THE KREWE OF LIBRIS!
A carnival organization founded to highlight literary accomplishments during the traditional Mardi Gras season in New Orleans, the Krewe of Libris was established in 2006 by The Pirates Alley Faulkner Society, The Louisiana State Museum, And The New Orleans Musicians Clinic.
Libris I and Thalia I, David and Marti Speights
HistoryThe Krewe of Libris hosted its first event February 23, 2006 at The Presbytere, one of the important edifices of colonial French and Spanish government in Louisiana. The event was a costume party in honor of the Krewe's first King Libris and Queen Thalia, Marti and David Speights of New Orleans. They were presented to the Krewe by the Krewe's Queen Mother and Court Jester, co-founders Rosemary James and Joseph DeSalvol Lady in Waiting Gabriela Hernandez and 2006 captain Karen Leathem. Important special guests for the event were authors Roy Blount, Jr., Robert Olen Butler, Elizabeth Dewberry, Mary Helen Lagasse, Charmaine Neville, and Julie Smith, among the contributors to the book, My New Orleans: Ballads to the Big Easy by Her Sons, Daughters, and Lovers, a labor of love edited by Rosemary James, which benefits the Faulkner Society and the national writers' organization, PEN American Center.
Libris II, Quinn Peeper, Came This Year as Lestat, the Vampire and his Queen, Thalia II, Margarita Bergen, came as the Baroness Pontalba.
One year later, Libris I and Thalia I announced and crowned Libris II and Thalia II, Quinn Peeper and Margarita Bergen, on February 14, 2007, St. Valentine's Day, at a masked ball featuring readings by famous authors on the year's theme, "Literary Lovers;" live music by George Rossi, buffet supper, open bar. The ball masque took place at The Cabildo.
...And This year...
Libris III took place on January 22, 2008, and the Krewe crowned Hotel Monteleon CEO Ron Pincus as Libris III andhis wife Anne Simms Pincus as Thalia III. The theme was "Set in New Orleans" and the new monarchs costumed as the late Governor Earl Long and Blaze Star. Readings included passages from Dinner at Antoine's, The Last Madam,The Baroness Pontalba, and Interview with a Vampire.
Libris III, Ron Pincus, and Thalia III, Anne Simms Pincus
Krewe membership is open to Faulkner Society members. The general public may join the Krewe by taking a membership in the Faulkner Society. Sustaining members of the Society are the guests of the Society at the annual ball. To join the Society, CLICK HERE!
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