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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word announces this year’s lineup of popular and acclaimed children’s and youth authors and entertainers for the 26th anniversary event in Nashville, Oct. 10-12. The free, three-day program highlights storytellers, musicians, poets, songwriters, hands-on crafts and classic book characters to encourage reading and creative collaboration.
The Southern Festival of Books has a strong following and reputation for assembling award-winning and popular children’s and young adult authors. 2014 authors include Katherine Applegate (Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla), Box Brown (Andre the Giant, Life and Legend), Jasper Fforde (The Eye of Zoltar), Ellen Hopkins (Rumble), Varian Johnson (The Great Greene Heist), Eric Litwin (The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House) and Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming). 
Movin,’ groovin’ and schoolin’ around the plaza will be the larger-than-life and 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 and Where’s Waldo will keep 
attendees guessing where he will show up next! 
Operating on Saturday and Sunday of the Festival, the Youth Stage features special activities for children of all ages.
The stage features readings from the Tennessee Young Writers’ Workshop, live music from singer, songwriter 
and musician Bill Crosby and a writing workshop led by A Novel Idea. A full schedule of events for the youth stage is 
The Youth Stage is one of three live performance stages at the Festival:
  • 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. 
For stage updates and announcements, connect with the festival on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and 
Instagram @SoFestBooks. The full Southern Festival of Books line-up and schedule and detailed information about 
each author can be found online at
2014 Youth Stage Schedule Preview
*subject to change*
Saturday, Oct. 11
10:15 a.m. Tennessee Young Writers’ Workshop Readings
11 a.m. Hansel and Gretel Puppet Show by the Nashville Public Library
Puppet Truck
Noon Bill Crosby, singer, songwriter and musician
1 p.m. Ashley Bramlett, Otis Goes to School
2 p.m. Poetry Out Loud, student participants from the 2014 contest perform
3 p.m. Where’s Waldo scavenger hunt winner drawing
3:15 p.m. Party with Stellaluna
4 p.m. Writing Workshop led by A Novel Idea
5 p.m. TBA
Sunday, Oct. 12
Noon Julie Hedlund and Susan Eaddy, story starters and clay craft kits 
1 p.m. Mark Wayne Adams, Art of Journaling
3 p.m. Where’s Waldo scavenger hunt winner drawing
3:15 p.m. Party with Pete the Cat
4 p.m. TBA