by Kevin Allman
So what's in store? The writing lineup includes Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler; Forrest Gump author Winston Groom; Armistead Maupin, whose Tales of the City series is going strong again; mystery writers John Connolly, Laura Lippman and Nevada Barr; National Book Award finalists Dorothy Allison and Susan Straight; New Orleans' own Bryan Batt (interviewed in Gambit earlier this year on the publication of his 'mom-oir'); and writer and filmmaker John Waters (Gambit interview here).
Actors on the list include Estelle Parsons; Shirley Knight; Zoe Caldwell; Harriet Harris; and New Orleans native Grace Zabriskie.
As usual, the festival will be held during the last weekend in March (March 23-27) at various locations around the French Quarter. Check out the Tenn Fest website for more info.