One of the South’s most revered playwrights, and former New Orleans resident, will be honored during the annual Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival, March 22-26, 2017. The five days of festivities, which will take place in the French Quarter and five sites outside of it, will feature a host of literary, theatrical, and cultural names.
New Orleans was like a muse for Tennessee Williams, who moved to the city when he was 28 years old, changed his name from Thomas to Tennessee, and went on to shake the literary world with his emotion-wrenching works. While the festival celebrates his work, it also acts as a five-day seminar in writing. Visitors will get a chance to see and hear some top names in the literary field, such as Rick Bragg, Dorothy Allison, Wally Lamb, Roy Blunt, Jr., Bernice McFadden, and John Patrick Shanley.
The events include speeches, panel discussions, master classes, tours, readings, and performances. A treat for those who love good food as much as good literature, will be a Southern Soulfood Steakout featuring two Southern women chefs, Caroline Randall Williams and Sara Toth, collaborating on a four-course feast. And not to miss: Stella-a-a-a! The infamous shout from the play, A Streetcar Named Desire, will be re-enacted during a contest to find the best of the best. Theater performances include Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth.
Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival
March 22 – 26, 2017
A full listing of events and performances can be found on the festival website.
Stay here at the Inn, and you are always convenient to events such as this. You can be at the heart of it in minutes, and still enjoy a bit of R&R away from the crowds. Call us to book your getaway!