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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.

Anne Bridges

is associate professor at John C. Hodges Library at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and co-director of the Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project. Her research has been published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship, Book Research Quarterly, and Maine Historical Quarterly.

Smoky Jack: The Adventures of a Dog and His Master on Mount Le Conte
Amber Brock

teaches British literature at an all-girls school in Atlanta. Single gender education is one of her newest passions and she considers “her girls” every time she sits down to write. Her other interests are history, art, and travel. She holds an MA from the University of Georgia and lives in Smyrna, Georgia, with her husband, also an English teacher, and their three rescue dogs.

A Fine Imitation: A Novel
Kix Brooks

teamed with Ronnie Dunn in 1990 to form Brooks & Dunn, the highest selling duo in the history of country music. They sold more than 30 million records, won more than seventy-five major industry awards, had twenty-three #1 hits, and set records with their 41st top 10 single. After Brooks & Dunn stopped performing, Brooks took over the hosting reins of the long-running syndicated radio program, American Country Countdown in 2006.

Cookin' It with Kix: The Art of Celebrating and the Fun of Outdoor Cooking
Debbie Brown

lives in Nashville with her husband Larry and their two furry pets, Bug and Gracie. She is a published song writer and loves children, especially her two granddaughters: Isla and Avery. Debbie enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking, writing, and sports, which makes Nashville the perfect home for her. She hopes that kids everywhere will enjoy following the story of Banjo as he reveals the colorful world of Nashville.

Sleep Tight Nashville
F. Douglas Brown

of Los Angeles is the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize recipient for Zero to Three (University of Georgia 2014), selected by Tracy K. Smith. He also co-authored with poet Geffrey Davis, Begotten (November 2016), a forthcoming chapbook of poetry from Upper Rubber Boot Books. Brown, an educator for over 20 years, teaches English at Loyola High School of Los Angeles. He is both a Cave Canem and Kundiman fellow. His poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, Bat City Review, The Sugar House Review, and Muzzle Magazine.

The Floodgate Series: Volume 3
J. Scott Brownlee

lives in Philadelphia and teaches for Brooklyn Poets as a core faculty member. He is a former Writers in the Public Schools Fellow at NYU, where he earned his MFA. He is the author of three prize-winning chapbooks, and is a founding member of The Localists, a literary collective that emphasizes place-based writing of personal witness, cultural memory, and the aesthetically marginalized working class.

Requiem for Used Ignition Cap
Joseph Bruchac

is a highly acclaimed children’s book author, poet, novelist and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. Co-author with Michael Caduto of the bestselling Keepers of the Earth series, Bruchac’s poems, articles and stories have appeared in hundreds of publications, from Akwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review to National Geographic and Parabola. He has authored many books for adults and children including Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War TwoSkeleton Man, and The Heart of a Chief

Talking Leaves
Jennifer Brule

is a classically trained chef, nationally published food writer and humorous television personality. Her work has appeared in Cooking Light, Shape Magazine, and Fitness Magazine. She cooks live every Sunday on NBC Charlotte. Jennifer and her family lived between Switzerland and England for seven years before returning to the Carolinas. She pulls experiences from her 15+ years living in the South and her life in Europe to inform and entertain readers in her cookbook Learn to Cook 25 Southern Classics 3 Ways.

Learn to Cook 25 Southern Classics Three Ways
Gail Lumet Buckley

is the author of the national bestsellers American Patriots: The story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm and The Hornes: An American Family, which became a PBS "American Masters" documentary. She has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, New York Daily News, Washington Post, Vogue, Playboy, and People.

The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family