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Southern Festival of Books

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Katherine Morrow DePalma

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Katherine Morrow
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The Barefoot Book of Children

James B.

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The Craving Brain: Science, Spirituality, and the Road to Recovery

is the co-author of The Craving Brain: Science, Spirituality, and the Road to Recovery and is in long-term recovery from addiction. He has extensive experience working with men in the early stages of recovery as well as helping individuals of all ages who are at risk of addiction. James is a former sports talk show host with a degree in engineering and an MA in leadership. He currently is the director of operations for a nonprofit organization and works as conference coordinator for a men's organization.

Brian Allison

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Murder & Mayhem in Nashville

has worked in the public history/museum field for around twenty years. His past experience includes curating, public speaking, and creating documentaries. Brian holds a degree from Austin Peay State University in American history. He has also worked as a staff historian for several local museums and served as curator for Traveller's Rest Plantation. Brian is co-author of Tennessee State Penitentiary.

Sarah Combs

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The Light Fantastic

leads writing workshops at a nonprofit literacy center in Lexington, Kentucky, where she lives with her two young sons, two pacifist bird dogs, and her modern-day Atticus Finch of a husband. The Light Fantastic is her second novel for young adults.

Pat Zietlow Miller

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Pat Zietlow
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Sophie's Squash Goes to School

is a children’s book lover and the creative force behind the blog Re

Joseph Bruchac

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Talking Leaves

is a highly acclaimed children’s book author, poet, novelist and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. Co-author with Michael Caduto of the bestselling Keepers of the Earth series, Bruchac’s poems, articles and stories have appeared in hundreds of publications, from Akwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review to National Geographic and Parabola.

Maggie Stiefvater

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The Raven King

is a writer, artist, and musician and the New York Times bestselling author of Shiver, hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as “a lyrical tale,” and by BookPage as “beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” There are more than 1.7 million copies of the trilogy in print.

Margaret Luongo

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History of Art: Stories

is associate professor of English at Miami Univeristy in Ohio, where she teaches creative writing and contemporary fiction. She is the author of If the Heart is Lean, and her work has appeared in Tin House, The Cincinnati Review, Granta, and the Pushcart Prize anthology, among other publications.

Shirley Hall

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The Adventures of Molly the Mouse

is a children’s author who lives in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. Her books include The Adventures of Jumper Jane and The Adventures of Molly the Mouse.

Sarah Hays Coomer

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Sarah Hays
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Lightness of body and Mind: A Radical Approach to Weight and Wellness

is a self-proclaimed "diet abolitionist" and lover of all the yummies. She kind of likes to exercise, kind of not.

Zeneba Bowers

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Tuscany Italy: Small-Town Itineraries for the Foodie Traveler

and her husband Matt Walker are classical musicians who perform in a symphony orchestra and in ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, and can be found on many recordings, both classical and popular. Their schedules are extremely busy and their days are long; when they travel they are looking for ways to leave their stress-filled stage lives behind and slow down the pace. They like to explore out of the way, "undiscovered" towns and sights; and they love to find great food and drink close to its source.

Bill Halton

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Milk and Sugar: The Complete Book of Seersucker

has been a columnist for numerous publications for nearly 30 years. He has been the chair of the editorial board for 4 journals including the ABA Journal, the official publication of the American Bar Association, and the Tennessee Bar Journal. He has written six books on topics ranging from seersucker to civility.

Christine Hale

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A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice: A Memoir in Four Meditations

's prose has appeared in Hippocampus, Arts & Letters, Prime Number, Shadowgraph, and The Sun, among other literary journals. Her debut novel Basil's Dream (Livingston Press 2009) received honorable mention in the 2010 Library of Virginia Literary Awards. Hale has been a finalist for the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers and the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award. Presently, she teaches in the Antioch University-Los Angeles Low-Residency MFA Program, as well as the Great Smokies Writing Program.

Becky Hagenston

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Scavengers: Stories

is the author of A Gram of Mars, which won the Mary McCarthy Prize, and Strange Weather, which won the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Scavengers was chosen by Benjamin Percy as the winner of the Permafrost Book Prize. She is associate professor of English at Mississippi State University.

Yaa Gyasi

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Homegoing: A Novel

was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she held a Dean's Graduate Research Fellowship. She lives in Berkeley, California.