Bill Gates joins Book Fest lineup

Martha Sanchez, News Editor

Bill Gates is headlining the Tulane Book Festival in March along with famous writers, journalists and professors. (Martha Sanchez)

In March, they will all arrive on campus: the writers, the journalists, the Pulitzer prize winners. 

And now, a billionaire. 

Bill Gates, the famed founder of Microsoft, is coming to Tulane University for the 2023 Book Festival.

The announcement adds Gates to a crowd of authors already set to speak, including legendary reporter Carl Bernstein, former-New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet and novelist Richard Ford. 

Not enough? Writers Walter Mosley, Sarah Broom and Malcolm Gladwell have also joined the 2023 ranks. James Carville, the Louisiana-born political commentator, and Tulane business professor Peter Ricchiuti will speak too. 

Other names announced this week include Nick Spitzer, Sharon Epperson, Christopher John Farley, Gary Ginsberg, Claudia Gray, Richard Haass, Douglas Harris and Ben Jealous. 

Those authors will join New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, historian Annette Gordon-Reed and New Yorker satirist Andy Borowitz, among others. 

Gates will discuss his books “How To Prevent The Next Pandemic” and “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.” 

The book festival takes place March 9-11. It is free and includes food, music and a family day to promote literacy. The Preservation All-Stars will end the weekend with a music performance. 

The festival will also highlight Tulane authors, including English professors T.R. Johnson and Thomas Beller, architecture professors Richard Campanella and Jesse Keenan, history professor Rien Fertel, law professor Amy Gajda and university spokesman Michael Strecker.

This March marks the second year Tulane has hosted the event. 

The complete list of authors is at

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