A CenTENNial Celebration and a Silver Anniversary
Celebrate Tennessee Williams’ 100th Birthday
at the 25th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Are you going to be in New Orleans March 23 – 27, 2011? You’ll want to come over to the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. The five-day fête honors the legendary Tennessee Williams, his works, and literary life in the adopted city he called his “spiritual home”.
Ellis will be there, taking part in two fun panel discussions : WHO DAT SAY DEY GONNA WRITE DEM BOOKS? WRITING ABOUT THE SAINTS and THE OPINIONATORS: WHAT’S THE FUTURE OF THE NEWS?
The festival includes two days of master classes; a roster of lively discussions among distinguished panelists; celebrity interviews; theater, food and music events; a scholars’ conference; comedy improv and a poetry slam; an erotica reading; short fiction, poetry and one-act play competitions; a breakfast book club; French Quarter literary walking tours; a book fair; special evening events and parties; and even a shouting contest. (Yes…a shouting contest!)
WHO DAT SAY DEY GONNA WRITE DEM BOOKS? WRITING ABOUT THE SAINTS (SATURDAY 1 P.M.)
The home team knows how to make the Who Dat Nation rejoice and suffer, and the long history of the local NFL franchise has inspired a number of books. Sportswriters talk about the challenges of covering the team.Panelists: Bert Bartlett, Jeff Duncan, and Ellis Henican. Moderator: Fletcher Mackel – Royal Sonesta Grand Ballroom, Festival Panel Pass
THE OPINIONATORS: WHAT’S THE FUTURE OF THE NEWS? ( SUNDAY 2:30 P.M.)
Recent events have proven a test of journalistic objectivity. What’s the difference between a journalist and a commentator? Should we know the political leanings of those from whom we get the news? How can the media strike a balance between the polarized commentary of FOX news and MSNBC and good old-fashioned news? How does this work with the 24-hour news cycle? Media figures Amy Dickinson, Ellis Henican, and Mary Matalin offer some insights. Panelists: Amy Dickinson, Ellis Henican, and Mary Matalin. Moderator: Errol Laborde – Royal Sonesta Grand Ballroom, Festival Panel Pass Sponsored by Ted and Mary Merle Laborde. ( ***RECORDED FOR BOOK TV on C-SPAN***)