David Simon, creator of TV's The Wire and Treme, is among the many panelists and guest speakers at the 2014 Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival. (Simon's wife Laura Lippman also was announced a panelist at the festival.) Simon joins a music-centric panel with author Tom Piazza and singer-songwriter Luke Winslow-King discussing "Sing Me a Story, Tell Me a Song: When Writing Demands Melody":
There’s a reason why the best writing is easy on the ears. Language began as an aural tradition. In Western literature, the relationship between storytelling and melody dates back to the lyric poems of antiquity. That may be why Bob Dylan — who has won every music award on the planet — appears to have a chance to win a Nobel Prize for Literature. But when do popular songs rate as literature?
Gwen Thompkins, host of WWNO-FM's “Music Inside Out,” hosts the panel.
The annual festival celebrating the New Orleans playwright runs March 19-23. Theater programming includes The NOLA Project staging Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Southern Rep's Night of the Iguana. There also are one act plays and dozens of panels, readings and other events — including, of course, the annual "Stella!" and "Stanley!" shouting contests (at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, March 23 in Jackson Square).