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These programs are supported
by grants from
Louisiana Division
of the Arts,
Office of Cultural Development, Department of
Culture, Recreation & Tourism
In cooperation with the
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and a grant from
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Words & Music, 2011

Following is a working schedule of events planned for Words & Music, 2011. Some faculty additions are yet to be posted and some changes may be made before Words & Music opens on November 9 with our Master Class for students and teachers. The events will remain as they are listed here, however.

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.


Faulkner House Books, located in the ground floor of 624 Pirate’s Alley, will be selling books for the festival. Books of authors speaking on Wednesday will be sold from the bookstore, 624 Pirate's Alley, right behind The Cabildo and St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square. Only books of authors speaking will be at Muriel's and The Cabildo. The on site
Words & Music Book Mart
will open at the Hotel Monteleone on Thursday, November 10 at 8:00 a. m. in the Royal Suites, Ground Floor, Hotel Monteleone, Friday and Saturday, the mart will be in the Queen Anne Parlor, adjacent to the Queen Anne Ballroom on the East Mezzanine. On Sunday, books will be sold outside of the Riverview Room and also at Literature & Lunch in the Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom East.  Books purchased from Faulkner House Books and the Book Mart will benefit the non-profit Faulkner Society. To be assured of having your books for author siginings, you may order in advance with credit card information and they will be reserved in your name for pick up at the festival. If you want your books, shipped in advance of the festival for "homework" purposes. Faulkner House Books is happy to ship them to you. For advance book reservations or shipment, call Faulkner House Books at (504) 524-2940.
Or e-mail us at Faulkhouse@aol.com.

Wednesday, November 9

10:30 a. m. — Our Lady of Victory Church, 1116 Chartres Street (Old Ursulines Convent Complex)

The Importance of An Interplay of the Arts to the Creative Process
Featuring jazz artist Irvin Mayfield, this year's master class, presented with the New Orleans Jazz Institute, will address the symbiotic relationships between the arts and the importance of these relationships as inspiration for the creation of new works of art. Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra are collaborating on a wonderful new project to create new works of original music inspired by famous authors, including William Faulkner, Ernest Gaines, and John Kennedy Toole. The music is being premiered in a variety of venues this fall. Students and teachers will hear examples of the music which has been created during the project. Mayfield, author of a memoir released this spring, A Love Letter to New Orleans, several years ago composed an original work of music, The Wild Palms Suite, for the Faulkner Society and he introduced the music to the public at a
Words & Music
concert. For this project, Mayfield is creating music inspired by Ernest Gaines. His colleague, UNO professor, composer and jazz pianist Victor Atkins, is creating new music inspired by the work of Faulkner for the project. Victor Atkins will present his music at the conclusion of the annual meeting of the Words & Music Writers' Alliance, also at the Old U. S. Mint. For more on Irvin Mayfield, Click Here!

11:15 a. m —Our Lady of Victory Church, 1116  Chartres Street

What Makes A Winning Manuscript
Tom Carson, Film critic for GQ Magazine and author the new, favorably reviewed novel, Daisy Buchanan’s Daughter, and a previous novel, Gilligan’s Wake.  Carson is the 2011 Judge of the High School Short Story category of the Willam Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. He will discuss the elements of writing which make a good short story and introduce this year’s winner, Ruth Marie Landry of Metaire, who will read a short excerpt from the winning manuscript. For more on Tom Carson, Click Here!

Refreshments in the Courtyard will Follow

12:15 p.m.— Muriel's Restaurant at Jackson Square, Second Floor
Cash Bar Opens
12:45 p. m.
Life & Literature in the Global Village: Love Thy Neighbor
As has become our tradition, the first session of Literature & Lunch will take place at the charming French Quarter restaurant fronting on Jackson Square, Muriel's. In the shrinking village we call Planet Earth, it is becoming increasingly important to do unto others as we would have done unto us. Loving thy neighbors, of course, means getting toknow them well.  We need to what makes them tick, what makes them most fearful, what we do that might hurt them and cause increased fear on their part, what their needs are, what their goals for their children and their children's children are, what we might do to create stability for them.  One of our most unstable neighbors of the Global Village is Pakistan. Author James Farwell's new book, The Pakistan Cauldron, is just the ticket for getting a better handle on this particular neighbor. Farwell, who will be principal speaker at this session, is an internationally noted political and defense strategist, whose clients include the Department of Defense, for starters. His special expertise includes cyberworld strategies for the 21st century. For more on the multi-talented James Farwell, Click here!

2:30 p. m.—Cabildo
MOVED TO 8:15 a. m. Thursday, Hotel Monteleone
Note: The previously announced three separate Limited Registration Workshops have all been combined into one, due to insufficient registrations to justify separate workshops. All three of the subjects will be addressed in the single workshop on Thursday a. m. and all submissions received will be critiqued in this session.

2:30 to 3:30 p. m. — The Cabildo at Jackson Square, Second Floor, Long Gallery
Why Do Animals Make Such Great Characters for Children’s Literature
Featuring Julie Smith, George Rodrigue, Alex Beard, and C. Robert Holloway
What is it about animals, even animals that ordinarily might be considered downright scary, such as tigers and lions, that makes them so irresistible as characters for literature? The Edgar-winning author of more than 20 detective novels Julie Smith has turned her hand now to YA literature and the result is her new book about a cat, a cat burglar at that, and advisor to a budding psychic, who also happens to be a leading teenage crime queen. The new book is Cursebusters. Fine artist George Rodrigue is well known for his endearing Blue Dog, who populates his children's books as well as his paintings. Artist Alex Beard, who uses animal as subjects for his paintings and related items including wonderful jigsaw puzzles, has two children's books out, The Jungle Grapevine, and his new book, Monkey See, Monkey Draw. They will explore animal themes Inand how to make them appealing for both youngsters and the adults who read the stories with them. Introducing these authors and talking about his own new cat book, Charlie, will be C. Robert Holloway. Charlie, is not for children, says Holloway but for the entertainment of adults who are forced to read stories to children. Charlie is, in fact, quite wickedly funny. All of these books will make great Christmas gifts for the children on your list, except Charlie. Save that one for the adults. For more on these authors, Click Here!

4:00 to 5:30 p. m. — The Cabildo, Second Floor Gallery
Members of the Alliance and others will read from new work related to the Words & Music, 2011 theme: Life & Literature in the Global Village.
Invited to Lead this event and read from her own work is nationally noted poet Laura Mullen, a writer in residence at LSU. Others featured include Rosemary Daniell, once of the best writing coaches in the country and also a widely admired poet and non-fiction writers; Brad Richard, author of the new collection Motion Studies; the current president of the Peauxdunque Writers, which is the founding chapter of the Words & Music Writers Alliance, poet and fiction writer Tad Bartlett; poet and fiction writer J.Ed Marston; poet M'Bilia Meeker, author of the Spirit of Louis Congo, which won the Faulkner Society's gold medal for best poem this year, fiction writer Maurice Ruffin; fiction writer Terri Stoor, winner of the 2011 Gold Medalfor her Short story, A Belly Full of Sparrow.
Rosemary is shown at left; Laura at right.

5:30 p. m. — The Cabildo

6:30 to 7:30 p. m. – The Cabildo at Jackson Square
The Important Symbiotic Relationship Between the Arts
It's well known that many important works of literature have been inspired by music. The most recent novel of Elise Blackwell, who this year judged the Faulkner Society's novella competition, is, for instance, An Unfinished Score, a story of musicians in love and their work. And there are many other examples both contemporary and period literature inspired by music generally, as well as specific pieces of music. Faulkner, for instance, is believed by some scholars to have been heavily influenced by the jazz he heard while living in the French Quarter in the 1920s, a theory jazz authority Stanley Crouch strongly espouses. But literature as inspiration for music, as well.. When New Orleans jazz artist Irvin Mayfield was in college he became an avid fan of Faulkner, thanks in no small part to one of his professors, Victor Atkins, who introduced Irvin to the author. Several years ago, Mayfield composed an original suite of music for the Faulkner Society inspired by Faulkner and titled The Wild Palms Suite. Crouch wrote a libretto for the music and the two presented premiered the work at Words & Music during a gala evening at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Subsequently, Irvin devised a project with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and UNO for other musicians to create new, original music inspired by famous authors. This time around, Irvin is composing music inspired by the workof Ernest Gaines, while his old professor, who happens to be a fine musician and composer, is creating music inspired by Faulkner. This session will feature Victor Atkins, shown at left on piano, and Irvin Mayfield discussing the importance of the interplay between the arts to the creative process. The audience will get a sneak preview of some of the wonderful new music these artists are creating as a result of their passion for literature. Earlier in the day, the pair will speak on the same subject at the Society's annual master class for students and teachers. For more information on Victor and Irvin, Click Here!

8:00 p. m. – On the Town
Recommended Restaurants in the French Quarter
Arnaud’s, Bayona,  Brennan’s, Broussard’s, Café Amelie, Café Giovanni,  Camellia Grill, Court of Two Sisters, Dickie Brennan’s Steak House, Galatoire’s, Galvez, Gumbo Shop, GW Fins, Irene’s Cuisine,  K-Paul’s,  Mr. B’s Bistro, Muriel’s,  Olivier’s, Palace Café, Pelican Club, Rib Room at the Royal Orleans, Stanley’s, Stella, Sylvain.
None of these restaurants are very large, all are highly rated, and advance reservations are essential. You can review all on-line through google, by typing in French Quarter, New Orleans, Restaurants.

Thursday, November 10

8 a. m. — Royal Suites A&B, Ground Floor

8:00 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Royal Suites, A & B
Operated by Faulkner House Books and Joseph J. DeSalvo, Jr., Co-Founder,
Faulkner Society. Note: a percentage book sales during Words & Music goes to help fund the Faulkner Society's projects for readers and writers.

8:15 to 10:15 a. m. — Ursulines Room
Note: The previously annunced three separate Limited Registration Workshops have all been combined into one because of
insufficient registrations to justify separtate workshops. All three of the subjects will be addressed in this workshop and all submissions received will be critiqued in this session.

Finding a New Angle for Old Subject Matter, Getting the Reader's Attention in the First Five Pages, and
Creating Charactors You Love and Love to Hate.

Featuring literary agent Michael Murphy, a former publisher of William Morrow, and Christopher Chambers, Editor, New Orleans Review. Click Here! For more on these literary critics, Click Here!
Chris Chambers is shown at right.

8:30  a. m. — Royal Suites, C&D
New Orleans, Mon Amor
Featuring well known New Orleans poet, translator, and fiction writer, James Nolan, author of the new novel Higher Ground, a novel of noir humor set in New Orleans and being published concurrent with Words & Music, 2011. The unpublished manuscript won the Faulkner Society's gold medal for Best Novel in 2009. Introduced by Faulkner Society co-founder, Rosemary James. The novel has been described as Confederacy of Dunces with a noir sense of humor. A short fiction piece appeared recently in the New Orleans Noir anthology edited by Edgar winning mystery writer Julie Smith. And Nolan recently published a collection of short fiction entitled Perpetual Care. He has been a Writer-in-Residence at Tulane University and currently he directs the Loyola Writing Institute at Loyola University in New Orleans. Nolan, a New Orleans native, translates from Spanish to English and has translated works of such well known Spanish-speaking poets as Pablo Neruda and he writes in Spanish for Spanish literary journals. Jimmy will speak about the unique elements of the humor of New Orleanians.

10:00 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Royal Suites, C&D
The Hyphenated-American Experience As Inspiration for Literary Art
Featuring Justin Torres, who is the hottest new writer going today with a tsunami of critical praise in the wake
of his astounding debut novel, We the Animals, heralding the arrival of an important prose stylist. Torres will explore imagination versus reality in fiction, addressing the question of how to ground contemporary fiction in reality without grounding the imagination. Torres is precisely the kind of young writer our namesake, William Faulkner, would have applauded: stunningly talented and brave, fearlessly experimenting with literary forms, not unlike the Nobel laureate himself. In addition to his debut novel, Torres has drawn universally favorable attention for his short fiction. Invited to introduce him and set the stage for the discussion is Uriel Quesada, Ph.D. Dr. Quesada, a  native of Costa Rica, is the director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Loyola University. Dr. Quesada has offered courses on Latin American crime literature, Central American postwar literature, Latin American urban chronicle, Border studies, and Latin American Life Writing. He is teaching the work of Junot Díaz this fall. A fiction writer himself, Dr. Quesada has published seven books, including El atardecer de los niños (short stories, 1990; Editorial Costa Rica Award and Costa Rica National Book Award 1990), Lejos, tan lejos (short stories, Áncora Award in Literature, 2005), El gato de sí mismo (novel, Costa Rica National Book Award 2006) and Viajero que huye (short stories, 2008).   For more on these authors, Click Here

11:45 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Riverview Room (Roof)
Cash Bar Opens for Literature & Lunch
Noon p. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Riverview Room
Impact of The Exile Experience on Life & Literature in the Global Village

The discussion will be introduced by Randy Fertel, left, author, scholar, and teacher, who has a Ph.D. from Harvard and teaches exile literature at the New School in New York. Randy's debut book is the New Orleans family memoir, The Gorila Man and The Empress of Steak. The session will feature Justin Torres (See photo and bio above) Oscar Hijuelos, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, whose new memoir, Thoughts Without Cigarettes, has drawn universal praise; Lori Marie Carlson, author, translator, and editor, whose books include a variety of anthologies of work by ethnic artists whose work she has translated, including Burnt Sugar, a collection of contemporary Cuban poetry which she co-authored with her husband, Oscar Hijuelos, , and Andrew Lam, Vietnamese – American author of Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora, which won the Pen American Beyond the Margins Award in 2006, and was short-listed for the Asian American Literature AwardHis critically acclaimed book, East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres, was released last year.  For more on these authors and their work, Click Here! 

1:45 p. m. —Hotel Monteleone, Royal Suites C&D
The Art of Turning Your Passion into Perfect Pieces of Fiction or Narrative Non-Fiction

As Sherwood Anderson told William Faulkner while they were living in New Orleans and Anderson was mentoring Faulkner, “Write about what you know.”  And, without question, those things we are passionate about are the things we know best, whether it is a person, a place, an object, a cause.  Featuring New York Times bestselling author Robert Hicks, left, and his literary agent Jeff Kleinman. Hicks, author of two bestselling novels related to the Civil War, The Widow of the South and A Separate Country, was not writing fiction when he moved to Tennessee and became entranced with the famous battlefield at Franklin. He literally re-invented himself when he instigated a movement to preserve the battleground because of its importance in the history of the area and because of the important green space such battlefields provide. Long story short Robert was, without knowing it, building a national platform for novels that grew out of his passion. Jeff Kleinman will give pointers on following Robert’s example, recognizing that fiction which has some basis in fact can be one of the most attractive types of novel to be writing these days.Joining them will be Rosemary Daniell, atuhor of the southern classics of narrative non-fiction, Fatal Flowers and Sleeping with Soldiers. Rosemary is also author of Secrets of the Zona Rosa, which is a popular self-help book for writers, and is an exceptiional writing coach, who conductis workshops all over the country. For more on Robert and Rosemary, Click Here!  For more on Jeff, Click Here!

3:30 p. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom

3:15 p. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
An Afternoon with Oscar Hijuelos, Winner, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and Lori Marie Carlson, Americas Prize Winner

Lori Marie Carlson's best-selling collections of bilingual poetry, short stories, and her own novels have allowed us, as authors and readers, to live in a different world, one that appreciates the sights, sounds, and scents of different cultures in America. Winner of the Américas Prize for literature for young adults, Lori will set the stage for her husband, Cuban-Amercan author Oscar Hijuelos, the first Hispanic author to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, who will do a performance reading from his new, critically acclaimed memoir, Thoughts Without Cigarettes. After his reading, the two authors will discuss the importance of identity in the work of hyphenated-American authors and take questions from the audience. Hijuelos made literary history when his novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Today, he still is one of only two Latino authors to earn that distinction (Junot Díaz won in 2008 for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao). But, as recounted in his new book, the runaway success and glowing reviews of "Mambo Kings" made Hijuelos feel that "something both wonderful and awful was happening to me ... altogether it made me feel like some kind of lab specimen." Every reader has "favorite" books, but a word often used to describe Hijuelos and his novels is "beloved." His new memoir is destined for “beloved” status as well. People fall easily in love with his characters, a testament to his determination to treat them with tenderness and respect and forgiveness for their all-too-human faults, and he is careful to do the same with the real people in Thoughts Without Cigarettes. For more on these astounding literary artists, visit www.wordsandmusic.org.

5:30 p. m. — Front Entrance, Hotel Monteleone, 200 Royal Street
Bus for Uptown Welcome Event Leaves Hotel Monteleone
Note: Bus Transportation is not included in packages.Tickets are $25 per person. Reservations for bus transporation to event must be made and paid for not later than November 1, 2011.

6:00 to 7:30 p. m. — Cole-Pratt Art Gallery, 3800 Magazine Street,  located in the Uptown New Orleans Art District.

Cocktail Party in honor of noted fine artist Joan Griswold, celebrating the opening of her exhibit of paintings at the Cole-Pratt Gallery of New Orleans, and also honoring
Words & Music patrons. Ms. Griswold is creating a group of paintings focusing on literary venues in New Orleans, such as the Latter Library and Faulkner House, for this special exhibit of her work. Ms. Griswold will be introduced by her husband, beloved southern humorist and non-fiction author of 23 books,
Roy Blount, Jr.  This is a very special opportunity for booklovers to acquire fine art to complement your book collections! Click Here! for more on Joan and another example of her work to be shown at the event. The photo at left is of Ms. Griswold's painting of the guest suite at Faulkner House.

7:30 p. m. — Cole Pratt Art Gallery, 3800 Magazine St.
Bus leaves gallery for return trip to Hotel Monteleone

8:30 p. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
Every Day by the Sun
How to Read Faulkner and Love it, our traditional salute to our namesake, will be replaced this year by an old fashioned southern wake in memory of Dean Faulkner Wells, niece of Nobel Laureate William Faulkner, shown above with her husband Lawrence Wells at their wedding rehearsal party. Ms. Wells died of complications from a collapsed lung just a few months after the release of her book, Every Day by the Sun: A Faulkner Family Memoir, which garnered widespread national praise from critics and ntational news media. She was the guest of honor for a New Orleans book launch party in her honor in late March. November 10 was the day her father, Dean Faulkner,was killed in the crash of his small plane, given to him by his brother, Nobel laureate William Faulkner. After her father's death, Faulkner took responsibility for raising Dean Faulkner Wells as an adopted daughter. The tribute will be led by her literary agent Jeff Kleinman with Larry Wells. The event will include, Every Day by The Sun, a special preview of an interview filmed with Dean at William Faulkner's Oxford, MS home, Rowan Oak, for Grande Librairie, a talk-show hosted by  Francois Busnel. This interview is scheduled to air on TV-5 in France in January, 2012.  Our special thanks to Joe York of the University of Mississippi Media and Documentary Department for editing the film. W. Kenneth Holditch, Co-Founder of the Faulkner Society is invited to speak.

Shown here with Dean at her Oxford book launch is her husand Larry, also a fine writer, and owner of the Yoknapatawa Press in Oxford, MS. For more information on Dean, Click Here! For more information on Larry, Click Here!

Friday, November 11

8:00 a. m. — 10 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone,Orleans Room

8:00 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Parlor
Operated by Faulkner House Books and Joseph J. DeSalvo, Jr., Co-Founder,
Faulkner Society. Note: a percentage book sales during Words & Music goes to help fund the Faulkner Society's projects for readers and writers.

8:15 a. m. Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
Tailoring the Art of Essays, Creative Criticism, and Memoirs to the Requirements of Global Village internet Communications
Will the art of narrative non-fiction be lost or are well constructed non-fiction narratives becoming the new gold standard coin for literate communication in the electronic village? Featuring the distinguished poet, playwright, fiction and non-fiction author and essayist John Biguenet, who has contributed numerous essays to such important publications as the New York Times. Joining John will be. Andrew Lam, Vietnamese–American author of Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora, which won the Pen American Beyond the Margins Award in 2006, and was short-listed for the Asian American Literature AwardHis critically acclaimed book, East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres, was released last year. He has authored dozens of essays for both important print journals and on-line publications. Eric Liebetrau, Managing Editor and Non-Fiction Editor of Kirkus Reviews is invited to introduce the subject and join the discussion. Eric is among the editors who will be critiquing manuscripts for Words & Music this year. Eric is married to Signe Pike, author of the new memoir, Faery Tale, also is a member of the faculty this year. For more on Biguenet, Kamenetz, and Lam Click Here! For more on Eric, Click Here!

Andrew Lam, left, Eric Leibetrau, right.

9:30 a. m. —
Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
The Impact of the Internet, Good & Bad, on Artists & The General Public
This session will feature:
Andrei Codrescu, noted poet, essayist, novelist, and NPR commentator, author of recent article on the danger of the internet in Publisher’s Weekly and the new novel, Whatever Gets You Through the Night: A Story of Sheherezade and the Arabian Entertainments. Andrei is outspoken in his criticism of the freeloading habits of internet sites.
Ted Mooney, whose most recent novel is The Same River Twice, an extraordinary exercise in capturing sense of place. Mooney coined the concept of Information Sickness in his critically acclaimed first novel, Easy Travel to Other Planets. Mooney believes that the constant barrage of information and the ease of access to too much information is damaging to the intellect, creativity, and the general health of humanity.
Chris Ruen, author of the new non-fiction book, Freeloading (OR Books, 2011), on the subject of artists and the internet. Like Codrescu, Ruen comes down hard on the theft of art of all sorts, including music, from its creators and the curtailment of creativity and destruction of the arts as a result. For more on these authors, Click Here!

10:45 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
The Importance of Our Dreams to Our Lives and Our Creativity
This session will feature bestselling non-fiction writer and poet Rodger Kamenetz, who is author of The History of Last Night's Dream: Discovering the Hidden Path to the Soul; and internationally noted photographic artist and author Joséphine Sacabo, whose most recent book, Duino Elegie, contains luscious photographs strongly influenced by her own dream life and the dreams of others. They will discuss the importance of dreams to the creative process and the importance of our dreams in harsh reality of today's shrinking village. And they will address the issue of art as a universal language to promote mutual understanding.

In eras of extreme stress, such as the one in which we are living today, dreams become even more important to healthy lives and creative processes. Since becoming obsessed with dreams and researching the subject for more than five years before writing the book, Rodger has become a dream analyst. Oprah Winfrey read Rodger's book and interviewed him and had this to say about his work: "What’s so exciting about this book is that it talks about how there’s a whole other life that we are living when we sleep and that our dreams are there as offerings and gifts to us if we only recognize what the dreams are there to teach us, what they’re there to tell us about our waking lives."

Joséphine's dreamily beautiful new collection is entitled Óyeme con los Ojos (Hear Me With Your Eyes and was inspired by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a 17th century Mexican nun who was one of the greatest poets and intellectuals of the American continent. Sor Juana lived in Mexico City in the late 1600’s and was very active in defending women’s rights in Mexico through her writing and poetry which centered on freedom, specifically the intellectual and social freedom of women.

For more on Rodger and Joséphine and their work, Click Here!

Noon — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
Cash Bar for Literature & Lunch Opens
Authors will sign during cocktails and after their talk. Books will be for sale at the door, but advance purchase from the
Words & Music Book Mart is recommended.

12:30 p. m.— Hotel Monteleone, Room to be Announced
The Classic Works of Hemingway & Fitzgerald as Inspiration for Contemporary Fiction

This session will feature authors who have figured out new angles on subjects which have had hundreds of thousands of previous words written about them, fascinating new ways to titillate their readers with old subjects. The guests for this session are:
Paula McLain, author of the wonderful new novel, The Paris Wife, based on Hadley Richardson, the first wife of Ernest Hemingway and their life together in The Moveable Feast era in Paris just after World War I with other expatriate artists, such as Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald and wife Zelda, Aleister Crowley, Ezra Pound, Ford Madox Ford, Hilaire Belloc, Pascin, John Dos Passos, Wyndham Lewis, James Joyce, and Sherwood Anderson.
Tom Carson, author of the entertaining new novel, Daisy Buchanan’s Daughter. Daisy’s daughter Pamela was an infant and scarcely mentioned in Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age masterpiece, The Great Gatsby. Carson has invented a life for her, which captures the social, cultural, and political high jinks of the “American Century.”
—Kirk Curnutt, Ph.D., is invited to introduce the subject and set the scene for them. Dr. Curnutt is a a scholar in American literature, including the work of Hemingway and Fitzgerald, and Chairman of the English Department at Troy University in Montgomery, AL. Kirk, a fine writer himself, has won a Faulkner Society gold medal for Best Essay and was a finalist in the novel category last year for Raising Aphrodite. He is the Vice President of the national F. Scott Fitzgerald Society. For more information on these authors and their engaging fiction, Click Here!

2: 30 p. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom
When is a Romance Novel a Guilty Pleasure and When is it Just a Literary Pleasure
This discussion will be introduced Michael Signorelli, right, literary editor at Harper Collins and will feature
Elise Blackwell, who is author of four novels with romance at their core, including her latest, An Unfinished Score, and director of the Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of South Carolina. The discussion will feature Pulitzer Prize winning fiction writer Robert Olen Butler, author of the new, unquestionably romantic novel, A Small Hotel, set largely in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Butler, author of 12 novels and six collections of short stories, is considered one of America’s very best writing teachers as well as one of its finest writers. They will take questions from the audience after the discussion and then sign their novels. For more on Elise and Bob, both popular returning members of the Words & Music Faculty, Click Here! For more on Michael, one of our critiquing editors this year, Click Here!

3:45 p. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom
Celtic Faery Tales, Our Dreams, and Arabian Entertainments To Get Us Through The Night 
When those dark hours come upon us, when we are searching for answers to the eternal questions, there are marvelous diversions and antidotes to give us comfort, including an understanding of our dream life and the archetypal components of our personalities which control our need to believe and our behavior. In this modern world of war, revolution, and information sickness, the need to believe in magic and myth is deep-seated and our journeys of self-discovery take us into the realm of the oldest stories recorded. This session will feature Signe Pike, author of the new memoir, Faery Tale: One Woman's Search for Enchantment in the Modern World; bestselling non-fiction writer and poet Rodger Kamenetz, author of The History of Last Night's Dream: Discovering the Hidden Path to the Soul; and Andrei Codrescu, noted poet, essayist, NPR commentator, and author of the new novel, Whatever Gets You Through the Night: A Story of Sheherezade and the Arabian EntertainmentsInvited to moderate the discussion is literary agent Brandi Bowles. For more on these authors and their enlightening and entertaining new work, Click Here! For more on Brandi, Click Here!

5:00 p. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Room to Be Announced

5:00 p. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom
Deborah Grosvernor, owner of the Grosvenor Literary Agency—who has been a member of the Words & Music Faculty since the festival was created in 1997 to honor the memory of William Faulkner on the 100th anniversary of his birth—is invited to lead this session, which includes all participating editors and agents. Before this session, writers registered will have been assigned to an agent and editor as part of their registration packages for advance critique of their manuscript submissions and one-on-one consultations.  If for some reason, you have not received your appointments with them, your can get the appointments at the end of this meeting. Well known editors and agents participating in Words & Music, 2011 will give pointers on how to get the right agent and working with the right editor. Included in Writers’ Tuition and All Events Packages, registration pass or event ticket required for admittance to this session.Tickets, $25 per person for writers who wish to attend but are not registered with festival packages. For more on the literary editors and agents who will be critiquing work by registered writers, Click Here!

7:00 p. m. – Hotel Monteleone, Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom
The Faulkner Society’s annual meeting and salute to all great writers,
past, present, and yet to come.  Black Tie Gala.
Part One, Keynote Address, is included in Writers' Tuition and All Events packages. Keynote address only, $25, General Public, Students, $10. A number of student tickets are available on a complimentary basis, first-come, first serve. $100 General Public Ticket includes both events, $75 for registered writers and their guests. Faulkner for All, both events, included in All Events package

7:00 p. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Royal Suites, Ground Floor, Hotel Monteleone

In Our Dramatically Shrinking World, Where Politicians Fear to Tread, Artists Must Use The Power of Their Talent in the Cause of Universal Human Rights
The Faulkner Society is pleased to welcome back to our stage its 22nd annual meeting James Gordon Bennett, the wickedly witty fiction writer and humorist, as our toastmaster for the evening. Author of My Father's Gisha and other works, Bennett teaches in the creative writing program at LSU and is a contributor to the wonderful anthology released last year best of LSU fiction.
Faulkner for All, Part I will feature Armando Valladares
, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations for Human Rights, and author of the international bestselling memoir, Against All Hope, which details his 22 years as a prisoner of conscience in Castro’s Cuba. Ambassador Valladares continues to work for the cause of human rights all over the world, including especially a dedication to projects to secure human rights for children. Ambassador Valladares will speak in an interview format with Cuban-American poet and filmmaker Amy Serrano interviewing him, posing questions. Ms. Serrano, who is Chair of the Pan American Connections Committee of Words & Music, 2011, produced and directed the documentary Sugar Babies, about Haitian children being abducted for slave labor in the Domincian sugar industry. The film was screened at Words & Music in 2007. For more on Ambassador Valladares and Ms. Serrano, Click Here! The keynote program will open with traditional songs in honor of Ambassador Valladares, performed by classical guitarist Javier Olondo, who in addition to performing classical music, leads AsheSon, which specializes in traditional Cuban salsa music. Olondo also is a member of the La Rumba Bueno ensemble.

8:00 p. m. – Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
Cocktails, Dinner, Awards Ceremony, and Dancing.
Special Guests of Honor: Ambassador Armando Valladares & Words & Music, 2011 Sponsors, Winners of Gold Medales in the William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Faulkner for All, the annual black tie meeting of the Faulkner Society will begin with cocktails with Ambassador Armando Valladares, faculty, and our patrons, followed by dinner. The Society will announce its ALIHOT (A Legend in His/Her Own Time) Awards for achievement in literature, philanthropy, and social justice and will award its gold medals to winners of the 2011 William Faulkner – William Wisdom Competition at this event. Attending competition finalists and semi-finalists will be recognized. For information on our 2011 winners, runners-up, finalists, and
semi-finalists, Click Here!

The awards gala will feature a Caribbean menu and Caribbean Music for dancing by La Rumba Buena, led by Johnny Marcia. For more on Johnny Marcia and La Rumba Buena, Click Here! This is a very hot New Orleans band and we suggest that ladies attending consider Cuban heels, as opposed to 5-inch stillettos, and a skirt that flares for best salsa effect.

Saturday, November 12

8:00 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Iberville Room

8:00 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Bienville Room
Operated by Faulkner House Books and Joseph J. DeSalvo, Jr., Co-Founder,
Faulkner Society. Note: a percentage book sales during Words & Music goes to help fund the Faulkner Society's projects for readers and writers.
8:00 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Iberville Room


8:15 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Cathedral Room

Creating Characters You Love…And Also Those You Love to Hate!
All of the critics, agents, and editors say the same thing: without well-drawn, engaging, memorable characters, a good narrative voice, and, of course, good writing, your book does not have a shot at being sold in today’s publishing market. Join Michael Murphy, literary agent and former publisher of William Morrow and a colleague (to be announced) to explore the secrets of character-driven stories.  Pre-registration and
payment required for this workshop, writing sample required.  For more information on Limited Registration Workshops, Click Here!

8:15 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom
Menage à Trois
Our annual session on the important three-way relationship between author, agent, and editor, this year will feature Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife; her agent, Julie Barer, who sold her book for a reputed $500,000-plus, and her editor, Susanna Porter, Executive Editor at Random House. They will discuss such topics as why agents and editors turn down perfectly good book proposals in favor of others and why the biggest dollar offer may not always be the best deal for an author. For more information on Ms. McLain, Click Here! For more on Mrs. Barer and Ms. Porter, Click Here!

9:30 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom
The Art of the Memoir, Giving It Universality of Appeal
Invited to introduce this session is literary agent Howard Yoon, Vice President and Editorial Director of the Ross-Yoon Literary Agency. He also teaches narrative nonfiction writing in the Masters of Journalism Program at Georgetown University. Invited authors for this session are:
— Randy Fertel
, author of the New Orleans family memoir: The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak. Randy is the son of two New Orleans "orginals," Rodney Fertel, who quixotically ran for mayor on a pledge to get a gorilla for the zoo in a campaign to call attention to the potential of one of the country's great urban green spaces, Audubon Park in Uptown New Orleans; and Ruth Fertel, who took flight as one of the country's best known restaurateurs literally on a wing and a prayer. Their lives together and apart are intertwined with the history and culture of America's most interesting city in this marvelous new memoir.
—Signe Pike, author of the new memoir Faery Tale: One Woman'sSearch for Enchantment in the Modern World. Signe left a good career in publishing after her father's death to begin a journey in search of "something more," a journey which culminated with publication of Faery Tale, an amazing story of the discovery that faeries are not just a figment of the imagination. We commend this book to anyone searching to restore magic to their lives.
—Oscar Hijuelos, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and author of seven other novels, whose brilliant new memoir, Thoughts Without Cigarettes, is an amazing commentary on growing up as a hyphenated-American.
It is the principal characters of these memoirsfaeries and a fabulously funky city and the search for identity of a literary mastererthat give these stories their special, universally appealing focus. For more on these authors and their new work, Click Here!

11:15 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom


The Old Verities of Story Telling Still Apply as Inspiration for 21st Century Literature
Today’s world, torn by religious strife, ethnic prejudice, revolution, and war, is hard on everyone and at such times lterature based on the old verities–importance of children and family and faith, love, life, and loss—have a special resonance. This session will be led by George Bishop, who made his literary debut with Letter to My Daughter, a novel which opens as aguilt-ridden mother sets about writing a letter to her 15-year-old daughter, who has disappeared. She writes, “Think of this letter as my birthday present to you. Something which my mother never told me, but which I’ll endeavor now with all my heart to tell you: the truth about how a girl grows up. The truth about life.” As she looks back on her own mother, first loves, and family secrets, we are reminded that before every woman becomes a mother, she was once just a daughter, too. The session will feature Pamela Binnings Ewen, amember of the Faulkner Society Board, whose new novel, Dancing on Glass, is an August, 2011 release. Dancing on Glass explores the double-bind that many strong women face when love turns out to be only an illusion. Ms.Ewen describes her work as "Christian Literature with a twist—where faith and reason blend." She adds, "In this time of peril and turmoil, perhaps more than any other time in history, we must hold fast to our beliefs." Pam has a clear understanding of what character development is all about; her novels is character driven with a strong female heroine, Amalise Catoir, a young lawyer caught up in a marriage with a strange artist, who has shattered her trust. Here, a young woman lawyer’s inner strength is tested. Set in 1970s New Orleans, the time and city are beautifully captured by Ms. Ewen, who is a native Louisianian. Joining them will be Mark Yakich, a respected poet, who is entering a new genre with his debut novel, A Meaning for Wife. Like Ms. Ewen's character, Mark's central character is tested in many ways when his wife is killed by a cashew (anaphylactic shock) and leaves him the single parent of a two year old boy and no time to grieve. Yackich begins the novel by inviting the reader to imaging being is such a situation and deftly, lyrically, and oftent humorously, defines for the reader the perspective of the young father, who must also come to terms with his aging parents, paretnts he has long avoided. Mark's novel is instructive for writers with regard to narrative voice and how to handle shifts in narrative. Invited to introduce the subject is literary agent Elise Capron who works for the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, a highly successful agency with many bestselling authors such as Amy Tan. Ms. Capron is among literary agents and editors who are critiquing manuscripts for Words & Music, 2011. For more on the authors, Click Here! For more on Elise, Click Here! For writers in our Words & Music audience we also suggest that you visit Ms. Ewen's web site at: www.pamelaewen.com/ It is an excellent model for authors thinking of setting up a web site: pretty graphics, good photos and graphic art, well divided by subject matter, easy to navigate and easy ways to contact Pamela.


12:30 —Hotel Monteleone, The Riverview Room, Roof
Cash bar for Literature & Lunch
Opens, Book Sales, Signing. While books will be available at the luncheon door, advance purchase of books at the Words & Music Book Mart is recommended.

12:45 p. m. — Riverview Room, Roof
Punditry in the Global Village
Laughing is the best antidote to the depression created by the new messages of woe and horror greeting us on the tube and internet daily. And who better to provoke this healing than the pundits. The discussion will be introduced by Faulkner Society Tall Tales Champion Ken Wells, journalist, humorist, and author of the Meely Labauve series of novels, set in South Louisiana and the recent YA book, Rascal. Featured authors will include Roy Blount, Jr., renowned southern humorist, whose latest book, one of 23 non-fiction classics, is Alphabetter Juice; and Lee Papa, a Louisiana native better known to bloggers and their audiences as the "Rude Pundit," who has tens of thousands of weekly readers on his mostly left-wing blog site, and appears regularly on national radio. His new non-fiction book is The Rude Pundit's Almanack. Warning: Papa is explicit in his commentary on Republicans! Words & Music is balanced in its programming, however, and you can expect to hear from conservatives during the festival, too! For more on these laugh-out-loud funny authors and their work, Click Here! You can visit Pap's blog at: http://www.rudepundit.blogspot.com/

                                                      Ken Wells, left, Roy Blount, Jr., and Lee Papa.

2:45 p.m. — Hotel Monteleone, Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom
The Art of Making the Past Come Alive for 21st Century Audiences
Anka Muhlstein, winner of France's prestigious Goncourt Prize for biography (the equivalent of a National Book Award) and two awards for history from L'Academie Francaise, and author of the new book Balzac's Omelette, will discuss how to present an old subject, such as French literary master Balzac,in a new context for modern readers. Joining her for the discussion will be Elise Blackwell, author of the novel Hunger, which evokes the horror for Russians under seige by the Nazis,and the Unnatural History of Cypress Parish, set during the Great Flood of the Mississippi River during the late 1920s; and Andrei Codrescu, poet, essayist, NPR commentator and author of the new novel, Whatever Gets You Through the Night, a revisiting of the Sheherezade legend.

4:00 p.m. — Monteleone Hotel, Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom
The New Orleans Sound and Its Caribbean Roots
Invited to lead this program is New Orleans jazz scholar Bruce Raeburn, curator of the Hogan Jazz Archives. Joining him will be Venezuelan author and expert on Salsa, Leopoldo Tablante, a writer in residence at Loyola University.

6:30 p. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
Performance reading from his Pulitzer Prize winning Play by Cuban – American Playwright
Nilo Cruz.
Nilo Cruz wrote his most famous work, Anna in the Tropics.  This work was a great success and was performed in theaters across the country. The play was selected for the Pulizer Prize on the basis of the manuscript before it had every been produced. After learning that he had won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Cruz said, “By honoring my play Anna in the Tropics, the first Latino play to earn the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, the Pulitzer Prize Board is not only embracing my work as an artist, but is actually acknowledging and securing a place for Latino plays in the North American theater."  After winning this award, Anna  in the Tropics opened on Broadway with continuing success and was nominated for a Tony Award. In addition to writing  plays, Cruz has taught drama at many universities, including Brown, Yale, and the University of Iowa. Through his work, Cruz has become one of the most revered  playwrights of our time. His introduction of Latino themed plays into mainstream American theater has set the stage for playwrights and authors to follow.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be non-fiction author Steve Striffer, Ph.D., who holds the Doris Zemurray Stone Chair of Latin American Studies, and is Professor of Anthropology and Geography, and Director of Latin American Studies at the University of New Orleans. 
For more information on Nilo Cruz and Steve Striffer,
Click Here!

Intermission with Mojitas, a Cuban invention, in honor of Nilo Cruz


A Conversation with John Biguenet & Nilo Cruz
Erudite poet, fiction writer (the novel Oyster and the short story collection The Torturer's Apprentice), non-fiction writer, teacher, and prize-winning playwright John Biguenet (photographed here by Harold Baquet) will join with Nilo Cruz in a discussion of writing for the stage and how to balance reality and imaginative flights of creativity. John's plays Rising Water and Shotgun, set in post-Katrina New Orleans, have been produced to wide critical acclaim in New Orleans and elsewhere and won siginificant prizes. These plays were the central focus of the Faulkner Society's My New Orleans: A Katrina Remembrance on August 28, produced in cooperation with the Louisiana State Museum at the Presbytere at Jackson Square. For more on these authors and their work, Click Here!


9:30 p. m. —The Napoleon House, Corner of St. Louis and Chartres Streets
The Napoleon House, one of the great watering holes of New Orleans, is one of those Big Easy favorites that gives locals a sense of peace in a rapidly changing, mostly not for the better, world. It never changes. It's always as you remembered. Our most popular entertainment event of the Words & Music festival, the number of people is strictly limited by the Fire Marshal, so don't wait too late to reserve. It's a great chance to mingle socially with prize-winning literary personalities and the marvelous musicians of New Orleans. In honor of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Nilo Cruz, the music this year will be the famous band specializin in Cuban music, AsheSon, led by Javier Olondo, internationally noted classical guitarist, who also teaches classical guitar and is no slouch when it comes to salsa dancing. The event will feature Cuban food and an open bar, including more Mohitos. Included in All Events packages. Ticket prices, registered writers, $75. General public, $100.

Sunday, November 13

8:00 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Iberville Room
Continental breakfast and announcements.

8:00 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Bienville Room
Operated by Faulkner House Books and Joseph J. DeSalvo, Jr., Co-Founder,
Faulkner Society. Note: a percentage book sales during Words & Music goes to help fund the Faulkner Society's projects for readers and writers.

8: 00 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Iberville Room

8:15 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom
Literary Marketing in the Global Village, Using The Resources of the Internet

Social Media Networking, blogging and their Impact on Writers, Literary Marketing & Publishing, and readers in the Global Village

This session will feature internet marketing expert Shari Stauch, whose session on a related topic last year was enormously popular; John Oakes, co-founder and publisher of OR Books, a new press conceived to take advantage of internet marketing; and Lee Papa, a Louisiana native better known to bloggers and their audiences as the "Rude Pundit," who has tens of thousands of weekly readers on his mostly left-wing blog site, http://www.rudepundit.blogspot.com, and appears regularly on national radio. His book, The Rude Pundit's Almanack, is an OR Books Release. Warning: Papa is explicit in his commentary on Republicans! Words & Music is balanced in its programming, however, and you can expect to hear from conservatives during the festival, too! This session requires no submissions; in fact, attendees will be provided with handouts to guide you in your use of internet possibilities for marketing and publishing your work. For more on Shari and Lee, Click Here! For more on John,who is among editors critiquing manuscripts for Words & Music this year, Click Here!
For those intersested in e-publishing, see also the discussion led by Will Murphy and Jeremiah Karpowitz and Julie Smith on all of the whistles and bells available for e-books, with Will, as might be expected, performing in his role of loyal opposition. loyal to real writing in hard copy books, opposiition to the e-book steamroller, of course.

9:30 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom
New Designs in Publishing for the Electronic Age.
As much as it pains those of us who love the sensual pleasures of reading from real books and fear their possible demise, electronic books are here to stay.  Corporate America has invested millions of dollars in I-Pads, Blackberry Playbooks, and various other devices of the “pad” genre and they are bombarding us daily with how easy it is to carry an I-Pad instead of a sack of books when you travel, how many other things the I-Pad will do, and how the I-Pad and other devices are bringing books to life with all sorts of electronic gadgetry of which photographic imaging is the least sophisticated.
(We hate the Kindle, incidentally, because  of Amazon.com's dedication to deflating the value of the work of literary artists and to destroying independent booksellers, and, besides, it is inferior to the others.) This session will feature John Oakes, pioneer in digital storytelling techniques, who is dedicated to getting the word out about the joys of  storytelling in the the digital age through his new publishing company, OR books, as is Julie Smith, author of more than 20 prize-winning mystery novels and an excellent book for developing authors, Write it Your Way. You should also read her blog on The Secret i-Book Strategy at www.booksBnimble.com, which also the site of her e-publishing venture launched last year. Invited to introduce the subject and join the discussion is Random House Executive Editor Will Murphy, who definitely is in the corner of  “real” books but sees the handwriting on the wall. For more on Jeremiah and Julie, Click Here! For more on Will, who is judging this year's Faulkner -Wisdom novel competition and will be critiquing manuscript submissions, Click Here!

10:45 a. m.— Hotel Monteleone, Nouvelle Orleans Room
The Art of Creating a Sense of Place

This session will feature fiction writers Ted Mooney and Robert Hicks, Mooney, one of the very best American writers of our time, is author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Same River Twice, set in a Paris so beautifully evoked that you can smell the bread baking and the tar and ropes of the boats on the Seine and easily conjure from memory such sights as the inelegant, refinery-like Beaubourg, which stands large among the ancient human scale buildings of Les Halles and Marais. Hicks is New York Times bestselling author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country, both of which owe much of their success to a strong sense of place. Moira Crone is author of What Gets Into Us, and an earlier collection, Dream State. Her new collection has been highly praised by Doris Betts, one of America’s best writers, who says: Her skill at plot and suspense so magnify each story that together they interlock and become a complex and satisfying novel. Others have praised the collection for its strong sense of place.She recently received the Robert Penn Warren Award for her impressive body of work, including novels and novellas, as well as shorter fiction. Literary agent Dan Conaway of Writers House, who has also been an editor and publisher, is invited to introduce the discussion. For more on the authors, Click Here! For more on Dan Conaway, Click Here!

Noon — Hotel Monteleone, Riverview Room, Roof
Cash bar opens for Literature & Lunch
Authors will sign during cocktails and after lunch. Books for signing can be purchased at the door to the luncheon but, preferably, in
advance at the Words & Music Book Mart in the Bienville Room.

12:15 — Riverview Room, Riverview Room, Roof
The Perfect French Omelette: One Made in Winter with White Truffles
The influence of the French culinary masters, not only on the food of the global village but on its literature.

This session will feature a leading French biographer and historian Anka Muhlstein, and American novelist N. M. Kelby. Ms. Muhlstein’s new work, Balzac’s Omelette, is about understanding Honoré de Balzac, through an unusual lens, the narrative threads relating to food in Balzac’s work.  Ms. Kelby’s new novel, White Truffles in Winter, is the story of Georges Auguste Escoffier, the famous French chef, restaurateur, and culinary writer extraordinaire, whose profound influence on the world of cuisine is undeniable. The discussion will be introduced by notorious foodie Randy Fertel. Randy is heir to the fortune from the fine dining chain, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse created by his mother, Ruth Fertel, and author of the new memoir, The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak. He also an erudite scholar of French literature.

Balzac's Omelette was translated from the French by expert English translator Adriana Hunter, and is an October, 2011 release from Other Press, which specializes in the release of works by foreign authors for U. S. audiences and supports events such as the appearance at Words & Music last year of British author Simon Mawer. Ms. Muhlstein has developed a reputation for excellent biographies which capture the unique aspects of personalities she selects as her subjects by entering their lives through unusual doors. Born at the end of the 18th century, Balzac was among the most influential observers and critics of French culture and social life and among the most important French authors of the 19th century. Balzac is best known for his masterpiece: La Comédie Humaine (The Human Comedy), which includes Eugénie Grandet. He ranks highly with another French realist, Gustave Flaubert. He was friends with Alexandre Dumas, he influenced such contemporaries as Guy de Maupassant, Marcel Proust, and Emile Zola, and was inspired by the works of Sir Walter Scott, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Dante Alighieri. For a concise journalistic biography of Balzac and his work, go to: http://www.online-literature.com/honore_de_balzac/

Escoffier the man was a romantic, involved with a famous actress, Sarah Bernhardt, and married to a marvelous poet, Delphine Daffis, who refused to ever leave Monte Carlo.  Escoffier the chef developed his technique based on that of Antoine Carême, one of the codifiers of French haute cuisine, but Escoffier's achievement was to simplify and modernize Carême's elaborate and ornate style, referred to by the French press as roi des cuisiniers et cuisinier des rois ("king of chefs and chef of kings”). Escoffier was France's pre-eminent chef in the early part of the 20th century. In addition to the recipes he recorded and invented, Escoffier elevated cooking to the status of a respected profession by introducing organized discipline to his kitchens, using the brigade de cuisine system, with each section run by a chef de partie. Escoffier published Le Guide Culinaire, which is still used as a major reference work, both in the form of a cookbook and a textbook on cooking. Escoffier's recipes, techniques and approaches to kitchen management remain highly influential today, and have been adopted by chefs and restaurants not only in France, but throughout the world. For more on Escoffier, go to: http://www.worldculinaryinstitute.com/A_escoffier.html.

Ms. Muhlstein and Ms. Kelby have brought these historic men of France to life again on the pages of their books. For more information,
Click Here! For more information on Randy Fertel and his association with food and literature, Click Here!

2:30 p. m. — Vieux Carre Room, Roof
New Orleans, Mon Amor
Join us for sweets and tales about the sweetest city ever created!
Introduced by Roy Blount, Jr., author of his new Alphabetter Juice and  Feet on the Street: Rambles Around New Orleans, this session will feature Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert Olen Butler, author of the new novel, A Small Hotel, set largely in the French Quarter of New Orleans; Robert HIcks, New York Times bestselling author of A Separate Country, set in New Orleans just after the Civil War; Randy Fertel, author of The Gorilla Man & The Empress of Steak, a New Orleans family memoir which spans several decades of Crescent City sights, sounds, tastes, and eccentric behavior; and James Nolan, Author of Higher Ground, a comic noir novel set in post-Katrina New Orleans. Join these fine authors as they tell tales about New Orleans and of how they have been inspired by her. For more information on these wonderful tall tale-tellers, Click Here!

4:30. to 6:00 p. m. — 624 Pirate's Alley.
Lift a Glass to Mr. Bill at Faulkner House.
Rosemary James and Joe DeSalvo will be at home to offer you a bon voyage glass of wine in the house where Nobel Laureate William Faulkner fell in love, poked fun at his friends, shot bbs at passersby, and found his voice as America's best known novelist. Have a drink and pick up last minute copies of the books of Words & Music, 2011 in the room where Faulkner wrote Soldiers' Pay a collection of New Orleans Sketches, and word caricatures for Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles and began writing other books in his New Orleans cycle, such as The Wild Palms, Mosquitoes, and Pylon. When Faulkner first arrived in New Orleans, he was the guest of Elizabeth and Sherwood Anderson, who lived at The Pontalba, until they got tired of having a guest underfoot in their small apartment. They suggested that Faulkner go around the corner and talk to artist William Spratling, who was leasing 624 Pirate's Alley from a Creole family, and find accommodations with him. Spratling sub-leased the ground-floor room that is now the primary space of Faulkner House Books, to him and they became fast friends. They travelled to France together after Faulkner, with Sherwood Anderson's help, sold Soldiers' Pay. Spratling went on to re-start the dormant silver industry in Mexico with his beautiful Art Deco designs for jewelry, flatware and hollow ware for the home, and purely decorative pieces, all of which are highly collectible and valuable today.

For registration, first Click Here for pricing information. Click Here to download a registration form. For more info on faculty members, Click Here! For information on scholarship participation, available only to Louisiana writers, Click Here!


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