Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

This week on The Reading Life: Two of this year’s guests at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival — Mary Badham, who portrayed Scout in the 1962 film version of To Kill a Mockingbird, and novelist Cynthia Bond, author of Ruby, the first selection for the Oprah Book Club 2.0.

This week on Inside the Arts,  the Crescent City celebrates Tennessee Williams, a legendary American playwright who called New Orleans his spiritual home. We talk with David Hoover, spokesman for the 28th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival about the numerous theater offerings. 

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This week on Inside the Arts we celebrate Tennessee Williams' 103rd Anniversary! The 28th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival kicks off five days of festivities in and around the French Quarter, beginning on Wednesday. We highlight an exciting array of theatrical offerings.

This week on The Reading Life: Tennessee Williams Festival guests Valerie Martin, whose new novel is The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, and Dani Shapiro, author of Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of the Creative Life.

This week on The Reading Life: Richard Campanella, author of Bourbon Street: A History, and memoirist Blake Bailey, author of The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait, both of whom will be appearing at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.

This week on The Reading Life: M.A. (Annette) Harper, whose new novel is Diamonds in the Sky, talks about ebook publishing with booksbnimble founder Julie Smith.

We’ll also hear from Bill Cotter, author of The Parallel Apartments, who’s coming to New Orleans for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.