Southern Festival of Books09.16.2005
NASHVILLE, TN — The staff of Humanities Tennessee is pleased to announce authors confirmed for the 17th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word, which takes place October 7-9 in Nashville. There are more than 100 authors confirmed, with many more to go. We will post regular updates to the website between now and the Festival, with announcements to this list.
Kaye Gibbons will offer a sneak preview of the sequel to her bestseller, Ellen Foster, entitled The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster. The book will be published in January, and we have 75 advance copies for attendees at her session.
Other authors offering new fiction will include Mary Kay Andrews, Loraine Despres, Robert Hicks, Cassandra King, Connie May Fowler, Lorna Landvik, Bobbie Ann Mason, Sharyn McCrumb, Cathie Pelletier, and George Singleton.
Algonquin publishing will celebrate 20 years of its "New Stories of the South" anthology this year with Best of the South. and there will be a panel packed with your favorites, along with music from Sugar Hill records.
The event will also celebrate the third edition of the University of North Carolina Press' Cornbread Nation series with Cornbread Nation: Foods of the Mountain South. Authors John T. Edge and Tim O'Brien will lead a panel of contributors.
In non-fiction there will be new biographies — of Eudora Welty by Suzanne Marrs and of Andrew Jackson by H.W. Brands. Tanya Tucker will share her life story in 100 Ways to Beat the Blues. Clyde Edgerton has an autobiography, Solo: My Adventures in the Air. Other exciting nonfiction comes from Noah Feldman with Divided By God: America's
Church-State Problem and What We Should Do About It, and from George Packer, a staff writer from The New Yorkerwho writes about Iraq in The Assassin's Gate: America in Iraq.
Children's events at the Festival include appearances from Megan McDonald, author of the very popular Judy Moody series, and from illustrator Janet Stevens. The children's stage at the Festival will include birthday parties for Eloise and Pat the Bunny, and entertainment for kids all weekend.
The Bluebird Caf? will sponsor the Festival Caf? Stage, and the Poetry and Drama Stage will provide a showcase for local playwrights, poets and actors. Monell's Restaurant will be among the food vendors.
Festival sponsors include the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nashville Scene, Ingram Book Company, Davis-Kidd Booksellers, the Frist Foundation, and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
For more information, contact:
306 Gay St., Suite 306
Nashville, TN 37201