Beginning March 25, 2015, New Orleans will celebrate renowned author Tennessee Williams with its annual literary festival. As one of the major hosts of the festival (after all, Williams featured Hotel Monteleone as a symbol of New Orleans in one of his plays and often stayed at the hotel), we are honored to be a part of such a storied literary tradition. Read on for a detailed outline of this year’s Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Rick Bragg, filmmaker and visual artist John Waters, author Dan Baum, creative writing professor Molly Antopol, and author and CNN contributor General Russel Honore are just a few of the incredible guest speakers at this year’s festival. View a complete list of speakers here.
Of course, our hotel is one of the main venues of the festival, but several other area businesses are opening their doors to welcome Tennessee Williams Literary Festival participants. The Historic New Orleans Collection, a museum and research center in the French Quarter, will host master classes for writers looking to improve their craft and presence. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is presenting a special look into Tennessee Williams’ other creative endeavors – far from just a writer, Williams also dabbled in paintings, drawings, and mixed-media compositions. Other venues include the Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses, Muriel’s Jackson Square Restaurant, The Williams Research Center, and more.
How to Participate
You can purchase tickets for the literary festival online – choose from individual activities and panels, entire master class passes, and special events. If you can’t make it to the festival, our hotel is an appropriate place to celebrate Tennessee Williams any time of year. Whether you stay in our Tennessee Williams Literary Suite or simply enjoy a drink at the Carousel Bar, you’ll experience the spirit of this author’s legendary works throughout the Hotel Monteleone.