Below is the list of authors scheduled to appear at this year's Southern Festival of Books. This list is sorted alphabetically and then is broken into multiple pages. If you would like a one-page version of this list (in order to print the entire list, for example), please click here.
Law is a professional writer and marketing and social media consultant who has worked with a variety of clients, including published authors and book publicity firms, public relations and advertising agencies, attorneys, accountants, veterinarians and other professional service providers. Alison served as assistant program director of the 2013 AJC Decatur Book Festival. In 2012, Alison combined her editorial, online marketing and social media skills to launch SouthernSpines.com, an online community dedicated to celebrating and promoting southern writers, songwriters and poets, and "Books with Backbone." Alison is a member of the She Reads Book Blogger network. She is pursuing a master's degree in English with a concentration in literary studies from Georgia State University.
Sunday, October 13 12:00-1:00 pm
Nashville Public Library, Conf. Room II
, a music publicist/booking rep-turned-Blues singer-songwriter has had songs recorded by EG Kight, Sandra Hall and others. But it was Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater who really exposed her talents, having released several songs written by Ms. Leipziger, including "Winds Of Change" which was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award (Blues Music Foundation) for Song of the Year and "Before This Song Is Over" which on his Grammy-nominated album collaboration with Los Straightjackets.
Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 1:00pm- 2:00pm
Shelby Bottom String Band performs quirky, literate Americana, originals and old songs of social relevance today, all delivered with wit and charm. Band members are Michael August, guitar and vocals, Nell Levin, fiddle and vocals, Holly Tashian, standup bass and vocals, Bob Mason, mandolin and vocals, Gene Bush, dobro and vocals and Dave Thomas, drums and percussion.
has been an icon of the civil rights movement since his days as a Nashville college student, organizing sit-ins and participating in the first Freedom Rides. As chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), he was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington and a leader of the 1965 Selma–Montgomery March (known as “Bloody Sunday”), where police brutality spurred national outrage and hastened passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He has represented Georgia in Congress for over 25 years and recently received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Following his previous award-winning books Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement and Across that Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change, he has joined co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell for the new graphic novel March: Book One, a #1 New York Times Bestseller.
Saturday, October 12
1:00-2:00 pm, War Memorial Auditorium
' debut novel, a fantasy murder mystery, The Blood in Snowflake Garden was a finalist for the 2010 Claymore Award. He has released a steampunk novel and collection of short stories, and been published in a number of anthologies. He is editing three upcoming anthologies
for Dark Oak Publishing.
Sunday, October 13, 12:00-1:00 pm, Legislative Plaza Room 16
is an associate professor of English teaching in the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at Vanderbilt University. An associate editor for The Afro-Hispanic Review, she is the author of five books of fiction and editor or coeditor of two essay collections. López’s short story collection, Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories was a Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize in Fiction in 2010 and winner of the Texas League of Writers Award for Outstanding Book of Fiction. Her recent publications include a novel, The Realm of Hungry Spirits (Grand Central Press, 2011) and a collection of essays, The Other Latin@: Writing against a Singular Identity (University of Arizona Press, 2011), coedited with Blas Falconer.www.lorrainemlopez.com
Friday, October 11 3:30-5:00 pm
Room 31, Legislative Plaza
is the owner of Writing for Your Supper and book editor at Four Square Creative. She has published over a hundred and fifty pieces in newspapers, magazines, literary journals, anthologies, and on radio.
Sunday, October 13, 12:00 -1:00 pm, Legislative Plaza Room 16
is assistant professor of medicine, health, and society at Vanderbilt University.
Sunday, October 13 12:00-1:30 pm
Nashville Public Library, Conf. Room I A
is a musician, songwriter, producer and singer. He has performed or collaborated with major recording artists like Alison Kraus, Elvis Costello, Mat Kearney, Amy Grant, Garth Brooks, Buddy Miller, The Civil Wars, and many more. He is a member of Emmylou Harris' band, The Red Dirt Boys, and the creator of the album Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us. This is his first book. Madeira lives in Nashville.
Saturday, October 12 2:00-3:00 pm
Chapter 16 Stage
’s essays, poetry, and fiction have been published in many literary journals. He has an MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His first novel, The Night Birds, won an Alex Award, a Spur Award, and the Friends of American Writers Literary Award. In 2009 the American Library Association chose The Night Birds as an “Outstanding Book for the College Bound.” He’s taught for four years at Normandale Community College and lives in the Twin Cities area. This is his second novel.
Sunday, October 13 1:00-2:00pm
Room 16, Legislative Plaza
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