“Don’t you just love those long rainy afternoons in New Orleans when an hour isn’t just an hour — but a little piece of eternity dropped into your hands — and who knows what to do with it?” — Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire
Okay, maybe we don’t want rain at the 27th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival – but Williams’ sentiment holds true for any afternoon in the Crescent City. Instead, imagine a sunnier March afternoon: what would you do with several “pieces of eternity” in the city where Williams found his “spiritual home”?
Sounds pretty good, right?
For $395, you can have it all. We’re offering a Summer Ticket Special for our VIP All-Access Pass* — a $500 value for more than 20% off. With your pass, enjoy access to literary panels, master classes, theatre events, musical performances, and culinary presentations (yum).
Best of all, the VIP All-Access Pass grants you access to non-ticketed parties with festival speakers and distinguished guests.
Here’s a sampling of our confirmed guests for 2013:
- President of Pelican Publishing Kathleen Calhoun Nettleton, back to serve as a judge for our annual Pitchapalooza.
- Book critic Maureen Corrigan of NPR’s Fresh Air and The Washington Post, who also served as a judge for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.
- Dwight Garner, senior writer and book critic for The New York Times, and founding books editor of Salon.com.
- Zachary Lazar, whose novel Sway was tagged as a 2008 Best Book by the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and Rolling Stone, and was described by The New York Times Book Review as “a powerful, infernal prism through which to view the potent, still-rippling contradictions of the late ’60s.”
- Want more? Check our Speakers page for updates.
Hurry, buy your ticket now, offer ends August 31.
*VIP Pass excludes only our Wednesday evening fundraising event.
Remember, rooms at the Hotel Monteleone sell out quickly. Only 75 rooms are reserved in a block for Festival attendees. The discounted room rate is $185 per night from March 20 to March 24, 2013. Call 866-338-4684 for reservations. (Of course, you won’t be charged until after your stay is up, and should you need to cancel before the start of your reservation, you’ll have 72 hours do so.)
What makes the Hotel Monteleone a hotspot for literary lovers?
In 1999, Friends of Libraries USA designated the Hotel Monteleone an official Literary Landmark because of its history of welcoming countless authors, many of whom have written about the Monteleone as a setting for stories and novels. Over the years, the hotel has housed numerous celebrities, including famous writers such as: Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, Sherwood Anderson, and Truman Capote. Interestingly, the Hotel Monteleone is actually featured in stories by both Welty and Ford, and Truman Capote claims to have been born at the Monteleone while his parents were staying at the Hotel.
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