Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Words & Music: A Literary Feast opens in New Orleans

            Words and Music 2014, featuring more than 50 authors, will be held Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 20-22, in New Orleans. The festivities kick off Thursday at the Hotel Monteleone with presentations by authors with new, New Orleans-related books and include a Literature & Lunch at Bayona Restaurant and a session with dream analyst and bestselling author Rodger Kamenetz, who will teach participants how dreams can inspire artistic creativity.
            The headliners for Words & Music include Randy Fertel, author of “A Taste for Chaos;” Lawrence Powell, author of “The Accidental City;” Rebecca Snedeker, co-author of “Unfathomable City, a New Orleans Atlas,” the “One Book” selection for New Orleans this year; Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea; Caroline Clarke, author of “Postcards from Cookie,” a memoir about how she discovered that her biological grandfather was music icon Nat King Cole; James Nolan, author of “You Don’t Know Me: New and Selected Stories;” and Moira Crone, a Robert Penn Warren Award winner and author of the new novel, “The Ice Garden.”
            And that’s just mentioning a few.
            For a schedule of festival events, visit

Cheré Coen is the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country: A Historic Guide to Acadiana” and co-author of “Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets.” Write her at