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October 4, 2016

2016 Southern Festival of Books Schedule

September 30, 2016

With major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Southern Festival of Books presents “Our Histories of Race and Ethnicity,” a rich and challenging track of sessions examining the ways in which our ethnic and racial identities shape us as individuals and as members of community. 

For many of us, our ethnic or racial identities are an important part of our expressions of personal and shared histories. As we are reminded every day, the ways in which we perceive our own as well as the identities of others have direct and lasting impact on the health of our communities.
 
July 8, 2016

The Festival has become one of the most popular literary events in the country, as guests travel to Nashville to experience an abundance of authors and their books, along with food, entertainment and culture.

Humanities Tennessee today announced a lineup of award-winning, bestselling authors who will headline the 28th annual Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, taking place Oct. 14-16.

June 24, 2016

Join us for the annual Southern Festival of Books Reveal Party! Space is limited. Please RSVP. 

October 30, 2015

It takes a year to produce the Festival, and a few hours to pack it all up on Sunday night. This year, as every year, we are profoundly grateful to the organizations, donors, volunteers and writers who made it all happen once again. We hope you made it your Festival, and we’ll do it again next year! 

Did you spot Waldo? 
 
Meet Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dennis Dunaway
 
Listen to Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks read from her new novel? 
October 26, 2015

Poet Bobby C. Rogers, a professor at Union University in Jackson, has received the prestigious 2015 Witter Bynner Fellowship. Rogers will be honored at a reading and reception on Tues., Nov. 17 at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The event is free to the public and begins with at 6:30 pm. 

Poet Bobby C. Rogers, a professor at Union University in Jackson, has received the prestigious 2015 Witter Bynner Fellowship. The fellowship was bestowed by National Poet Laureate Charles Wright, a native Tennessean.

October 1, 2015

Humanitites Tennessee and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities are pleased to present this special track of sessions at the 27th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word, October 9-11, 2015.

September 28, 2015

Humanities Tennessee presents the 2nd annual Literary Death Match, a fundraiser for the Southern Festival of Books. Literary Death Match presents a  thrilling mix of four famous and emerging authors who perform their most electric writing in seven minutes or less before a lively audience and a panel of three all-star judges. 

September 28, 2015

Humanities Tennessee presents the 2nd annual Literary Death Match, a fundraiser for the Southern Festival of Books. 

Humanities Tennessee presents the 2nd annual Literary Death Match, a fundraiser for the Southern Festival of Books. Literary Death Match presents a  thrilling mix of four famous and emerging authors who perform their most electric writing in seven minutes or less before a lively audience and a panel of three all-star judges.

September 10, 2015

If you're looking for a particular author you can easily find them by using Ctrl + F to search. If you're looking for a particular day, you can jump to Saturday here and Sunday here.

Youth sessions are in orange, Understanding Islam sessions are in green, and all authors will have a signing immediately following their session in the Signing Colonnade. Enjoy!

September 8, 2015

Create your own schedule, get up to the minute changes, and more!

 
 

 

Download the free Southern Festival of Books app!

August 28, 2015

Eat, drink, and be literary! The 8th annual Authors in the Round dinner will take place on Friday, Oct. 9 at War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Nashville as part of the Southern Festival of Books. 

August 28, 2015

Read about the exciting events coming up as part of the Southern Festival of Books, October 9-11 in downtown Nashville. 

July 31, 2015

The 27th annual Southern Festival of Books will be held October 9-11th at War Memorial Plaza and the downtown Nashville Public Library. See you on the Plaza! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 7, 2015

Join us in celebrating the release of this year's Festival author list on Saturday, July 11th at the Bellevue branch of the Nashville Public Library.

 

Join us for this free event! Please RSVP below. 

January 12, 2015

The 27th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word will take place October 9-11, 2015 at Legislative Plaza and the Nashville Public Library.   

Humanities Tennessee is pleased to announce the 27th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word will take place October 9-11, 2015 at Legislative Plaza and the Nashville Public Library.
 
October 28, 2014

The Southern Festival of Books welcomed more than 250 authors and thousands of book lovers to downtown Nashville. Read all about the fabulous--albeit rainy--event.

October 21, 2014

The Festival lives on! Check out these non-fiction panels and solo sessions from the recent Southern Festival of Books. View sessions here.

Filmed by C-SPAN2's BookTV at the Southern Festival of Books, you can see sessions featuring the following authors:

Charles Blow, Marcie Cohen Ferris, Alice Goffman, Anand Gopal, Kenneth MacLeish, Andrew Maraniss, James McPherson, Michael Newton, Lien-Hang Nguyen, Jennifer Percy, Clay Risen, Blain Roberts, Ganesh Sitaraman, Ellen Spears, Earl Swift, Chris Tomlinson, Curtis Wilkie, and Kayla Williams. 

Follow this link to view sessions.

October 3, 2014

Event Brings Together Art, Music and Food for a Free Weekend of Family-Friendly Fun, Oct. 10-12

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As the colors of summer fade to fall, Nashville’s War Memorial Plaza and the downtown Nashville Public Library come to life in celebration of the written word. The Southern Festival of Books, widely recognized as a fixture of fall in the South, will take place Oct. 10-12.
 
The 2014 program welcomes back festival favorites and introduce new, literal and digital, opportunities for festival-goers to interact with the arts.
October 2, 2014

Award-Winning and Popular Authors, Hands-On Activities and Vibrant Performances Spell Family-Friendly Fun

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word announces this year’s lineup of popular and acclaimed children’s and youth authors and entertainers for the 26th anniversary event in Nashville, Oct. 10-12. The free, three-day program highlights storytellers, musicians, poets, songwriters, hands-on crafts and classic book characters to encourage reading and creative collaboration.
 
September 29, 2014

*UPDATE: This year's dinner is currently at capacity.* Please contact Alexis Stevens at (615) 770-0006 ext. 14 to be placed on a waiting list for tickets should space become available. Thank you!

*UPDATE: THIS YEAR'S AUTHORS IN THE ROUND DINNER IS CURRENTLY AT CAPACITY. PLEASE CONTACT ALEXIS STEVENS AT (615) 770-0006 EXT. 14 IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST FOR TICKETS SHOULD SPACE BECOME AVAILABLE. THANK YOU.*

Please click here for more information. 

September 23, 2014

Humanities Tennessee partners with Third Man Records and The Porch Writers' Collective to host a Literary Death Match on Saturday, Oct. 11, as part of the 26th annual Southern Festival of Books. 

Literary Death Match is coming to Nashville!

September 22, 2014

The 26th annual Southern Festival of Books will take place October 10-12th in downtown Nashville. See you on the Plaza! 

Festival hours: 

Friday, October 10th: 12 n - 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 11th: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 12th: 12 n -5 p.m.

Click here for more details.

September 22, 2014

The 7th annual Authors in the Round dinner will take place Friday, October 10, at War Memorial Plaza in downtown Nashville.