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2014 Southern Festival of Books Highlights the Best of Fall in the South

Event Brings Together Art, Music and Food for a Free Weekend of Family-Friendly Fun
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As the colors of summer fade to fall, Nashville’s War Memorial Plaza and the downtown Nashville Public Library come to life in celebration of the written word. The Southern Festival of Books, widely recognized as a fixture of fall in the South, will take place Oct. 10-12.
The 2014 program welcomes back festival favorites and introduce new, literal and digital, opportunities for festival-goers to interact with the arts.
  • Billed as “television for serious readers,” C-SPAN’s Book TV will be recording sessions at the Festival all weekend. Book TV is part of C-SPAN’s broader In Your Community Program, which travels around the country featuring interesting literary communities.
  • Rocking and rolling onto Capitol Blvd. on Saturday of the Festival is the Third Man Rolling Record Store, carrying limited edition Third Man vinyl releases, as well as exclusive Third Man Rolling Record Store t-shirts and tote bags. Third Man Records is an independent record label founded by musician and music producer Jack White, which releases White’s and label artist albums and singles primarily on vinyl record.
  • Bringing all the action to your fingertips, the new Southern Festival of Books mobile application allows attendees to browse the author list, customize their own schedule, identify the “essentials,” and by essentials we mean food trucks and tents, get the latest Festival news, and of course, donate. Available for Apple and Android, the application also includes a count-down clock for the fervent follower and a forecast feature to preview the crisp fall weather. The mobile application is powered by the Convention & Visitors Corp.
Three stages bring performances as vibrant and diverse as the book lovers in attendance.
  • The Music Stage will pay homage to the Festival’s Music City roots with live Bluegrass, Folk, Country and Americana singer-songwriter performances.
  • The newly created Artober Nashville Stage combines Humanities Tennessee’s Chapter 16 initiative with Metro Arts’ Artober celebration to bring a full weekend of programming with local theater groups, spoken word and performance artists.
  • The Youth Stage highlights storytellers, musicians, poets, songwriters, hands-on crafts and classic book characters to encourage reading, creating and sharing stories and singing for kids and kids-at-heart alike.
Participate in one of the weekend’s literary inspired pursuits.
  • Leave no book unread, booth unexplored or food truck untested! The Festival is happy to announce the return of the Instagram Scavenger Hunt. Festival programs include a list of items to find and photograph, and participants will upload their photo hunt entries to Instagram with the hashtag #SFBphotohunt. At the end of the weekend, participants with the most entries win a free item from the merchandise tent.
  • Movin,’ groovin’ and schoolin’ around the plaza will be the always-cool Pete the Cat of the Pete the Cat book series. Knocked from her mother’s safe embrace by an attacking owl, our favorite bat Stellaluna will land smack dab in the middle of War Memorial Plaza for the Southern Festival of Books. Can you find these larger than life characters? We may just find out during the Instagram Scavenger Hunt.
As you navigate through the wide variety of Plaza activities, browse the more than 50 exhibitor booths from all across the country that line the plaza perimeter, including the New York Times, the Oxford American: The Southern Magazine of Good Writing and many more.
Before ducking into some of the more than 150 author sessions throughout the weekend, be sure to visit the Parnassus Books book sales tent to purchase books from our 2014 Festival authors, with an opportunity to get them signed after each session. A portion of the proceeds from book sales benefits the Festival.
** Programming note: Maureen Corrigan has been added to the 2014 Southern Festival of Books author line-up. Corrigan is the book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air, Critic-in-Residence at Georgetown University and the winner of the Edgar Award for Criticism. She will be at the Festival with her book So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to be and Why It Endures.
Once your creativity is satisfied and your tummy starts rumbling, enjoy refreshments, or “essentials,” from a wide variety of Nashville’s famed food trucks and tents, including Crepe a Diem, Yayo's OMG, Deg Thai, Slow & Low BBQ, Provence Breads & Café, Crankee's Pizza, Bolton’s Hot Chicken and Fish and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.
Visit for more information on the 26th annual Southern Festival of Books, including the star-studded author line-up and schedule. For updates on exciting plaza activities and contests, connect with the Southern Festival of Books on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
About the Southern Festival of Books
The Southern Festival of Books is presented by Humanities Tennessee, a non-profit organization that promotes humanities education across Tennessee. The festival is proudly sponsored by the National Endowment for Humanities, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Ingram Content Group, Ingram Industries, Target, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Nashville Scene, AWC Family Foundation, Nashville Public Library, Parnassus Books of Nashville, Tennessee Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, Oxford American, The Memorial Foundation, Vanderbilt University, and Nashville Arts Magazine.
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