Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word

About the Southern Festival of Books

SFB posterJoin us this fall for the 27th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word.  

Friday, October 9: 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 10: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 11: 12:00-5:00 p.m.

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...

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.


Authors in the Round Dinner

Eat, drink and be literary! This year's dinner will take place Friday, October 9 at historic War Memorial Auditorium. We welcome 40 guest authors for an evening of dining, literary conversation, and celebration of the written word. Authors in the Round was founded in 2008 and has quickly become a signature event in Nashville and a vital  part of the Festival fundraising effort. 


Get Involved

Submit your book for consideration
Become a Sponsor
Sign Up to Volunteer

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. 


Plan Your Visit

Frog & ToadJoin us for the 27th annual Southern Festival of Books, October 9-11, 2015 at War Memorial Plaza in Downtown Nashville! The Festival is a free event with no registration or tickets required.

Find directions and hotel recommendations here.


Guests browsing books at the FestivalIf you are a bookseller, publisher, press, literacy organization, or a company with book-related products, we invite you to exhibit. Join us!

Find exhibitor information and registration materials here.

Corporate Sponsors of the 2015 Southern Festival of Books

The Southern Festival of Books depends on the generous support of the following sponsors: