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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.

Matthew Desmond

is an American sociologist and urban ethnographer. He is currently the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and Co-Director of the Justice and Poverty Project. The author of several books, including the award-winning book, On the Fireline, and Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Desmond was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" grant in 2015 for his work on poverty in America.

Evicted: Poverity and Profit in the American City
Bronwen Dickey

is a contributing editor at The Oxford American. Her writing has also appeared (or is forthcoming) in the New York Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Newsweek, Outside, Popular Mechanics, Best American Travel Writing 2009, Slate, Garden & Gun, The San Francisco Chronicle, Southern Living, World Hum, Sport Diver, and The Independent Weekly, among other publications. In 2009, she received a first-place Lowell Thomas Award in travel journalism and a residency grant from the MacDowell Colony. She lives in North Carolina.

Pitt Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon
Dave Dietrich

spent his formative years in Nashville splashing through waves at Nashville Shores, playing baseball near The Hermitage at Rotary Park, and whipping through the rides at Opryland Theme Park. He is a writer and non-profit executive who loves participating in causes that help other people. Inspired by his wife Megan, daugher Isla, and dogs Ace and Grace - Dave and his mom wrote the book Sleep Tight Nashville for people of all ages to experience Nashville the way he did growing up.

Sleep Tight Nashville
Jesse Donaldson

was born and raised in Kentucky, attended Kenyon College and Oregon State University and was a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. His writing has appeared in The Oxford American, Little Star, and Crazyhorse. Among other things, he's worked as a gardener, copywriter, teacher, and maintenance man. He lives in Oregon with his wife and daughter. The More They Disappear is his first novel.

The More They Disappear: A Novel
Sue Dunlap

grew up in rural Knox County, Tennessee. She now lives deep in the Southern Appalachian Mountains near Walland, Tennessee, where she and her husband live on and work a mountain cattle farm. Here, among wildlife, pets, and Angus cattle, she writes poetry, fiction, and memoir. Her poems have appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Appalachian Journal, Anthology of Appalachian Writers and Southern Poetry Anthology, among other anthologies and journals. Her chapbook The Story Tender was released by Finishing Line Press in 2014, and her full collection of poetry entitled Knead is forthcoming from Main Street Rag in 2016.

Danielle Dutton

's fiction has appeared in magazines such as Harper's, BOMB, Fence, and Noon. She is the author of a collection of hybrid prose pieces, Attempts at a Life, which Daniel Handler in Entertainment Weekly called "indescribably beautiful," and an experimental novel, S P R A W L, a finalist for the Believer Book Award. In 2015, she wrote the texts for Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera, an artists' book with collages by Richard Kraft.

Margaret the First: A Novel
Helen Ellis

is the acclaimed author of Eating the Cheshire Cat. She is a poker player who competes on the national tournament circuit. Raised in Alabama, she lives with her husband in New York City.

American Housewife: Stories
J.T. Ellison

New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes dark psychological thrillers starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the premier literary television show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens. For more insight into her wicked imagination, follow J.T. online or on Twitter @thrillerchick.

Field of Graves (A Taylor Jackson Novel)
Ansley Erickson

is assistant professor of history and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She lives in New York.

Making the Unequal Metropolis: School Desegregation and Its Limits