Every November the Words and Music Festival produces five days and nights of diverse literary programming for writers and dedicated readers.
Events in this French Quarter festival include one-on-one manuscript critiques by noted publishing industry editors and agents, discussions by well-known authors and scholars on themes of literature and life, nightly entertainment, including music, and special culinary happenings.
The festival is sponsored by the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, Inc., which was founded in 1990 by men and women dedicated to good books and the literary arts.
Faulkner House, located on Pirate’s Alley across from St. Louis Cathedral in the heart of the French Quarter, was Faulkner’s home in 1925 when he wrote his first novel, Soldier’s Pay. It was restored by current owners Rosemary James and Joseph DiSalvo, who also operate a bookstore on the premises. Faulkner House is recognized as a National Historical Landmark and is headquarters for this festival.
Recent years have seen well-known, bestselling authors at the festival, along with established literary agents, publishing company representatives and other writing professionals. The festival features 75 to 100 new and established authors, scholars, editors, publishers and performing artists.
Each year, established masters of the literary arts share their experience and wisdom in sessions on the art of writing, designed primarily for developing writers but also open to the reading public. There are also book signings and writing contests.
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