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Words & Music, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

1:30 p. m. — New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA, 2800 ChartresSt., Reily Hall, Third Floor
Part One of this event will feature the distinguished non-fiction author and editor the Rev. Patrick Samway, S.J., author of Walker Percy: A Life and editor of the collection of essays, by the late Walker Percy, who won the National Book Award for his masterwork of fiction, The Moviegoer.

Registered writers for Words & Music, 2013
Registered faculty and writers of Words & Music are invited for the bag lunch of sandwiches, cookies
and fruit.
2:00 p.m.  — NOCCA, Recital Hall

Part Two of the event will feature Tom Carson, who is author of the novels Gilligan’s Wake and Daisy Buchannan’s Daughter and is Critic for GQ Magazine. Jack Mierl of Mandeville, LA, who studies at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, was selected by Carson as winner of the Faulkner Society’s gold medal for Short Story by a High School Student. Carson will discuss what makes a winning piece of fiction and Jack will read from his story.
Adjournment will follow at 3:30 p. m.

4:00  p.m. — The Presbytere at Jackson Square, Corner St. Ann & Chartres Streets.
Part One: Presentations of New Work
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, who will start the program with a reading from his new collection of poetry, To Die Next to You. The new book is beautifully illustrated with abstract expressionist paintings by artist Michael Hafftka and slides of the illustrations will be shown during Rodger’s  reading.  Other authors scheduled to read are members of the Peauxdunque chapter of the Writers Alliance, including Terri Stoor, who won the Society’s gold medal for Best Short Story in 2011 and has been a finalist several times in both the short story and essay categories of the Faulkner – Wisdom Competition; Tad Bartlett, J. Ed Martston, Maurice Ruffin,and Emily Choate, all of whom have placed in the Society’s competition. Caroline Rash, Associate Editor of the Double Dealer will be reading new poetry, and Geoff Munstermann, will be reading from his new Collection of Poetry, just published by Lavendar Ink. Subject matter of readings will be related to the theme of Words & Music, 2013: Faith and the Search for Meaning as Inspiration for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public.  For more information on the authors, Click Here!

5:30 p. m.—  The Presbytere at Jackson Square, Corner St. Ann & Chartres Streets.
Cash Bar with Complimentary Cocktail Food.

6:15 p. m.—
Showing of Walker Percy, a new documentary film by Win Riley of New Orleans, who will introduce the film and explain the perils and pleasures writing and producing a literary documentary. Win will take questions after the film. The Faulkner Society will have copies of the documentary for sale at the event and at the Words & Music Book Mart during the remainder of the festival. The film makes a good gift for literary men and women and it’s great for book clubs, too. 7:45 p. m. Program concludes. Evening Free

Thursday, December 5, 2013

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

Complimentary continental breakfast for Words & Music guests.

8:30 a. m. — Queen Anne Parlor, Adjacent to Ballroom
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. The Book Mart will close one hour after the final session on Sunday, December 8.  The Book Mart will offer books of participating authors, as well as books on New Orleans, how to do it books on writing, and books to consider as gifts for Christmas giving. The book mart will accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express credit cards and will ship books purchased to the purchaser’s home address if
requested. The book mart will be operated by Faulkner House Books, located at 624 Pirate’s Alley in the room where Faulkner lived when he was writing his first novel, Soldiers’ Pay, in 1925. We hope you will take time for a visit. The book store will be open during the Post-Concert Welcome Party on Thursday evening. For those of you who want to do some festival homework prior to December 4, there will be a 10 per cent discount on books ordered by festival patrons in advance of the opening. To order, call Faulkner House Books with credit card information 10:00 a. m. to 5:30 p. m. daily and tell the store manager who answers that you are a registered Words & Music patron and would like to take advantage of the 10 per cent festival discount. The phone number is (504) 524-2940. That number can also be used to reserve tickets with credit card information for events of Words & Music

8:30 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone
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, after the famous essay by the late National Book Award winner Walker Percy, who lived most of his life in Covington, LA, a Northshore community of Greater New Orleans. This year’s program includes a discussion about his work by his distinguished biographer the Rev. Patrick Samway, SJ. We start New Orleans, Mon Amour, 2013 with a book appropriate to this year’s theme: Faith and the Search for Meaning as Inspiration for the Arts.

8:45 a. m.— Queen Anne Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone
Hallowed Halls of Greater New Orleans: Historic Churches, Cathedrals, and Sanctuaries
A marvelous new book on the history of landmark churches—and there are plenty of them in New Orleans – by author Deborah Burst. The book has a foreword by novelist Anne Rice, a New Orleans native who had a close connection with churches of the Irish Channel.  The book comes just in time to make a very special gift for Christmas giving. A limited number are available signed by Anne Rice as well as Ms. Burst, who will sign in the Book Mart after her presentation. More information on these authors may be found in various sections of the 2013 edition of The Double Dealer.

9:05 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone
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. The city’s celebrated status derives in large measure from its incredibly rich food culture, based mainly on Creole and Cajun traditions. At last, this world-class destination has its own food biography by Elizabeth M. Williams, featured author for this session. A New Orleans native and founder of the city’s Southern Food and Beverage Museum, takes readers through the history of the city, showing how the natural environment and people have shaped the cooking we all love. The narrative starts by describing the indigenous population and material resources, then reveals the contributions of the immigrant populations, delves into markets and local food companies, and finally discusses famous restaurants, drinking culture, cooking at home and cookbooks, and signature foods dishes. This must-have book will inform and delight food aficionados and fans of the Big Easy itself.  Another great gift for Christmas giving. For more on Liz Williams and her new book, Click Here! More information on these authors may be found in various sections of this edition of The Double Dealer.

9:25 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
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. “By reading the literature of this period, we gain a real understanding of the role of faith and religion not only in literature, but also in the city today,” Ms. Dixon emphasizes.
Nancy Dixon has been studying and writing about New Orleans literature, culture, and history for over twenty years. Her first book, Fortune and Misery: Sallie Rhett Roman of New Orleans, a Biographical Portrait and Selected Fiction (LSUP 1999), won the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) Humanities Book of the Year in 2000. Her latest book, N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literatureis due for release from Lavender Ink Press, concurrent with Words & Music, 2013. Dr. Dixon is a professor of English at Dillard University in New Orleans. For more on Dr. Dixon, Click Here!

9:45 a. m.

Ms. Burst and Ms. Williams will sign in the Book Mart Following their appearances.
10:00 a. m. —  Queen Anne Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone
The next three sessions will be introduced by author George Bishop, who lives in New Orleans and is author of the beautiful new novel, Night of the Comet. George will be available for signing with these presenters. He willbe presenting on Friday afternoon as well.

Set in New Orleans

Little Known Facts is a new novel, set largely in New Orleans, by Christine Sneed which has been extremely well received nationally. The book received a positive review on the front page of the New York Times Book Review. The book also was cited by Chicago Magazine as Best New Book by a Local Author and one of Booklist's Top Ten Debut Novels of 2013. Ms. Sneed was selected for the Chicago Public Library’s “21st Century Award” for debut novels. Christine, who taught in the low residency MFA Program of the University of New Orleans in 2010, has woven a compelling and entertaining tale about Americans and their obsession with celebrity news. She peels back the layers of fame to reveal how that kind of life appears from the other side.  Christine will discuss what inspired her to write this novel and why she chose to set it in New Orleans. Ms. Sneed also is author of Portraits of a Few People I've Made Cry, which one the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction and was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times book prize.
10:20 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
Set in New Orleans
T. 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.  The novel has been described by short story master and poet Stuart Dybek as “a novel whose humane spirit is as large as its scope—and its scope is ambitious indeed, no less than an embrace of the USA of the first decade of the 21st century, complete with the upheavals of war, race, poverty, and natural disaster. It is the kind of impressive debut that marks its author, T. Geronimo Johnson, as a writer with a career that bears watching.” We agree. His second novel, Welcome to Braggsville, will be published by William Morrow in 2015. Nimo will discuss the inspiration for the book and working with the boutique publisher, Coffee House Press. For more on “Nimo” and his work, Click Here!  

10:40 a. m. —Queen Anne Ballroom
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, it’s name would be Harlow.” Taking place over the course of three abysmally cold winter days in the late 1980s, Harlowtells the story of 18-year-old Leslie Somers, a boy who trudges his way through the dark Louisiana backwoods in search of his father, a man whom he has never met. David will discuss the Old Testament imagery of the book. For more on David and his work, Click Here! More information on these authors may be found in various sections of this edition of The Double Dealer.


George Bishop, Christine Sneed, Geronimo Johnson. and David Armand will sign in the Book Mart following their appearances.

11:10 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
The Walker Percy I remember

Presented by Garic “Nikki” Barranger
An affectionate appreciation of Walker and Bunt Percy will be at the center of Nikki Barranger’s presentation, which deals with the frictions attendant on Walker Percy's philosophy—including his closeness to the work of Charles Sanders Peirce, an American philosopher of the late 19th, early 20th centuries, sometimes known as the father of pragmatism and generally considered the most original thinker and greatest logician of his time. Barranger’s paper deals also with Walker Percy’s tenderness towards his many friends, and his attention to Civil Rights in an Apocalyptic Age." Barranger was a close friend of the Percys from the time they moved to Covington, LA in the 50s and is among founders of the Walker Percy Society. For more on Nikki Barranger, Click Here!

11:30 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
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, and today divides his time between Philadelphia, PA—where he is Professor of English at Saint Joseph's University and where he held the Donald MacLean, S.J., Jesuit Chair for two years—and Port au Prince, Haiti, where, St. Joseph’s is in partnership with the Jesuit order in a system of grammar schools, established by the Jesuits after the devastating earthquake. He edited the collection of essays by Walker Percy, Signposts in a Strange Land. A new book on Flannery O’Connor was a runner-up in the narrative non-fiction book category of the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. Father Samway today divides his time between Philadelphia, PA—where he is Professor of English at Saint Joseph's University and where he held the Donald MacLean, S.J., Jesuit Chair for two years—and Port au Prince, Haiti, where, St. Joseph’s is in partnership with the Jesuit order in a system of grammar schools, established by the Jesuits after the devastating earthquake. For more on Father Samway and his work, Click Here!     


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


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, who will discuss the ways the visual arts have been influenced by not only the Gulf light but by the arts, notably music and storytelling, historically in Louisiana. Joséphine Sacabo and Dalt Wonk, who recently created a new press specifically for creating beautiful books devoted to the arts, produced a remarkable book, Nocturnes, feature Joséphine’s images and Dalt’s poetry. The new company, Luna Press, also produced a collector’s limited edition of Dalt’s French Quarter Fables, combining his fables with his illustrations. Their latest offering is a fabulous reinvention of Tarot Cards, written and illustrated by Dalt, The Riddles of Existence. Sacabo and Wonk will be followed by bestselling poet and non-fiction author Rodger Kamenetz, whose new collection of poetry inspired a stunning collection of abstract expressionist art by his friend, The art images are reproduced in Rodger’s new book of poetry, To Die Next to You. Rodger’s poetry in turn `has inspired him to create a band, Married Woman, with a repertoire of songs based on his poetry. The presentation will end with Rodger first reading and then singing his poems, accompanied by his music partner, Anna Byar. The authors will sign at the event. Books may be purchased at the Words & Music Book Mart. Books will also be available at the event. For more on the authors and their work, Click Here!
2:30 p. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone
2:45 p. m.
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. Shari has been involved in publishing, marketing and PR for 30 years. She is also the principal author of the WWW blog, speaks at conferences around the country, and is co-producing "PubSmartCon: Emerging Authors, Emerging Avenues" in Charleston, SC in April 2014. The Where Writers Win team’s newest collaboration is The Winner Circle – vetted book review directories, book clubs and other cultivated resources for emerging authors. http://writerswin.com/ 
•    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 reach (and influence) a receptive audience
•    Case Studies: Seven ways other writers are giving voice to their vision that you can start doing in just minutes a day (because you are, first and foremost – a WRITER!)
Learn how authors touch on greater themes and issues in their work (i.e. animal rights, sustainable agriculture, women’s rights, sexual harassment in the workplace, grief counseling, etc.) to tap into more (and more passionate) readers. Identify your own passionate issues and use your writing to effect change! Ms. Stauch will be making appointments for individual consultations during Words & Music. To arrange, contact Shari@writerswin.com
3:30 p. m.

4:00 p. m.— Queen Anne Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone
…And the Agents Who Help Them Achieve Their Dreams Against All Odds!
Featuring author David Menache of New Orleans, introduced by his agent, Brandi Bowles, who worked with David to complete an inspiring memoir and then sold it. At 34 years old, author and English teacher David Menasche was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer. Six years later, he suffered a catastrophic seizure that began to steal his vision, memories, mobility, and perhaps most tragically of all—his ability to continue teaching. But teaching was something David just couldn’t quit. Undaunted by the difficult journey ahead, he decided to end his treatments and make America his classroom. Cancer had taken his past and would certainly, at some point, take his future, but he wouldn't allow it to take his present. He put out a call out on Facebook, and within hours of posting his plan to travel the country, former students living in more than 50 cities replied with offers to help and couches to sleep on. The lasting lessons he collected make up his memoir, The Priority List: A Teacher's Final Quest to Discover Life's Greatest Lessons, which will be released by Touchstone in January 2014. After traveling the country, David selected New Orleans for his new permanent residence.  For more on Brandi Bowles, Click here. To to see an excerpt from David’s new memoir, visit the 2013 Double Dealer, which is to go live from our web site in advance of Words & Music.

4:45 p. m.

5:00 p. m.— Hotel Monteleone
21st Century Publishing Alternatives
In this 21st Century publishing environment, mainstream publishing houses are no longer the only answer for writers seeking to publish bothe fiction and non-ficiton. This session, which will be introduced by Shari Stauch of Where Writers Win and a member of the Faulkner Society’s Advisory Council, will feature April Eberhardt, who owns the April Eberhardt Literary Agency and is expert in alternative options, including successful formats and planning for self-publishing.  Ms. Eberhardt will be joined by William Coles, who has been a finalist multiple times in multiple categories of the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. Bill, has successfully published and promoted several books and has good advice for writers beginning to build a personal platform for promoting themselves and their work. Joining them will be Sharon Thatcher, winner of the Faulkner Society’s 2013 gold medal for best Novel in Progress, which was judged by Ms. Eberhardt. Sharon is invited to present the author’s point of view in today’s confusing and often totally frustrating publishing environment. To read an excerpt from Ms. Thatcher’s novel-in-progress, Trespass, visit the 2013 edition of The Double Dealer, the Society’s online literary journal. For more on Ms. Eberhardt, Click Here!  For more on Bill Coles, Click Here!
7:00  p. m.— St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square.
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 concert series at the Cathedral. The concert will feature the fabulously entertaining jazz band,
Harmonouche, led by French guitarist and harmonica player Rafaël Bas. Their music is an unusual blending of traditional jazz with gypsy strains. The concert is open to the public and this is a popular series, so get there a bit early to secure a good seat.
8:00 p. m.—Venue TBA
(And Birthday Party for Faulkner Society Co-Founder, Joseph DeSalvo)
Honoring sponsors, patrons, and faculty!

Friday, December 6, 2013

8:00 a. m. to 10:00 a. m. —
Queen Anne Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone CAFÉ AU LAIT & CROISSANTS Complimentary continental breakfast for Words & Music faculty and guests.
How to Write a Saleable Memoir
Led by Brenda Copeland with her client, bestselling writer Victoria Loustalot, this is a hands-on memoir session where writers can come in and "workshop" their ideas for a memoir, with one of the best editors in the publishing industry, who also is one of the best writing teachers in the country. Ms. Copeland (at right), Executive Editor at St. Martin’s, will conduct this workshop with her client Victoria Loustalot (at left), author of This is How You Say Goodbye, a well received memoir just published by St. Martin’s. Ms. Copeland will give the publisher/editor perspective and Ms. Loustalot will speak from the author’s perspective. The workshop also will include a power-point presentation and printed hand-outs. Ten-page writing samples will be accepted for workshop critiques. Registration for critique is limited to 15 persons.  Other registered authors may audit. For more on Ms. Copeland, Click Here! For more on Ms. Loustalot and her new memoir, Click Here!
10:00 a. m.
10:15 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone

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. His new play in rhymed iambic pentameter, Broomstick, just closed an extended run at New Jersey Rep and will go on to at least three other productions around the country in 2014. An earlier play, The Vulgar Soul, which tells the story of a faithless stigmatic, was described by American Theatre magazine as  “as a provocative inquiry into the nature of belief and self-deception.” Other featured authors will be Robert Hicks, author of the the bestselling novel, Widow of the South, with Christine Sneed, whose debut novel Little Known Facts spotlights the costs of fame, erotic obsessions with movie-star power, and the true sources of joy; and Leslie Lehr, fiction and non-fiction writer, who won the Faulkner Society’s 1998 gold medal for best novella. Literary agent Deborah Grosvenor signed Leslie and sold the novella quickly as a novel, 66 Laps. Her new novel, What a Mother Knows, is a contemporary retelling of the Old Testament’s timeless tale of wisdom,
The Judgement of Solomon. Joining them will be Pamela Binnings Ewen, nominated for the Christy Award for her work and whose new novel, The Accidental Life, is a compelling story of the consequences of a live birth during an abortion. While none of their books are religious per se, all owe a certain amount of their success to the faiths of our fathers. The authors are featured in the 2013 edition of The Double Dealer.

For more on their work, Click Here!

11:15 a. m.
Mr. Hicks, Ms. Benaron, Ms. Lehr, and Ms. Ewen will sign in the Book Mart following their appearance.

11:30 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone
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 Castellenos Moya, who is a master of black humor in the face of horror. Castellanos Moya is author of Senselessness and other novels, as well as an impressive body of work as a journalist in both Latin America and the United States. Currently, in exile from his country, El Salvador, he teaches in the MFA Program in Spanish at the University of Iowa. His novel Senselessness is both a study in a revolution gone wrong and the search for meaning in the midst of horror. Daniel Castro, a New Orleans native whose heritage is Cuban and El Salvadoran, is invited to interview Castellanos Moya for this session. Daniel won our 2012 gold medal for his incredibly imaginative novella Inspection. Daniel received his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and is a friend of Castellanos Moya. To learn more about these authors, Click Here! Visit The Double Dealer, 2013 for a story about him and an interview on his advice about writing by prizewinning Latina author, Mary Helen Lagasse.

12:30 p. m.

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

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


This session will center on the appeal to readers of literature inspired by passion. Featuring George Fowler (left) author of the new book My Cuba Libre: Bringing Fidel Castro to Justice, and Humberto Fontova, bestselling 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, who is a professional engineer and patent attorney..  Prior to their presentation, Latina poet Melinda Palacio will read a new poem in tribute to the Pulitzer Prize Cuban American novelist Oscar Hijuelos, who passed away while playing tennis on October 12, 2013. More information on these authors may be found in various sections of this edition of The Double Dealer. For more on George Fowler, Humberto Fontova, Raúl Fonte, and Melinda Palacio, Click Here!

2:30 p. m.—
What’s in a Name? A Literary Field Full of Daisies
Introduced by novelist George Bishop, author of the new Night of the Comet, this session will be led by Lee Froehlich, the Managing Editor of Playboy Magazine, an excellent writer himself, has spent much of his adult life on the job editing some of the most exciting writers of our time. Beyond that he is a incurable addict of serious literature consumed voraciously in his leisure time. He will lead off this session discussing the importance of selecting memorable names in creating successful characters for fiction, using the Daisies of literature, such as Daisy Miller, as his focus. Joining him will be internationally noted poet Gordon Walmsley, editor of the Copenhagen Review, who has now turned his hand to fiction with his first novel, Daisy, The Alchemical Adventures of a New Orleans Hermaphrodite; and GQ Magazine critic Tom Carson, author of the new novel Daisy Buchanan’s Daughter (this Daisy, of course, was the love interest of Gatsby). For more on the panelists and their work, Click Here!  To read some of their work, visit The Double Dealer, 2013.

3:45 p. m.

4:00 p. m. — Queen Ann Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone
Worlds Imagined: Making them Real to the Reader.
This session will be introduced by literary agent Deborah Grosvenor, who judged the novel category of the Faulkner Wisdom Competition this year. Featured authors will include published authors Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin, the husband-wife team who co-authored the new novel, The Tilted World; writer George Bishop, author of the new novel, The Night of The Comet, and Robert Hicks, author of The Widow of the South. Joining them will be Jennifer Steil, first runner-up in 2012 Novel in Progress Category and winner of the 2013 gold medal for best novel for the completed manuscript, The Ambassador’s Wife, which already has been sold to Doubleday and will be published in 2015.


5:00 p. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
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, intellectual property rights attorney, literary agent and partner in Folio Literary Management. He judged the Narrative Non-Fiction Category of the Faulkner – Wisdom Competition and one of our critiquing agents for Words & Music, 2013.

6:30  p. m. — Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre
Corner of Chartres & St. Peter Streets at Jackson Square, enter from St. Peter Street.
The management of the newly renovated, historic Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre allows theatre patrons to carry their drinks into the theatre, so get to Le Petit early for a drink in the Courtyard before the play.  The Cash Bar also will be open during the intermission of the play.
7:00 p. m. — Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre
LIVE DRAMA: Fishers of Men
This is a new award-winning play written and directed by New Orleans playwright Hal Clark. The senseless murders of so many African-American men and children in New Orleans, the unheralded work that several faith-based and other groups perform to combat violence in the city, and the peace and confidence playwright Hal Clark garners each morning from reciting both Philippians 4: 4-7 and Hebrews 13: 5-6, inspired him to write Fishers of Men, his critically-acclaimed play which debuted in June, 2012 in New Orleans to sold-out audiences at Dillard University’s 275-seat Cook Theatre. Another sold-out run occurred this September at the Baton Rouge UpStage Theatre, which named Clark winner of its Fourth Annual (2013) Emerging Playwright Project Award for Fishers of Men. He’s the first Louisiana-based playwright to win the prize. Encore performances held in October at UpStage sold-out within two days of being announced. (Included in Words & Music packages, $15 per ticket to the general public. Reserve at Faulkhouse@aol.com.)

9:00 p. m.
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. 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, 2013

8:00 a. m. to 10:00 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone
Complimentary continental breakfast for Words & Music guests.

8:30 a. m. —
What Works and Why

This session will be led by literary agent Jeff Kleinman, left, of Folio Literary Management, who judged the Narrative Non-Fiction category of the Faulkner – Wisdom Competition this year. The program will begin with a reading by best-selling non-fiction writer Gary Krist, author of City of Scoundrels, The masterfully told story of 12 volatile days in the life of Chicago, when an aviation disaster, a race riot, a crippling transit strike, and a sensational child murder roiled a city already on the brink of collapse. Other featured authors are the men and women he selected to place: Alex Sheshunoff of Ojai,CA, Misplaced Paradise, Winner; Sybil Morial of New Orleans, Witness to Change, Leah Lax of Houston, TX, Uncovered, and the Rev. Patrick Samway, S.J.,I am Properly Back Where I Started From”: Flannery O’Connor to Her Editor Robert Giroux, all runners-up. The four manuscripts represent four very different subjects, ranging from adventure, humorously told, to racial politics to orthodox Judaism to a scholarly addition to the analysis of a famous southern writer. Jeff will analyze with the authors the four manuscript and explain why each of the books work and seem more likely to be published than other entries. Each of the authors will read briefly form his or her work. The group will take questions from the audience at the end of their presentation. (To read excerpts from their winning work, visit the 2013 Edition of The Double Dealer, the Faulkner Society’s literary journal. There are two editions live now; we anticipate going live with the 2013 edition before Thanksgiving.)

10:00 a. m.

10:15 a. m. –
What is this Thing Called Novella?

Novellas are really hot with publishers right now. Why? 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, which features Lisa Zeidner (left), author of bestselling novels Layover and Love Bomb and founder and director of the MFA program at Rutgers, and Moira Crone, (at right), winner of the Robert Penn Warren Award for her fiction, including her collection What Gets Into Us, former director of the MFA program at LSU, and author of the new novel, The Not Yet. They will explain for writers what a novella is and how to achieve it and they will let readers in on the secrets of what to expect in a good novella and why they should read such books as National Book Award winner Three Junes, a novel of three linked Novellas, by Julia Glass; the new book by Andre Dubus, III, Dirty Love, a collection of four novellas; Local Souls, a new collection of three novellas by Allan Gurganus; and Beggar Maid by Alice Munro, who just won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Ms. Zeidner judged the novella category of the Faulkner Competition this year; Ms. Crone judged the category last year. Invited to join them are: Jacob Appel, winner of this year’s gold medal, and Daniel Castro, winner of the 2012 gold medal. Appel, who is now a three-time winner of a gold medal, previously for essay and short story, is a multi-discipline writer. He has just published his first novel, The Biology of Luck, released October, 2013 by Elephant Rock Books. Daniel Castro just won the 2013 Cinta Prize for best fiction by an American of Cuban heritage, which carries a cash purse of $10,000. (Previous winners have included the late Oscar Hijuelos and Cristina Garcia.)

11:30 a. m.
Ms. Zeidner, Ms. Crone, and Dr. Appel will be available to sign in the Book Mart immediately after their presentation.

11:45 a. m

The Evil of the World Inspires Quests for Meaning…andCompelling Literature
Featuring Horacio Castellanos Moya, left, born in Honduras and raised in El Salvador, and whose work centers on horrific consequences during revolutions in El Savador and Guatemala. Also featuring Ron Rash, a native of the Carolinas whose work has focused on Appalachia, and Tom Franklin, a native of Alabama who writes in the dark, southern Gothic tradition. Castellanos Moya is author of Senselessness, and 11 other novels, along with short fiction collections. He also has had a dramatic career as a political journalist in countries where it has been dangerous to be political at all. One of Latin America’s most important authors, his work only recently has begun to appear in English translations. His novels are born out out of rage over inhumanity and injustice. Ron Rash, center, a master short fiction writer and poet, as well as a critically acclaimed novelist, is author of the novel Serena, a portrait of evil personified, which has been adapted for a feature film starring Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence scheduled for release this winter. Like Castellanos Moya, Rash looks around his world and is appalled by the evil he sees and is inspired to capture that evil in his stories and their characters. Tom Franklin, like Rash, is a master of the short story form, and his books have included Poachers, which won the Edgar Award and other honors. Many of his characters are reminiscent of Faulkner’s unattractive family of Snopes and the degenerate Popeye of Sanctuary. Most recently, he co-authored a novel, The Tilted World, with his wife, the renowned poet  and essayist, Beth Ann Fennelly.  Invited to appear with them is Barnes Carr, selected by Ron Rash as winner of the Faulkner Society’s gold medal for Best Short Story for his dark story, The Needle Man. For more on the work of Castellanos Moya, Franklin, and Rash, Click Here! To Read Carr’s winning short story, visit the 2013 Double Dealer when it goes live from our web site at the end of November.

12:45 a. m.
Castellano Moya, Franklin, and Rash will be available to sign in the Book Mart, immediately after their presentation.

1:00  p. m. —
Jesus Christ, Superstar!

Featuring Reza Aslan, religious studies superstar, author of the international
bestselling new book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, as well as his previous bestsellers, No God But God and How To Win A Cosmic War, all works that have been translated in more than a dozen languages. 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. While there is a division of opinion in the religions of the world about whether Jesus was a gifted prophet and religious reformer or the Son of God, the fascination with his life continues to inspire literature. Since Aslan’s book appeared, two books by fundamentalist Christian Ministers have been published, each attempting to argue theology with Alsan. However, Aslan has said in an interview with the Faulkner Society that his book is about history, not theology. He states emphatically, that his book does not question any religion, that his purpose has been to examine Jesus in the context of an historical character in his place and time. Aslan, who has been both a Christian and a Muslim, will explore the impact of the teachings of Jesus in his own time, when Rome ruled the world. Biguenet is author of the critically acclaimed short fiction collection, The Torturer’s Apprentice, and novel, Oyster. His Katrina trilogy of plays, Rising Water, Shotgun, and Mold, have won a number of awards and enjoyed 30 productions and staged readings around the U.S.  His new play in rhymed iambic pentameter, Broomstick, just closed an extended run at New Jersey Rep and will go on to at least three other productions around the country in 2014.  An earlier play, The Vulgar Soul, which tells the story of a faithless stigmatic, was described by American Theatre magazine as  “as a provocative inquiry into the nature of belief and self-deception.”

2:45  p. m.  
Reza Aslan will sign during intermission

3:00 p. m. — Bonnet Carre Room, Across Hall from Ballroom
The Moral Implications of the Time-Space Continuum
 Presented by Gregory Freidlander, 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. “In order to understand the theory first I have to convince you that dimension is a function of time and doesn’t exist independently, and
I will do that, says Mr. Friedlander! His paper revolves around the concept that that the existence of the universe derives from you, that your individual morality affects the universe, and that you can and should act with as much integrity and courage as your situation allows. Gregory Friedlander has been in the active practice of law in Louisiana and Alabama since 1983.  He has also been a member of the US Patent Bar since 1984. He has written several books including, Trust How We lost the War with China coming out in the second edition as World War C  and Sam, The First Battlefield of World War II. He also publishes a blog at gmfbooks.blogspot.com.  He lives in Mobile, AL on a hill with a family that varies from one person to five with the seasons, cats which seem to congregate in a yard that attracts birds and squirrels and a dog bred to hunt lions in Africa.

3:20  p. m.

3:30 p. m. — Bonnet Carre Room, AcrossHall fromBallroom

Leslie Lehr
—a produced screenwriter, who currently is adapting her new novel, What a Mother Knows, for the screen—will introduce and participate in Hollywood Experience.  Leslie, a fiction and non-fiction writer, won the Faulkner Society’s gold medal for best novella in 1998 and literary agent Deborah Grosvenor sold it shortly thereafter, as a novel, 66 Laps, with no changes in length. Leslie regularly teaches novel classes, including sessions on dramatic openings, and compelling characters, and is now a manuscript consultant for the world renowned Truby Writers Studio.  For more on Leslie
and her work, Click Here!

Writing a Screenplay to Sell on Spec

Featuring Mark Evan Schwartz, this session will zero in on a dynamic opening and lead characters. In the professional world of spec feature film screenwriting, the first ten 15 pages of a screenplay can make it or break it. If the set up through inciting incident and characters don’t immediately captivate, propelling the story and its  leading characters forward in a way that compels the reader to keep turning the  page, the agent, manager, development exec, and/or producer will pass.  Want expert advice, direction, and constructive criticism?  This is the workshop for you. For one-on-one feedback in a supportive workshop environment with screenwriting master Mark Evan Schwartz, writers are invited to submit the beginning of their feature film scripts, ten to 15 pages, along with a one-page synopsis of their screen story. Pilot, sitcom, and episodic television scripts will not be accepted. Submissions must be received no later than  November 8. Enrollment is limited to 15.  Regardless of whether you want to sell a screenplay, writers will benefit from Mark’s advice on strong openings and compelling characters. While hands-on critiques are limited to a registration of 15 persons, any writer registered may audit. For more on Mark and his work, Click Here!

4:45 p. m. — Bonnet Carre Room
Developing 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. Many of her clients are debut novelists and screenwriters and many of her writing clients have been discovered at festivals similar to Words & Music or in writing classes she has presented. When she finds a writer with a voice she believes needs to be heard, she signs that writer and works with him/her to develop a manuscript. During the workshop she will present scenes and analyze them with participating writers and explain the types of books which work for film, television, and the stage and why, using examples of books that have been sold and effectively adapted. She also will present a brief analysis of the current marketplace. The class will include hands-on critiques.  Samples submitted should have strong, commercial storylines with a hook to grab the audience from the beginning. Writing samples should be ten to 15 pages and must be in our hands by November 7.  Registration is limited to 15 persons, first come-first serve, for critiques. Other registered writers may audit.  Separately, Ms. Atlas is accepting book proposals for advance critiques and one-on-one critiques with registered writers during Words & Music. Click Here for guidelines for both workshop samples and manuscript critiques. For more on Marilyn Atlas and her work, Click Here!

7:30 p. m. _
The Gala Black Tie Annual Meeting of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society:
Cocktails, Awards Ceremonies, Dinner Dancing

IThe Gala Black Tie Annual Meeting of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society: Cocktails, Awards Ceremonies, Dinner Dancing
Featuring the always humorous Roy Blount, Jr., author of 22 books, most of them involving a unique intellectual twist to tickle the funnybone, as 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 aswell 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. 

8:00 a. m. to 10:00 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone
Complimentary continental breakfast for Words & Music guests.

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

8:30 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
This session will be introduced by poet Caroline Rash, a finalist in the 2013 Faulkner — Wisdom Competition and Associate Editor of The Double Dealer and led by the widely published, critically acclaimed poet Beth Ann Fennelly. Appearing with them will be Gail Waldstein, who was selected by Beth Ann for the Faulkner Society’s 2013 Gold Medal for Poetry.  She had this to say about Ms. Waldstein’s poem, Rapid:

This incredibly ambitious poem is an extended meditation on free will, responsibility, and death.  Two competing narrative strands are skillfully developed--in one, an oncologist rafts the Grand Canyon, and in the other, he recalls a young female patient.  This patient, on whom he operated, seems to recover, eventually getting married and giving birth--but he learns otherwise. Her rapid decline and the rapids the speaker rides are tied to each other in powerful ways.  This is a moving, accomplished, astute poem. 
Joining them will be Geoff Munsterman, Associate Editor of The Double Dealer, whose new collection, just published by Lavender Ink Press, is: Because the Stars Shine Through It.
Among those who reviewed the book, Ms. Fennelly had this to say about Geoff’s collection:

This rich, nuanced collection makes me nostalgic for a place I've never been---Belle Chasse, LA--where fishermen reel in human jaws and river pilot uncles work the spill and "township limit signs mock our effort."  What a gorgeous evocation of place, and the characters that haunt the levee, drink the chicory coffee "think enough to walk across," endure "good times tightening like koozies over beers."  Because the Stars Shine Through It is both elegy and paean, and we are richer because it's in the world.

The poets are invited to read from their work. For more on Caroline Rash, Ms. Fennelly, Ms. Waldstein, and Geoff, Click Here! To read Ms. Waldstein’s winning poem and pieces from Geoff’s new book, visit 2013 edition of The Double
when it goes live from our web site, www.wordsandmusic.org,
at the end of November.

9:45 a. m.
Beth Ann Fennelly and Geoff Munsterman will sign in the Book Mart immediately after their appearances.
9:30 a. m. –
The authors will sign in the Book Mart following their presentation

Faith and the Search for Meaning as Inspiration for the Arts

9:45 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
Sherwood Anderson's Search for a New Faith
Presented by Don De Grazia,

Don De Grazia is author of the novel, American Skin (Scribner/Jonathan Cape) and an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago. His work has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reader, New City, TriQuarterly, The Outlaw Bible of American Literature, The Italian American Reader, Rumpus, The Great Lakes Review, Make Magazine, and other publications. He also a screenwriter in the Writers Guild of America (east) and co-founder/co-host of Come Home Chicago, a live event series dedicated to celebrating the Chicago storytelling tradition in all its forms.

The Year of Flannery O’ Connor
Featuring the Rev. Patrick Samway, S.J. and W.Kenneth Holditch, scholar in the literature of the South..

11:15 a. m.

11:30 a. m.
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.

This session will feature Reza Aslan, a Muslim who converted to Christianity and then returned to Islam and author of Zealot: the Life & Times of Jesus Of Nazareth, and Rodger Kamenetz (at right), critically acclaimed poet and bestselling non-fiction author of The Jew in the Lotus, a memoir about his studies of Buddhism and meetings with the Dali Llamma. Rodger has said frequently that the study of Buddhism led him back to Judaism. For more on the authors and their work, Click Here!

1:00 p.m. TBA
The Quests for Meaning of Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner 

Featuring Williams and Faulkner scholar W. Kenneth Holditch, who is co-founder of both the Tennessee Williams Festival and the Faulkner Society.


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, 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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