Top Authors to See at the New Orleans Book Festival in 2023


In the springtime, New Orleans’s oak-shaded Garden District is the perfect place to revel in the magic of books and their striking authors. The area’s historic cottages and lavish gardens create an ideal backdrop for Tulane University’s annual New Orleans Book Festival. From March 9 to 11, literary enthusiasts get free admission to the festival commemorating hundreds of local, regional, and national best-selling authors.

Tulane University President Michael A. Fitts said, “This year’s festival promises to be an even greater celebration of books, the authors who create them, and readers, both current and future, who cherish them. The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane is a true Mardi Gras for the mind.”

About the New Orleans Book Festival

New Orleans’s former First Lady, Cheryl Landrieu, founded the New Orleans Book Festival in 2010 as an event for children to celebrate reading. Over the years, the festival became an all-ages event and donated 35,000 books to children in the Greater New Orleans Area.

Presently, Landrieu and Walter Isaacson co-chair the festival with a mission to attract and captivate Louisiana readers and become the nation’s premier literary destination. Panel discussions, moderated conversations, keynote lectures, book fairs, family programming, and workshops make it easy for literary enthusiasts to connect over their shared love of books. Networking and collaboration are accessible to all, thanks to sponsors and volunteers who help admission to be entirely free.

Must-See Local Authors

The local lineup is as diverse as the City of New Orleans itself. From chefs to musicians, attendees will find bits and pieces of sweet southern hospitality sprinkled throughout the festival. Local authors include Terry Banquet, Alex Beard, Kevin Belton, Douglas Brinkley, Freddi Williams Evans, Poppy Tooker, and Cleo Wade.

Tulane’s Own

Many of the festival’s best-selling historical, political, biographical, and geographical authors currently teach at Tulane University. Distinguished professors include Rienn Fertel, Melissa Fuster, Amy Gajda, Walter Isaacson, J. Celeste Lay, and Nathaniel Rich.

Nationally Acclaimed Authors

In true melting pot fashion, the festival hosts a diverse group of renowned national authors. The lineup includes an array of reporters, novelists, film producers, and musicians of various genres and specialties. Carl Bernstein, Douglas Brinkley, James Carville, Maureen Dowd, Bill Gates, Malcolm Gladwell, Leslie Iwerks, and Michael Lewis will make appearances.

Attending the Festival

The festival will take place from March 9 to 11 on Tulane University’s Uptown campus. All events will occur at the Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse, the Commons, Dixon Hall, the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, McAlister Auditorium, Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel, Goldring and Woldenberg Business Complex, and the Berger Family Lawn.

New Orleans Book Festival will pay homage to its earlier years by partnering with the Scholastic Corporation for family day on Saturday, March 11. The event will take place in the Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse. Young readers and their families can enjoy educational readings, attend the book fair, and participate in literary activities.

Free parking and ADA spaces will be available on campus and in the surrounding area during the festival. The festival will also provide free shuttle services and bus rides within the New Orleans metro area.

Stay at Maison Dupuy

One of the best ways to experience the New Orleans Book Festival is by staying at a hotel in the middle of it all. Maison Dupuy is ideally situated in the heart of the French Quarter. Make a reservation at Maison Dupuy today.