We’re excited to announce our first virtual discussion in 2021

The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, CRISPR, and the Future of the Human Race with Book Festival Co-Chair and Leonard Lauder Professor of American History and Values at Tulane, Walter Isaacson.
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His latest work is a gripping account of how Nobel prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and improve the human species.

Intro by Tulane President Michael A. Fitts
Moderated by Trivia Frazier, Tulane alumna and President and CEO of Obatala Sciences

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October 21 - 23, 2021

The New Orleans Book Festival will bring the world’s leading authors to Tulane University for a multi-day celebration of their works. Additional details on the 2021 festival will be shared as they become available.

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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 October 21 – 23, 2021. Events will commence with a kickoff keynote and welcome reception on Thursday and conclude with a New Orleans-style celebration on Saturday evening.

Apply to be a 2021 Book Festival Author

Check out the (past) Event Lineup

See which authors will be speaking each day. 

Family Day at the Festival

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.

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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.

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