Beginning March 30, 2016, 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 his play The Rose Tattoo 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.

Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote

Tennessee Williams, center, and Truman Capote, second from left, both have a connection to Hotel Monteleone.

The Speakers

This year’s speaker lineup includes plenty of New Orleanians, including award-winning author Tom Piazza, culinary writer Poppy Tooker, geographer Richard Campanella, “Queen of Bounce” Big Freedia and Alys Arden, whose recent debut novel, The Casquette Girls, began in serialized form on the Internet and garnered over 1.2 million reads online before being picked up for a publishing deal. View a complete list of speakers here.

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The Venues

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. Look for live music and theatrical performances at The Palm Court Jazz Café, Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré and and Southern Rep Theatre.

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 via their website – choose from individual activities and panels, entire master class passes, and special events. Be sure to check out the famous Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest, which is held in Jackson Square on the last day of the festival, Sunday, April 3 at 4:15 p.m.

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.

Enjoy the Tennessee Williams’ Brandy Alexander Cocktail at the Carousel Bar

Enjoy the Tennessee Williams’ Brandy Alexander Cocktail at the Carousel Bar

Speaking of drinks, we wanted to share our specially created Tennessee Williams’ Brandy Alexander. It’s one of our favorite Carousel Bar cocktail recipes!

Tennessee Williams’ Brandy Alexander Cocktail Recipe:

  • 1 oz. Dark Creme de Cacao
  • 1 oz. Brandy
  • 2 oz. Half & Half

Build in a Boston Shaker. Shake until well-blended and chilled. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a dash of grated nutmeg. This may also be served on the rocks in a 12 oz. cocktail glass.

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