An evening with Walter Isaacson and Michael Lewis on Oct. 18

SOLD OUT: An Evening with Walter Isaacson & Michael Lewis | October 18, 2023 | 6:30 p.m. | McAlister Auditorium

Join the New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University for an illuminating conversation with Walter Isaacson and Michael Lewis about innovators and leaders who change how we look at the world.

The authors will discuss their new works Elon Musk and Going Infinite. Books will be available for purchase on site and authors will be signing immediately after the discussion in the Marshall Family Commons (in the Goldring/Woldenberg Business Complex).

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

6:30-7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:00 p.m.)

McAlister Auditorium, Tulane University

Tickets are required and the event is SOLD OUT. $15 general admission, $60 reserved seating, $100 reserved seating + signed books.

A limited number of free tickets are available for Tulane students on a first come, first served basis. Students can reserve free tickets through Eventbrite and must show a valid Tulane Splash Card upon entry at the event.

All proceeds from this event support the festival's family literacy efforts in the New Orleans community.

Thank you to our independent bookstore partners for this special event, Baldwin & Co and Octavia Books

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Know Before You Go


Doors open at 5 p.m. and the event begins at 6:30 p.m. This event will have a SOLD OUT crowd, so please allow ample time for entry. 

Guests who pre-purchase book add-ons will be able to use a special entry line to expedite book pick-up and entry. 

General Admission and Student tickets should enter through the main entrance of McAlister Auditorium.

Reserved Seating and ADA guests should follow posted signage and use the entrance on the right side of McAlister, closest to the Goldring/Woldenberg Business Complex. 


If you are driving to campus, parking will be available in Diboll Parking Garage starting at 4:30 p.m. on October 18. For more campus parking details, view the campus parking map here

Additional parking will also be available on Loyola's campus via ParkMobile. Visit their website for more information on rates and available locations. 

Rideshares are encouraged through the Uber and Lyft apps. An easy drop off point is at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse, 6811 Freret St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70118. 

Please use the interactive campus map for more details about where to go on campus including ADA accessible parking spaces and more. Please note, McAlister Auditorium is building number 43 on the campus map. 

Interactive Campus Map


We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully.

To be respectful of those with allergies and environmental sensitivities, we ask that you please refrain from wearing strong fragrances.

Guests with disabilities and other guests who need accommodations can make a request by October 4, 2023 at this form. Please note that advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs, including ASL interpretation. Requests submitted after the deadline will be accommodated to the best of our ability. For inquiries about accessibility, please contact the Book Fest office at 504-314-7443 or

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We’re proud to work with our independent bookstore partners for this event, Octavia Books and Baldwin & Co.

Guests who pre-purchase book add-ons will be able to use our express entry line to expedite book pick-up and entry. 

While you may bring a favorite book from home for an author to sign, please understand that on-site book sales are critical to the success of this event. By purchasing books, you support our independent bookstores, the authors and the festival.

The book signing will immediately follow the conversation. 

Books that are not picked up at the event will be held at Octavia Books for 30 days after the event.