Wow. What a time at the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival. In association with the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, this New Orleans gumbo of LGBTQ writers, publishers, publicists, teachers, and book sellers included craft panels, author readings, poetry events, awards, presentations, master classes, and book signings.
And, of course, steps from the fabulous Hotel Monteleone where most of the activities were held was music, food, street strolls, bands, dancing…and cocktails. One of my favorite stops was the Red Fish Inn where I overindulged in white wine, gumbo, jalapeno cornbread, and chocolate bread pudding.
I was a panelist for a discussion about the mystery genre with the fabulous New Orleans crime/mystery writers, Greg Herren and Jean M. Redmann; as well as award-winning authors, Ali Vali and Jeffrey Round.
I also discussed historical fiction writing with Judith Katz, Vanda, Jeff Mann and Matthew Griffin. I was honored to be in the company of all these good writers of LGBTQ themes. Judith and I both happened to wear turquoise that day.
Of course,I also indulged in meeting new friends and old, and that was the best seasoning of this amazing literary event. Saints and Sinners, hope to see you in 2019!!