns to the Festival with his latest biography, Cronkite. Brinkley traces the legendary newsman, Walter Cronkite from his earliest days reporting during The Great Depression through Vietnam, the first man on the moon and beyond. Come hear how Brinkley worked to get the story on the man who broke news during the most pivotal moments of America’s recent history.
- Paul Sanchez will perform songs from the musical adaptation of Dan Baum’s New York Times best seller Nine Lives, alongside singers Arsene DeLay, Debbie Davis and Vance Vaucresson. The story follows its characters from 1965, when Hurricane Betsy struck the city, up until 2005.
- INFLUENCES, MENTORS, & PROTEGES: THREE CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHTS: The Festival is pleased to present a discussion of plays and playwriting with three of America’s most honored authors Emily Mann, John Patrick Shanley, and Marsha Norman. While each of these dramatists has been influenced by great writers who came before, they are also now an inspiration to a whole generation of new American playwrights.