Parnassus Books is honored to host the author reveal party for the 2018 Southern Festival of Books!
Join Humanities Tennessee as we announce the initial author lineup for the 30th annual Southern Festival of Books, which runs October 12-14 at War Memorial Plaza and Main Public Library. In addition to the announcement of authors, the art for this year's festival will be revealed, and WNPT will give an update about The Great American Read.
Humanities Tennessee's Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word is a three-day Festival celebrated each year during the second full weekend of October. It is free and open to the public. No advance registration or tickets are required. All seating is on a first-come basis.
The Southern Festival of Books was first held in Nashville on the second full weekend (Friday-Sunday) in October, 1989, and has been held annually on the same weekend since then. One of the first book festivals of its kind, it has inspired hundreds of similar book festivals throughout the nation and beyond.
The Festival has always been a free event that offers readers and writers an opportunity to interact, to create a public community around a festival that promotes and celebrates the joy of reading and of lifelong learning. Each year the Festival brings to Nashville approximately 200 of the nation's and region's most prominent authors, from legendary mystery writers to critically acclaimed debut novelists, from poets to biographers, from chefs to children's authors. Every author on the program takes part in a session, either a solo reading or a panel discussion, followed by a book signing in our Book Signing Tent. Books by all the participating authors are available for sale at Festival book sales area where proceeds support the Festival.
In addition, the Festival hosts popular book exhibitors and programs three performance stages throughout the event. The Performing Arts Stage highlights readings and other dramatic literary performances. The Music Stage features music by some of the area's most talented songwriters and poets. Special events for children take place on the Youth Stage including appearances by favorite characters, musicians, artists, and storytellers.