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2016 Schedule at a Glance

The Faulkner Society’s annual festival, Words & Music, a Literary Feast in New Orleans combines the three most important facets of Faulkner Society’s mission: providing realistic assistance to developing writers, staging entertaining and enlightening programming for dedicated readers, and creating literary initiatives for those at risk for illiteracy.

The overall theme for Words & Music, 2016  is: The Dark Side of Literature & Life.

The theme covers a lot of ground from writing about race to classic mysteries. The dates are Wednesday, November 9, through Sunday, November 13.  The primary venue is the National Literary Landmark, Hotel Monteleone, 200 Royal Street, (504) 529-5333.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
BIG READ PROGRAMMING 
10:30 a. m. — Algiers Regional Public Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, Algiers. (Note: Algiers is on the West Bank of the Mississippi River.
Click here for directions to the library.

Master Class for Students & Teachers
Presented with our Partner: New Orleans Public Library
The two-part program will feature Roy Blount, Jr., famous southern humorist and author of 23 critically acclaimed books, and the noted Mexican author and journalist, Jorge F. Hernandez, who curated, translated, and introduced this year’s BIG READ focus book, Sun, Stone, and Shadows, a collection of the best Mexican short fiction.

12:30 p. m. to 5:30 p.m. – free for festival visitors to explore New Orleans

WORDS & MUSIC: BIG READ, 2016

6:00 p. m. — Freeman Hall, Tulane University Campus

Trends in Literature & Life South of the Border: A Conversation Between Mexican Authors Jorge F. Hernandez and Yuri Hererra.

Jorge Hernandez and Yuri Herrera, the spectacularly talented young Mexican author, will shed light into the souls of the Mexican people through a conversation on literary trends, immigration, drug wars, culture, and the influence of linguistic narrative. 

7:30 p.m. — Latin American Library, Howard Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University
Immediately following the conversation, the Latin American Library will host a reception in their honor, unveiling a new exhibition of treasures from the Library’s extensive collections of literature, art, and artifacts of Mexican culture.

The discussion and reception are free and open to the general reading public.

9:00 p. m. — Evening free to explore New Orleans.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

NEW ORLEANS, MON AMOUR

8:00 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone
CAFÉ AU LAIT & CROISSANTS
Continental breakfast is served daily from 8 a. m. to 10 a.m.

8:00 a. m. — Queen Anne Mezzanine
REGISTRATION DESK OPENS

8:30 a. m. —
BOOK MART OPENS
The Book Mart will have one or more books by each presenter appearing during the festival. Author signings will take place in the Book Mart after each discussion session of the festival.

8:30 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Faulkner Society/Words & Music  Co-Founder Rosemary James and others will welcome guests of the festival.

9:00 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
NEW ORLEANS, MON AMOUR
Honoring the 100th anniversary of the late Walker Percy’s birthday, we will set the scene for our New Orleans, Mon Amour session with a brief reading from Mr. Percy’s work. 

9:15 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone
The Baby Dolls: A Mardi Gras Phenomenon
The Feminine (and Feminist) Side of Carnival in New Orleans
This session will feature Dr. Kim Vaz-DeVille, author of The “Baby Dolls”: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition. The book draws on the masking tradition taken up by women insistent on visibility during a time when society dismissed them due to their “race, gender, class, work, and low rates of literacy.”  Joining Dr. Vaz-Deville is well-known New Orleans artist Meryt Harding, who has done much to preserve the colorful visual heritage of the Baby Doll tradition with her oil paintings of them. 

9:50 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
Great Music Men of New Orleans: A Tribute to the late, great Allen Toussaint, Grammy-winning Composer, Recording Artist, Performer

Music authorities Ben Sandmel and Allison Fensterstock will  present a tribute to the king of the New Orleans Sound, the late Allen Toussaint, who died while in Madrid November 10, 2015.

10:40 a. m. — Intermission, authors will sign in Book Mart.

11:00 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
The Light Side of New Orleans, Mon Amour: Regina
In this session, Carolyn Levy, a native of the Big Easy, will present her new novel, Regina, which is a poignant, humorous tale based on the life of a Jewish American princess in Uptown New Orleans.

10:10 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
The Light Side of New Orleans, Mon Amour: Jean Lafitte
This session will feature New Orleans author Morgan Molthrop, who is launching his new book: Jean Lafitte’s Pirate Code: 17 Strategies for Acquiring Untold Fortune From America’s First Laissez Fair Capitalist. The book is an entertaining new look at one of the saviors of New Orleans in the Battle of New Orleans in 1812.

10:30 a. m. — Intermission, authors will sign in the Book Mart

10:45 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
And The Old Courtesan’s Dark Underbelly
The session will be led by Julie Smith, mystery writer and editor of the new anthology, New Orleans Noir, short fiction revolving around elements of the mysterious and dark underbelly of the Crescent City by both famous authors of the 19th and 20th centuries and new authors on the scene. Featured with Julie will be two contemporary writers featured in the anthology: John Biguenet and Maurice Carlos Ruffin.

11:45 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
Millennials and Their Inheritance: The Dark Side of the Moon
Novelist George Bishop, author of The Night of the Comet and Letter to My Daughter, will introduce this presentation. Following him, Nicholas Mainier, author of the highly touted debut novel, The Infinite, will present his novel and discuss tough contemporary life from the standpoint of today’s young people, as inspiration for literary fiction.

12:10 p. m. — Intermission, Authors will sign in the Book Mart

LITERATURE & LUNCH:
12:30 p. m. — Arnaud’s The Creole Cottage, 813 Bienville St., Cash Bar Opens
1:00 p. m.  — Lunch is Served
1:30 p. m.  — Program Begins

Monumental Discord in New Orleans
Jack Davisformer editor of the Chicago Tribune and Publisher of two other Tribune newspapers—will lead this session about the major controversy with racial implications that is going on in New Orleans right now, focusing on the fate of public statues from the past, images which are part of the history of New Orleans. Featured speakers include former Louisiana Poet Laureate Brenda Marie Osbey; former New Orleans First Lady, Sybil Moral; Justin A. Nystrom, New Orleans historian and culture expert; and James B. Borders, IV.

BOOK MART REOPENS
3:00p. m. — Hotel Monteleone
MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES BEGIN
3:00 p. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Orleans Room

WORKSHOP
3:00 p. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
The All Important Query Letter

Literary agent Johnnie Bernhard will conduct a one-hour workshop followed by one-on-one query letter critiques.  Query critiques are $25 each, 15 minutes long, and limited to the first 10 writers who register in advance of Words & Music.

Concurrent Programming
QUERY LETTER CRITIQUES
4:00 p. m. Hotel Monteleone, Orleans Room

Literary Agent Johnnie Bernhard Private Consultations will meet with writers for individual query letter critiques.

WORDS & MUSIC WRITERS ALLIANCE
4:00 p. m. Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
The Annual Meeting of the Words & Music Literary Alliance Readings on the 2016 Theme: The Dark Side of Literature & Life
Authors with new work are invited to read at this event. Writers who wish to read must sign-up at Faulkhouse@aol.com and must be prepared to set the scene for their work and do a reading within a five-minute total time frame per writer. Deadline for signing up is October 31. Please submit copy of material to be read. First come, first serve.

Concurrent Programming

MASTER CLASS: 2016 AGENTS & EDITORS MEETING
6:00 p. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom

How to Get an Agent, the Right Agent, and Working with an Editor
Literary Agent Jeff Kleinman will lead this session to get the Editors and Agents ready to enjoy Words & Music, 2016, while giving writers the low down on  selling their books and getting them into print. Joining Jeff will be 2016’s participating agents: Johnnie Bernhard, Brandi Bowles, John Cusick, Deborah Grosvenor, and Mollie Jaffa; with editors: Brenda Copeland, Wendy Jacobs, Christine Pride, and Maya Ziv. (Andra Miller will not be joining the festival until Friday.)

WORDS & MUSIC: BIG READ
6:00 p. m. — Main Library, New Orleans Public Library, Duncan Plaza,

Masters of Mexican Short Fiction
This session will be led by David Johnson, Executive Editor and Art Director of Louisiana Cultural Vistas and will feature the noted Mexican Journalist, author, and editor Jorge F. Hernandez.

WORDS & MUSIC WELCOME PARTY
7:30  p. m. — 9:00 p. m.  Faulkner House, 624 Pirate’s Alley. (Pirate’s Alley runs between Jackson Square and Royal Street.)

FREE EVENING
For dinner after the welcome cocktail party? We suggest Muriel’s, Doris, Tableau, the Gumbo Shop, all in the walking distance neighborhood. Brennan’s on Royal Street, Criollo in the Hotel Monteleone, Mr. B’s (directly across from the Hotel Monteleone).  If you want a quickie with lively banter from the waiters, good hamburgers and fries, try The Camellia Grill on Chartres Street, corner of Toulouse.

Friday, November 11, 2016

CAFÉ AU LAIT & CROISSANTS
8:00 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
Continental Breakfast with remarks about day’s events.

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES CONTINUE
8:30 a. m. — Orleans Room

WORKSHOP
8:30 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom

Epiphany & Redemption: Characters & Climax
This workshop will be led by novelist John Gregory Brown, author of critically acclaimed novels, including his most recent, A Thousand Miles From Nowhere. Invited to join John is literary editor Christine Pride. Participating writers are asked to submit a maximum of five pages dealing with a principal character or climax scene. Writers should include full contact info and e-mail to Faulkhouse@aol.com by October 24. The first 10 writers who submit will have their work discussed during the workshop. All writers who have purchased a tuition or sponsor package are eligible to audit the workshop.

10:00  a. m.
Intermission. Authors will sign in the Book Mart

MASTER CLASS: NON-FICTION
10:15 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
Narrative Non-fiction That Works…and Why? No Different Than Fiction: Grabber Opening, Compelling Story About People You Can Believe In, and Wherever Possible…A Dash of Humor!
This session will be led by literary agent Deborah Grosvenor, whose theory is that the best non-fiction reads like great fiction…with great openings, fully developed characters, and a plot that moves well. Joining her will be her client, Daniel deVisé, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and non-fiction author, and Franz Wisner, New York Times bestselling author and Adriana Paramo, winner of 2016 Narrative Non-Fiction Book category of the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.

11:30 a. m.
Intermission —Authors will sign in the Book Mart

PUBLISHING: PUTTING YOUR PASSION INTO PRINT
11:45 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom

Doing It Yourself & Getting To Do It Your Way
This session will be led by author and literary consultant Shari Stauch and will feature Joyce Blaylock, a career teacher and author of the beautifully published new book, Adelicia, an historical novel about one of the old South’s most interesting women; author, entrepreneur, and entertainer Morgan Molthrop, whose new publishing endeavor is Jean Lafitte’s Pirate Code: 17 Strategies for Acquiring Untold Fortune From America’s First Laissez Fair Capitalist. ; and debut novelist of The Third Step, William Lobb. The panel will discuss strategies on achieving your literary goals.

12:45 p. m.
Intermission — Authors will Sign in Book Mart

LITERATURE & LUNCH
l:00 p. m. — Cash Bar Opens
1:15 p. m. — Lunch is served

The Purple Hat Celebration of New Orleans Noir
This event celebrates publication of New Orleans Noir, the new anthology of short fiction, which includes Eudora Welty’s marvelously mysterious story, The Purple Hat, inspired by and set in the Hotel Monteleone’s famous Carousel Bar. Faulkner Society co-founder Rosemary James will use Ms. Welty’s piece as a jumping off point to introduce a discussion of “noir” literature. New Orleans native T. M. (Toni McGee) Causey and Bill Loehfelm will discuss why it is such a popular genre of literature. Ladies and gentlemen are requested to wear purple head adornments or accessories.

2:45  p. m. —
Intermission. Authors will sign immediately after the program.

THE AESTHETICS OF LITERATURE
3:15 p. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone

The Art of Creating Literature for Young People…Don’t Talk Down to Them!
Literary Agents John Cusick and Molly Jaffa will explore the world ofliterature for children, young adults, and adults in their lives. Joiningthem will be professional literary editor, Wendy Jacobs, and Sanem Ozdural, who writes speculative fiction for adults and has
turned her talents to work on similar fiction for young people.

4:15 p. m.
Intermission

WORKSHOP: MEMOIR
4:30 p. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
Telling Your Story, Yes, But Making It Read Like a Novel
Featuring Franz Wisner, author of bestselling memoirs, Honeymoon with My Brother and How the World Makes Love. Invited to join are literary agents Jeff Kleinman and Brandi Bowles. Writers may send in a one-page submission of the title and opening scene of a memoir. Submit to Faulkhouse@aol.com by November 3, first six submissions received will be reviewed.

5:45 p. m. — Book Mart

Intermission — authors will sign in Book Mart

THE AESTHETICS OF LITERATURE
6:00 p.m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
The Art of Creating Memorable Characters
This session will be led by novelist George Bishop. It will feature Literary Editor Maya Ziv and Joyce Blaylock, author of the new novel, Adelicia, which tracks a single absorbing character with real history as the framework for an imagined life.  George is author of The Night of the Comet and Letter to My Daughter.

7:00  p. m. —
Bar Opens

BIG READ: THE DAMNED BORDER
7:15 p. m. —

America’s Problem That Mexico is Suffering and It’s Influence on Literature…North and South of the Border

This event will star author Nicholas Mainieri and Mexican-born authors Jorge F. Hernandez and Yuri Herrera—Gutierrez.

The authors will sign following their discussion.

8:45 p. m.
Intermission

JAZZ AFTER HOURS AT  TABLEAU
9:15 p. m. — Tableau, corner of Chartres and St. Peter; enter on Chartres St and take stairs to second floor.

Rythm & Blues New Orleans Style
Jazz After Hours will take place at a new venue, Tableau. The music for the evening will be under the direction of author and music critic Ben Sandmel, who also is a first class drummer. The event will include food and wine. Click Here for the delicious Tableau menu which will be prepared for the event.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

CAFÉ AU LAIT & CROISSANTS

8:00 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
Continental Breakfast, Announcements

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES CONTINUE
8:00 a. m. — Orleans Room

Concurrent Programming

WORKSHOP: HISTORICAL FICTION
8:15 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
Bringing the Long Dead Back to Vibrant Life
This session will be led by novelist Carrie Brown, author of seven widely acclaimed books of historical fiction. Invited to join Carrie  is Andra Miller, Executive Editor. Writers are asked to submit a maximum of five pages dealing with an historic event or characters of the past. Writers should include full contact info and e-mail to Faulkhouse@aol.com by October 24. The first 10 writers who submit will have their work discussed

9:45 a. m.
Intermission. Carrie Brown will sign in Book Mart

THE AESTHETICS OF LITERATURE
10:00 a. m. —
The Art of Creating Memorable Characters

This session will be led by novelist George Bishop, author of The Night of the Comet and Letter to My Daughter. The session will feature Editor Maya Ziv and Joyce Blaylock, author of the novel, Adelicia, which tracks a single absorbing character with real history as the framework for an imagined life.

10:00 a. m. —
It’s All About Connections… And Book Clubs… and Readers!
The session will be led by Literary Consultant Shari Stauch and will feature Bren McClain, this year’s winner of the Faulkner Society’s Gold Medal for Best Novel in Progress, and the famous Pulpwood Queen Kathy L. Murphy. All three of these women have valuable experience in the business of promoting literature and they can help you promote your own.

PLUS: What will the next great read be? Kathy Murphy clues you in on her picks and why!

11:00 a. m. — Book Mart, Bonnet Carre Room
Intermission – authors will sign in the Book Mart

MASTER CLASS: SHORT & SHORTER FICTION
11:15 a. m. —Queen Anne Ballroom
When Does a Short Story Become a Novella and a Novella Become a Novel?
Literary editor Brenda Copeland is invited to introduce this session with remarks about the market for short fiction and how to break into it. The session will featureJulia Glass, whose novel Three Junes began as a short story, went on to be a novella, and then became a novel. Ms. Glass will hold forth on the distinctions in fiction and what characterizes a piece of fiction as one thing or another. Invited to join her multiple winners of Faulkner Society’s writing competition.

12:30 p. m.— Bonnet Carre Room
Intermission. Julia Glass will sign in the Book Mart

FAULKNER & FRIENDS
12:45 p. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
Artist William Spratling, William Faulkner’s Landlord in New Orleans
Penny Morrill, Ph.D. is the biographer of William Spratling, Faulkner’s landlord in New Orleans. During this session, Dr. Morrill will talk about Spratling, his experiences as an artist during the 1920s Bohemian heydey of New Orleans and his relationship with Faulkner. Following a Q. & A. session, Dr. Morrill will join us for lunch.

LITERATURE & LUNCH
1:15 p. m. Riverview Room, Roof, Hotel Monteleone
Cash Bar Opens
1:30 p. m.
Lunch Served
Class in America: White Trash & Black Achievment

Nancy Isenberg, New York Times bestselling author of White Trash:The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, and Christina Vella, author of George Washington Carver: A Life, approach the writing of history by analyzing it and its characters and zeroing in on trends/characters that have not been given the attention they deserve. These two historians have research integrity and good storytelling, both with a talent for weaving into their narratives those little snippets of detail that bring history out of dusty archives into the realm of pleasurable reading.

3:00  p. m. — Riverview Room
Intermission — Authors will sign after their presentation

3:15  p. m. Queen Anne Ballroom
MASTER CLASS: GET OFF YOUR DUFF AND DO IT!
The Joys and Sorrows of the 30-day Novel

NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty will lay out the creative benefits and challenges of bashing out a book in 30 days. Along with a quick overview of NaNoWriMo and its growth into the world’s largest writing event, Chris will offer  practical strategies for surviving (and thriving) during your month of literary abandon. He also will be carrying out several activities with participating writers.

4:45 p. m. — Book Mart, Bonnet Carre Room
Intermission. Chris Baty will sign in the Book Mart

THE MUSE ON THE MISSISSIPPI
5:00  p. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
The Dark Side of Literature & Life in Verse
Led by the widely published poet Peter Cooley, Poet Laureate of Louisiana, and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Tulane University, will lead a discussion of how poets reflect the Society of their times. He will read along with other poets from their current work relating to this year’s Words & Music theme.

6:00 p. m. — Bonnet Carre Room
Intermission, authors for both poetry sessions will sign in Book Mart

6:15 p. m. —Queen Anne Ballroom
Dreams As Poetry’s Muse  for the Ages
This session will be led by bestselling poet, non-fiction writer and dream analyst, one the best minds of our time, Rodger Kamenetz. The session will also feature prize-winning poet Mark Yakich, author and editor. The two will discuss the role of dreams in poetry and read some of their latest lines.

7:15 p. m. — Intermission

FAULKNER FOR ALL
The Black-tie Annual Meeting of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society

7:30 p. m. — Royal Suites B, C, & D, Ground Floor,
Hotel Monteleone

Part I —Cocktails & Gold Medals
During the Cocktail Hour the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society will recognize finalists in the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competion and present gold medals and cash prizes to winners of eight categories of creative writing: Novel, Narrative Non-Fiction Book, Novella, Short Story, Novel-in-Progress, Essay, Poetry, and Short Story by a High School Student.

8:45 p. m.
Intermission
9:00 p. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom, East Mezzanine, Hotel Monteleone
Part II
Tiaras & Bow Ties, Dinner, Dancing

Morgan Molthrop, author of the new fun book, Jean Lafitte’s Pirate Code will be presenting the Pulpwood Queen, Kathy Murphy (formerly Kathy Patrick). Queen Kathy will give you the lowdown on making reading fun as outlined in her book, The Pulpwood Queen’s Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Guide to Life. In Kathy’s honor, the attire for the evening is Bow Ties and Tiaras, the more original, the better. We will also be presenting our ALIHOT Awards (A Legend In His/Her Own Time) for literature and service to the arts.

Sunday, November 12, 2016
CAFÉ AU LAIT & CROISSANTS

8:30 a. m — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
Continental Breakfast, Announcements

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES CONCLUDE

8:30 a. m. — Orleans Room
Concurrent programming

THE AESTHETICS OF LITERATURE
8:45 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
The Biographer’s Art: The Facts, Of Course, But Great Storytelling is the Name of the Game
Featuring terrific biographers Nancy Isenberg and Christina Vella Among Dr. Isenberg’s works is Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr, a critically-acclaimed biography strongly contesting the linear image Burr has been given as the villainous assassin of Alexander Hamilton. Her new novel, White Trash, traces the development of America’s class system. Dr. Vella published George Washington Carver: a Life, which delves into one of America’s most beloved figures and has gotten high marks for telling it right and entertaining readers at the same time. Her other work includes in Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of the Baroness de Pontalba, who was the sponsor of landmark architecteral complexes in her native Louisiana, as well as in France, her home for sixty-seven years. Her latest biography of Kemal Ataturk is in publication now.

For more on these two outstanding biographers, see the 2015-2016 edition of the Faulkner
Society’s on-line journal, The Double Dealer.

9:45  a. m. —Book Mart
Intermission —Authors will sign in Book Mart

THE AESTHETICS OF LITERATURE

10:15 a. m. —  Queen Anne Ballroom
The Art of Speculative Fiction as Vehicle for Social Commentary
Featuring novelists Moira Crone, author of The Not Yet, and Sanem Ozdural, author of LiGA and her latest The Dark Shall Do What the Light Cannot, with literary agent Katherine Fausset.

11:15 a. m. — Book Mart Bonnet Carre Room
Intermission — Authors will sign in Book Mart

LITERATURE & LUNCH: THE LAST WORD!
11:30 a. m.
Let’s End on a Laugh, Tickling the Funny Bone…
This session will be led by Roy Blount, Jr., one of America’s memorably funny men who always manages to come up with a unique twist on any situation  that captures
is fancy.

12:30  p. m.Book Mart
Intermission – Authors will sign

So long, ooh long..until, 2017!

 

 

 

 

 

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