Southern Festival of Books

War Memorial Plaza & Nashville Public Library, Downtown Nashville

Humanities Tennessee presents the 34rd annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word

The Southern Festival of Books—taking place Friday, October 14, through Sunday, October 16—is among the oldest literary festivals in the country, annually welcoming hundreds of authors and thousands of visitors to downtown Nashville each October. The festival is free and includes performance stages, food trucks, and loads of publishers and booksellers. After two years of virtual programming, we look forward to seeing you on the plaza at the joint Vanderbilt University Press–Vanderbilt University Libraries booth!

This year’s festival sessions will feature six Vanderbilt UP books:

October 14, 12:00 p.m.
“In Conversation: Alex Jahangir and Emily Mendenhall”
NPL Conference Room 1B
Featuring Alex Jahangir, author of Hot Spot: A Doctor’s Diary from the Pandemic, and Emily Mendenhall, author of Unmasked: COVID, Community, and the Case of Okoboji

October 14, 12:00 p.m.
“In Conversation: Justin Jones, Chris Joyner, and Thomas E. Ricks”
NPL Third Floor Program Room
Featuring Justin Jones, author of The People’s Plaza: Sixty-Two Days of Nonviolent Resistance

October 15, 4:30 p.m.
“In Conversation: Leigh Ann Gardner and Greg Melville”
NPL Conference Room 1B
Featuring Leigh Ann Gardner, author of To Care for the Sick and Bury the Dead: African American Lodges and Cemeteries in Tennessee

October 16, 1:00 p.m.
“In Conversation: Aaron Deter-Wolf, James Hoobler, and Tanya Peres”
NPL Third Floor Program Room
Featuring Aaron Deter-Wolf and Tanya Peres, coauthors of Mastodons to Mississippians: Adventures in Nashville’s Deep Past

October 16, 3:00 p.m.
NPL Commons Room
Chris Crofton, author of The Advice King Anthology

Several authors of Vanderbilt UP books published in past years—Frye Gaillard, Joy Jordan-Lake, and Andrew Maraniss—will also be speaking at this year’s festival about their latest books.

For more information, visit the Southern Festival of Books website.