Southern Festival of Books 2021: Online and Free to All

This fall, the 33rd annual Southern Festival of Books is offering readers the opportunity to take part in virtual sessions and panel discussions featuring their favorite authors, from a variety of genres including nonfiction, poetry, and mystery.

The festival will take place online October 9–10, with additional dates scheduled throughout the fall for select virtual events.

Hosted by Humanities Tennessee, the Southern Festival of Books has been bringing authors and readers together since 1989. This year’s festival will include virtual sessions featuring two authors of new Vanderbilt UP books:

I’ll Take You There: Exploring Nashville’s Social Justice Sites with Learotha Williams Jr.

Saturday, October 9 • 2:15 pm CT

Hot, Hot Chicken: A Nashville Story with Rachel Louise Martin

Sunday, October 10 • 1:15 pm CT

More information about the Southern Festival of Books, including the full schedule of festival events and a list of all participating authors, can be found at

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