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Site of the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival and Saints and Sinners Literary Festival.

About SAS (from their website):

The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival was founded in 2003 as a new initiative designed as an innovative way to reach the community with information about HIV/AIDS, particularly disseminating prevention messages via the writers, thinkers and spokes-people of the LGBT community. It was also formed to bring the LGBT literary community together to celebrate the literary arts.

The Festival has grown into an internationally-recognized event that brings together a who’s who of LGBT publishers, writers and readers from throughout the United States and beyond. The Festival, held over 4 days each Spring, feature panel discussions and master classes around literary topics that provide a forum for authors, editors and publishers to talk about their work for the benefit of emerging writers and the enjoyment of fans of LGBT literature.

For more, visit  http://sasfest.org/

 

Old Nemesis…We Meet Again

The steamboat Natchez beat the Belle of Louisville in The Great Steamboat Race in 1982. Since the retirement in 2009 of the Delta Queen, the annual race–part of the two-week long Kentucky Derby Festival–most often features the Belle of Cincinnati against the Belle of Louisville, but over the years several other craft have taken part.

The Natchez has only competed in the event once.

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William S. Burroughs House, Algiers Point

If you walk way, way, way out on Algiers Point you will eventually reach the unassuming shotgun house William S. Burroughs lived in for a year.

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Note: It’s really quite a hike. If you’re travelling with a non-writer, they may not see the same value in the excursion. Stick to your guns.

Saints and Sinners 2015 Winner and Runners-up

The winner of the 2015 Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest is “Basketball Fever” by Maureen Brady. The two runners up are “Fat Hands” by John Kane and “Hustler’s Court” by Frank Perez.

A book launch party and reading will take place on Saturday, March 28 at the 12th Annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival. For the first time, Saints and Sinners will be part of the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. The dates for Saints and Sinners are March 27 to 29 in the French Quarter of New Orleans. All twelve of the stories by the finalists will be included in an anthology published by Bold Strokes Books that will be available in March at the festival and online.

We want to thank everyone who entered the 2015 Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest; Andrew Holleran, this year’s final judge, for the time and care he put into selecting the winners; Bold Strokes Books for its continued support of the festival and for publishing the anthology; and the John B. Harter Charitable Trust for its continued support of this project.

In alphabetical order by author’s last name, the 2015 Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest finalists are:

“Gingerbread” by Eric Andrew-Katz

“Days of Awe” by N.S. Beranek

“Basketball Fever” by Maureen Brady

“Wren’s Knell” by Kristyn Dunnion

“Pageant Girl” by Sam Hawk

“Fat Hands” by John Kane

“Maple Beach People” by Lee Lynch

“Hustler’s Court” by Frank Perez

“A Perfect Fit” by Felice Picano

“’Til it Bleeds” by Jerry Rabushka

“Femorph” by James Russell

“What it was Turned Ollie Queer” by Mike Tuohy