Promoting Writers, Engaging Readers
The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society is a nationally recognized non-profit arts organization sponsoring the renowned Words & Music arts festival; the William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition; the Double Dealer literary journal; outreach programs for high school and college students; continuing education; and a year-round calendar of literary events including My New Orleans, Meet the Author and other events which honor and assist writers. The Society is a 501 (c) (3) literary and educational institution. Membership donations and contributions to our annual fundraisers, such as Juleps in June, are tax deductible. For e-mail news of events, send us your e-mail address.
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Faulkner Society events
are made possible in part by grants from The Arts Council of New
Orleans and the Decentralized Arts Funding Program of The Louisiana
Division of the Arts, Bertie Deming Smith and the Deming Foundation, Faulkner House, Inc., Randy Fertel and The Ruth U. Fertel Foundation, Hotel Monteleone, Jefferson Parish Public
Library, Theodosia M. Nolan and Peter Tattersall, Mr. & Mrs. Hartwig Moss, III, Judith "Jude" Swenson,
The Louisiana State Museum, the State Library of Louisiana, The Lupin Foundation,The National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Midwest, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Mary Freeman Wisdom Foundation.
Save These Dates!
May 9, 2010
Meet The Authors:
Barry Gifford, C. Robert Holloway,
and Tracey Tangerine
The event will take place on Sunday afternoon, May 9 from 1:30 to 4:30 p. m. Free to the public, the event will include food and wine. Advance reservations are required. CLICK HERE for more. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the publication of Barry Gifford’s international bestseller Wild at Heart and the film adaptation by director David Lynch, which won the Cannes Palme d’Or, all of Gifford's works encompassing the saga of Sailor Ripley and Lula Pace Fortune, “the Romeo and Juliet of the South” will be published in a special collector's volume: Sailor & Lula: The Complete Novels. For more, Click Here!
Joining Gifford as an honoree at this event will be C. Robert Holloway, who was was a short list finalist for his novella, Wretched Excess, a series of nine linked short stories, in the 2009 Faulkner - Wisdom Competition. The book has been published and may be ordered through Faulkner House Books, (504) 586-1609. Responses to the book are all great. For instance:
What a fun two days you gave me reading Wretched Excess. You are a terrific writer. Such sharply defined characters. Such a command of the language. Wonderful stories. Wonderful settings. Congratulations! I loved it!
—Roger Young, Film-TV Director,
Among Roger's credits: Jesus; Solomon; Rome; Geronimo; and Doublecross
For more on C. Robert and his book, Click Here!
Our May 9th Meet the Author event also will intoduce New Orleans singer, performance artist, visual artist, and teacher Tracey Tangerine in her new role as author. Tracey's first novel, Buddy Zooka, is a story of romance, environmental awakening, rebirth of a great American city, New Orleans. Tracey is arranging for music and other performance art to celebrate her debut in the literarycommunity.
For more on Tracey and Buddy Zooka, Click Here
May 15, 2010
Final Deadline for Entries
William Faulkner - William Wisdom Competition
For Guidelines, Click Here. For 2010 Entry form,
June 13, 2010
Juleps in June
The Faulkner Society's annual gala fundraiser and overture to the summer season, Juleps in June, 2010, will take place on Sunday, June 13. This year's event will be an afternoon garden party at the fabulous Audubon Place residence of Yvonne Lafleur and her husband James C. Walsh. Mr. and Mrs. Walsh are Honorary Chairs of the 2010 event. Mrs. Walsh's elegant uptown emporium for women, Yvonne Lafleur Boutique, is famous for lovely chapeaux and romantic dresses, just the right apparel for Juleps in June. Ticket prices will be $175 per person, including Mint Juleps made the way William Faulkner like them and served in traditional Julep cups. The cups, engraved with Juleps in June, 2010, will be favors for those attending the event, which also will include open bar, a gourmet buffet by Palate New Orleans,and live music. Tickets went on sale Monday, April 19. For discounted early bird registration and discounted tickets purchased as tables of 10, Click Here! Early Bird registration will not last long, so don't miss the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful event at a discount.
Jimmy Walsh and Yvonne Lafleur, Honorary Co-chairs for Juleps in June, 2010, are shown here at Juleps in June, 2007 at Houmas House Plantation.
The romantic side entrance of Number Seven Audubon Placewith its Terrace and old New Orleans fountain.
For more details about Juleps in June, 2010 and this magnificent New Orleans residence, Click Here!
Each year, the Society invites a New Orleans artist to do an interpretation of William Faulkner and Juleps in June. The resulting work of art is auctioned off at the event with proceeds benefiting the Society's projects for writers of every age. Some of the works have been whimsical,others serious.
Artist Alex Beard has accepted our invitation to create the 2010 painting of Mr. Faulkner.
Alex Beard is a painter and author who has emerged as one of his generation's most creative and successful artists. Through his work, Beard hopes to demystify art and share the creative experience with as many people as possible, using every tool he can find. Influenced to think creatively from a young age by his uncle, noted photographer Peter Beard, Alex grew up among some of the world's most interesting and influential people -- Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, and their Pop World cohorts were familiar faces in the Beard household. Now, his artwork hangs on public and private walls around the world. Alex's French Quarter at Pirate's Alley and Royal Street and his New York City Studios have not just been chic destinations, but open to the public in a way that has encouraged and fostered interaction between the artist and his audience. Vanity Fair magazine singled him out as "… an accomplished artist, an adventurer, and an accidental entrepreneur."
For more on Alex and his work, visit his web site:
http://www.alexbeardstudio.com or to read an interview with him by Chris Rose, Click Here!
August 29, 2010
My New Orleans:
Katrina Anniversary Observance
On the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Sunday, August 29th, the Faulkner Society
will present readings of Katrina related literature interspersed with music, featuring poet Nichole Cooley, non-fiction author Ellis Anderson, and actors under the direction of Robert Florence, reading excerpts from his Fleeing Katrina. Click Here for information.
September 25, 2010
Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner!
The Faulkner Society will celebrate the 113th birthday anniversary of our namesake, Nobel Laureate William Faulkner, who wrote his first novel, Soldiers' Pay, while living on Pirate's Alley in 1925. Details will be announced in July.
Words & Music, 2010
November 17-21, 2010
Words & Music
A Literary Feast in New
Words & Music, 2010 will feature programming for both writers and readers. The 2010 theme for programming for readers and scholars will be:The Literature of War & Collateral Damage.
Headliners will include:
National Book Award winner: Tim O'Brien, author of The Things They Carried and other books and stories about the Vietnam War. O'Brien's appearances will be funded in part by the Ruth U. Fertel Foundation.
In concert with O'Brien's appearances, Words & Music will present a performance by American Place Theatre of a one-man play based on The Things They Carried, starring Billy Lyons. The event will include a discussion before and after the performance facilitated by teaching artist and actress Heidi Jackson.
Billy Lyons and Heidi Jackson of American
For more on American Place Theatre, visit http://www.americanplacetheatre.org/
Among the appearances by Tim O'Brien will be:
November 17, 2010
For more information on O'Brien and his work, Click Here. For Tim O'Brien in the news, Click Here!
Master Class for Creative Writing Students
Special free programming for creative writing students will include the 2010 Master Class for Students. National Book Award winner Tim O'Brien has accepted our invitation to address students and teachers. Time will be10:00 a. m.
Venue to be announced.
Teachers who wish to bring their students to the 2010 Master Class should e-mail us at Faulkhouse@aol.com for details.
For details on Words & Music and its sessions for readers as well as its workshops and manuscript critique program for writers, you can Click Here! For updated pricing and package deal information, Click Here! Please note that we have revised our pricing schedule, so be sure to check it out prior to registration. Those who register prior to July 1 will
receive a discount on any registration package. Groups of 25 or more
persons will receive a group discount when the group registers before September 25.
July 1 is the deadline for Louisiana writers to apply for scholarship
participation in Words & Music, 2010. Writers
approved for scholarships must serve as volunteers for a minimum of
three days prior to Words & Music and one day during Words
September 25th is the deadline for writers who
wish their work to be critiqued during Words & Music to register and submit their work. Guidelines for submissions for
critique can be found by clicking here on:
Words & Music.
Hotel Monteleone at 200 Royal
Street will once again be the primary venue for Words
& Music. Hotel Monteleone, a literary treasure,
enters its second decade in 2010 as the only hotel in New Orleans
designated as a
national literary landmark.
For more on this
literary landmark hotel, visit: HotelMonteleone.com
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