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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.
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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.