With a roster that includes some of America's most respected writers and commentators, the sixth annual Walker Percy Weekend festival returns to St. Francisville. Always featuring fine food, live music, walking tours, craft beer and bourbon, the annual festival dedicated Southern literature, culture and thought guarantees a unique weekend in one of Louisiana's loveliest small towns.
• DAVID BROOKS is a columnist for The New York Times and author of many bestselling books. His next book, "The Second Mountain: The Quest For A Moral Life," will be published in April 2019.
• J.D. VANCE is author of Hillbilly Elegy, a bestselling 2016 memoir about growing up poor in Appalachia. The book is soon to become a major motion picture directed by Ron Howard.
• WALTER ISAACSON is a journalist and author who has written biographies of Leonardo da Vinci, Steve Jobs, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and Henry Kissinger. Mr. Isaacson will talk about Walker Percy's Theory of Hurricanes and Everyday Life.
• JESSICA HOOTEN WILSON teaches literature and humanities at John Brown University. Over the years she has emerged as one of the most popular presenters at Walker Percy Weekend.
• TOM KEY is an Atlanta theatre director and playwright who adapted Walker Percy's The Moviegoer and Lost In The Cosmos for the stage. He will speak on the meaning of Lost In The Cosmos for contemporary American culture, and the role of art -- particularly theatre -- in building community in a fragmenting society.
• ROD DREHER is a West Feliciana native and author of two New York Times bestsellers, including The Benedict Option (2017) and his memoir about growing up in West Feliciana, and "The Little Way of Ruthie Leming" (2013).
• A Friday evening "Lost Under the Oaks Gala" reception and cocktail party staged under majestic oaks. The event includes music under the oaks, wine and beer, and an opulent buffet . 7 pm to 10 pm. In the event of rain, it moves into Jackson Hall at Grace Episcopal Church.
• A Saturday series of Lectures and Panel Discussions on themes explored in Percy's books ,
• A Saturday-afternoon Progressive Front-Porch Tour and Bourbon Tasting with readings, inspired by Percy's essay on drinking Bourbon, Neat. 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Stroll with bourbon in hand between several private porches in St. Francisville's historic district. . Must be 21 or over to attend.
• Saturday evening: Crawfish Boil: Back by popular demand: The authentic Louisiana crawfish boil including cash bar with selection of local craft beers, returns. 7:30 pm–10:30 pm on Prosperity Street.
Registration will begin at 3:00 pm Friday at the Conundrum Bookstore, located at 11917 Ferdinand Street. Come to the bookstore to register, receive tickets and wristbands, and gather information on area dining, accommodation, and attractions.
Access All Areas: An all-inclusive ticket is available for $ 225.00 beginning February 1.
Social Tickets: A ticket providing access to all social events—the Friday night cocktail party and dinner, and Saturday's Bourbon Tour and Crawfish Boil events. No panels included. $ 160.00 after Feb 1, 2019.
Individual Tickets: Tickets to attend individual events, including lectures and panel discussions, the Lost Under the Oaks cocktail party, Bourbon Tour, and Crawfish and Craft Beer events will be available May 1 only if there is space remaining after All-Inclusive tickets have been available from Feb 1 to May 1. Space is limited. In the past, tickets sold out weeks in advance. Arrive early to panel discussions to secure a seat.
* There will be a $25 (per order) cancellation fee charged on refunds issued between April 1 and May 19, 2019. No refunds will be issued after May 19th, 2019.