Authors in the Round 2024

October 25, 2024 | 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum


One of your favorite events returns Friday, October 25, 2024 for its second year at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

We hope you will plan to join us for Authors in the Round, a special event dinner that provides vital funding for the 36th annual Southern Festival of Books. Your participation in the dinner ensures that Humanities Tennessee may continue to present the Festival at no charge.

More than 175 authors are slated to attend the Festival, with 40 of those authors participating in the dinner: one seated at every table to provide an intimate dinner party experience among 400 friends and fans of the written word.

We’re thrilled to share that Allison Stansberry, HCA Healthcare/TriStar Health and Humanities Tennessee board of directors, will chair the 2024 event.

“Authors in the Round is one of Nashville’s most fun, unique, and fascinating events,” said Allison Stansberry. “It is a book lover’s dream, and I am so honored to co-chair this year’s festivities. Not only does Authors in the Round raise critical funds for the Southern Festival of Books, but it also brings together one of the most dynamic groups of authors, writers, readers, and community leaders for a night of thoughtful discussion. It’s the ultimate book club, and I can’t wait to welcome first-time and returning attendees to this amazing event.”


For more information about being a dinner sponsor, hosting a table, or ensuring you’re part of our invitation list, please contact Sandy Obodzinski, Development & Communications Director, at More news is coming this spring about the event, but until then, we hope you enjoy this look back at 2023 thanks to our friends at Nfocus.



Sponsors of the Authors in the Round dinner enjoy double the impact for their support. Since the dinner raises funds to ensure the Southern Festival of Books remains FREE to the public, sponsors are recognized with a variety of benefits for both events!

Sponsorships range from $5,000 – $25,000+ and provide visibility to the 400+ Dinner attendees and 20,000+ Festival attendees. Humanities Tennessee prioritizes partnerships, so we hope to discuss your goals and how sponsorship may benefit your organization as well as the Festival.

For more info, see our sponsor deck below and contact Sandy Obodzinski, Development & Communications Director, or 615.933. 5730.

2024 Sponsorship Opportunities: Authors in the Round & Southern Festival of Books


Thank you to the 2023 Authors in the Round sponsors! We look forward to welcoming you back in 2024.