Arts & Letters
An author, editor, and book critic, Susan Larson knows a thing or two about the literary world. Luckily for us, she’s also our literary programming chair. Here you’ll find her Festival reading recommendations, interviews, and news.
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.
Susan Larson’s Blog: The Kindness of Writers, Part Deux
Alex Cook takes readers on a whirlwind tour of good times in south Louisiana.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.