The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written WordSM is a three-day Festival celebrated each year during the second full weekend of October. It is free and open to the public. No advance registration or tickets are required. All seating is on a first-come basis.
The Festival annually welcomes more than 200 authors from throughout the nation and in every genre for readings, panel discussions and book signings. Book lovers have the opportunity to hear from and meet some of America's foremost writers in fiction, history, mystery, food, biography, travel, poetry and children's literature among others.
About the Southern Festival of Books
Join us this fall for the 28th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word.
Friday, October 14th, 2016: 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 15th, 2016: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 16th, 2016: 12:00-5:00 p.m.
The festival is free and open to the public. No advance registration or tickets are required. All seating is on a first-come basis. Read more...
Plan Your Visit
Events for Children and Young Adults
The SFB loves kids and kids love the SFB! The Festival has events for all ages including panel sessions with renowned children’s and young adult authors, musicians, storytellers, artists, and your favorite book characters. Learn more...
Authors in the Round Dinner
Eat, drink and be literary! The 2016 dinner will take place Friday, October 14, at historic War Memorial Auditorium. We welcome 40 guest authors for an evening of dining, literary conversation, and celebration of the written word. Authors in the Round was founded in 2008 and has quickly become a signature event in Nashville and a vital part of the Festival fundraising effort. Learn more...
This Year's Authors
The Festival would not be a success without the participation of about 400 volunteers, donors, corporate and foundation sponsors, and local businesses and organizations that support the event. There are numerous ways to get involved with the SFB. Read more...
If you are a bookseller, publisher, press, literacy organization, or a company with book-related products, we invite you to exhibit. Join us!