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.
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: …
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.