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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. 

Humanities Tennessee is pleased to announce a series of public discussions that explore the experiences of Tennessee Muslims in daily and civic life.

Five-year statewide initiative will change the way we see and do women’s history in Tennessee

The studio's The Glass Menagerie production was named “Best Revival of an American Classic” by the Nashville Scene. On February 26, Humanities Tennessee will present a post-show conversation as part of our Pulitzer programming. 


Humanities TN is honored to receive a grant for $18,250 from the Pulitzer Prize board of directors to conduct programming throughout Tennessee  in 2016 related to the 100th anniversary of the prestigious awards.

"School visits inspire and energize - and not just the students! I walk away a better writer every time I get to meet readers."

Fernandez joined the HT team as Office Administrator in April of 2015. Here she shares a bit about herself and her love of the humanities. 

It takes a year to produce the Festival, and a few hours to pack it all up on Sunday night. This year, as every year, we are profoundly grateful to the organizations, donors, volunteers and writers who made it all happen once again. We hope you made it your Festival, and we’ll do it again next year! 

Poet Bobby C. Rogers, a professor at Union University in Jackson, has received the prestigious 2015 Witter Bynner Fellowship. Rogers will be honored at a reading and reception on Tues., Nov. 17 at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The event is free to the public and begins with at 6:30 pm. 

4th-12th graders are encouraged to READ!, BE INSPIRED!, and WRITE! Entry deadline is January 11, 2016.

Humanitites Tennessee and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities are pleased to present this special track of sessions at the 27th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word, October 9-11, 2015.

Humanities Tennessee presents the 2nd annual Literary Death Match, a fundraiser for the Southern Festival of Books. Literary Death Match presents a  thrilling mix of four famous and emerging authors who perform their most electric writing in seven minutes or less before a lively audience and a panel of three all-star judges. 

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Read about the exciting events coming up as part of the Southern Festival of Books, October 9-11 in downtown Nashville.