Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word

October 12-14, 2018

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  • 12 October
  • 13 October
  • 14 October

Tom Adkinson

100 Things to Do in Nashville Before You Die
Tom Adkinson, a Marco Polo member of the Society of American Travel Writers, has filed stories from around the world and especially enjoys writing about his home city. He was assistant travel editor at Southern Living magazine early in his career, worked for many years for the entertainment conglomerate that created the Grand Ole Opry, and has written stories for magazines and newspapers throughout the United States. Travel and storytelling are in his blood.

13 October

Lindsey Alexander

Rodeo in Reverse
Lindsey Alexander is a Kentuckian who lives in East Tennessee with her husband and dog. She holds degrees from Indiana University and Purdue University. Her poems have appeared on Poets.org and in Crazyhorse, Waxwing, The Southern Review, GRIST, and other publications. A poem she wrote won the 2015 Devil's Lake Driftless Prize, and in 2014, she was a scholar in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute "Reconsidering Flannery O'Conner." 
https://ldalexander.com

13 October

Rachael Allen

A Taxonomy of Love
Rachael Allen is the author of 17 First Kisses and The Revenge Playbook. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two children, and two sled dogs.
http://rachaelallenwrites.blogspot.com

13 October

David Arnold

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik
David Arnold lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his (lovely) wife and (boisterous) son. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquitoland, and his books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
http://davidarnoldbooks.com/about/

13 October

Loka Ashwood

For-Profit Democracy: Why the Government is Losing the Trust of Rural Americans
Loka Ashwood is assistant professor in the department of agricultural economics and rural sociology at Auburn University. She is a former award-winning journalist whose work has been published in books and sociological journals.
http://lokaashwood.com/for-profit-democracy/

13 October

Lana K.W. Austin

Blood Harmony
Lana K.W. Austin was a finalist for the 2015 James Wright Poetry Award. Her poems, interviews and fiction pieces have recently been featured or are forthcoming in such journals as Mid-American Review,The Writer's Chronicle, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Zone 3,The Pinch,Sou’westerAppalachian Heritage, and The New Guard. Also a journalist, she has written for numerous newspapers and magazines. Austin has an MFA in Poetry from George Mason University.

12 October

James A. Autry

Mississippi: Nights Under a Tin Roof and Life After Mississippi
James A. Autry is the former editor-in-chief of Better Homes and Gardens. He lives in Des Moines after serving as head of magazine publishing for the Meredith Corporation.
https://www.jamesaautry.com/books/

14 October

Edward L. Ayers

The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America
Edward L. Ayers is the author of the Bancroft Prize–winning In the Presence of Mine Enemies and other works of history honored as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. A recipient of the National Humanities Medal from President Obama, Ayers is Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and president emeritus at the University of Richmond.

12 October

Beth Bachmann

Temper
Beth Bachmann's first book, Temper, was selected by Lynn Emanuel as winner of the AWP Donald Hall Poetry Prize. Her poems appear in American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, and Tin House, among other journals. She teaches creative writing at Vanderbilt University.
http://www.bethbachmann.com

13 October

Radley Balko

The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South
Radley Balko is an investigative journalist and reporter at the Washington Post. He currently writes and edits The Watch, a reported opinion blog that covers civil liberties and the criminal justice system. He is the author of the 2013 book Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces, which has won widespread acclaim, including from the Economist, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly, and was named one of the best investigative journalism books of the year by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/radley-balko/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.fdcab8ad1691

12 October

KB Ballentine

Gathering Stones
KB Ballentine’s fifth collection, Almost Everything, Almost Nothing, was published in 2017 by Middle Creek Publishing. Two collections, The Perfume of Leaving and What Comes of Waiting, won the 2016 and 2013 Blue Light Press Book Awards. Published in many print and online journals, her work also appears in In Plein Air, Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace, River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the Twenty-first Century, Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee and Southern Light: Twelve Contemporary Southern Poets.
http://www.kbballentine.com/books/

12 October

Eric Barnes

The City Where We Once Lived
Eric Barnes is the author of two previous novels and has published more than forty short stories in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, the Literary Review and other publications. By day, he is a publisher of newspapers in Memphis, Knoxville, Nashville, and Chattanooga that cover business, politics, the arts, and more. On Fridays, he hosts a news talk show on his local PBS station. He lives in Memphis.
https://www.ericbarnes.net

13 October

13 October

Tracy Barrett

Freefall Summer
Tracy Barrett is the author of numerous acclaimed and award-winning books for young readers. She lives in Nashville.
http://www.tracybarrett.com

13 October

14 October

Laura Geringer Bass

The Girl With More Than One Heart
Laura Geringer Bass is the author of many books for children including A Three Hat Day, an ALA Notable Book and Sign of the Qin, an ALA Best Book as well as the Myth Men series, adapted by CBS as an animated TV show. As publisher of the award-winning Laura Geringer Books, an imprint of HarperColllins Publishers for over twenty years, she collaborated with many celebrated authors and illustrators in the field of children’s books. She is a mentor for Girls Write Now, for Prison Writes serving teens at risk, and for the graduate Fellowship program in Children’s Literature at Stonybrook/Southhampton, as well as a faculty member of New York Writer’s Workshop. She serves on the advisory board of First Book, a non-profit organization that has delivered over 180 million books into the hands of children in need.
http://www.laurageringerbass.com

14 October

Alex Beard

The Lying King
Alex Beard is a painter and author who has emerged as one of his generation's most creative and successful artists. Alex studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts and participated in the New York Studio School's Drawing Marathon. A firm believer that art is a medium that should be accessible to everyone, Alex uses uncommon avenues to share the creative experience with people of all ages. Through his unique combination of storytelling and art activities, Alex has had the opportunity to draw, paint, and talk about art with tens of thousands of children. He and his family live in New Orleans where he owns the Alex Beard Studio in the French Quarter.
https://www.alexbeardstudio.com

13 October

Kelly J. Beard

An Imperfect Rapture
Kelly J. Beard has worked as a political organizer and as Assistant to the Secretary of the National Organization of Women. She practiced employment discrimination law in the Atlanta area for two decades. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work appears in the Santa Ana Review, Five Points, the Bacopa Literary Review and other journals.
www.kellyjbeard.com 

13 October

Kate Beasley

Lions and Liars
Kate Beasley holds a master's in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her first novel, Gertie's Leap to Greatness, was a Junior Library Guild selection, an Indies Introduce Selection, and a multi-region Indie Bestseller. The New York Times Book Review called it "breathlessly, effortlessly fun." Kate lives with her family in Claxton, Georgia, with two dogs, one parrot, lots of cows, and a cat named Edgar.
https://katebeasleybooks.com

13 October

Kimberly Belle

Three Days Missing
Kimberly Belle is the bestselling author of four novels: The Last Breath, The Ones We Trust, The Marriage Lie, and Little Boy Lost. Her third novel, The Marriage Lie, has been translated into a dozen languages and was a semifinalist in the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Mystery & Thriller. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, Kimberly worked in marketing and nonprofit fundraising before turning to writing fiction. She lived for over a decade in the Netherlands and currently divides her time between Atlanta and Amsterdam.
http://kimberlybellebooks.com

14 October

Madison Smartt Bell

Behind the Moon
Madison Smartt Bell is best known for his trilogy of novels about Toussaint L'Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution, including All Soul's Rising, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pen/Faulkner Award. He is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction, and is a professor of English at Goucher College.

12 October

Lou Berney

November Road: A Novel
Lou Berney is the author of three previous novels, Gutshot Straight, Whiplash River, and multiple prize-winning The Long and Faraway Gone. His short fiction has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. He lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
http://www.louberney.com

14 October

Richard Blackett

The Captive’s Quest for Freedom: Fugitive Slaves, The 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, and The Politics of Slavery
Richard Blackett is the Andrew Jackson Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. He is past President of the Association of Caribbean Historians, Associated Editor and Acting Editor of the Journal of American History, and editor of the Indiana Magazine of History. He is the author of several books.
https://as.vanderbilt.edu/history/bio/richard-blackett

12 October

David W. Blight

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
David Blight is Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, including American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era; and Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory; and annotated editions of Douglass’s first two autobiographies. He has worked on Douglass much of his professional life, and been awarded the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize, among others.
http://www.davidwblight.com

13 October

Alice Bolin

Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession
Alice Bolin's nonfiction has appeared in many publications including ELLE, the Awl, the LA Review of Books, Salon, VICE's Broadly, The Paris Review Daily, and The New Yorker's Page-Turner blog. She currently teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Memphis.
https://alicebolin.com

Higgins Bond

Lorraine: The Girl Who Sang the Storm Away
Higgins Bond is a children's illustrator based in Nashville.
https://thebrownbookshelf.com/2014/02/28/day-28-higgins-bond/

14 October

Dave Boucher

The Tennessean
Dave Boucher aims to balance the public initiatives that affect all Tennesseans with the colorful characters who create them. He takes on The Tennessean investigative reporter position after covering the statehouse in Tennessee and West Virginia, following stops in Western Kentucky and Michigan. His work has routinely appeared in and been cited by national media, and he’s been honored by the West Virginia and Kentucky press associations. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.
https://www.tennessean.com/staff/29225/dave-boucher/

13 October

Rick Bragg

The Best Cook in the World: Tales From My Momma's Table
Rick Bragg is the author of seven books, including the best-selling Ava's Man and All Over but the Shoutin'. He is also a regular contributor to Garden & Gun magazine. He lives in Alabama.

13 October

Sonny Brewer

The Lost Country By William Gay
Sonny Brewer is a writer and editor based in Fairhope, Alabama. He is the editor of the Blue Moon Cafe anthology series, and author of the novels The Poet of Tolstoy Park and A Sound Like Thunder. A longtime friend of William Gay, he is editor of Gay's recently released posthumous novel The Lost Country
http://www.fairhopewriterscolony.com

12 October

13 October

Molly Brooks

Sanity & Tallulah
Molly Brooks is the illustrator of Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared by Alison Wilgus, and the creator of many comics.  Her illustrations have appeared in The Village Voice, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, Time Out New York, The Nashville Scene, The Riverfront Times, The Toast, BUST Magazine, ESPN social, Sports Illustrated online, and others. She spends her spare time watching vintage buddy cop shows and making comics about knitting, hockey, and/or feelings. Molly lives and works in Brooklyn.
mollybrooks.com

Karida L. Brown

Gone Home: Race and Roots Through Appalachia
Karida L. Brown is assistant professor of sociology and African American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

13 October

Kevin Brown

Bringing The Kingdom: Progressive Reflections on Scripture
Kevin Brown is an elder at Northminster Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is the author of a spiritual memoir, Another Way: Finding Faith, Then Finding It Again, and a book of scholarship, They Love to Tell the Stories: Five Contemporary Novelists Take on the Gospels. He is also the author of three books of poetry: Liturgical Calendar: Poems; A Lexicon of Lost Words (winner, Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry); and Exit Lines.

13 October

Jennifer Brulé

The New Vegetarian South: 105 Inspired Dishes for Everyone
Jennifer Brule, author of Learn to Cook 25 Southern Classics 3 Ways, is the executive chef and owner of the flexitarian restaurant Davidson Ice House, in Davidson, North Carolina.
http://www.jenniferbrule.com