The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word will host a lineup of bestselling and award-winning authors at its 25th annual celebration in Nashville Oct. 11-13.
The roster includes Bill Bryson ("One Summer: America, 1927"), Karen Joy Fowler ("We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves"), Kevin Henkes ("The Year of Billy Miller"), Ayana Mathis ("The Twelve Tribes of Hattie"), Jon Meacham, ("Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power"), Chuck Palahniuk ("Doomed"), Alan Weisman ("Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?") and Meg Wolitzer ("The Interestings").
The Festival also welcomes Southern favorites such as Ron Rash, ("Nothing Gold Can Stay") and Clyde Edgerton ("Papadaddy's Book for New Fathers").
The Southern Festival of Books is a free, three-day celebration that annually attracts about 20,000 attendees to meet their favorite authors and experience the weekend's abundance of books, food, entertainment and culture. It is held at Legislative Plaza in downtown Nashville and at the Nashville Public Library.
Additional highlights of the 2013 Festival roster include:
As a nod to the festival's noteworthy anniversary, seven authors that participated in the first Southern Festival of Books in 1989 will return for the 2013 festival: Roy Blount, Jr., Allan Gurganus ("Local Souls"), Bobbie Ann Mason ("The Girl in the Blue Beret"), Jill McCorkle ("Life After Life"), Cathie Pelletier ("The One-Way Bridge"), Lee Smith ("Guests on Earth") and Alana White ("The Sign of the Weeping Virgin").
Children's authors, husband/wife duo Philip Stead ("Hello My Name is Ruby") and Erin Stead ("If You Want to See a Whale"), best known for their 2011 Caldecott Medal book, "A Sick Day for Amos McGee."
Renowned young adult authors Kevin Henkes ("The Year of Billy Miller") of "Lily's Purple Plastic Purse" fame and Daniel Kirk ("Library Mouse: Home Sweet Home").
Cookbook author, TV host, and chair of the Charleston Food and Wine Festival, Nathalie Dupree ("Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking").
Literary debut authors Suzanne Rindell with her 1920s-set thriller "The Other Typist," a buzz book that will be turned into a movie starring Keira Knightley, and summer blockbuster authors Anton DiSclanfani ("The Yohnalassee Riding Camp for Girls"), Therese Ann Fowler ("Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald"), Amity Gaige ("Schroder"), Elliot Holt ("You Are One of Them") Helene Wecker ("The Golem and the Jinni") and Teddy Wayne ("The Love Song of Jonny Valentine").
The festival will feature three stages geared towards specific audiences:
The Youth Stage will highlight storytellers, musicians, poets, songwriters, hands-on crafts and classic book characters to encourage reading, creating and sharing stories, and singing together for kids and kids-at-heart alike.
The Cafe Stage will reflect Music City's claim to fame, featuring a stellar lineup of popular musicians and local favorites.
In a tribute to the state of Tennessee's rich literary heritage, the Ch. 16 Stage will feature local Tennessee writers, readers and performers.
Nashville's famed food trucks in the Charlotte Avenue Food Truck line-up will include: Yayo's OMG, Bolton's, Deg Thai, Slow & Low BBQ, Grilled Cheeserie, Provence Breads & Cafe, Jeni's Ice Cream, and new to the scene, Crepe A Diem.
The full Festival lineup and more information about each author can be found online at www.humanitiestennessee.org/sofestofbooks.
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