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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

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A full recap of our Flannery O'Connor Symposium. Best books of 2012, bookshelves of famous readers, the next great Southern writer & a Hemingway cocktail recipe in Literary News. Carl Hiaasen and Truman Capote in (Non)Required Reading. Celebrating the holidays with Poe, Joel Chandler Harris and Zora Neale Hurston in Literary Events. And a new poem and short story in Southern Voice. Literary Friday is back!

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Twitter Chat with Janis Owens. New Orleans new literary bar. Erika Robuck reveals the cover of her new book. National Book Award winners. Gillian Flynn's new deal. The Rise of the Guardians in theaters. (Non)Required reading about zombies and working in bed, plus a poem about Thanksgiving. Happy Literary Friday!

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