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second, The Night Of The Comet, also with Random House, was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the “Best Books of 2013.”  In a former life, he starred as Murphy Gilcrease, the teenage vampire, in the 1988 New World Pictures release Teen Vamp. Roy Blount, Jr. is the author of twenty- four books, including Feet on the Street: A Ramble Through New Orleans, Alphabet Juice, and Save Room For Pie. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times and many other publications. He writes a column for Garden and Gun and is a panelist on NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” Blanche McCrary Boyd is an American novelist, journalist, essayist, and the Roman S. and Tatiana Weller Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Connecticut College. She is the author of five novels and a collection of autobiographical journalism, The Redneck Way of Knowledge. Her newest novel, Tomb of the Unknown Racist (2018), completes The Blacklock Trilogy, which also includes The Revolution of Little Girls and Terminal Velocity. Will Brantley is a Professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University, where he teaches southern literature, film studies, and professional writing. He is the author of Feminine Sense in Southern Memoir, which received the Eudora Welty Award for an interpretive work of scholarship in modern letters. Dr. Brantley recently has focused on letters by southern women writers with essays in The Oxford Handbook to the Literature of the U.S. South and the forthcoming Modern Language Association’s, Approaches to Teaching Flannery O’Connor. Robert Bray has been involved with the Tennessee Williams Festival for over 25 years.  Bray is professor emeritus of English and editor emeritus of The Tennessee Williams Annual Review.  He is the founding director of the Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference and the author/ coauthor/coeditor of four books, including Hollywood’s Tennessee (with R. Barton Palmer) and Modern American Drama on Screen, as well as dozens of articles on Williams.  He has also been instrumental in locating, editing, and helping usher into performance several previously unpublished Williams works, including “The One Exception,” being performed at this year’s festival.   Donna Brazile is a New Orleans native and the author of two books, Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, and Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House. She is a political strategist, adjunct professor, syndicated columnist and television political commentator, and the founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, DC. Rachel Breunlin is the director of the Neighborhood Story Project and the ethnographer-in-residence in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of New Orleans, where she teaches courses in collaborative ethnography and public culture. Since 2004, she has edited and co-written 15 NSP books, and is the editor and producer of Fire in the Hole: The Spirit Work of Fi Yi Yi and the Mandingo Warriors. Douglas Brinkley is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University, CNN’s Presidential Historian, and contributing editor at Vanity Fair.  His recent book Cronkite won the Sperber Prize. The Great Deluge:  Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He received a Grammy Award for Presidential Suite and seven honorary doctorates in American Studies. His two-volume annotated The Nixon Tapes recently won the Arthur S. Link – Warren F. Kuehl Prize.   Greg Brownderville is the author of A Horse with Holes in It and Gust, which made the Poetry Foundation’s Best-Seller List and was included among “Top Picks” by Library Journal. Deep Down in the Delta is his collection of folkloristic poems based on his fieldwork around his home community of Pumpkin Bend, Arkansas. Brownderville has been awarded prizes and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, The Missouri Review, and Prairie Schooner. An associate professor of English and director of Creative Writing at Southern Methodist University, Brownderville edits the Southwest Review. Stephanie Bruno was born and raised in New Orleans and still lives in the 1870s era centerhall house her parents owned when she was born. She has always had a passionate love for New Orleans’ old neighborhoods and their historic houses. She served as the Operation Comeback director at the Preservation Resource Center for 12 years and has written weekly newspaper articles about homes, gardens, and neighborhoods since 2004. She is the author of New Orleans Streets: A Walker’s Guide to Neighborhood Architecture. Alafair Burke is a New York Times bestselling author of 17 novels. Her most recent psychological thriller, The Wife, is being adapted as a feature film. Her previous novel, The Ex, was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel. A graduate of Stanford Law School and a former prosecutor, Burke is a tenured professor at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Her new novel, The Better Sister, will be released in April. Robert Olen Butler has published sixteen novels including his most recent, Perfume River; six volumes of short fiction, including the 1993 Pulitzer Prize-winner, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain; as well as a guide to the creative process, From Where You Dream. In 2013 he received the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. He is a Francis Eppes Distinguished Professor holding the Michael Shaara Chair in Creative Writing at Florida State University. Bryan Camp is a graduate of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop and the University of New Orleans’ Low-Residency MFA program. He started his first novel, The City of Lost MARCH 27-31, 2019 33