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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.


attended the Culinary Institute of America and worked in New York City before travelling overseas to apprentice in Europe with world-renowned French chefs Georges Blanc and Roger Verge. After The Food Network discovered her in 1999, she went on to become the first female Iron Chef for the Network. She is the founder of the charitable organization Chefs for Humanity, a grassroots organization that mobilizes chefs to lend their skills to communities in need, and she has built a brand that includes two food lines. She lives in Santa Barbara.

Cooking as Fast as I Can: A Chef's Story of Family, Food, and Forgiveness
Maria Cornelius

has written about the Lady Vols basketball program since 1998 for local, regional, and national media. A freelance writer for Inside Tennessee, Cornelius lives in Knoxville and continues to cover the program. She works full-time as a writer/editor for Moxley Carmichael, a leading public relations and communications firm in East Tennessee.

The Final Season: The Perseverence of Pat Summitt
Elizabeth Cox

is the author of several collections of poetry, short stories, and three other novels: The Ragged Way People Fall Out of Love, Night Talk (winner of the Lillian Smith Award and a finalist for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), The Slow Moon, and A Question of Mercy (forthcoming from the University of South Carolina Press). She has been recognized with the Robert Penn Warren Award and the North Carolina Fiction Award and inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Cox has taught creative writing at Duke University, University of Michigan, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Tufts University, Boston University, MIT, Bennington Writing Seminars, and most recently at Wofford College, where she shared the John Cobb Chair with her husband C. Michael Curtis, fiction editor for the Atlantic.

A Question of Mercy
Ashley Crownover

is a sixth-generation Nashvillian who loves to explore spooky places and imagine all the people who lived there before. In addition to the new children's book Nashville Boo!, she is the author of a book for grown-ups called Wealtheow: Her Telling of Beowulf (Iroquois Press, 2008).

Nashville Boo!: Scary Tales of the City
C. Michael Curtis

 has been an editor at The Atlantic since 1963. Under his direction, the magazine has won numerous fiction prizes, including the National Magazine Award for fiction. The Atlantic Monthly's fiction has been nominated for a National Magazine Award virtually every year; in1988 The Atlantic won this prestigious prize. Year after year short stories from the magazine are chosen for inclusion in the important annual prize collections.Curtis is also renowned for his teaching:he has taught creative writing, ethics, grammar, and other subjects for more than thirty years at Harvard, MIT, Cornell, Tufts, Boston University, Bennington, and elsewhere, and now teaches writing at Wofford College, in Spartanburg, SC, where he occupies the John C. Cobb Chair in the Humanities.                                       


Don Cusic

is an American biographer, writer on music, and historian of United States American popular music. He is the author of twenty books, most of them related to country music.

The Beatles and Country Music
Carla Damron

is a fiction writer, clinical social worker, and author of the Caleb Knowles mystery novels. Her short stories have appeared in Fall Lines, Six Minute Magazine, Melusine, and other journals. Named the 2015 South Carolina Social Worker of the Year, Damron holds an MFA in creative writing from Queens University and a master's degree in social work from the University of South Carolina.

The Stone Necklace
Kate Daniels

is the author of three previous collections of poetry, including Four Testimonies. An associate professor of English at Vanderbilt University, she is the recipient of the Hanes Award for Poetry from the Fellowship of Southern Writers and lives in Nashville,Tennessee.

A Walk in Victoria's Secret: Poems
Geffrey Davis

is the author of Revising the Storm (BOA Editions 2014), winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Finalist. He also co-authored, with poet F. Douglas Brown, Begotten  (Upper Rubber Boots Books 2016), a chapbook in URB's Floodgate Poetry Series. His honors include fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center, the Anne Halley Poetry Prize, the Dogwood Prize in Poetry, the Wabash Prize for Poetry, the Leonard Steinberg Memorial/Academy of American Poets Prize, and nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Davis teaches at the University of Arkansas.

The Floodgate Poetry Series: Volume 3