The New Orleans Book Festival will bring the world’s leading authors to Tulane University for a multi-day celebration of their works. 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 tentatively scheduled for March 19-21, 2020. Events will commence with a kickoff keynote and welcome reception on Thursday and conclude with a New Orleans-style celebration on Saturday evening.
Festival events will take place on Tulane’s uptown campus, and there will be multiple activities throughout the weekend: panel discussions, keynote lectures, book fairs and workshops. Each day will have at least one major plenary session at which a leading author will be featured. Additionally, there will be Festival social events and sponsor activation opportunities at Tulane and other locations across the city.
Under the leadership of Cheryl Landrieu and Walter Isaacson, Tulane will host the Festival, and engage its community of scholars and students to participate in its events. Proceeds from the Festival will support the academic mission of Tulane.