Welcome to Words & Music 2018!
One Book One New Orleans is so incredibly excited to take on the challenge of directing this festival. As you know, the Pirates Alley Faulkner Society operated it for twenty wonderful years, and we cannot wait to take it into the next twenty and beyond!
Our theme this year, “Voices of New Orleans/Voices of the World” celebrates 300 years of New Orleans’ contributions to the arts. We are thrilled to say that the City of New Orleans has designated Words & Music an official New Orleans Tricentennial event!
The program offers a multitude of different takes on the arts in our city, from literary to historical to culinary to musical. There is something here for everyone!
Those of you familiar with Words & Music from years past will notice some changes, and these changes are largely due to One Book One New Orleans’ mission. We are a nonprofit organization whose mission is to make New Orleans a more literate city. In doing so, we aim to bring our city together through a shared reading experiences and empower voices in our community that are often silenced.
We've worked to infuse that mission into every single aspect of Words & Music this year. The Pere Marquette provides an intimate space where regular and first-time attendees to Words & Music can come together. Every single venue outside the hotel (with the exception of Cafe Reconcile, which provides free job training to at-risk youth) is owned by a woman or a person of color. We have a track of programming called "Black Justice and Joy" that will incorporate new and varied approaches to the arts. We have also significantly lowered the prices of events in order to make Words & Music more accessible.
Finally—and most importantly—any proceeds from Words & Music will go right back into the community to provide literacy resources to adults throughout the Greater New Orleans area. Words & Music is now a festival with a purpose, ensuring that writers and readers have the opportunity to share their love of books with those who need them most.
We cannot thank you enough for being here to cheer us on in this first year!
Megan Holt, Ph.D
Executive Director, One Book One New Orleans
CEO, Words & Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans