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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.

Kelly Oliver

is W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. Her many books include Earth and World: Philosophy After the Apollo Missions; Knock Me Up, Knock Me Down: Images of Pregnancy in Hollywood Film; Animal Lessons: How They Teach Us to Be Human; and Women as Weapons of War: Iraq, Sex, and the Media. She has published in The New York Times, and has been interviewed on ABC television news, various radio programs, and Canadian Broadcasting network.

Hunting Girls: Sexual Violence from The Hunger Games to Campus Rape Wolf
David Olney

 is an international recording artist, performer, songwriter and published poet living in Nashville, TN. His weekly “You Never Know” Songwriter Series videos – where he performs a song and share the story behind it – post every Tuesday online. His intelligent compositions have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Ann Rabson, Steve Young and many others.

A Month of Sonnets
Dorothy Padgett

organized the Carter presidential campaign effort known as the Peanut Brigade. During the Carter Administration, she was appointed assistant chief of Protocol at the State Department. Padgett is a former member of the Democratic National Committee, the Georgia Council for the Arts, and the Metropolitan Mental Health Association. She presently serves on The Carter Center Board of Councilors. Padgett lives in historic downtown Douglasville, Georgia.

Jimmy Carter: Elected President with Pocket Change and Peanuts
William Page

graduating from Columbia Military Academy, he worked briefly as salesman, mechanic, and assistant motion picture theater manager. After serving four years in the US Air Force, he earned advanced degrees in Tennessee and Ohio and taught for state universities of Texas, Alabama, Ohio, and Tennessee, retiring from Memphis State University, where he was an associate professor in the creative writing program and founder of the nationally acclaimed Memphis State Review, subsequently entitled River City Review and The Pinch, now in its 36th year of publication. Page’s previous collections are Clutch Plates (1976), The Gatekeeper (1982), Bodies Not Our Own (1986), for which he received a Walter R. Smith Distinguished Book Award, and William Page Greatest Hits 1970-2000 (2001). His poems have appeared widely in such journals as The North American Review, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, and The Sewanee Review, and in numerous anthologies. His work has been highly praised by eminent poets and critics, including Laurence Lieberman, James Dickey, and Diane Wakoski.

In This Maybe Best of All Possible Worlds
William Page

grew up in a small town in the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee.After serving four years in the US Air Force, he earned advanceddegrees in Tennessee and Ohio and taught for state universities of Texas, Alabama, Ohio, and Tennessee, retiring from Memphis State University, where he was founder of the nationally acclaimed Memphis State Review, subsequently entitled River City Review and The Pinch.  His poems have appeared widely in such journals as The North American Review,The Southern Review, Ploughshares, and The Sewanee Review, and in numerous anthologies. He lives with his wife in Memphis, Tennessee. 

In This Maybe Best of All Possible Worlds
Tina Parker

lives in Berea, Kentucky with her husband and two young daughters. Her chapbook Another Offering is available from Finishing Line Press. She has been published in Rattle, The Collapsar, PMS:poemmemoirstory, and Appalachian Heritage. Her poetry has received support from the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

Mother May I
Linda Parsons

is the poetry editor for the magazine Now and Then. She is the recipient of the Tennessee Literary Prize and the Tennessee Poetry Prize and is a contributor to New Millennium Writings.

This Shaky Earth
Karen Pashley

lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and the youngest of their four daughters. Her first novel, Precious in His Sight, won first place in the unpublished novels competition at the 2014 Blue Ridge Christian Writer's Conference. Karen is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writer's Association, Word Weavers International, and the Women's Fiction Writer's Association.

Precious In His Sight
Ann Patchett

is the author of six novels and three books of nonfiction. She has won many prizes, including Britain's Orange Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the co-owner of Parnassus Books.

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