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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.

Laura Hendrix Ezell

grew up in Alabama. She holds Masters Degrees in Creative Writing and Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama, where she served as Editor of Black Warrior Review. Her work has appeared in McSweeney's, Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, Moon City Review and other journals. Currently, she lives and works in Middle Tennessee.

A Record of Our Debts
Suzanne Feldman

, a recipient of the Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize and a finalist for the Bakeless Prize in fiction, holds an MA in fiction from Johns Hopkins University and a BFA in art from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is the author of award-winning science fiction titles like Speaking Dreams and The Annunciate, published under the pen name Severna Park. Her short fiction has appeared in Narrative, The Missouri Review, Gargoyle, and other literary journals. She lives in Frederick, Maryland.

Absalom's Daughters
William Ferris

is Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History and senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ferris coedited the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture and is the author of The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists, and Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues. Rolling Stone magazine has named him among the top ten professors in the United States.

The South in Color: A Visual Journal
Rien Fertel

is a Louisiana-born and based writer, historian, and teacher. He grew up in his family's chain of restaurants across the country, and, after graduating from college, ran a grocery-deli in downtown New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina exiled him to New York, where he started writing about food. His work has appeared in Oxford AmericanGarden & GunSouthern LivingSpiritSaveurThe Local Palate, and many other publications. He holds a PhD in History, teaches in New Orleans, and divides his time between the banks of the Mississippi River and an old church in St. Martinville, Louisiana.

The One True Barbecue: Fire, Smoke, and the Pitmasters Who Cook the Whole Hog
Susan Finch

is an Assistant Professor of English at Belmont University. She writes both fiction and nonfiction, and her work has appeared in Carve, The Louisville Review, PANK Magazine, The Portland Review, among others. She has a Ph.D. from Florida State University.

Sean Patrick Flanery

is an American actor who was raised in a small town outside Houston, Texas. He has appeared in over 100 movies and television shows. He lives in Los Angeles, California, with his family, where he works in the entertainment industry, writes, and owns and operates a martial arts academy.

Jane, Two: A Novel
Kathy Flann

's fiction has appeared in Shenandoah, the North American Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, New Stories from the South, and other publications. She won the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award and the AE Coppard Award, and has published a short story collection and novella. She has an MFA from UNC-Greensboro, and she served as fiction editor of The Greensboro Review.

Get a Grip
Angela Flournoy

is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the University of Southern California. Her fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, and she has written for the New Republic, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and other publications. She has taught writing at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She was raised by her mother from Los Angeles and her father from Detroit.

The Turner House
Gayle Forman

is a bestselling, award-winning author of young adult novels. Leave Me is her first novel for adults. Her novel If I Stay won the 2009 NAIBA Book of the Year Award and was a 2010 Indie Choice Honor Award winner. The film adaptation of If I Stay was released in 2014. Forman is also a journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, and Elle. She has visited more than forty countries and wrote a nonfiction book about her travels titled You Can't Get There from Here: A Year on the Fringes of a Shrinking World. Forman lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two daughters.

Leave Me