The Southern Festival of Books rolled around last weekend and I got to visit again this year (check out last year’s post here). I had a doctor appointment in Nashville on Friday morning, so it worked out that I took the day off work and got to attend the panels I was interested in. It was an introvert’s perfect day!
The main event I was excited about was hearing Sherry and John Petersik speak about their latest book, Lovable Livable Home. Ever since they shut down their blog Young House Love last year, I haven’t been able to find a home design blog that fills their friendly/bright/witty/inspiring void, so it was fun to see them in person and hear about what they’ve been up to. (Sorry to Sherry for the awkward pic! Too many facial expressions.)
Their presentation was great, and the best takeaway came from Sherry: You gotta do you, boo!
After the book signing, I got some lunch at a food truck.. and then the bottom of the sky promptly fell out. There was no choice but to run for the library, since all the vendors were battening down the hatches to save the books. I was completely drenched by the time I made it down the street, but at least there were two panels I was interested in at the library.
First up, There is No Time Left: Post-Apocalyptic Novels with Benjamin Percy and Claire Vaye Watkins. I couldn’t help taking a few notes for work, and I couldn’t resist a quick video too… just listen to this guy’s voice!
Next up was David Levithan, talking about his latest book Another Day. It was so cool to hear one of the YA Lit legends in person, and after a reading he opened up to Q&A from the audience. His books have started so many conversations about identity and it was fun to be a part of that for a few minutes. I scribbled down “YA = the origin story of your identity” and a few other book recommendations – The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black and George by Alex Gino. He was also nice enough to sign books directly after the panel, instead of walking in the rain to the official signing booths at the Colonnade again… which I appreciated!
Luckily I was (almost) dried out by now, and ready to head home.
My bag (and signed books) got soaked… but don’t worry, Google to the rescue!
In case you ever need to dry out a wet book, here’s how:
Insert paper bowels every 15-20 pages, stack other books on top, and replace the paper towels every couple hours when they get damp. After a couple days, my signed copy of Every Day is pretty much back to normal.
In the past couple weeks, the stars aligned and I’ve accumulated three signed books – fun stuff!
Before I leave, here’s a throwback to last year when I got to see Lev Grossman. Can’t wait for next year’s lineup!
More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!