Literature is ingrained in the history of New Orleans, and many authors have lived in and loved the city, both visitors and natives alike. You can enjoy a few different festivals celebrating this long lit history and current state of reading and writing, and one is the upcoming Words & Music Festival this week and weekend, Dec. 4th-8th. The event centers at Hotel Monteleone (214 Royal St), including the lobby and Carousel Bar upstairs in addition to rooms upstairs.
Both established and up-and-coming writers alike join together with other scholars, editors, publishers and performing artists to share their passions of the art of writing and reading. You’ll find ticketed events to panel discussions, readings, writing sessions, manuscript critiques, book signings, music events and more. There’s even a black tie award ceremony for writers who win the prestigious Faulkner-Wisdom Competition, a creative writing competition of previously unpublished work in categories such as narrative non-fiction, short story, essay and poetry, among others.
The 2013 lineup has many famous fiction authors, including Ron Rash, Tom Franklin and Moira Crone, in addition to many other eclectic national and international writers. Representing Latin American fiction is Horacio Castellanos Moya, who has written 11 novels and even won praise from the late Roberto Bolano, another famous and genius author.
Tom Carson is known for both his fiction and his work as GQ’s film critic. Rodger Kamenetz is both a lauded Louisiana poet and a non-fiction writer featured on Oprah. As for locals, Christine Sneed and T. Geronimo Johnson both represent up-and-coming authors who have already garnered early praise for their novels, which partially feature New Orleans as a backdrop. You can find other writers on the lineup on the Writers Win blog.
The event is hosted by the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, named for William Faulkner, who is a prestigious and important part of New Orleans’ literary history. The Society not only celebrates the work of Faulkner, but it also promotes and supports writers in general, including multicultural members and project goals and men and women of all ages.
Visiting writers should not miss this event. Envelop yourself in history and contemporary movements in the literary world by attending the Words & Music Festival this year.