Authors in the Round was founded in 2008 by Jean Bottorff, and has quickly become a signature event in Nashville and a vital part of the Festival fundraising effort. The dinner takes place on the Friday of the Festival weekend at the historic War Memorial Auditorium. Guests mingle and dine with 40 Festival authors for an evening of literary conversation and celebration of the written word. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails under the stars in the courtyard. For dinner, each table is paired with an author, and each guest at the table receives a copy of the author’s book. The evening concludes with specialty drinks in the courtyard.
Authors participating in 2013 included: Tom Franklin, Kevin Henkes, Jill McCorkle, Lee Smith, Jonathan Tropper, and Meg Wolitzer. A full list of participating authors may be found here. Tickets are $200 each and $1,600 for a table of eight. A portion of your ticket purchase is tax-deductible and all proceeds benefit the Southern Festival of Books.
The Seventh Annual Authors in the Round dinner takes place on October 10, 2014. If you’d like to purchase individual tickets please contact Alexis@HumanitiesTennessee.org. If you're interested in purchasing a table or sponsoring the event, please contact Jennifer@HumanitiesTennessee.org or see the Authors in the Round Sponsorship Packet.
Special thanks to the 2013 Co-Chairs, Neil Hemphill and Helen Hemphill, Founding Chair, Jean Bottorff, and the many volunteers who make Authors in the Round possible.