I’m really, really (no really) looking forward to going to New Orleans again next month for the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival. I’ve gone every year since 2009 (my first time was in 2004), and in addition to the pure unadulterated joy that comes from seeing my friends Greg and ‘Nathan there, a lot of my success as a writer is tied to that conference and the people I’ve met at it. Over at my Red Room page, I talk a lot more about why I love it, and why New Orleans is one of the least likely places in the country that I would love. (And yet I do.) Check it out.