Mark your calendars! The Southern Festival of Books is October 11-13. The festival takes place at Nashville Public Library and War Memorial Plaza and is free and open to the public.
Here are just a few sessions I'd recommend. Also, don't miss the annual Main Library Book Sale, going on throughout the Festival.
Friday, October 11
The festival kicks off with a dilemma: a rare chance to see Ottessa Moshfegh, or Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman with her captivating memoir of playing violin in a fake orchestra?
My Year of Rest and Relaxation
NPL auditorium, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
A-memoir-ica: Beauty, Deception and Deep Truths by Way of Stage and Screen
NPL Conference Room 1B, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 12
On Saturday, the underrated Southern comic writer George Singleton appears with Belle Boggs and Brock Clarke.
American Misadventures: Tragicomic Tales
NPL Commons, 12:00-1:30
Saturday afternoon is packed with local celebrities (again in competing time slots!):
In Conversation: Ann Patchett & Margaret Renkl
War Memorial Auditorium, 2:00-3:00
Skillet Love: The Recipes, Styling, and Photos that Made the Book
NPL Conference Room 1A, 2:00-3:00
Then at 3:00, Saeed Jones will discuss his memoir about coming of age as a gay black man in the South, one of the most highly anticipated books of the fall:
How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir
NPL Conference Room 1B, 3:00-4:00
Sunday, October 13
My favorite pick for Sunday is Casey Cep, who will discuss her strange but effective hybrid of a true crime story and a biography of Harper Lee.
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee
NPL auditorium, 12:00-1:00
For all the details, visit the Southern Festival of Books website.