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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.

Christa Allan

is the author of Walking on Broken Glass and the mother of five. She teaches high school English. She and her family live in Abita Springs, Louisiana.

Saturday, October 13
9:30-11:00 am, Legislative Plaza, Room 30
Jesus Take The Wheel - Novels of Family & Faith
Christa Allan, Kelli Coates Gilbert, Kathy Harris

The Edge of Grace
Lisa Alther

was born in 1944 in Kingsport, Tennessee. She has published six novels, one novella, a memoir, and a new narrative history of the Hatfields and the McCoys, entitled Blood Feud (2012). Alther has taught at St. Michael's College in Vermont and at East Tennessee State University. She divides her time among Tennessee, Vermont, and New York City.

Saturday, October 13
3:30-5:00 pm, Legislative Plaza, Room 12
Honey, That's Just How It Is: Stories of Appalachian Realism
Lisa Alther, Mark Powell, Charles Dodd White

Sunday, October 14
2:00-3:00 pm, Nashville Public Library, Special Collections Room
Blood Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys

Stormy Weather and Other Stories
Julianna Baggott

is the author of many books including national bestseller Girl Talk. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Best American Poetry 2000, 180 More Extraordinary Poems for Everyday (ed. Billy Collins), The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry, Glamour, Ms. Magazine, and read on NPR's Talk of the Nation. Her books have received critical acclaim from reviewers and fellow authors alike.

Sunday, October 14
12:00-1:30 pm, Legislative Plaza, Room 16
Authors and Social Media
Julianna Baggott, Ron Hogan, Michael Knight, Julie Schoerke

2:30-4:00 pm, Nashville Public Library, Conf. Room IA
Reconstructing Order - YA Dystopian Novels
Julianna Baggott, Jeff Hirsch, Kat Zhang

E.D. Baker

is the author of The Wide Awake Princess, Fairy Lies, Fairy Wings, and the (eight) Tales of the Frog Princess including The Frog Princess, which was the inspiration for Disney's hit movie The Princess and the Frog. She lives with her family and their horses in rural Maryland.

Saturday, October 13
4:00-5:00 pm, Legislative Plaza, Room 30
Independent Princesses - Enchanting Novels for Tweens
Caroline Randall Williams, E.D. Baker, Alice Randall

Unlocking the Spell: A Tale of the Wide-Awake Princess
John F. Baker, Jr.

has lived his entire life just a few miles from Wessyngton Plantation, a town populated by hundreds of descendants of its slaves. In seventh grade he discovered the story of his ancestors by accident when he saw a photograph of four former slaves in a social studies textbook. Months later he learned that they were his grandmother's paternal grandparents, Emanuel and Henny Washington, who had been enslaved on Wessyngton Plantation. For more than thirty years, he has been using his research to unravel his family history and others.

Friday, October 12
3:00-4:00 pm, Legislative Plaza, Room 12
Ties that Bind: Slavery, Identity and Family
John F. Baker, Jr., Heather Andrea Williams

The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation
Rosecrans Baldwin

's first novel, You Lost Me There, was named one of NPR's Best Books of 2010, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, and a Time and Entertainment Weekly Best Book of Summer 2010. He is a cofounder of the online magazine The Morning News. He and his wife live on the rural fringe of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He currently teaches in the writing program at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies.

Saturday, October 13
3:00-4:00 pm, Nashville Public Library, Conf. Room IA
Our Jaded Optimism: Comedic Takes on the American Character
Rosecrans Baldwin, Jack Hitt

Paris, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down
Jeremy Barlow

opened his first restaurant, Tayst Restaurant and Wine Bar, on February 5, 2004, just south of Hillsboro Village in Nashville. In 2008 Tayst was the first in Nashville to become a Certified Green Restaurant ( It represents Jeremy's dedication to sustainability -- an emphasis on local food served in a restaurant operating with environmentally responsible practices. In 2009, Tayst achieved 3-Star Certified Green Status, making it one of only six restaurants nationwide (at the time) reaching this level of sustainability. That same year he opened Local Kitchen Catering.

Saturday, Octobr 13
1:00-2:00 pm, Nashville Public Library, Conf. Room IA
Eat What You Sow: Two Paths to Culinary Consciousness
Jeremy Barlow, Janisse Ray

Chefs Can Save the World: How to Green Restaurants and Why they Are the Key to Renewing the Food System
Kelly Barnhill

is a poet and writer. The Mostly True Story of Jack, her debut novel, received four starred reviews. Kelly lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children.

Sunday, October 14
12:00-1:00 pm, Legislative Plaza, Room 29
Saving the World When Grown-Ups Can't - Fantasy Adventure for Middle Grade
Kelly Barnhill, A.J. Hartley

Iron Hearted Violet
Randall Baskin

fought his way from Depression-era poverty to found and lead one of the nation’s premiere insurance companies.  But he didn’t stop there.  As one of the nation’s leading philanthropists, he has given millions to people and institutions in need.  His story of triumphs and tragedies will touch your heart and inspire you to achieve.  And even more helpful, Randall Baskin provides practical ideas for bettering yourself, in business and in life.

Friday, October 12
12:00-1:00 pm, Legislative Plaza, Room 16
Growing Rich
Randall Baskin


Growing Rich