Oh to escape into the wonderful world of books. Over the years, we each grow a deep passion for the authors behind our favorite stories who seem to know us without any introduction. The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written World offers the opportunity to meet some of your favorite storytellers with 3 days of readings (October 14-16), panel discussions, and book signings at War Memorial Plaza.
Some of the authors include Megan Abbott (who wrote You Will Know Me), William Akers (who wrote Mrs. Ravenbach’s Way), Nan Corbitt Allen (who wrote Small Potatoes and Tuesdays at the Piggly Wiggly), Bill Anderson (who wrote Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music), Ann Patchett (who wrote Commonwealth), Donald Ray Pollock (who wrote The Heavenly Table), Kix Brooks (who wrote Cookin’ It with Kix: The Art of Celebrating and the Fun of Outdoor Cooking), J.T. Ellison (who wrote Field of Graves [A Taylor Jackson Novel]), Sean Patrick Flanery (who wrote Jane, Two: A Novel), Peter Guralnick (who wrote Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock n Roll), Katy Simpson Smith (who wrote Free Men: A Novel), and tons more. See the full list.
CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG ADULT AUTHORS
Kids will be happy to learn that Kwame Alexander, famous for The Crossover, will be at the festival. Same with Sharon Cameron behind Rook, Robert Beatty who wrote Serafina and the Black Cloak, and so many more children’s and young adult authors. See more.
AUTHORS IN THE ROUND DINNER
Up to 40 authors will sit down with fans for a nice dinner during the signature Authors in the Round Dinner on October 14. The evening begins with cocktails under the stars in the courtyard of War Memorial Auditorium, followed by dinner where each table is paired with a different author and a copy of their book for guests to take home. Find information on tickets.
LIVE MUSIC & PERFORMANCES
It’s not a Nashville party without live music, and rest assured the Southern Festival of Books will have a Music Stage where some of the area’s most talented songwriters and poets will perform. Plus, they will have an Artober Performance Stage highlight readings and literary performances, and the Youth Stage with appearances by favorite characters, musicians, artists, and storytellers.
See more at: humanitiestennessee.org.