The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival proudly celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016. Another famous NOLA institution also marked a milestone – the Hotel Monteleone, which turned 130.
A locally owned hotel since its beginning, this gem of the French Quarter has been treating guests to the star treatment for generations and has been featured in films, on television, and in literature by the finest American authors. In fact, the American Library Association designated this hotel a national literary landmark in 1999, an accolade given to only two other hotels in the country. What better spot to host the annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival!
Did you know …
Truman Capote’s teenaged mother lived in the Monteleone during her pregnancy, and Capote stretched this truth throughout his life, his adoration of the hotel leading him to make frequent claims that he was also born there.
William Faulkner paid many visits, honeymooning there in 1929, the same year he was writing The Sound and the Fury. His biographer cited it as his favorite hotel on earth.
The Monteleone’s famed Carousel Bar was a frequent haunt of Tennessee Williams, where he gleaned material for his work from the conversations going on around him. He spent a two-week period at the hotel in the 50s, and Frank Monteleone picked up the tab as a thank you to Williams, who brought New Orleans and the Hotel Monteleone national attention with A Streetcar Named Desire. The landmark also figures heavily as a symbol of the city in The Rose Tattoo.
Eudora Welty enjoyed a stay there in 1935. Ernest Hemingway writes of the Monteleone in “The Night before Battle.” Hemingway, Welty, Williams, Faulkner, and Capote each now have suites named in their honor.
Contemporary writers like Anne Rice, Sheila Bosworth, Mark Childress, Richard Ford, Carolyn Haines and Rebecca Wells have all paid tribute to the Monteleone in their texts as well.
The Fest will be here before we know it, and the city is set to be busy that weekend. If you are thinking of coming, we strongly recommend that you plan ahead to make sure you enjoy the best the French Quarter has to offer.
Rooms are reserved in a block for our attendees at a discounted rate. Call 866-338-4684 for reservations or book online.