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July 16, 2018

We are thrilled to release the author list for the 30th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word! Please note that we will continue updating this list until Festival weekend (Oct. 12-14, 2018). 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2018 AUTHOR LIST. 

We are thrilled to release the author list for the 30th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word! Please note that we will continue updating this list until Festival weekend (Oct. 12-14, 2018). 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2018 AUTHOR LIST. 

November 17, 2017

It was a year of change at the 29th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word. Read a recap of the weekend here. Thank you to everyone who made the Festival possible! 

“A wonderful event that brings together writers and readers in a classy and beautiful city.” -- author Deno Trakas

September 15, 2017

CLICK HERE for the 2017 Southern Festival of Books schedule. Please check this page regularly, as we will keep session changes posted. Thanks, and we hope to see you on the Plaza!  

July 8, 2017

CLICK HERE to view the full list of 2017 Southern Festival of Books authors. We will continue to update this list until Festival weekend, Oct. 13-15, so check back regularly! 

July 24, 2018

Eat, drink and be literary! The 2018 dinner will take place Friday, October 12, at historic War Memorial Auditorium, featuring authors of the Southern Festival of Books. Click here for details. 

The 11th annual Authors in the Round fundraising dinner will be held on Friday, October 12, 2018, at historic War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. Guests will mingle and dine with authors from the Southern Festival of Books during an evening of fine fare and literary conversation. 

July 24, 2018

The 30th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word will take place October 12-14, 2018, in downtown Nashville. Click here for event details and to plan your visit. 

Humanities Tennessee is pleased to present the 30th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word, October 12-14, 2018, at the Main Nashville Public Library and War Memorial Plaza in downtown Nashville. 

July 10, 2018

Join us for the 2018 Southern Festival of Books kick-off party, where we will unveil this year's author list and the Festival artwork. Click here for event details and to RSVP.

October 6, 2017

Join us for a riveting and raucous edition of Literary Death Match featuring authors from the 2017 Southern Festival of Books and local celebrity judges! 

Join us for a riveting and raucous edition of 

August 7, 2017

Join Humanities Tennessee for the 2017 Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word in downtown Nashville, October 13-15! 

June 19, 2017

Join us on Saturday, July 8th, for the 2017 Southern Festival of Books Reveal Party at Parnassus Books. We will be announcing the first author list for this year's festival. The night will include music, hors d'oeuvres, and drinks. Space is limited, so please RSVP here

November 4, 2016

This year's Festival, held Oct. 14-16 in downtown Nashville, featured Pulitzer prize winners, New York Times bestsellers, local, regional, and national authors, and hundreds of volunteers, supporters, and booklovers from all over the country.

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.