On the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Los Angeles Times travel section takes readers through the literary history of the city’s famed French Quarter. “This really was the place to be in the ’20s if you couldn’t go to Paris,”  said Joanne Sealy, who runs Faulkner House Books (at left) in the residence where the writer once lived and penned his first novel, Soldier’s Pay. Journalist Jay Jones offers insight on Faulkner’s time in the city, along with playwright Tennessee Williams — who arrived in the city two decades after his literary predecessor — and the French Quarter then and now. 

If you’re thinking about a visit to New Orleans, forget Mardi Gras. Instead visit the Big Easy for one of its literary events. The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society is hosting the annual Words & Music festival from November 17 – 21. The headliner is National Book Award winner Tim O’Brien, author of the novel The Things They Carried and other works. The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, which takes place each year in March, is a five-day extravaganza that draws famous figures from page, stage, and screen.

[Photo © Jay Jones/Los Angeles Times]