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This year's LAL postmark deadline has been extended to Friday, January 19th, due to inclement weather and resultant school closures and delays. Please contact us with questions.

From sending the Smithsonian exhibit Water|Ways to state parks in every corner of the state, to supporting a documentary film on Vietnam veterans in East Tennessee, to hosting the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, Humanities Tennessee’s activities this year have engaged hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans in discovering and being a part of our stories. Help us continue this mission in 2018.

Meet Patrick Shaffner, Humanities Tennessee's newest Program Officer for our Literature & Language programs, including the Southern Festival of Books, Young Writers' Workshops, Salon@615, Student Reader Days, and more.

It was a year of change at the 29th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word. Read a recap of the weekend here. Thank you to everyone who made the Festival possible! 

CLICK HERE for the 2017 Southern Festival of Books schedule. Please check this page regularly, as we will keep session changes posted. Thanks, and we hope to see you on the Plaza!  

Humanities Tennessee offers our support and solidarity to our colleagues at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and all those affected by the recent demonstrations of bigotry and intolerance in Charlottesville...[more] 

CLICK HERE to view the full list of 2017 Southern Festival of Books authors. We will continue to update this list until Festival weekend, Oct. 13-15, so check back regularly! 

We are thrilled to announce that our friends at Parnassus Books will be hosting a very special evening with John Grisham to benefit Humanities Tennessee. 

Join us on Saturday, July 8th, for the 2017 Southern Festival of Books Reveal Party at Parnassus Books. We will be announcing the first author list for this year's festival. The night will include music, hors d'oeuvres, and drinks. Space is limited, so please RSVP here

This year, as we celebrate the 20th annual Tennessee Young Writers' Workshop and the 6th annual Appalachian Young Writers' Workshop, we ask for your support in helping Tennessee's aspiring young writers to find their literary voices and to develop skills that will last them a lifetime. 

The Big Payback annual giving day is returning on Wednesday, May 3rd, and Humanities Tennessee is excited to take part in this monumental event for the fourth time. 

The President's budget calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities and other cultural agencies. It is important both to call and to write legislators to let them know you oppose these cuts. Ideally, they would hear from as many Tennesseans as possible right now to have a sense of how these programs are meaningful to communities all over the state. Save the humanities!

This year's Festival, held Oct. 14-16 in downtown Nashville, featured Pulitzer prize winners, New York Times bestsellers, local, regional, and national authors, and hundreds of volunteers, supporters, and booklovers from all over the country.

2016 Southern Festival of Books Schedule

With major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Southern Festival of Books presents “Our Histories of Race and Ethnicity,” a rich and challenging track of sessions examining the ways in which our ethnic and racial identities shape us as individuals and as members of community. 

Read the work of students who participated in the Appalachian and Tennessee Young Writers’ Workshops this summer.

"The Radicalization of Reconstruction," will air on July 23, 2016 at 6:00pm(EST) and will later be made available online.

The Festival has become one of the most popular literary events in the country, as guests travel to Nashville to experience an abundance of authors and their books, along with food, entertainment and culture.

Young writers from Ooltewah, Knoxville, Memphis, and Germantown shine in this year's contest. Congratulations to all nine winners! Read the winning letters here.

Wilkins joined the HT team as Program Officer in February of 2016. Here he shares a bit about himself and his love of the humanities.