Upcoming Words and Music

The Pirate’s Alley Alley Faulkner Society, Inc.
624 Pirate’s Alley

Dear Friends:

The Faulkner Society is a (501) (c) (3) literary and educational non-profit. Donations are, therefore, tax deductible.

Our major projects for the fall will include our festival, Words & Music, a Literary Feast in New Orleans, December 4 – 8. Part of the programming will focus on
the work of Walker Percy, author of The Moviegoer, which won the National Book Award, Love in the Ruins, Lancelot, and other works of fiction, as well as
entertaining and enlightening non-fiction, such as Signposts in a Strange Land and The Last Self-Help Book. Our literacy project concurrent with Words & Music,
will include distribution of free copies of a Walker Percy novel, as well as a master class for students and teachers on his work.

Our next free event will be a multi-author My New Orleans event July 21 at the Cabildo. Among authors will be Liz Wiliams and Rick Barton.

For more on the Faulkner Society, visit our web site.


Make Your Own Fun at FQF

Map of the stages for French Quarter Festival 2013

Map of the stages for French Quarter Festival 2013

Use the excellent schedule maker to select your own schedule each day for the French Quarter Festival, which has to be one of the greatest events in the U.S. to hear music while experiencing the center of our beautiful city.

French Quarter Festivals Inc. – New Orleans, Louisiana – Schedule.

Fringe is near…

The brilliant Fringe Festival has begun on the corner of Dauphine and Press. And although it is not in the Quarter, it’s near and so what’s it to you if I review it here? (Sorry – cocktail hour has been delayed; someone’s a little frayed…)
At that corner, you’ll find the Free-For-All Tent and Fringe headquarters, but to see the over 60 collective artistic expressions known as Fringe, you’ll need to be mobile and able to read a map. The venues for performances that run the gamut from the smutty to the sublime are held in lovely or maybe lowdown places throughout downtown. Running through the weekend, get thee to Press and get your tickets to as many performances as you can stand. Bring a flask, an extra jacket and maybe a flashlight (advice from an annual fester) and expect to be dazzled.

What the hell is Fringe

French Quarter Business Association invites all to “Get Away in the Vieux Carre” this summer

New Orleans, LA – The French Quarter Business Association is promoting its fourth annual “Get Away in the Vieux Carre” campaign, starting June 1st and continuing throughout the summer. French Quarter businesses are offering summer discounts and specials. You’ll be able to dine at a discount, get in 2 for 1 at attractions, and shop till you drop with one of the “Get Away” fans to keep the breeze going.
The association will also give away a complimentary “Get Away to the Vieux Carre” package to three lucky winners at the end of June, July & August. Each package will include a hotel stay, dining gift certificates, retail & attraction vouchers and more. To register for the get-away and to view which businesses are offering specials to guests throughout the summer months visit the FQBA website: http://www.fqba.org

The purpose of this annual campaign is to inspire locals and those close enough to drive in for the day or two to be French Quarter tourists. It’s the perfect time to be reminded why New Orleans and the French Quarter are one of the world’s most famous locales.

To register to win or to get more details on special offers go to http://www.fqba.org/contest. Registrants will also be able to sign up to receive weekly emails with “Get Away” specials and events though out the summer campaign. FQBA posts specials and events through Facebook & Twitter for this campaign as well as throughout the year. It’s a great way to stay in the know about the French Quarter!

The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society events

The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Inc.
624 Pirate’s Alley

The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and the Louisiana State Museum have an words and music event today at the Cabildo, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The event will feature fiction writers Lucy Ferris and Moira Crone and poet Andy Young.
Noted jazz pianist and composer Victor “Red” Atkins will peform his new suite of music inspired by and named
for William Faulkner’s famous short story, Barn Burning.
The event will include free refreshments.

Save The Dates
Tuesday, April 24
My New Orleans series opens. Writers invited to appear all have new books out with New Orleans related material.

Tuesday, May 1
Postmark Deadline for entries in the 2012 William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.

Saturday, June 9
Juleps in June, 2012, featuring literary guest of honor and author of the new novel Canada, Richard Ford, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature and the Pen/Faulkner award. Mary Helen Lagasse, who is both an author and a fine artist is creating the 2012 Faulkner painting to be auctioned at the event. Ms. Lagasse, who paints in the old master tradition of multi-levels of oil color layered, is departing from the usual pattern of a portrait and creating a still life
of Faulkner’s workspace.

Wednesday, November 14 – Sunday, November 18
Words & Music, a Literary Feast in New Orleans will feature special guest of honor, Louisiana fiction writer
Ernest Gaines, author of A Lesson Before Dying and other masterpieces of fiction.

To learn more check wordsandmusic.org

TWLF tip #2

For a few dollars, you can enter for many chances to win their 2012 Festival library (worth over $2,000).
There are also some great runner-up prizes.
The Grand Prize includes:
Over 50 prize-winning books by Festival authors including signed copies by the likes of Ace Atkins, NPR’s Amy Dickinson, Zachary Lazar, John Mariani, National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, and many others!
A subscription to Louisiana Cultural Vistas
DVDs of New Orleans Food Memories and Win Riley’s Walker Percy
CDs of American Routes with Nick Spitzer: Songs and Stories from the Road and Our New Orleans 2005: A Benefit Album

For a chance to win these prizes, buy a raffle ticket ($5) or three ($10).

During the Festival: at the Info Desk onsite at the Hotel Monteleone.

If you can’t make it to the Festival, buy your tickets ONLINE. You don’t have to be present to win but be sure to buy your raffle tickets online before the end of Sunday March 25, 2012.
Price: 3 tickets for $10 ($8 plus $2 ticketing fee). You must purchase a minimum of 3 tickets online.
Ticket code: 3RaffleTickets
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French Market Fare

I’m always surprised when I happen over to the French Market and find music or cooking demos. Mostly because you would think they would work to make damn sure that locals know about them. In any case, I am not sure why they have chosen the spot where they do demos- oh wait a minute – that was where we used to stage the Crescent City Farmers Market once a week. I wonder if it has anything to do with that?

I’ll be in the Quarter for a week or two full-time during Tennessee Williams Festivals days and then back for the French Quarter Festival. I’ll be sure to spend time in the French Market, looking at local artists wares and maybe picking up a new flag to hang on my house for JazzFest. If you haven’t done that recently, give it another chance.

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