The Festival will feature both fiction and non-fiction and convene readings, panel discussions, symposia and keynote speeches. It will also provide an opportunity for outlets, authors and readers to interact with each other in one of the most vibrant and culturally diverse cities in the world.
The Festival will be held annually in between Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, and the inaugural event is scheduled for March 18-20, 2021. Events will commence with a kickoff keynote and welcome reception on Thursday and conclude with a New Orleans-style celebration on Saturday evening.
Check out the Event Lineup
See which authors will be speaking each day.
Family Day at the Festival
On Saturday, March 19, 2021, from 10am to 2pm, the Festival will host FAMILY DAY AT THE FESTIVAL on Tulane’s uptown campus on the Berger Family Lawn. Family Day will be a lively, free-for-all event that is open and accessible to all children in our community and their families.
In partnership with the Scholastic Corporation, a multi-national publishing and education company, and the City of New Orleans’ Office of Youth and Families, the Festival will engage with teachers and school organizations in advance of the festival to encourage attendance and participation. We will provide thousands of books for distribution both in schools during the week prior to the festival, and to festival attendees during Family Day.
Meet our Co-Chairs
A New Orleans native, Cheryl Landrieu is lawyer, author and founder of the New Orleans Book Festival. Cheryl has a long history supporting strategic community initiatives in New Orleans, most recently focused on literacy and advocacy for the advancement of women and girls.
Walter Isaacson is a Professor of History at Tulane and an advisory partner at Perella Weinberg, a financial services firm based in New York City. He is the past CEO of the Aspen Institute, where he is now a Distinguished Fellow, and has been the chairman of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine.