Celebrating All Things Literary
The Tennessee Williams and New Orleans Literary Festival will be celebrating its 38th anniversary on March 20-24. The festival honors theater, NOLA culture, literature, and the culmination of them all in playwright Tennessee Williams.
While the main events begin on the 20th,
the week will kick off on the 17th with the annual Stella Shouting
Contest, paying homage to Williams' famous work A Streetcar Named Desire.
The competition fundraises for the New Orleans Family Justice Center each year.
The festival will include a multitude of speakers and events including Pulitzer-winner Michael Cunningham, National Book Award-winner Justin Torres, acclaimed novelist Colm Toibin, and many more. The event will also include other great workshops such as a Writer's Craft series, a Literary Discussion series, literary walking tours, a Books and Beignets book club, and other literature centered sessions.
There will also be a variety of programming centered around
Tennessee Williams, including the performance of Jacob Storms' solo play Tennessee
Rising: The Dawn of Tennessee Williams on opening night. The event will
also have a Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference, tribute readings, and so
The Literary Festival will largely take place in the French
Quarter. Tickets are currently on sale with options to buy cheaper tickets to
individual events for those interested.