Melanie McKay, Jason Berry and Co-Founder Rosemary James


The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Inc. welcomed friends of literature and literacy to celebrate the 120th birthday of the organization’s namesake, the great American writer and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner. This year’s event was co-sponsored by the Louisiana State Museum and One Book One New Orleans.

The program began with a performance reading from Mr. Faulkner’s novel, The Reivers, by Michael Arata and other actors at The Cabildo. New Orleans native Anne Gisleson also offered a reading from her new book, The Futilitarians. The performances were followed with music, food and beverages.

A painting depicting Faulkner donning his Royal Canadian Air Force uniform was generously auctioned by the artist Grayce deNoia Bochak, to benefit the society’s projects for developing writers, youngers at-risk for illiteracy and the general reading public.

The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Inc. offers a year-round calendar of events, many devoted to New Orleans authors and their new works, to bring the joy of reading to the New Orleans community and to combat illiteracy.


Event at a Glance

What: “Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner!,” benefiting the Faulkner Society
When: Sunday, September 24
Where: The Cabildo