Tulane Book Festival, opening Thursday, includes sessions on jazz, Southern humor, climate change, football, running and more
The long-awaited inauguration New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University opens Thursday (March 10) and runs through Saturday at Tulane’s Uptown campus. The festival was scheduled for 2020 and again for 2021 but was canceled twice amid Covid-19 surges.
The event features more than 60 panel discussions from a range of 130 renowned and emerging authors, including an award-winning group of children’s authors, some of New Orleans’ top chefs, and an all-star musical lineup.
The book festival is free and open to the public. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The list of authors includes national best-selling authors such as John Grisham, Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Lewis, Imani Perry, Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Bakari Sellers, Don Lemon, Jon Meacham, Charles Blow, Sarah M. Broom and David Brooks .
Local authors include Jason Berry, John Barry, Barri Bronston, Richard Campanella, Donna Brazile, Macon Fry, Sister Helen Prejean, Michael Tisserand, James Gill and Tom Piazza.
Thirty Tulane faculty, staff and alumni will participate in panels to discuss various topics. Tulane’s own faculty is the author of best-selling novels, stories, biographies, and other works on subjects ranging from jazz music to the geography of New Orleans to children’s books, natural disasters, epidemics and the future of gene editing.
The book festival’s opening night will take place at Dixon Hall and will feature John Grisham in conversation with Jenna Bush Hager at 5 p.m. Imani Perry and Eddie S. Glaude Jr., will follow with a discussion on “Race and the American Soul” at 6 p.m.
Friday at noon, some of New Orleans’ top chefs, including Dooky Chase IV, Justin Devillier, Molly Kimball with Meg Bickford, Melissa Martin, and Alon Shaya – will host a New Orleans Cooking Symposium, featuring a moderated discussion and ending with a delicious food tasting. The panel will be moderated by Poppy Tooker.
Family Day Activities on Saturday (March 12) will feature children and family programming, including 15 captivating children’s authors.
The book festival has partnered with the Mayor’s Office of Youth and Families of the City of New Orleans and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, for the day of family. Click here for the Family Day Schedule.
A collaborative celebratory musical performance will close the book festival in style on Saturday. The musical ensemble will consist of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Adonis Rose, Tom Sancton and Charlie Gabriel and Friends with Ben Jaffe, Josh Starkman and Walter Harris.
The festival’s co-chairs are former First Lady of New Orleans Cheryl Landrieu and Walter Isaacson, Leonard A. Lauder Professor of American History and Values at Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts and best-selling author.
Click here for the daily schedule.
Books by participating authors will be available for purchase in the Barnes & Noble College Bookstore, inside the Lavin-Bernick Center for College Life, daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Local author, artist and illustrator Emma Fick designed the official poster for the first New Orleans Book Festival. The poster can be bought online or at the event in the Pedersen Hall at the Lavin-Bernick Center.