HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. FAULKNER!
A Salute to All Great Writers: Past, Present, and Yet to Come.
Save the Dates: September 22 – 25.
The Faulkner Society will celebrate its founding and honor its namesake, Nobel laureate William Faulkner, with three days of events reminiscent of the first Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner! in 1990. The celebration will open on Sunday, September 23 with our gala fundraiser including a concert, a buffet supper, open bar, including, of course, Mr. Faulkner’s favorite libation, as well as your own favorite libations, and patron gifts. Among literary guests of honor will be Faulkner scholars Thomas Bonner and Judith Bonner, who have revived the important Faulkner era book, Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles, which had gone out of print, with a new cover and introduction. The annual Faulkner painting will be auctioned at this event. Complete details will be forthcoming in the formal invitation. The celebration will be a tricentennial homage to New Orleans as one of the world’s most inspiring literary muses, including literary discussions and signings for participating fiction writers, poets, and scholars. The finale will be a gala luncheon on William Faulkner’s actual birthday, Tuesday, September 25, with champagne, birthday cake, and toasts to Mr. Faulkner! and all great writers: past, present, and yet to come. Complete details of the celebration events will be forthcoming in the formal invitation. To receive your invitation, send your e-mail and snail mail addresses to email@example.com.
New Orleans as Muse for Literature: 300 Years & Counting!
We have issued a call for papers by scholars and non-fiction authors and presentation of work by fiction writers and poets on the theme: New Orleans as Muse for Literature: 300 Years & Counting! Open to authors and academics, subjects, may include topics related to Mr. Faulkner and the heyday of Bohemian culture of 1920s New Orleans, of course. Subject matter is not limited to Faulkner material, however. Milestones of Louisiana literature encompass several hundred authors who, while living here, have penned short fiction, novels, plays, poetry, essays, and creative non-fiction. Literary presentations will be on Monday, September 24 10:30 a. m. to 4:30 p. m. and on Tuesday, September 25, 10:30 a. m. to 12:30 p. m.. For guidelines and to register, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Faulkner Society has divested itself of the festival it created in 1997 and operated successfully for 20 years, Words & Music, a Literary Feast in New Orleans, and the traditional fundraiser for it, Juleps in June. Going forward, the Faulkner Society’s annual Founders’ celebration, Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner!, will include our annual fundraiser (with a published rain date in the event of seasonal storms).