About the Southern Festival of Books
Humanities Tennessee's Southern Festival of Books was first held in Nashville on the second full weekend in October in 1989, and has been held annually on the same weekend since then. It is one of the first book festivals of its kind, a true celebration of the written word, and has inspired hundreds of similar book festivals throughout the nation and beyond.
The festival is free and open to the public. No advance registration or tickets are required. All seating is on a first-come basis. Read more...
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Events for Children and Young Adults
Fostering the importance of literacy and encouraging the joy of literature in a young person’s life is an important part of the Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written WordSM. The Festival has events for all ages including panel sessions with renowned children’s and young adult authors, musicians, storytellers, artists, and your favorite book characters.
If you are a book publisher, press, literacy organization or a company with book-related products, you are eligible to exhibit.
The Festival is a regional three-day literary event, which is free and open to the public and annually attracts readers and writers from across the country. The Southern Festival of Books is one of the first festivals of its kind and features more than 200 authors from across the nation, three performance stages, events for youth and families, and more than 50 popular book related exhibitors from all parts of the country.
Plan Your Visit
Join us for the 25th annual Southern Festival of Books, October 11-13, 2013 at Legislative Plaza in Downtown Nashville! The Festival is a free event with no registration or tickets required.
The Festival would not be a success without the participation of about 400 volunteers, donors, corporate and foundation sponsors, and local businesses and organizations that support the event. Thanks to individuals who care about books and want to share their passion for reading, Nashville becomes a literary center for the three days of the event. Author feedback each year praises our system of offering courtesy rides from the airport, our community members who host each session at the Festival, the friendly and helpful people in the Author Hospitality Suite and more. There are numerous volunteer roles to be played at the Festival, from working in book sales and headquarters to serving on committees and lots in between.