A look at how the genre has changed and who is taking it forward into the 21st century.
Celebrate the playwright's birthday March 19-23 in the city he called his "spiritual home." Dorothy Allison, Laura Lippman, Megan Abbott, Diane Ladd, Bryan Batt, Justin Torres and Ann Hood are just some of the guests attending this year's literary festival celebrating Tennessee Williams' birthday in New Orleans. As usual, theater performances abound, with "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on this year's schedule, and the popular Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest concludes the weekend in an ode to "Streetcar Named Desire." We'll be heading to the Big Easy to catch all drama starting on March 19 and perused the full schedule recently in anticipation. Join us if you can and check out the events we're most looking forward to below! For aspiring writers, master classes on March 19 and 20 are an affordable opportunity to gain valuable writing advice from the likes of Zachary Lazar, who will offer a brief history of dialogue starting with Hemingway, Laura Lippman and Dorothy Allison. Classes are just $25 each and held at The Historic New Orleans Collection. Dorothy Allison appears several times again throughout the festival, so there's no excuse not to see this giant in Southern fiction. Her panel on Sunday titled "Literary Laughs: Entertaining
Countdown to Gatsby. 10 Things I Learned at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival plus video of the Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest. Thomas Wolfe's Big Extravagance. Saints and Sinners Literary Festival with Dorothy Allison in Literary Events. And new fiction in Southern Voice. Happy Literary Friday!