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2015 SFB Authors

Below is the list of authors scheduled to appear at this year's Southern Festival of Books. This list is sorted alphabetically and then is broken into multiple pages. If you would like a one-page version of this list (in order to print the entire list, for example), please click here.

Corban Addison

holds degrees in law and engineering from the University of Virginia and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. After completing a federal clerkship, Addison began his career specializing in corporate law and litigation. He has an abiding interest in international human rights, and is a supporter of numerous causes, including the abolition of modern slavery. He lives with his wife and two children in Virginia.


From The Ashes: Novels of Justice and Hope at Home and Abroad
Corban Addison, Kimberly Belle
Saturday, October 10, 2:00-3:00 pm
Conf. Room 2, Nashville Public Library

The Tears of Dark Water
Kwame Alexander

is a poet, author of 18 books, and recipient of the 2015 Newbery Medal for his novel, The Crossover. The founder of two literacy organizations, Book-in-a-Day and LEAP for Ghana, he regularly travels the world conducting writing/publishing workshops at schools and conferences. Kwame has owned several publishing companies, written for stage and television (TLC's "Hip Hop Harry"), recorded a CD, produced jazz and book festivals, hosted a radio show, worked for the U.S. Government, and taught high school. In 2015, Kwame will serve as the Bank Street College of Education's first writer-in-residence.      


The Crossover
Kwame Alexander
Saturday, October 10, 3:30-4:30 pm
War Memorial Auditorium

The Crossover
Tammy Algood

is a food personality on Nashville's local ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox affiliates, as well as statewide on PBS. You can hear her food reports and commentary on Nashville radio networks, Clear Channel, and NPR. She conducts cooking schools at various Tennessee wineries and has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers.


Sunday Dinner and Outdoor Entertaining: Meals that Bring People Together
Tammy Algood, April McKinney
Friday, October 9, 2:00-3:00 pm
Room 30, Legislative Plaza

Sunday Dinner in the South: Recipes to Keep Them Coming Back for More
Rahimeh Andalibian

was born in the city of Mashhad, Iran. When she was nine years old, in the wake of the Iranian Revolution and in the midst of the Iran-Iraq war, her family moved first to London, then immigrated to the United States in 1986. Rahimeh attained her Doctorate in Psychology at the age of 24 and since has been a systemic psychologist practicing in California and now in New York City specialization in trauma with nearly two decades of work with families, couples, children, and groups.


The Political is Personal: Memoirs of Iran and Pakistan
Rafia Zakaria, Rahimeh Andalibian

Friday, October 9, 3:30-4:30 pm
Conf. Room 1A-B, Nashville Public Library

The Rose Hotel: A Memoir of Secrets, Loss and Love from Iran to America
Lou Anders

drew on his adventures traveling across Europe in his teens and twenties to write Nightborn, combining these experiences with his love of globe-trotting adventure fiction. However, he has yet to ride a wyvern. With the addition of characters Desstra and Tanthal, Anders hopes that the second book in the Thrones and Bones series will continue to appeal to boy and girl readers equally. Anders is the recipient of a Hugo Award for editing and a Chesley Award for art direction. He has published over five hundred articles and  stories on science fiction and fantasy television and literature.  He and his family reside in Birmingham, Alabama. You can visit Anders on Facebook or on Twitter @Thronesandbones.


Lou Anders

Saturday, October 10, 12:00-1:00 pm
Room 30, Legislative Plaza

Andi Arndt

is an Audie-nominated narrator of over fifty titles, including Invisible City by Julia Dahl, The Good Girl by Mary Kubica, and The Devil You Know by Elisabeth de Mariaffi. She records in her Harrisonburg, Virginia home studio.


The Voice of the Story: Inside the World of Audiobook Narrators
Andi Arndt, Melissa Reizian Frank
Saturday, October 10, 10:00-11:00 am
Room 30, Legislative Plaza


Aaron Astor

is associate professor of history at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee, where he has lived and taught since 2007. Astor earned his PhD in history at Northwestern University (Illinois) in 2006 and his BA in philosophy from Hamilton College (NY) in 1995. He is currently the president of the East Tennessee Civil War Alliance. He serves on the board of the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, Blount County Historical Museum, and the Blount Historic Trust.


Footsoldiers and Strategists in the American Civil War
Aaron Astor, Timothy Johnson, Gary W. Waddey
Friday, October 9, 1:30-3:00 pm
Commons Room, Nashville Public Library

The Civil War Along Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau
John Baeder

, one of our most important contemporary painters, is known for his unusual subject matter, often associated with roadside architecture, especially diners. The popularity of Baeder’s diner paintings and the spectacular sales of both editions of his book, Diners, spawned an avalanche of imitators. Baeder has been much more than a “diner painter,” however, as shown by his original roadside photographs, his sign series, paintings of small-town America, Nashville and Southern images, classic Las Vegas casinos, and other subjects from the heyday of 20th-century automobile-oriented culture.


John Baeder's Road Well Taken
John Baeder
Friday, October 9, 12:00-1:00 pm
Room 31, Legislative Plaza

John Baeder's Road Well Taken
KB Ballentine

teaches English and theatre arts to high school and college students when she's not writing. She received a 2007 prize from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund.



Writing for the Eye, Writing for the Ear
Maggi Britton Vaughn, KB Ballentine, Jeff Hardin, Marilyn Kallet
Saturday, October 10, 3:30-5:00 pm
Room 12, Legislative Plaza

What Comes of Waiting