Saints & Sinners Festival Information



The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival was founded in 2003 as a new initiative designed as an innovative way to reach the community with information about HIV/AIDS, particularly disseminating prevention messages via the writers, thinkers and spokes-people of the LGBT community. It was also formed to bring the LGBT literary community together to celebrate the literary arts. The Festival has grown into an internationally-recognized event that brings together a who’s who of LGBT publishers, writers and readers from throughout the United States and beyond. The Festival, held over 4 days each Spring, features panel discussions and master classes around literary topics that provide a forum for authors, editors and publishers to talk about their work for the benefit of emerging writers and the enjoyment of fans of LGBT literature.


WHEN: April 1-3, 2016

WHERE: Hotel Monteleone, French Quarter

WHAT: There will be writing workshops, panels, and master classes, readings, and more! The festival is taking place in conjunction with the Tennessee Williams Festival, and your admission to Saints & Sinners also gets you admission to the Tennessee Williams Festival panels and master classes.

TAG US! Make sure you take photos at the festival and tag us on social media (@tubbyandcoos) as well as the official hashtags #TWF16 and #SASFEST16! You can also tag the festivals at @SASFEST and @TWFestNOLA. Owner Candice Huber will be live tweeting the festivals from the bookstore account, so follow along!

PANELS/FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: Owner Candice Huber will be moderating a panel about genre fiction! Stay tuned for date and time of the panel. We’ll also link to the festival schedule here when it’s officially posted.


This year’s festival speakers include, but are not limited to these friends of the store:

Dorothy Allison, award-winning author of Bastard Out of CarolinaCavedweller, and the upcoming She Who;

‘Nathan Burgoine, author of Light, a Lambda Literary Award finalist (and a Canadian!);

Rob Byrnes, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of six novels, including When the Stars Come Out and the Grant Lambert/Chase LaMarca series of crime capers;

Greg Herren, local, prolific, award-winning author of over 30 novels and 50 short stories, including the Scotty Bradley and Chanse Macleod mysteries;

Candice Huber, owner of the book shop!;

Susan Larson, local host of The Reading Life on WWNO and author of The Booklover’s Guide to New Orleans;

J.M. Redmann, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of the Micky Knight mystery series;

Brad Richard, local award-winning poet and chair of the creative writing program at Lusher Charter High School; and

Jeffrey Ricker, YA fantasy author of The Unwanted.

Other speakers include Rick Barnett, James Currier, Jewelle Gomez, J.D. Horn, Michele Karlsberg, Jeff Mann, and Felice Picano.

For more information on these festival speakers and more, visit the Saints & Sinners Festival website.


Become a member and support the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, showcasing a who’s who of LGBT publishers, writers and readers from throughout the United States and beyond. Special perks will be offered to members during the festival (April 1-3, 2016) and throughout the year! Membership benefits vary, all members receive festival updates via e-newsletter and recognition as a member on the website and in the program (unless you decide to be anonymous).

You can become a member of the festival by clicking here!


You can register for the festival for just $25 (normally $150) as a Tubby & Coo’s patron! Visit the festival registration page for more information and to buy tickets at the discounted price.