The South’s premier celebration of the written word brings together 200 authors and 25,000 book lovers to the Downtown Nashville Library and historic War Memorial Plaza


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 31st annual Southern Festival of Books is set to return to downtown Nashville on Oct. 11-13. As the South’s preeminent celebration of the written word, writers and literary affairs, the free weekend-long lineup fosters direct interaction between festival attendees and some of the greatest authors and cultural voices alive today.

The festival brings together more than 200 authors and sessions, 60 exhibitors and 25,000 book lovers annually. Founded in 1989, the Southern Festival of Books was one of the first festivals of its kind and has become one of the most popular literary events in the United States, inspiring similar celebrations across the country. Through the festival, readers and writers of all ages communicate and collaborate over the course of the weekend to establish and promote love of the written word and lifelong learning.


WHAT:            31st annual Southern Festival of Books

WHEN:             Friday, October 11th: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 12th: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 13th: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:         War Memorial Plaza and Downtown Nashville Public Library

                        615 Church Street

                        Nashville, TN 37219

Past authors featured at the Southern Festival of Books include some of the industry’s biggest names: Sonia Sotomayor (Turning Pages: My Life Story), Celeste Ng (Little Fires Everywhere), Tayari Jones (An American Marriage), Rick Bragg (All Over but the Shoutin’), Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), R.L. Stine (Goosebumps) Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians), Christina Baker Kline (Orphan Train: A Novel), Bill Bryson (A Walk in the Woods), Pat Conroy (The Great Santini), Phil Klay (Redeployment), Jon Meacham (American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House) and Ann Patchett (State of Wonder).

The Southern Festival of Books is presented by HumanitiesTennessee, a non-profit organization that promotes humanities education across Tennessee. More information on Humanities Tennessee and the Southern Festival of Books can be found online at www.humanitiestennessee.org.

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