New Orleans: A Muse for Literature for 300 Years and Counting!

New and established writers join dedicated readers in a unique birthday celebration sponsored by the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Inc., created in 1990 on William Faulkner’s birthday by men and women dedicated to good books and their authors, including Nobel Laureate William Faulkner, who wrote his first novel, Soldiers’ Pay, in New Orleans, LA.

Dates for 2018 are 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.

A Saturday afternoon keynote on this year’s theme, “Place as Muse for Literature,” will be delivered by bestselling non-fiction author Walter Isaacson.

That will be followed by a welcome party at the French Quarter residence of our Chairman, Anne Simms Pincus.

Sunday will include manuscript critiques, discussion programming, and Faulkner for All, 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. We’ll present our winners, runners-up, and attending finalists, followed by a party with food and wine, live music, and the auction of our annual Faulkner Painting.

There will be a full day of programming on Monday and Tuesday morning with the final event 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

Competition Finalists:

The Society will pay transportation up to $500 and hotel accommo- dations at the lovely boutique hotel in the French Quarter, the Provincial for the winner. Runners-up will be our guests for all of the events but must pay their own travel and hotel expenses. Others on the short list who wish to attend will received a discount of 50% on the writers package for the occasion. The package includes manuscript critiques. Literary agent Katherine Fausset will be critiquing winners and runners-up of all cateories. Other agents, editors are to be announced. Writers should plan to arrive on Saturday, September 22 by mid-day to attend an afternoon keynote.

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