I spent yesterday and today in downtown Nashville OD-ing on authors and book signings at the Southern Festival of Books. My love for this festival goes back a long way and is sort of a family tradition. My dad is a book fiend and haunter of library sales, my mom is a librarian, and I will be a librarian (officially) next summer. We've all been going to the festival for years now, and it's something we always look forward to every October. This year didn't disappoint (except for when it rained cats and dogs and all the books on sale got wet and curled up!)
Here are just a few of the highlights of the festival for me:
- Roy Blount, Jr., author of Alphabet Juice.
- Brad Gooch, author of Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor.
- Ron Rash, author of Serena.
- Beth Pattillo, author of Jane Austen Ruined My Life.
- Robert Hicks, author of A Separate Country.
- A. Manette Ansay, author of Good Things I Wish You.
- Buzz Aldrin, author of Magnificent Desolation. Not to mention an ASTRONAUT!
- Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help.
For a list of all authors and sessions at the festival, click here.
And here are the books I snagged this weekend: