Saints and Sinners Literary Festival

As of What-Was-I-Thinking? a.m. tomorrow, I’ll be on my way to Saints and Sinners. This is my favourite literary event every year, and I get to be involved quite a bit this year, so here’s where I’ll be (and when, though everything I’m taking part in is on Saturday at some point):

10 a.m., Saturday, March 28 – FOREVER YOUNG: WRITING FOR THE TEEN MARKET

Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games—the market for books for teenagers has blown up in the last twenty years. How is writing queer YA different from writing mainstream YA? Does the author have a responsibility to educate as well as entertain, or is entertainment enough? How can a writer educate without preaching? Join us as some YA writers talk about the challenges and rewards of writing for teenagers.

Panelists: Bridget Birdsall, ‘Nathan Burgoine, Greg Herren, and Jeffrey Ricker.
Moderator: Ruth Sternglantz.

Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon C

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4 p.m., Saturday, March 28 – SAINTS AND SINNERS READING SERIES: WRITERS READ

Festival authors debut their latest works in our annual reading series. Expect to be entertained, engaged and thrilled by the written word read out loud by authors N.S. Beranek, ‘Nathan Burgoine, J.D. Horn, J.M. Redmann, Cindy Rizzo, and David Swatling.

Hotel Monteleone, Cabildo Room
Sponsored by The John Burton Harter Charitable Trust

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8 p.m., Saturday, March 28 – THE NEW ORLEANS PHOENIX

Hosted by Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards editor, Ron Suresha.
Jeff Mann, Lammy-winning author of the novels Cub and Salvation.
Jerry L. Wheeler, author & editor of The Bears of Winter bearotica anthology.
Lewis DeSimone, Jeffrey Ricker, ’Nathan Burgoine – authors & contributors to The Bears of Winter

Free, 21+, 941 Elysian Fields, New Orleans – (504) 945-9264
Sponsored by The Phoenix and Bear Bones Books

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I’m really stoked. I’m also really looking forward to seeing everyone again and the “recharge” I always get from Saints and Sinners. I haven’t sat down yet and really figured out which panels, discussions, and readings I’m going to attend, but that’s something I usually do on the plane.

Also? I can’t wait for a beignet.

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