2011 Tennessee Williams festival lineup

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The 2011 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is being billed as the CenTENNial Celebration (it would have been Williams' 100th birthday — get it?) and the silver anniversary of the festival itself, which began 25 years ago.

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.

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