One of my favorite authors, Lev Grossman, blogged some time ago about his upcoming appearances, including the Southern Festival of Books in October, so of course I checked it out… lo & behold, it’s an annual event in Nashville! So you know I had to go…
It was overcast but the sun peeked out throughout the afternoon, so fortunately it didn’t rain on us. We browsed the stalls, bought a couple books, and ate lunch at the food trucks. But the best part by far was the author sessions! The whole weekend was jam packed with them (and all free!) but there were two in particular I wanted to see on Sunday – Jacqueline Woodson and Lev Grossman, of course.
The War Memorial Plaza was a part of downtown that I hadn’t seen before, so it was fun to check it out.
The first session I wanted to see was Jacqueline Woodson talking about her latest novel Brown Girl Dreaming. It was really cool to hear her voice as she recited (from memory) several passages and verse from her last few works, as well as her newest novel. The Q&A was really fun too..
I intended to buy Brown Girl Dreaming to have it signed, and I was super bummed when I found out it was sold out. But I got my program signed at least.
It was also a great chance to see the Nashville Public Library – you know I love visiting new libraries!
I’ve followed Lev Grossman’s Magician trilogy over the last few years, so I was excited to see him (again!) for a great session and book signing afterward. The session was so much fun – and even after hearing his story from several different angles over the past few years, it was very cool to hear him in person. And again, the Q&A was great.
Fun fact… the guy in front of us struck up a conversation while we were waiting in line, and he was actually visiting from the military base in Columbus, MS. Small world!
Can you tell it was the highlight of the day for me?? Just for funsies, here’s a comparison of 2012 & 2014:
More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!