For almost three decades, the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival has claimed the historic French Quarter at the end of March to celebrate its eponymous playwright, his works and literary life in the adopted city he called his “spiritual home.” From its modest beginnings in 1986, it has expanded into a five-day fête featuring two days of master classes; a roster of lively discussions among distinguished panelists on a variety of topics; celebrity interviews; theater, food and music events; a scholars’ conference; short fiction, poetry and one-act play competitions; a breakfast book club; French Quarter literary walking tours; a book fair; special evening events and social gatherings; and, in closing, the riotous Stanley & Stella Shouting Contest, in playful homage to the battling mates in A Streetcar Named Desire. The 29th annual event is slated for March 25-29, 2015. Complete schedule and more info at

2015 marks the first year Saints and Sinners, an annual LGBT literary event held in May, will merge with its TWFest-affiliate. [Visit for more details.]

To set the stage, watch this clip from the March 2014 TW/NOLF:

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival from NOLAFugees Press|Productions on Vimeo.

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