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Southern Festival of Books

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Steven Sherrill

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Steven
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Sherrill
The Minotaur Takes His Own Sweet Time

Associate Professor of English and Integrative Arts, Sherrill writes, paints, teaches, and struggles with his banjo at Penn State Altoona. After receiving a welding diploma from Mitchell Community College (and the passing of a considerable amount of time), he went on to earn an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Fiction in 2002. 

JT Collins

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JT
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Collins
Face in the Mirror

grew up in Malawi, a peaceful country in southeast Africa. In 1980, she moved back to the USA to continue her education. She now works as a business consultant through Infoworks, Inc. based in Nashville, Tennessee. JT started writing in March 2008. Face in the Mirror is inspired by her personal story of growing up as the lesbian daughter of Southern Baptist missionaries.

Katy Simpson Smith

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Katy Simpson
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Smith
Free Men: A Novel

received a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She lives in New Orleans.

Leanne Smith

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Leanne
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Smith
Leaving Independence

teaches in the College of Business at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and a son-in-law. Leanne believes that when something calls to you, you should journey toward it. This is her first book.

Anderson Spickard

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Anderson
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Spickard
The Craving Brain: Science, Spirtuality, and the Road to Recovery

is professor of medicine, emeritus at Vanderbilt University, and has more than four decades of experience treating alcoholics and other addicts. He was the founder of the Vanderbilt Center for Professional Health.

Clay Stafford

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Clay
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Stafford
Killer Nashville Noir: Cold-Blooded

has written articles, poetry, essays, novel adaptations, TV series, feature films, nonfiction books, live theater, book and film reviews, and newspaper articles. He sold his first short story when he was ten. Since then, his retellings of American children's classics released through Dalmatian Press have sold over 1.5 million copies. His films and literary works have been released in more than 14 languages. He has written for PBS, NBC, CBS, ABC, and Esquire Magazine, among others.

Ann Redisch Stampler

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Ann Redisch
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Stampler
How to Disappear

is the author of the young adult novels Afterparty and Where It Began as well as half a dozen picture books. Her work has garnered an Aesop Accolade, the National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor Honors, the Middle East Book Award, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year mentions. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, Rick.

Tiana Clark

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Tiana
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Clark
Equilibrium

is the author of the chapbook Equilibrium, selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. She is the winner of the 2016 Academy of American Poets Prize and 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. Tiana is currently an MFA candidate at Vanderbilt University, where she serves as the Poetry Editor for Nashville Review. She has received scholarships to The Sewanee Writers' Conference and The New Harmony Writers Workshop.

Laura Stampler

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Laura
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Stampler
Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies

is a Californian-turned-New Yorker. After graduating from Stanford University, she became a journalist, interning - and then worked on staff at various newspapers and magazines. Laura has written about everything from dating to social media stars to social justice issues at Time, Business Insider, Huffington Post, The Nation, The New Republic, and The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. When she isn't writing, she's probably looking at pug gifs on the Internet.

Christina Stoddard

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Christina
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Stoddard
Hive (Wisconsin Poetry Series)

grew up in Tacoma, Washington, as a member of the Mormon church. She earned an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was the Fred Chappell Fellow. She is currently the managing editor of an economics journal at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Ira Sukrunguang

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Ira
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Sukrunguang
The Melting Season and Other Stories

the author of the memoirs Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy and Southside Buddhist, and the poetry collection, In Thailand It Is NightSouthside Buddhist is the winner of the American Book Award and was awarded a bronze metal from the Florida Book Awards. His work has appeared in many journals, including Creative Nonficiton, Brevity, Post Road, North American Review, and Shambhala Sun.

Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth
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Taylor
Camp Forrest (Images of America)

has a doctorate in public administration and has researched the many impacts of Camp Forrest both abroad and on the home front. She currently maintains the Camp Forrest website and welcomes individuals to contact her with stories, comments, and photographs. The images included in this title were obtained from the National Archives and Records Administration and private collections.

Jeanie Thompson

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Jeanie
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Thompson
The Myth of Water: Poems from the Life of Helen Keller

is the author of six poetry collections, and has been published in numerous journals. She teaches at Spalding University's brief-residency MFA in Writing program and is the founding executive director of the Alabama Writer's Forum, a statewide literary arts service organization.

Fred Thompson

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Fred
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Thompson
Bacon: A Savor the South Cookbook

is a well-known cookbook author and editor of Edible Piedmont magazine, and the author of Fred Thompson's Southern Sides: 250 Dishes That Really Make the Plate, among other books.

Jon Tribble

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Jon
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Tribble
Natural State

is the managing editor of Crab Orchard Review and the series editor of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry published by Southern Illinois University Press. He is the recipient of a 2003 Artist Fellowship Award in Poetry from the Illinois Arts Council and his poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, including Ploughshares. Poetry, Crazyhorse, Quarterly West, and The Jazz Poetry Anthology. His work was selected as the 2001 winner of the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize from Sarah Lawrence College.