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  • Words & Music 2014: Pan American Connections with Luis Alberto Urrea

    Words & Music, 2014: Pan American Connections with best-selling author Luis Alberto Urrea

  • The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and its grant partners have been given a grant to stage a BIG READ event in 2014 featuring the novel, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Ethiopian-born American writer Dinaw Mengestu.

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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 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 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.


Our next joint venture will be the launch of our 2015 literacy initiative with our partners One Book, One New Orleans, an arm of the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans, and the Louisiana State Museum, at a reception on Wednesday, July 22,  from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the long second floor gallery of the Cabildo at Jackson Square.

One Hundred Days of One Book, One New Orleans Begins July 22, 2015

Preseason Opener Launches a Season of Literacy and Community

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Brian Boyles, 2015 One Book, One New Orleans honoree

The July 22nd event launches One Hundred Days of One Book One New Orleans, 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 Brian Boyles, who will give a reading at the event, followed by a discussion led by Dr. Nancy Dixon, author of the new N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature. The discussion should be particularly rich given the topic on many of our minds this year—the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. a“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. These issues are crucial to understanding New Orleans a decade after the storm.” Following the discussion, guests will enjoy a meet and greet with Boyles, who will also be signing books, and will be treated to a delicious, complimentary array of appetizers prepared by Chef Gilbert Torres of Fleurdelicioso Original New Orleans BBQ and free libations.


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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 ticketed event will be Thursday, September 25, Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner!
The event will mark the 25th anniversary of the First Annual Meeting of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society. 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 the 2015 winners of the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition will be announced then. They will be presented formally during Words & Music, a Literary Feast in New Orleans. 

Dates for Words & Music are earlier this year.  The festival will open on Thursday, October 29 and run through November 2. The 25th annual meeting of the Faulkner Society, Faulkner for All, will take place during the festival on Saturday, October 31st and competition winners will be formally presented then at a costume gala, so be thinking about your costumes now! There will be special events on All Saints Day and All
Soul’s Day (Day of the Dead) as well.


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 Monthly 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



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