Authors in the Round 2023

October 20, 2023 | 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum


One of your favorite events, and ours, returns Friday, October 20, 2023 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

We hope you will join us for Authors in the Round, a special event dinner that provides vital funding for the 35th annual Southern Festival of Books. Your participation in the dinner ensures that Humanities Tennessee may continue to present the Festival at no charge.

Roughly 150 authors are slated to attend the Festival, including bestselling novelist and recent National Humanities Medal recipient Ann Patchett, award-winning and bestselling author Lee Smith and Nashville-based author and New York Times columnist Margaret Renkl. And, 40 of the Festival authors participate in the dinner: one seated at every table to provide an intimate dinner party experience among 400 friends and fans of the written word.




**THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. We recommend completing the wait list form below to submit your ticket request.**

Please contact if you have questions or if you’ve already purchased a table and need to give your guest names.

2023 Authors in the Round Wait List

Ticket Wait List Request

Thank you so much for your interest in attending the Authors in the Round dinner benefiting the Southern Festival of Books. The event is sold-out at this time. However, we are fulfilling ticket requests as possible in the event of cancellations. Please complete the following information to submit your request to the waitlist. Requests will be filled in the order received. Thank you so much!
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This event would not be possible without the energetic dedication of our 2023 Event Chairs: Laura Smith & LoLita Toney

The Southern Festival of Books is presented by Humanities Tennessee, serving communities with public humanities programming since 1973.