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New Orleans book festival canceled by COVID on for October

July 3, 2021 GMT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans book festival debut that was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic has been rescheduled for October.

And most of the authors scheduled for March 2020 will be there, Walter Isaacson, co-chair of the New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University, told The Times-Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate.

They include journalist Malcolm Gladwell, legal mystery novelist John Grisham and humorist Roy Blount, Jr. They also include Isaacson, a history and ethics professor at Tulane. His most recent book, “The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race,” was a New York Times nonfiction No. 1 best-seller when it was released in March.

The festival had scheduled more than 80 authors and was planning for 30,000 attendees when it was canceled weeks before its original date.

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Officials say more than 100 national, regional and local writers will participate Oct. 21-23 in the festival, which will include panel discussions, workshops and book fairs.

The festival at Tulane is an expansion of a free event that started in 2010 and was held at other venues. The expanded festival also is free, but tickets will be required for some events.