2020 Festival Cancelled Due to Coronavirus.

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2020 TWFest Reading Guide

How many TWF20 participants’ novels, short stories, memoirs, biographies, poems, essays, and plays can you read before TWFest? This reading list contains many of the works that will be discussed throughout five days of literary discussions, panels featuring award-winning authors, Writer’s Craft sessions, readings, music and culinary events, and much more.

For all your book-shopping needs, we encourage you to visit our official Festival Bookseller at Garden District Book Shop located at 2727 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 or online at www.gardendistrictbookshop.com



What is TWFest?

We are a five-day literary arts festival held every spring right around March 26, the birthday of our patron saint and inspiration, playwright Tennessee Williams. Our Festival is perfect for readers, writers, theater lovers, and anyone who loves New Orleans’ magical culture.

Events include writing workshops and master classes by acclaimed writers, enlightening and entertaining literary panel discussions, theater events,  book fair, Tennessee Williams Tribute Reading, Tennessee Williams scholars conference,  literary walking tours, music events, Books & Beignets book club, culinary and cocktail events, interviews with legendary writers and actors, and much more!

Now in our 34th year, TWFest brings together over 100 contemporary writers, scholars, actors, musicians, and other artists for five days of literary revelry  in the lush Bohemian world of New Orleans.

For a taste of the Fest, CLICK HERE to view our most recent program book.

Saints + Sinners LGBTQ Literary Festival is March 27 – 29, 2020. A program of TWNOLF, SASFest includes panels, readings, workshops, and special events. Visit sasfest.org for full program information.


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