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The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, a nationally recognized non-profit arts organization, is a 501 (c) (3) literary and educational institution and, as such, grant donations, membership contributions, and contributions to our fundraisers are fully tax deductible. Important projects of the Faulkner Society are The Double Dealer literary journal; outreach programs for high school and college students; literacy projects for at-risk teenagers in cooperation with other organizations, including BIG READ projects funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; continuing education programs for writers and readers; and a year-round calendar of literary events—such as My New Orleans and Meet the Author, the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, and Words & Music, A Literary Feast in New Orleans—which honor and assist writers and provide high quality literary entertainment for readers. Many of our programs are offered free to students and the reading public.


The Faulkner Society was created in 1990 with a mission of providing realistic assistance to developing writers, creating literacy initiatives, continuing education for adults in literature and writing, and presenting literary programming for readers. Our overall goal has been to enhance the national image of New Orleans as a cultural and intellectual destination. Our programming year begins each year on William Faulkner’s birthday, September 25th and to celebrate 25 years of positive impact on the literary heritage of New Orleans, we are kicking-off a fundraising campaign. As a 25th anniversary incentive we are offering special benefits to donors. We hope
you will be generous in your response so that we can continue our work for the next 25 years!

Our next ticketed events will be events of Words & Music, a Literary Feast in New Orleans, October 29 – November 2, Halloween weekend.  As a toast to Halloween, the theme of Words & Music this year is Out of This World: The
Other-Worldly in Literature & Life. 
The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society is 25 years old this year and we will
celebrate our anniversary at Faulkner for All, the gala black tie Annual Meeting of the Society. The annual meeting this year will be on October 31, Halloween, and we are offering our guests the option of black tie attire with masks or costuming as literary characters.  The event will begin with a séance channeling William Faulkner, conducted by renowned American psychic Cari Roy.

Details of the event will be posted and invitations will go out shortly or you can e-mail us for details at Save the Date! The Society will celebrate its 25 years of services to readers and writers and salute the 2015 winners of the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition at this event. 

Halloween weekend is always a fun time in New Orleans, attracting people from all over the world, who come to don fancy dress in the City renowned for its joie de vivre, whose citizens enjoy any opportunity to take on new persona. So be thinking about your costumes now!  To get you in the right frame of mind for Halloween night, this year’s session of Jazz After Hours at the Napoleon House will feature the kind of jazz Faulkner heard when he was living in New Orleans  in 1925.  We are encouraging our guests to costume in flapper attire. You will be seeing extraordinary costumes on the street all weekend, so come prepared to put on a new you. There also will be appropriate special events on All Saints Day and All Soul’s Day (Day of the Dead) as well.  Click here for the schedule of enlightening and entertaining events we have planned for you.

The William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, the Society’s international literary talent search opens annually on January 1 and the deadline for entries is May 1.
We have completed our  judging and our 2015 winners and runners-up in all categories have now been posted. Winners and finalists will be presented formally at our annual meeting October 31st. For the results of the competition, click on Competition.

The Faulkner Society works with other non-profits to present cultural offerings.  Our most recent co-ventures were free public concerts, presented in partnership with and to benefit the Bishop Perry Center, the exciting new mission for the disadvantaged and downtown cultural center. This partnership has included a series of Lenten concerts on Thursday evenings, followed in May by  an evening with rising opera stars Michael Spyres and Tara Stafford, and a Sunday afternoon of traditional jazz, all at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the old Ursulines Convent. Additional concerts are in the works. During Words & Music, we will have a special literary and music event at St. Mary’s and the Convent in cooperation with the Bishop Perry Center on All Saints Day, November 1.  See the Words & Music Schedule for complete details.

Our next joint venture will be a multi-author session of Meet the Author on
October 18, 2015.

Sunday, October 18, 2015, 2:30 to 4:30 p. m.
The Cabildo at Jackson Square
Save the Date!
The Pirates Alley Faulkner Society and The Louisiana State Museum join hands to present a new special edition of Meet the Author to honor New Orleans women with new books out. Featured authors will include Elizabeth Sanders, Mary Helen Lagasse, and Jenny Tilbury. The event is free and open to the public and will include a social hour before and and after the author presentations. Please rsvp to so that we may prepare properly with food and wine.

Our 2015 literacy initiative is a partnership with One Book, One New Orleans, an arm of the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans, and the Louisiana State Museum, to focus on a new non-fiction book by Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities executive Brian Boyles. The partnership project was launched on July 22 at the historic Cabildo, site of the signing of the Louisiana Purchase, at Jackson Square in New Orleans. The partnership is titled:

One Hundred Days of One Book, One New Orleans,
A Season of Literacy and Community.

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Brian Boyles, 2015 One Book, One New Orleans honoree

It is a series of events and volunteer opportunities designed to foster a greater sense of community through a shared reading experience and to increase access to literacy resources throughout the Greater New Orleans community. The phrase One Hundred Days of One Book One New Orleans is inspired by the title of this year’s book selection, New Orleans Boom and Blackout: One Hundred Days in America’s Coolest Hot Spot by Boyles. At the launch Boyles gave a reading, followed by a discussion led by Dr. Nancy Dixon, author of the new N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature. The discussion and the book inspired personal introspection about the number one topic on the minds of New Orleanians this year—the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. “While many books are looking back at the past ten years, New Orleans Boom and Blackout looks forward,” says OBONO project leader Dr. Megan Holt. “It asks us to think about how we as New Orleanians see ourselves and how we want the world to see our city. It raises questions about whose voices are included when telling the story of New Orleans and encourages us to think critically about whose voices may be left out.

One Book, One New Orleans will conclude with appearances by Brian on the opening day of Words & Music at New Orleans, Mon Amour  Thursday, October 29. Brian will present his book first and then participate in a discussion, led by the noted journalist and editor Jack Davis, and titled Ten Years After The Great Flood, Where Are We Booming? Or Living in a Bubble About to Burst? What is the Future of Literature, the Arts, and Education in New Orleans? For details on the presenters, read more…

This discussion will take place at a Literature & Lunch session. To get your tickets, e-mail us at


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William Faulkner by A. J. Kinney

Our most recent ticketed event was Juleps in June, the Faulkner Society’s annual overture to the summer social season and fundraiser, which took place on Friday evening, June 5, at the residence of Tia and Jimmy Roddy, Honorary Co-Chairs. The event was co-sponsored by One Book, One New Orleans, which provided volunteers for the event.

The event honored authors Patty Friedman, Nia Terezakis, and Brian Boyles and artist, A. J. “Joy” Kinney, who created and donated the 2015 portrait of William Faulkner, auctioned to benefit the Society. The painting depicts Mr. Faulkner in front of 624 Pirate’s Alley, where he lived when he was writing his first novel, Soldiers’ Pay.
Our next ticket events will be those of Words & Music, 2015.  For schedule details, click here.


We have launched a major fundraising campaign to commemorate 25 years of service to New Orleans, its writers, and its readers.  To help us continue the impact, e-mail us at We welcome offers of volunteer service as well as financial

Projects of the Faulkner Society have a positive impact for some 6,500 persons annually. We urge you to support our programs by becoming a member. For a membership form, e-mail us at The Society’s most ambitious annual undertakings are:

  • William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition
  • Words & Music, A Literary Feast in New Orleans
  • Workshops, Master Classes, Manuscript Critiques for Developing Writers
  • Literacy Initiatives for Teenagers At-Risk for Illiteracy, Including BIG READ projects
  • The Double Dealer literary journal and Student Intern Program
  • Free public sessions of Meet the Author and My New Orleans events for dedicated readers
  • Joint Ventures with other Non-Profits to Embellish the City’s Cultural Resources.

 To become a member, click here for 25th anniversary membership benefits and membership form to download.

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