BOOKS AND BOHEMIANS LITERARY TOUR
Writers In New Orleans
Five writers have passed through New Orleans on their way to the Nobel Prize in Literature. Dozens more who came this way have been awarded Pulitzers, National Book Awards and O. Henry Prizes. Something happens to writers in New Orleans that stays with them wherever they roam.
During our Books and Bohemians Literary Walking Tour you will visit one of only three literary landmark hotels in America. William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty and Ernest Hemingway stayed there often. Truman Capote said he was born there. (He wasn’t.) We’ll visit the authors’ homes and favorite haunts.
We’ll immerse ourselves in the vibrant culture of Dixie Bohemia, La Vie Bohéme, in the 1920’s. If you couldn’t join the Lost Generation in Paris, you came to Paris on The Mississippi. The Double Dealer magazine made literary ripples across the country in the ’20s. In the 1960’s, The Outsider magazine did the same from a garret on Royal Street. And we’ll shine the spotlight on New Orleans’ women, African American and contemporary writers.
BOOKS AND BOHEMIANS LITERARY WALKING TOUR
Historically accurate, entertaining and memorable. “Know the facts then you can twist them.” Mark Twain
A guide passionate about telling the stories of The French Quarter, literary, historical and architectural.
A relaxed stroll through the French Quarter with time for a cocktail or two. (Drinks NOT included.)
Our tour takes about 2 hours and covers about a mile and a quarter over flat ground. We begin at French Truck Coffee, 217 Chartres Street and end at the Mississippi River, along the Moon Walk, across from Jackson Square
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Meet Your Guide
John Goodman, the actor and New Orleans resident, is quoted as saying, “Someone has suggested that there is an incomplete part of our chromosomes that gets repaired or found when we hit New Orleans. Some of us just belong here.” I am one such person. After retiring from a varied career as a newspaper reporter, school teacher, shipwright, housewright, etc., My wife and I traveled throughout Europe and the US for three years. We fell in love with many cities: Budapest, Vienna, Paris, Savannah, Charleston…. But the more we learned about each city the more we came to realize it was the Budapest of the 1930’s, or Vienna of 1914, or Paris of the 1890’s that we had fallen in love with.
Only New Orleans, the New Orleans of then and now maintained it’s magnetic hold on us. When we left New Orleans the first time, New Orleans never left us. We came back to stay. I live and breath my adopted city. Every day I try to visit a new place and mine one more gold nugget.