This evening, April 6, Joan Didion will speak at Tulane University in McAlister Auditorium at 7pm. Her visit is expected to fill the venue and it’s highly recommended that those interested in attending the event arrive early. The doors will open at 6:00pm.
Personally, I’m enthused for the event to finally be underway. Her visit, and the work planning and leading up to it, has been the culmination of work of the Literary Event Management class and the greater Tulane faculty for months now. Posters have been tacked up throughout the city, local high schools in the community visited, radio announcements broadcasted, and newspaper advertisements published, each of which has presented their own unique set of challenges. So, by the way, if anyone has been confused by recent, conflicting advertisements in one of the publications we chose to advertise in: The event has NOT already occurred, in fact, it’s tonight at 7PM in McAllister Auditorium on Tulane’s campus.
Let me give directions:
If you’re headed from I-10W I suggest you take the Carlton Exit. Then follow Carlton until you hit St. Charles. If you’re not familiar with the city of New Orleans, then remember: do not over shoot St. Charles and take it too far to River Rd. Just turn left as soon as you cross over Streetcar tracks, or as soon as you pass La Madeleine on your left. Next, follow St. Charles all the way to Broadway St., Turn left and drive about ½ a mile until you reach Freret St. From here you will take a right turn and drive until you reach Willow. Then turn left and find the next available parking space. McAlister Auditorium will be on your right side.
If you’re driving from I-10E please follow the directions above once you exit onto Carlton.
If you’re a local New Orleans resident, I suggest you take Claiborne as traffic could be a problem. Once you reach Broadway turn onto the street driving towards the Tulane campus. You will drive until you reach Freret and then turn left following the street to Willow where you will make a left hand turn. McAllister Auditorium will be on your right, find parking as soon as possible.
Other suggested parking spots: Tulane Library, Audubon Blvd, Calhoun St (though it may be a walk).
In 2007, Didion was honored with the National Book Foundation’s prestigious Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, joining the ranks of literary legends like Norman Mailer, Arthur Miller, Eudora Welty, Philip Roth and John Updike.
Didion’s visit is the third in Tulane’s annual Great Writer Series, sponsored by the Creative Writing Fund of the Department of English. Since its establishment in 2006, the Creative Writing Fund has enhanced literary programming both at Tulane and in New Orleans, hosting visits by Toni Morrison in 2007 and Salman Rushdie in 2008.