Southern Festival of Books
Celebrating the written word since 1989.
The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word℠ is a free, three-day Festival hosted each October where readers and writers are offered an opportunity to celebrate the joy of reading and lifelong learning.
Thousands of book lovers come together to hear panels and solo sessions featuring 200 of the nation’s foremost writers. In addition to attending sessions, attendees peruse exhibitor booths, food trucks, and enjoy musical, theatrical, and spoken word performances, along with events for children and youth, on our three performance stages on the Plaza.
2020 FESTIVAL DATES:
Friday, October 9, 2020: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 10, 2020: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m
Sunday, October 11, 2020: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
War Memorial Plaza and Main Public Library, Nashville, 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.
Check back in the summer of 2020 to sign up to volunteer!
If you are a bookseller, publisher, press, literacy organization, or a company with book-related products, we invite you to rent a booth at the 2020 Southern Festival of Books. The application will be available by March 2020. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please reach out to Patrick.
Your gift helps ensure that this Festival remains FREE to all attendees, this year and for years to come. It is our mission to make this experience accessible to as many people as possible, of all ages and backgrounds. Thank you in advance for your commitment to The Southern Festival of Books.