Adeline Dieudonné at the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival (canceled)

(these events have been canceled)



This year we feature a delightful and often moving selection of excerpts from Williams’s poems, plays, one-acts, essays, stories, and screenplays that are interconnected. Williams never let go of a good idea, and this, combined with his strong and resilient work ethic, led to a constellation of fascinating connections that can be found in his shorter works and later in longer works. Images and characters in a poem he drafted in 1939 during his first visit to New Orleans titled “Vieux Carré,” later appear in short stories, essays, one-acts, and finally his full-length play Vieux Carré from 1977, nearly forty years later. A couple of cartoonish “floozies” written for an early curtain raiser later appear as comical characters in The Rose Tattoo. The image of a mother saying a blessing with her children before a meal at the beginning of The Glass Menagerie in 1945 is the final image of his last full-length play, A House Not Meant to Stand, in 1982. These literary gems, some well-known and others downright rare, will be read by some of the 2020 Festival’s brightest literary and theatrical lights, including Maureen Corrigan, Adeline Dieudonné, Jewelle Gomez, Saeed Jones, Jacob Storms, Colm Tóibín and Kathleen Turner.

The reading is hosted by editor and scholar Thomas Keith and curated by Keith and Festival Director Paul J. Willis.

Sponsored by a generous grant from the New Orleans Theatre Association.

Pre-party with light fare and a cash bar at 6:30. Performance at 7:30.

New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint, $35 or VIP Pass



1 – 2:15 PM—Literary Discussion, CREATING A NOVEL OF ACTION

One of the most exciting reading experiences is discovering a novel that takes us somewhere we’ve never been before. Whether an exotic land that most readers will only travel to in fiction, or a time in the past when the world was so different from the one we know today, these stories carry readers along on an adventure unlike any they could experience in their day-to-day lives. Panelists include novelists Taylor Brown, Adeline Dieudonné, Alex Myers, and Rita Woods, who discuss how they create stories with such intriguing settings and story lines.

Moderated by author George Bishop, Jr.

Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom, $10 or Literary Discussion, Combo, or VIP Pass