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Our Programs

  • Chapter 16, launched in October 2009, is an online journal about books, writers, and literary events in Tennessee and serves as the state affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. We cover novels set here; histories involving Tennessee events or locations; authors who live here, were born or educated here; and out-of-state writers when they give readings or participate in book signings anywhere in the state. We also publish original poems and essays by prominent Tennessee authors (including previews of their works in progress). New content appears daily, and our reviews and interviews are published in newspapers around the state under a syndication plan modeled on Pro Publica’s.

  • The Tennessee Community History program provides community-based educational programs about the history and cultural life of Tennessee communities in the context of the history and cultural life of our nation and our world. The goal of the program is to build stronger Tennessee communities, enriched by an understanding of the past and the cultural lives of the peoples who share these communities. The goal of the program is achieved through several projects.

  • The Grants and Awards program includes support for general, community-generated humanities projects, the Awards of Recognition for Outstanding Teaching in the Humanities, and the Southern Humanities Media Fund.

  • The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written WordSM is a three-day Festival celebrated each year during the second full weekend of October. It is free and open to the public. No advance registration or tickets are required. All seating is on a first-come basis.

    The Festival annually welcomes more than 200 authors from throughout the nation and in every genre for readings, panel discussions and book signings. Book lovers have the opportunity to hear from and meet some of America's foremost writers in fiction, history, mystery, food, biography, travel, poetry and children's literature among others.

  • Humanities Tennessee presents to Tennessee's young people four programs that promote and nurture the love of reading and writing.