The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University FAQ

Q: WHEN will the New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University take place?

The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University will take place on March 19-21, 2020. 

Q: WHERE will the Book Festival take place?

The New Orleans Book Festival will be held on Tulane University’s uptown campus. All Book Festival venues are conveniently located around the Berger Family Lawn in the center of Tulane’s campus. A map of the Tulane University uptown campus can be found here.

Q: Is parking provided?

Parking for the The New Orleans Book Festival will be available in the perimeter parking lots located on Tulane University’s uptown campus.  Shuttles will be available to transport attendees from these lots to the Bruff Commons shuttle stop near the Lavin-Bernick Center.

Q: When can I find out which AUTHORS are coming?

The 2020 lineup is here! Continue to check the Author’s page for the latest author news.

Q: How much does it cost to attend?

 Over 40 nationally-recognized and award-winning authors will participate in sessions and panels throughout the festival.  Admission to the New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University is free and open to the public with the exception of a limited number of ticketed events, which will be announced at a later date.

Q: Can I STAY at one stage all day?

For safety reasons, rooms will be cleared between all events; to attend the next event at the same stage, you will need to exit the venue and re-enter. This policy allows us to keep to the fire code/capacity for each room. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Q: Are festival venues and stages wheelchair accessible?

All festival venues and stage locations are wheelchair accessible. Volunteers will be on hand to assist festival attendees.

Q: Will the festival authors SIGN BOOKS?

Yes! Most authors will sign immediately following their on-stage event, unless otherwise noted.

A variety of author books can be purchased in the Lavin-Bernick Center bookstore, as well as satellite bookstores located around campus.

Q: WHAT should I do in case of rain?

Many of our events are indoor, those that are outdoor will happen rain or shine!

Q: Is the New Orleans Book Fest at Tulane still taking place?

Yes! Tulane University is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak on a daily basis and has currently determined that the health threat to our community is low. We are therefore moving forward with the Book Fest and hope you will plan to join us.

Q: Is Family Day at the Book Festival still happening?

Yes! Family Day will go on as scheduled with special events, programming and readings by popular national and local children’s authors. View the Family Day schedule by clicking here. Scholastic, a sponsor of Family Day at Festival, has chosen to withdraw from the festival citing travel concerns during the current coronavirus outbreak. While this means previously announced authors Dav Pilkey, Malcolm Mitchell, Andrea Pinkney and Lauren Tarshis won’t be in attendance, Scholastic will still honor its commitment to get free books and reading materials to kids during the Festival.

Q: Will there be any precautions to keep Book Festival participants safe from COVID-19?

  • Hand sanitizers dispensers have been installed in all Tulane buildings
  • All daily cleaning and disinfecting at Tulane is now being done using disposable wipes to minimize cross-contamination.
  • Elevator buttons are being disinfected throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes are being placed in all Shuttles and Transportation vehicles for passenger use.


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