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Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books

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…
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books
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 Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books
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..
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books
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.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books
It was also a great chance to see the Nashville Public Library – you know I love visiting new libraries!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books
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.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books
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!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books
Can you tell it was the highlight of the day for me??  Just for funsies, here’s a comparison of 2012 & 2014:
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books
 More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!
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6 thoughts on “Nashville City Sights: Southern Festival of Books

  1. Hi LadyKatie,

    I have just been browsing through your blog and enjoyed reading your post about the Southern Festival of Books.

    I am currently doing a research project for my uni about audience experience at literary festivals and I’m looking for people who might have time to take my opinion survey. It’s likely to take between 15 minutes to half an hour, depending on how much thought you put in! If you’d be able to, that would be greatly appreciated – I would love to hear your opinions – and you can access it at http://monasheducation.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eS5yuFzISslKPTT

    Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or comments – you can email me at maweb5 [at] student.monash.edu

    Anyway, no worries if you don’t have the time – happy new year, and all the best for 2015.

    Millicent

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