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The Faulkner Society's 2012

A Lesson Before Dying
BIG READ


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Our Special Thanks to BIG READ Partners:

The State Library of Louisiana
The Louisiana State Museum
Jefferson Parish Public Library
New Orleans Public Library
The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
The University of New Orleans
Tulane Univeristy
Loyola University
The Guardians of the Flame/Guardians Institute
The Roots of Music
The New Orleans
Musicians Assistance Foundation

Gulf Coast Bank & Trust


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Words & Music, 2012
Entertainment Events

These programs are supported by a grant from
The Louisiana Division of the Arts,
Office of Cultural
Development,
Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism
In cooperation with the
Louisiana State Arts Council


Words & Music, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

 

1:30 p. m. — New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA, 2800 Chartres )

Refreshments for Master Class Participants

Registered writers for Words & Music are invited to attend.
 

2:00 p.m. — NOCCA, Reily Hall

ANNUAL MASTER CLASS FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

Part One of this event will feature the distinguished non-fiction author and editor the Rev. Patrick Samway, S.J., Part Two of the event will feature Tom Carson, who is author of the novels Gilligan’s Island and Daisy Buchannan’s Daughter Registered writers for Words & Music are invited to attend.
 

4:00 p.m. — The Presbytere at Jackson Square

PRESENTATIONS OF NEW  WORK
PART ONE:

2013 Meeting of the Words & Music Writers Alliance
A joint venture with The Louisiana State Museum, this session will feature readings of new work, fiction, poetry, non-fiction, led by bestselling poet and non-fiction author, Rodger Kamenetz. Free and open to the public.


5:30 p. m.
Intermission, Cash Bar with Complimentary Cocktail Snacks

Rodger Kamenetz and Geoff Munsterman will sign.


6:15 p. m.
PART TWO: CINEMA
Showing of Walker Percy, a new documentary film, by Win Riley of New Orleans, who will introduce the film.

 

7:45 p. m.
Dinner on Own

 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

8:00 a. m. to 10:00 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone
CAFÉ AU LAIT & CROISSANTS


8:30 a. m. — Queen Anne Parlor, immediately adjacent to and opening to

WORDS & MUSIC BOOK MART

The Words & Music Book Mart opens on daily at 8:30 a. m. and will be open until 5:30 p .m, closed during luncheons.

 

8:30 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
NEW ORLEANS, MON AMOUR

Annually, the Faulkner Society devotes a day of Words & Music to work by New Orleans authors or work set in New Orleans in a group of sessions called New Orleans, Mon Amour.

 

8:45 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom

NON-FICTION

Hallowed Halls of Greater New Orleans: Historic Churches, Cathedrals, and Sanctuaries is a marvelous new book on the history of landmark churches.

 

9:05 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom

NON-FICTION: ABOUT FOOD
Beignets, Po’ Boys, gumbo, jambalaya, Antoine’s…you name it.

Everything you ever wanted to know about New Orleans food is to be found in the new book, New Orleans: A Food Biography. At last, this world-class destination has its own food biography by Elizabeth M. Williams.

 

9:25 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
PAPER PRESENTATION
Faith and Religion in Early New Orleans Literature

Presented by Nancy Dixon, Ph.D.

Faith in Early New Orleans Literature looks at the role of Catholicism and alternate religions in early New Orleans literature beginning with some of the city’s earliest works up to the 20th century.

 

9:45 a. m.—Queen Anne Ballroom Intermission


10:00 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone
FICTION:
Set in New Orleans
Little Known Facts is a new novel, set largely in New Orleans, by Christine Sneed the other side. Christine will discuss what inspired her to write this novel and why she chose to set it in New Orleans.
 

10:25 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone
FICTION
Set in New Orleans

Geronimo Johnson’s debut novel, Hold It Till It Hurts, set partially in New Orleans, was a finalist for this year’s PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction..

10:45 a. m. —Queen Anne Ballroom
FICTION
Set in Louisiana

David Armand, a native of Louisiana, is author of the new novel, Harlow, which has been described this way: “If Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O’Connor had a literary love child, its name would be Harlow.”

11:00 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom Intermission.


11:15 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom

REMEMBERING WALKER PERCY
The Last Gentleman Presented by Kenneth Holditch

11:30 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Faith and the Search for Meaning as Inspiration for the Arts.

The keynote talk will be delivered by the Rev. Patrick Samway, S.J., distinguished biographer of National Book Award winner the late Walker Percy and scholar in the work of other authors whose work is characterized by the search for meaning, including Flannery O’Connor, Andre Dubus, and William Faulkner. He is author of Walker Percy: A Life, which was selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the notable books of 1997 and was a main selection of the Catholic Book Club.


12:15 p. m. Intermission            


12:30 p. m. — Riverview Room, Hotel Monteleone. Roof
LITERATURE & LUNCH

Cross Pollination of The Arts

How the Visual Arts Have Been Inspired by Words and Music and Vice Versa
The session will feature Michael Sartisky, President of The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and author of A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Louisiana Art

 

2:30 p. m. Intermission
 

2:45 p. m. — Orleans Room, Directly Across from Queen Anne Ballroom

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES

 

2:45 p. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom

MASTER CLASS: BUILDING A PLATFORM

Put Your Passion in Print:
How to Share Your Vision and Influence with a Greater Audience

This session will feature Shari Stauch, creator of Where Writers Win,
•  Why having a great idea and enormous passion is no longer enough
•  Five free ways to quickly give voice to your vision
•  How to customize your passion platform to influence a receptive audience
•  Case Studies: Seven ways other writers are giving voice to their vision

 

3:45 p.m. Intermission

 

4:00 p. m.— Queen Anne Ballroom
LITERARY ROLE MODELS
…And the Agents Who Help Them Achieve Their Dreams Against All Odds!
Featuring author David Menasche of New Orleans, introduced by his agent, Brandi Bowles.

 

5:00 p. m. Intermission

 

5:15 p. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
MASTER CLASS
21st Century Publishing Alternatives
This session, which will be introduced by Shari Stauch of Where Writers Win, with agent April Eberhardt, and author William Coles.

7:00 p. m.— St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square.
MUSIC: JAZZ CONCERT
Music in the Mood of the Season
The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society is Co-Sponsoring with the French Quarter Festival and St. Louis Cathedral, the kick-off concert for the annual Christmas series.
8:00 p. m.— 624 Pirate’s Alley
POST CONCERT WELCOME PARTY
And Birthday Party for Faulkner Society Co-Founder, Joseph DeSalvo, Honoring sponsors, patrons, and faculty

 

Friday, December 6
8:00 a. m. to 10:00 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone

CAFÉ AU LAIT & CROISSANTS

8:30 a. m. — Orleans Room, directly across hall from Queen Anne Ballroom.
MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES CONTINUE and BOOK MART OPENS

8:30 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
NON-FICTION
LIMITED REGISTRATION WORKSHOP

How to Write a Saleable Memoir
Led by Brenda Copeland with her client, bestselling writer Victoria Loustalot, Registration for critique is limited,  but other registered authors may audit.

 

10:00 a. m.  Intermission
 

10:15 a. m.
FAITH & THE SEARCH FOR MEANING
The Impact on Literature

This session will center on how faith or a search for it can inform an author’s writing, sometimes obliquely. An award-winning master of multiple genres of literature, John Biguenet— poet, translator, fiction writer, essayist, and playwright—will set the scene with remarks about the representation of religion in literature. Other featured authors will be Robert Hicks, Christine Sneed, Leslie Lehr, and Pamela Binnings Ewen.

 

11:15 a. m. Intermission

11:30 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone
PAN AMERICAN CONNECTIONS:FICTION

To Make it Real, Inject Black and Blue Humor

Steve Striffler, Ph.D., who holds the Doris Stone Chair of Latin American Studies at the University of New Orleans, will set the stage for this session featuring our special Pan American Connections guest of honor, Horacio Castellanos Moya, who is a master of black humor in the face of horror. Daniel Castro is invited to interview Castellanos Moya for this session.


12:30 Intermission
 

12:30 p. m. — Cash Bar Opens, Riverview Room, Roof

12:45 p. m.
PAN AMERICAN CONNECTIONS

LITERATURE & LUNCH

Cuba, My Beloved: Writing from the Heart about Tough Political Issues

Featuring George Fowler, author of the new book My Cuba Libre: Bringing Fidel Castro to Justice, and Humberto Fontova, best-selling author of the new book, his fifth, The Longest Romance: The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. They will be introduced by Raúl Fonte of the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation.

 

2:30 p. m. Intermission

 

2:45 p.m.

THE AESTHETICS OF LITERATURE
What’s in a Name? A Literary Field Full of Daisies
This session will be introduced by George Bishop, author of the new novel Night of the Comet and will feature Lee Froehlich, the Managing Editor of Playboy Magazine, Joining will be internationally noted poet Gordon Walmsley, and GQ Magazine critic Tom Carson.

 

3:45 p. m. Intermission

 

4:00 p. m. — Queen Ann Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone

FICTION: NOVELS

Worlds Imagined: Making them Real to the Reader.

This session will be introduced by literary agent Deborah Grosvenor, with Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin, George Bishop, Robert Hicks, and Jennifer Steil.
 

5:00 p. m. Intermission

 

5:00 p. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom

MASTER CLASS: PUBLISHING THE WORK

Inside the world of Agents & Editors – How to Get them, Keep them, and Work with them. A roundtable discussion by all participating agents and editors, this session will be led by Jeff Kleinman, literary agent with Folio Literary Management.

 

6:30 p. m. — Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, Corner of Chartres & St. Peter Streets at Jackson Square, enter from St. Peter Street.
 

6:30 p. m. — Courtyard Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, Corner Chartres & St. Peter, enter from St. Peter.

CASH BAR IN THE COURTYARD
At the historic Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre.

 

7:00 p. m. — Le Petit Theatre

LIVE DRAMA
Fishers of Men, a new award-winning play by New Orleans playwright Harold Ellis Clark.

 

9:30 p. m. — Le Petit Theatre – Tableau Restaurant
JAZZ AFTER HOURS

This popular annual feature of Words & Music will get a new look this year. The event, which has been at the Napoleon House for the last 15 years, will be hosted this year by the fabulous new restaurant of the Brennan’s Family of Restaurants, Dickie Brennan’s Tableau, located in the Le Petit Theatre property. The party this year will be in the theatre property. Funky New Orleans sound jazz by Armand St. Martin, heavy hors d’oeuvres, free open bar included in ticket price for this event. ($75 for writers; $125 for general public. Reserve through Faulkhouse@aol.com.)

 

Saturday, December 7

 

8:00 a. m. to 10:00 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone
CAFÉ AU LAIT & CROISSANTS

 

8:30 a. m. — BOOK MART OPEN and MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES CONTINUE


8:30 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom

NARRATIVE NON-FICTION
What Works and Why

This session will be led by literary agent Jeff Kleinman of Folio Literary Management, who judged the Narrative Non-Fiction category of the Faulkner – Wisdom Competition this year.

 

9:45 a. m. Intermission


10:00 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
MASTER CLASS: FICTION
What is this Thing Called Novella?
Lots of people write what they think are novellas but are really either longish short stories or short novels. Chris Parris-Lamb, a literary agent with the Gernert Agency, who does both fiction and non-fiction, will introduce and moderate this session.

 

11:00 a. m.

Intermission
Ms. Zeidner, Ms. Crone, and Dr. Appel will sign in the Book Mart.

11:15 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom

THE AESTHETICS OF FICTION:
The Evil of the World Inspires Quests for Meaning…and…Compelling Literature

Featuring Horacio Castellanos Moya, Ron Rash, Tom Franklin, and Barnes Carr.

 

12:30 a. m. Intermission

 

12:45 p. m. —Riverview Room, Roof, Hotel Monteleone

LITERATURE & LUNCH
Jesus Christ, Superstar!

Session features Reza Aslan, religious studies superstar, author of the international bestselling new book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.  A renaissance man of literature, John Biguenet— award-winning poet, translator, fiction writer, essayist, and playwright—will set the scene for this session with remarks about the difference between faith and inspiration and scholarship.
 

2:30 p. m. Intermission

 

2:45 p. m. — Bonnet Carre Room, Across Hall from Ballroom

PAPER PRESENTATION
The Moral Implications of the Time-Space Continuum
Presented by Gregory Friedlander, who will discuss the Einstein Hologram Universe theory of fundamental physics, not from a standpoint of the math but from the standpoint of logic and the moral underpinnings.
 

3:05 p m. Intermission
 

3:20 p. m.

THE HOLLYWOOD EXPERIENCE: PART ONE

Hot Openings and Compelling Characters, The Secrets of
Success in Spec Screenwriting, as well as Novels

Introduced by Leslie Lehr, and Mark Evan Schwartz. While hands-on critiques are limited to a registration of 15 persons, any writer registered may audit. Work of these authors is in the 2013 edition of The Double Dealer.


4:30 p. m. Intermission


4:45 p. m. — Bonnet Carre Room, Across Hall from Ballroom

HOLLYWOOD EXPERIENCE: PART TWO

Debut Authors: How to Improve Your Chances of Selling your Novel to Hollywood studios, Television, or Major Publishing Houses.
Presented by Marilyn Atlas, an award-winning film, television, and stage producer and talent manager of actresses, actors, and authors.

7:30 p. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom

FAULKNER FOR ALL
The Gala Black Tie Annual Meeting of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society: Cocktails, Awards Ceremonies, Dinner Dancing
Featuring the always humorous Roy Blount, Jr., toastmaster for the evening.

It is at this event that the Faulkner Society salutes winners of the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, Awarding gold medals and cash prizes to them, and recognizes as well runners-up and other finalists in attendance. The Society will also award its annual ALIHOT (A Legend In His/Her Own Time) Awards for Philanthropy and Literature at this event.

 

Sunday, December 8, 2913

8:00 a. m. to 10:00 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom, Monteleone
CAFÉ AU LAIT & CROISSANTS


8:30 a. m. — Orleans Room, Hotel Monteleone

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES CONTINUE and BOOK MART OPENS

 

8:30 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom

MASTER CLASS: POETRY

This session will be introduced by poet Caroline Rash, with Beth Ann Fennelly, Gail Waldstein, and Geoff Munsterman,


9:45 a. m. Intermission
 

10:00 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
PAPER PRESENTATION
Under the Bone: Islam and Rumi’s Mysticism
Presented by Marylin Mell, Ph.D.
 

10:20 a. m. Intermission

 

10:35 a. m.
POLITICS + RELIGION = GREAT STORYTELLING

What You Need to Know About State Religions in Modern World, the Study of Other Faiths, and How Such Studies Can Point You Back to Your Own Faith and to the Creation of Compelling Literature with Behrooz Moazami, Reza Aslan, and Rodger Kamenetz.

 

11:00 a. m. Intermission

11:15 a. m.
PAPER PRESENTATION
The Pearl:  The Medieval Poem Which Transformed Religious Art & Architecture
Presented by Loretta Victoria Ramirez

 

11:35 a. m.

PAPER PRESENTATION
A Trip to Andalusia Presented by Katheryn Krotzer Laborde, Ph.D.

11:55 a. m. Intermission

12:10 p. m. — Queen Ann Ballroom
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION

The Year of Flannery O’ Connor
All of a sudden, Flannery O’Connor is making a renewed splash in publishing. The late, great Ms. O’Connor, whose work at heart was a search for meaning within the strictures of deep Catholic faith, an often dark sense of humor, and a straightforward way of looking at life, was the first fiction writer born in the 20th Century to have her works collected and published by the Library of America.

 

1:30 p. m. Intermission


1:45 p. m.—Riverview Room, Hotel Monteleone

LITERATURE & LUNCH

The Quests for Meaning of Sherwood Anderson, William Faulkner, and Tennessee Williams  This gala finale session will feature Don DeGrazia, and W. Kenneth Holditch.

 


Faulkner Society events are made possible in part by important support from Alliance Francaise of New Orleans, The Arts Council of New Orleans and the Decentralized Arts Funding Program and the Arts Stabilization Program of The Louisiana Division of the Arts; Bertie Deming Smith and the Deming Foundation; the English Speaking Union; Rosemary James, Joseph DeSalvo and Faulkner House, Inc; Randy Fertel and The Ruth U. Fertel Foundation; Arthur & Mary Davis, Quint Davis, and Pam Friedler; the Louisiana State Museum; Courtenay McDowell and Richard Gregory; Hotel Monteleone; Mr. & Mrs. Hartwig Moss, III; Jimmy & Pam Lott; Theodosia M. Nolan, Tia and James Roddy, and Peter Tattersall; Parkside Foundation; Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre; Anne and Ron Pincus; Other Press, a Division of Random House; E. Quinn Peeper and Michael Harold; R. M. Shows, David Speights in Memory of Marti Speights, Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture: Nancy Cater, Editor; the State Library of Louisiana; Judith "Jude" Swenson in memory of her late husband, James Swenson.
 

 
 
 
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