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Saints and Sinners Is About To Hit The French Quarter

The LGBT offshoot of the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival starts April 1.

Since its inception in 2003, the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival has brought together a who’s who of the LGBT literary world each spring for a weekend-long extravaganza, and this year will be no exception.

The festival, an offshoot of the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival, will take place between April 1-3 at the Hotel Monteleone, a literary landmark in the heart of the French Quarter.

Author of SUICIDE NOTES, WHAT WE REMEMBER, and JANE BITES BACK among others. (Photo from Twitter @AuthorMTFord)
Michael Thomas Ford, author of “Suicide Notes,” “What We Remember,” and “Jane Bites Back,” among others. (Photo via Twitter user @AuthorMTFord)

“Glitter with the Literati”

Stack of books on table
LGBT literature is available for purchase during the festival. (Photo via Saints and Sinners Literary Festival on Facebook)

The festival — themed “Glitter with the Literati” this year — kicks off with an official welcome reception at the historic Gallier House on the evening of Friday, April 1, giving folks a chance to rub elbows with some of their favorite LGBT authors. Saturday, April 2 includes a book launch party for the festival’s annual anthology, Saints and Sinners: New Fiction from the Festival, and a closing reception will be held on Sunday, April 3.

The weekend will also include appearances by National Book Award finalist Dorothy Allison, two-time Lambda Literary Award-winner Jewelle Gomez, veteran writer Andrew Holleran, up-and-comer Sassafras Lowrey, plus dozens of other writers, publishers, literary agents, booksellers, and industry professionals who will lead readings, workshops, performances, book signings, interviews and panel discussions, guaranteeing something for everyone. Check out the complete program schedule here.

“There is so much going on this year at Saints and Sinners it is hard to narrow it down to just a few things,” says Paul J. Willis, founder and executive director of the festival. “I am very excited about the ‘Inside the Writer’s Studio’ interview with Michael Thomas Ford, author of 60 books and 13-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, and Laura Antoniou, author of BDSM erotica.”

“We are also very excited to have a special performance of Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay by the incredibly funny Fay Jacobs at this year’s festival,” Willis adds.

The festival is for anyone interested in contemporary literature discussions or seeking a writing community that is specifically geared towards LGBT interests.

National Book Award finalist Dorothy Allison. (Photo by John Foley.)
National Book Award finalist Dorothy Allison. (Photo by John Foley.)

A Supportive Community of Writers

Though the weekend provides an opportunity to expand one’s literary horizons, the bottom line is to connect and nurture LGBT creative endeavors — and of course to have fun, Willis says.

“We are building a supportive community of writers, and the Festival provides an outlet for intellectual growth, an opportunity to create or renew relationships, and a chance to have a lot of fun in the French Quarter!”

Passes range from $10-$150, depending on which level you purchase, and are available at sasfest.org. Use coupon code SAS50 at checkout to receive 50% off weekend passes.

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