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2016 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.

Jennie Bentley

 is the author of the New York Times bestselling Do-It-Yourself Home Renovation mysteries from Penguin/Berkley Prime Crime, featuring Avery Baker, a textile designer, and Avery's boyfriend Derek Ellis, a handyman, who renovate houses in fictitious Waterfield, Maine. As Jenna Bennett, she writes the Cutthroat Business mysteries, featuring realtor and Southern Belle Savannah Martin.

Scared Money
Robert Blagojevich

was born and raised in Chicago and received his MA in East European studies and economics. After leaving active duty with the US Army, he continued in the US Army Reserves while working in the financial services industry. He is currently a small business owner in Nashville.

Fundraiser A: My Fight for Freedom and Justice
Ashley Herring Blake

lives in Nashville with her husband and two boys. She has worked as a songwriter and performer, substitute teacher, barista, ABA therapist, and a special education teacher in a private school for kids with autism.

Suffer Love
Kendare Blake

holds an MA in creative writing from Middlesex University in northern London. She is the author of Anna Dressed in Blood, a Cybils Award finalist; Girl of NightmaresAntigoddess; Mortal Gods; and Ungodly. Her books have been translated into eighteen languages, have been featured on multiple best-of-year lists, and have received many regional and librarian awards. Kendare lives and writes in Kent, Washington.

Three Dark Crowns
Martina Boone

was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them. She's the founder of, a Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and, a site devoted to encouraging literacy and all things YA Series. From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and Auggie the wonder dog, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she'd love to visit. When she isn't writing, she's addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate lavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.

Bryan Borland

is the founder and publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press, an independent publishing house based in Little Rock, Arkansas, whose goal is to develop, promote, and market underground artistic talent-those who don't quite fit into the mainstream. As a poet, Bryan writes primarily narrative poems that create portraits of moments through words. He enjoys runs with his husband, Seth Pennington.

Zeneba Bowers

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.

Tuscany Italy: Small-Town Itineraries for the Foodie Traveler
CANCELED:Susan Boyer

has been making up stories her whole life. She tags along with her husband on business trips whenever she can because hotels are great places to write: fresh coffee all day and cookies at 4 p.m. They have a home in Greenville, SC, which they occasionally visit. Susan's short fiction has appeared in moonShine ReviewSpinetingler Magazine, Relief Journal, The Petigru Review, and Catfish Stew. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, was the 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense recipient and an RWA Golden Heart finalist.

Lowcountry Boil: A Liz talbot Mystery
CANCELED Kathy Bradley

lives and writes in Bulloch County, Georgia. She received the Will Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction in 2010 and for which she was named 2012 Georgia Author of the Year. She is alumna of Wesleyan College and the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. Bradly serves as assistant district attorney for the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit.

Wandering Toward Center: Essays