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Odd Words (Doesn’t) Go to the Tennessee Williams Festival March 19, 2012

Posted by The Typist in New Orleans, Odd Words, Toulouse Street.

Yes, I posted only an abbreviated Odd Words last week, and I’ll fill out the rest of the week later today but I had best get out the details of the Tennessee Williams Festival which kicks off in earnest on Thursday. And no, between work and school I’m only going to have a chance to do weekend sessions, which stinks. Prices for events are noted. Everything is included in the All Access Pass unless noted otherwise. I’m skipping dinner features and A Streetcar Named Desire at Southern Rep, because if you don’t already have tickets, well, I’ll tell you all about it.

11 a.m. Constance Adler & Randy Fertel present First Impressions — Making the Memoir’s First Mark at The Historic New Orleans Collection. Master Class Pass or $25.

1:30 p.m. Radclyffe & Julie Smith: Tips on How to Integrate E-books with Print Publishing — Formats, Timing, and Marketplaces. I don’t know what or who Radclyffe is but Julie gave an interesting presentation during the throwdown between paper publishing and e-books at last year’s Faulkner Festival. Master Class Pass or $25

6:30 p.m. This sounds rich: The Glass Mendacity (The Festival’s Opening Night Theater Celebration) Join literature’s most dysfunctional family, the DuBois clan, for some “Tennessee with a Twist.” Imagine Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire, and The Glass Menagerie, thrown into a blender to create a hilarious cocktail of Southern silliness. Featuring an all-star New Orleans cast with John “Spud” McConnell, Becky Allen, Maureen Brennan, Kris La Morte, Lara Grice, Jerry Lee Leighton, and Ann Mahoney. Cocktails, dessert, and a little southern decadence will sweeten the night at this don’t-miss event. Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom. $50.

8:00 pm Literary Late Night: Poetry Slam Plus Music hosted by Chuck Perkins at Cafe Instanbul in the Healing Center. $15


9:00 a.m. Agents: Arielle Eckstut & David Henry Sterry: Code Blue — Surviving and Thriving in the Publishing Market. Historic New Orleans Collection. Master Class Pass or $25.

9:45 a.m. offers Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference: Opening Remarks followed by presentation of abstracts at 10 a.m. If you’re in that deep you probably know the rest of the Scholar’s Conference Schedule. These events will be at the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street.

10 a.m. A Reading from the Poetry and Fiction Contests with Judges Amy Hempel and Julie Kane, which is just toward the end of my first Thursday class. Damn. Hotel Monteleone Queen Anne Ballroom.

10:00 a.m. also kicks off the first Tennessee Williams Literary Walking Tour. Tour meets in the Hotel Monteleone Lobby. $25.

11:00 am offers Ace Atkins: Finding Your Character’s Voice. Historic New Orleans Collection. Master Class Pass or $25.

11:30 am features Speak, Memory: Writing the Memoir, with panelists Zachary Lazar, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Claudia Sternbach, and Jesmyn Ward and moderator Ted O’Brien. Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom. $10 or Panel Pass or Day Panel Pass. Not included with your Penal Pass.

1:00 p.m. Singular Women, Singular Worlds with panelists Ellen Baker, Lucy Ferriss, Laura Ellen Scott, and Jessica Maria Tuccelli and moderator Bev Marshall. Same location, same admission as the 11:30 a.m. panel.

1:30 p.m.A master class with Nigel Hamilton: On Biography. Historic New Orleans Collection. Master Class Pass or $25.

2:30 p.m. panel will be Got that Swing? with panelists Alex V. Cook, Alison Fensterstock, Keith Spera, and John Swenson and moderator Tom Sancton.

3:00 p.m. master class offers Leaning Into Language: A Short Story Master Class with Amy Hempel. Historic New Orleans Collection. Master Class Pass or $25

4:00 p.m. New Orleans Free People of Color, with panelists John Guare, Barbara Hambly, Gregory Osborn, and Daniel Sharfstein and moderator Pat Brady.Ho tel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom. $10 or Panel Pass or Day Panel Pass.

Also at 4:00 pm. Bon Operatit! on the Balcony: Songs from Andre Previn’s Opera, “A Streetcar Named Desire”, from the balcony at 520 Chartres. Free and open to the public.

8:00 p.m. features Literary Late Night: Lafcadio Hearn, a horeographed evening of readings, music, and dance, the People Say Project, Cafe Instanbul at the Healing Center. $15. Now this I can get to and probably won’t want to miss.

OK, that’s it. I have to go read System Requirements (don’t ask) or Chaucer. Or maybe I’ll translate System Requirements into Middle English for extra credit, and to see if they are any more comprehensible that way. I’ll post up the rest of the weekend in Thursday’s Odd Words.


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