Southern Festival of Books
Celebrating the written word since 1989.
The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word℠ is going virtual in 2020. The Festival will be held online October 1-11.
Humanities Tennessee, the organizer of the state’s largest literary event, will transition the three-day festival to virtual access for the health and safety of attendees, authors, volunteers, and partners, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Readers and writers from across Tennessee, and the world, will be able to celebrate the joy of reading and lifelong learning while enjoying sessions online with more than 100 authors.
“We will miss being at the beautiful Nashville Public Library and on War Memorial Plaza, with all of the buzz and energy that the Festival weekend brings. But the important traditions will carry on in new and exciting ways; the opportunity to hear writers read from and discuss their works, and the chance to engage in ideas and discourse that are vital today. Writers will join us from around the country, and we will also share some sites and literary history from Tennessee,” said Serenity Gerbman, Literature and Language Program Director for Humanities Tennessee.
The full roster of more than 100 authors, including youth programming, will be announced in July during an online reveal event to include special guest appearances, a preview of this year’s virtual Festival, and creative collaborations with partner organizations including Ingram Content Group.
“Now more than ever we need to find ways to connect with each other and foster community. Ingram Content Group proudly supports Humanities Tennessee and its decision to virtually host the Southern Festival of Books this fall. The free programming offered during the festival and throughout the year is vital to the region as it prompts us to reflect upon stories and ideas of all kinds,” said Shawn Morin, Ingram’s president and chief executive officer.
By necessity, the Festival’s annual ‘Authors In The Round’ fundraising dinner will also transition to a virtual format with details forthcoming.
“We look forward to all we will learn presenting this year’s Festival online, so that when we return in 2021 with the Festival and “Authors In The Round” dinner in person, both events will be energized to celebrate community, literature, and learning as never before,” said Tim Henderson, Executive Director, Humanities Tennessee.
SUBMIT A BOOK
If you’ve published a book between October 15, 2019 and October of 2020 and would like to be considered for an appearance at the festival, please mail one copy with full contact information to:
ATTN: Southern Festival of Books
807 Main St, Suite B
Nashville, TN 37206
The submission period begins each year on January 1st and ends June 1st (postmark deadline). Decisions on the Festival program are made by committee. Please note that we strongly discourage self-published authors from outside of Tennessee from submitting.
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