September 5, 2008:
Meet the Author: CANCELLED DUE TO HURRICANE GUSTAV
Featuring Poet, essayist, fiction writer, and NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu and WWL-TV producer Dominic Massa. The event will celebrate publication of Andrei's new poetry collection, Jealous Witness, which includes a CD of Andrei's post Katrina songs set to music by the Klezmer Allstars; and Dominic's new non-fiction work, New Orleans Television, featuring a collection of vintage photographic momentos.
A regular feature of the Faulkner Society's programming, MEET THE AUTHOR is designed to provide both support for writers and literary programming for the general public. Its annual calendar of Meet the Author signing parties feature readings by important authors!
September 28, 2008:
Faulkner Salutes Fitzgerald!
Kickoff for the Faulkner Society's Great Gatsby BIG READ project
Books change lives for the better.
...Dana Gioia, Chairman, The National Endowment for the Arts
The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society and its partners have been selected by The National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Midwest, and the Institute of Library Services for a grant to stage a 2008 BIG READ project designed to stimulate reading among Metropolitan New Orleans teenagers and their parents and other residents of the Metropolitan area.
Grantees all over the country select works of literary art from a list dictated by NEA. Grant projects focus on a single work of literary art. Because of the ongoing national political and social dialogue about access to the American Dream by all segments of our society, a dialogue which will reach a crescendo of public interest with the Presidential election debates, the Society selected F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel of the American Dream, The Great Gatsby.
A major thrust of the Society's project will be to put free copies of the book the hands of high school students of the Metropolitan area. The project will kick-off on September 28 with a Great Gatsby costume party honoring participating teachers, librarians, and donors. Be among that number! To find out why you should and how you can participate in this important project to increase literacy in the New Orleans area, click here on THE BIG READ or visit the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read page at www.neabigread.org.
November 19, 2008:
Annual Master Class!
This year's MASTER CLASS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS takes place at 11:00 a. m. at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Riverfront. This year's session will explore the relevance of Fitzgerald's work in contemporary life and why The Great Gatsby is the Perfect American Novel.
Words & Music, A Literary Feast in New Orleans!
Meet with legendary authors, top editors, key agents!
Visit our Words & Music page for all the details and this year's Registration Form. Our featured keynote speaker this year is none other than media mogul Ted Turner, who will be discussing his memoir debuting just days before the festival! For more on Words & Music 2008, CLICK HERE!