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Words and Music – A Literary Feast in New Orleans, Louisiana November 9 – 13, 2011

October 8, 2011

The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, a non-profit literary organization devoted to assisting and providing first class literary entertainment for educated readers, announces that it is joining with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Loyola University: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the University of New Orleans: Latin American Studies to give Words & Music, 2011 an exciting salsa flavor. The festival will include important Hispanic/Latino authors in its array of literary headliners and events. The theme for general public sessions will be Literature & Life in the Global Village. Cuban-American writer and activist in the cause of worldwide human rights Armando Valladares will be keynote speaker, introduced by poet Amy Serrano. at the Society’s black tie gala, Faulkner for All, on Nov.11. Valladares, shown at top, wrote the bestselling memoir Against All Hope about his 22 years as a prisoner of conscience in Cuba. After his release, President Reagan appointed him U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations for Human Rights. He remains active in human rights causes today. Joining him at Words & Music will be two Latino winners of the Pulitzer Prize. Novelist Junot Diaz, left, of Dominican heritage and author of The Brief, Wondrous, Life of Oscar Wao, will appear at three events on Nov.10: a Master Class, Literature & Lunch, and Q. & A. following a live stage adaptation of his novel by The American Place Theatre of New York, starring: noted Latino actor Elvis Nolasco. Cuban-American playwright Nilo Cruz, above, will do a performance reading from his Pulitzer Prize play, Anna in the Tropics at the Old U. S. Mint on Saturday evening, November 12. The gala performance reading will be followed by an intermission for Mojitas. Then, Cruz will participate on stage in a conversation about stage writing with playwright John Biguenet. He will be guest of honor at After Hours at the Napoleon House later that night.

Friday, November 11, Featuring Armando Valladares 

7:00 p. m. – Hotel Monteleone, Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom


The Faulkner Society’s annual meeting and salute to all great writers,past, present, and yet to come.
Black Tie Gala. Part One, Keynote Address only, is included in Writers’ Tuition. $25, General Public, Students, $12.50. A number of student tickets are available on a complimentary basis, first-come, first serve. $100 General Public Ticket includes both keynote address and gals, $75 for registered writers and their guests.
Faulkner for All, both events, included in All Events festival package.
Uriel Quesada, Loyola
Elvis Nolasco


In Our Dramatically Shrinking World, Where Politicians Fear to Tread, Artists Must Use The Power of Their Talent in the Cause of Universal Human Rights Featuring Armando Valladares, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations for Human Rights, and author of the international bestselling memoir, Against All Hope, which detailed his 22 years as a prisoner of conscience in Castro’s Cuba. Ambassador Valladares continues to work for the cause of human rights all over the world, including especially a dedication to projects to secure human rights for children. Ambassador Valladares will be introduced by Cuban-American poet and filmmaker Amy Serrano, who also will do any translation necessary. Ms. Serrano, who is Chair of the Pan American Connections Committee of Words & Music, 2011, produced and directed the documentary Sugar Babies, about children of Haiti being used as slave labor in the sugar industry across the border in the Dominican Republic. The film was screened at Words & Music in 2007. Internationally acclaimed classical guitarist, Javier Olondo is invited to set the stage for Ambassador Valladares with classical Cuban songs in his honor.
8:30 p. m. – Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom


Cocktails, Dinner, Awards Ceremony, and Dancing. Special Guests of Honor: Ambassador Armando Valladares & Sponsors Faulkner for All, the annual black tie meeting of the Faulkner Society including cocktails and dinner with Ambassador Armando Valladares. The Society will announce its ALIHOT (A Legend in His/Her Own Time) Awards for achievement in literature, philanthropy, and social justice and will award its gold medals to winners of the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. Caribbean menu and Caribbean Music. The music for dancing will be by La Rumba Buena, led by Johnny Marcia, co-producer of the Hispanic/Latino television program, Qué Pasa New Orleans. Marcia, whose heritage is Honduran, grew up surrounded by music, as his father led the Latin band Los Sagitarios. Johnny first played with his father and, then, branched out to develop his own, unique sound, using the best Latino musicians in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas. The band specializes in the various rhthyms of the Caribbean and Mexico with a big band sound.

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