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8th Annual Authors in the Round Dinner

Authors in the Round was founded in 2008 by Jean Bottorff and Todd Bottorff, and has quickly become a signature event in Nashville and a vital  part of the Festival fundraising effort. The dinner takes place on the Friday of the Festival weekend  at the historic War Memorial Auditorium. Guests mingle and dine with 40 Festival authors  for an evening of  literary conversation and celebration of the written word. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails under the stars in the courtyard. For dinner, each table is paired with an author, and each guest at the table receives a copy of the author’s book. The evening concludes with specialty drinks in the courtyard.

Guest authors to the 2015 dinner include: Kwame Alexander, William Finnegan, Lauren Groff, George Hodgman, Alan Lightman, Lorraine López, Nicki Pendleton Wood, and many more (click here for the full author list). Tickets are $200 each and $1,600 for a table of eight. A portion of your ticket purchase is tax-deductible and all proceeds benefit the Southern Festival of Books.  

The Eighth Annual Authors in the Round dinner takes place on October 9, 2015. If you would like to purchase individual tickets please contact If you are interested in purchasing a table or sponsoring the event, please contact or see the Authors in the Round Sponsorship Packet.

Special thanks to the 2015 Co-Chairs, Grace Awh and Laura Smith Tidwell, Founding Chairs, Jean Bottorff and Todd Bottorff, and the many volunteers who make Authors in the Round possible.

Thank you to the 2015 Authors in the Round sponsors: