The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival kicks off next Wednesday, March 26th, in the Big Easy. A five-day line-up includes author events and workshops, literary-themed walking tours, a book fair, poetry readings, stage performances, panels such as “Wit & Wisdom: Southern Humor at Its Best,” a Stella and Stanley shouting contest, and more. The latest installment of the festival’s popular “Breakfast Book Club” focuses on the writings of Kate Chopin, who lived for a time in New Orleans and set parts of her controversial novel The Awakening in the Crescent City.

If you’re in New Orleans, dine at Galatoire’s at Tennessee Williams’ favorite corner table or drop by Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, a Bourbon Street watering hole the playwright frequented.