2022 Southern Festival of Books Volunteer Signup

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Southern Festival of Books!
Please fill out the signup form below. We will email you with further details and duties as we assign them.

If you represent a group that would like to volunteer, please contact jenny@humtn.org to discuss opportunities.

SFB Volunteer Job Descriptions

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    • Author Signing Facilitator: This activity is great for a first-time volunteer or someone who is efficient and enjoys working in both slow- and fast-paced environments, as author signings come in waves. Responsibilities: Every author comes to sign books after his or her session for at least 30 minutes in the Author Signing Colonnade. Volunteers ensure that each author has found his or her assigned table and that they have working pens with which to sign. You will also be responsible for politely cutting off authors’ signing lines after 30 minutes if the author wishes. There are more than 200 authors on the Festival program throughout the weekend and usually 10-15 authors signing simultaneously all hours of the Festival. Shift time is approximately 3 hours.
    • Authors in the Round Set-Up: Help set up and decorate War Memorial Auditorium for the Authors in the Round fundraising dinner on Friday. Requires some lifting. Shifts are approximately 3 hours.
    • Beer Garden Server: This position is perfect for an over-the-age-of-21 people-person who appreciates different styles of beer. As a volunteer, you will check ID, serve and sell beer. Report to staff with any issues that may arise. Approximate shift is 3 hours.
    • Golf Cart Driver: To help some of our guests get from the Plaza to the Library, we need your help with driving a golf cart shuttle. It is a short ride on a street with no traffic. Note: You must be 18 years old or older. Shift time is approximately 3 hours.
    • Greeter: Help greet Festival guests and answer basic questions. Provide information about hand sanitizing stations and distribute masks for the health and safety of all attendees.
    • Hands-On Helper: This position is ideal for someone who appreciates behind-the-scenes work. Responsibilities: Assist exhibitors load/unload and be on-call for staff during crucial set-up and tear-down times. This shift will likely involve standing, moving, and lifting.
    • Merch Sales/Information Desk: Help the Humanities Tennessee staff sell Festival merchandise and provide information to visitors. This activity is great for an enthusiastic, people-person. Responsibilities: Assist Festival goers in finding the desired merchandise including t-shirt sizes and styles. Keep all merchandise straightened, organized, and visually appealing throughout the shift. Because merchandise is sold in the Festival headquarters tent, people will approach you with Festival questions ranging from general site questions to specific scheduling questions. Staff members will always be on-hand to help. Cash register experience is great, but not required. Shift time is approximately 3 hours.
    • Poster Distribution: This activity is perfect for someone who wants to be involved in promoting the Festival in his or her area. A few months before the Festival we will mail posters to you to distribute or you may pick them up at our office. Responsibilities: Find community-minded businesses, community centers, schools, etc. that will allow you to place Festival posters in their windows or on their walls. Our goal is to promote the Festival throughout the Mid-South region. The time commitment varies depending on involvement.

Volunteer Signup Form

A note from the staff: Unfortunately this form is not very mobile friendly. If possible, please fill out on a computer. If you are using your phone, please note that you must hit the little gray arrows next to any multi-select fields to avoid an error message (scroll to the right if you don’t see the arrows). 

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