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.














UPDATE: Reservations are yet open. Please contact with questions or to be added to the invitation list.

Donations are still gratefully accepted:



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.












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