Join me in September for #Read New Orleans!

Readers, I’m so happy to finally be able to share that #Read New Orleans registration is LIVE.

Join me on Sunday, September 17 from noon to 6pm for a day of readerly fun. SO MUCH FUN.

We’ll kick off with a “Moveable Feast”—a sit-down lunch where authors rotate through the room, coming to sit at your table and talk books with you while you eat. After lunch we’ll have sessions and panels with a variety of award-winning and bestselling authors.

We’ll close the afternoon with a keynote conversation between two of my personal faves, Joshilyn Jackson and Christina Baker Kline. I can’t wait to see these two in action, together.

Your ticket price of $55 includes lunch, afternoon panels, and our keynote with Christina and Joshilyn (because now you’re totally on a first name basis with them). Click here to get your ticket. (The event hotel will sell out—if you want to stay on-site, book your room at the Sheraton New Orleans soon.)

This is my third year participating in this reader-focused event in conjunction with the Southern Independent Bookseller’s Alliance, following two amazing years in Raleigh and Savannah. There is nothing quite like meeting your fellow readers and your favorite authors in person. (We will definitely have some kind of meet-up for MMD #ReadNOLA participants—I’ll keep you posted.)

I hope you can make it—I would so love to meet you there!

Readers, I’d love to hear your favorite New Orleans everything in comments.

P.S. I’ve never been to New Orleans—the gorgeous photo above is by Scott Webb on Unsplash. Can’t wait to see this city for myself!


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  1. Laura says:

    This may be cliche, but I loved Cafe du Monde! We ducked in during a crazy rainstorm and had beignets and cafe au lait and it was a highlight!

  2. Elaine Sargent says:

    Emily we went last January and missed Frenchmen Street so we need to go back. We had the greatest time. Started with a city tour which was so interesting, the did a ghost tour and a swamp tour which were fantastic. We also did the Mardi Gra World tour which I loved. Amazing city!

  3. Julie says:

    As a former New Orleanian I always tell people to see the city beyond the French Quarter! There is so much history, culture and beauty in New Orleans that people don’t experience when visiting because they feel that the French Quarter is the city. My suggestions are get on a bike and ride around and soak in the history. NOMA, Long Vue Gardens, walk the cemeteries, see the Garden District, check out Uptown. Too many yummy restaurants to list!!!

  4. We just went to NOLA for the first time in October and we LOVED it. I actually wrote three posts for my blog that I think will help you. AND I hope you join you all. I live in Southern California so it is much more of a challenge. Let me know if I can help!

  5. Leigh Kramer says:

    This sounds amazing! I was just talking to a friend the other day about how I want to go back to New Orleans. A couple of friends and I drove down the summer of 2001 and it left quite an impression. We mainly went down there to see an Incubus concert but we wandered around the French Quarter and went to an awesome WWII museum. I still dream of the coffee and beignets at Cafe du Monde!

  6. Lisa says:

    You are going to LOVE New Orleans. I was born and raised here, so I may a little biased, but there are so many “can’t miss” places! These are a few of my favorites for showing off New Orleans: Cafe Du Monde/French Quarter, jazz brunch at Commander’s Palace, Streetcar ride on St. Charles, WWII Museum, Audubon Park, City Park and NOMA, Snug Harbor on Frenchman for jazz, shopping on Magazine Street, and you have to get a sno ball! If you want to get out of the city for a bit, Oak Alley and Nottoway are gorgeous antebellum plantations.

  7. Lisa says:

    You would also probably enjoy a visit to Latter Memorial Library on St. Charles. It is a huge Uptown mansion converted into a public library.

  8. Mary says:

    Lisa seems to have hit some of the best places in town . I would add Rock n’ Bowl, St. Louis Cathedral , and Cabildo . Hope you enjoy your visit to our unique city !

  9. Melissa says:

    I live an hour away and hoping to make the event!! Are books going to be available to buy for the author to sign? I hope so!! I read that Kristen Hannah is speaking the night before at the SIBA event. I wish she would make a guest appearance.. LOL!!
    For things to do in NOLA ~ Magazine St Area (tons of shops, restaurants, snowball at Hansen’s,etc). Stop to visit local bookshops ~ Octavia Books (my fav) and Garden District Book Shop. Find Anne Rice’s former house in Garden District. Rent a car to visit local plantations (Whitney, Oak Alley, Houmas House), Swamp Tour, Avery Island (where Tabasco is made), etc. Also in NOLA: World War II Museum, Mardi Gras World, City tour, and NOMA.
    Be careful going anywhere by yourself. Crime is horrible in the city right now.

  10. Dee says:

    Oh, wow, I’m going to try to make this event. As to recs, you’ve got a lot of good ones here. There’s too much to do here in an average trip. You’ll have to come multiple times. Definitely visit Faulkner House Books. And visit the Beauregard-Keyes House, former home of author Frances Parkinson Keyes.

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