“If I can be said to have a home,” declared Tennessee Williams, “it is New Orleans, which has provided me with more material than any other part of the country.”
Each year in the Big Easy, the playwright is lauded during the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. This year marks not only the festival’s 25th anniversary but also Williams’ 100th birthday.
Don’t miss the cenTENNential celebration, taking place March 23-27, which includes:
– Literary luminaries like Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olin Butler discussing the craft of fiction and Armistead Maupin sharing insights about Mary Ann in the Autumn, the latest work in his Tales of the City series
– A performance of The Glass Menagerie staged by the University of New Orleans’ theatre program
– An annual crowd favorite, the Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest
– Literary walking tours in the French Quarter
– A “Special Birthday Celebration” on March 26 to toast Tennessee Williams
– And a whole lot more!
Click here to download the full schedule and for ticketing information.
Looking for literary lodging in the Big Easy?
The Hotel Monteleone turns 125 this year. Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, and William Faulkner are some of the famous scribes who slumbered at this luxurious French Quarter hotel. Some of them even immortalized it in print.
Anniversary festivities will kick off with a champagne toast in the lobby on February 8, celebrating the publication of Hotel Monteleone: More than a Landmark, The Heart of New Orleans Since 1886. A luncheon follows and will include panel discussions about the hotel through the decades, including its illustrious literary history. The cost to attend the luncheon is $35, and reservations can be made by calling 1-504-681-4452.
Whether you stay at the Monteleone or not, drop by the unique and colorful Carousel Bar for a drink. It’s where Eudora Welty wrote the “The Purple Hat,” a short story about a man who spins a ghostly tale in a French Quarter bar.
[Photos: top row © NewOrleansOnline.com; middle row © Hotel Monteleone]