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Southern Festival of Books

October 5, 2017

Have you picked out who you’re going to see at the Southern Festival of Books October 13-15?
The festival is free and open to the public, and sessions take place at the Main Library and War Memorial Auditorium.

Festival mainstays, always worth seeing 

Rick Bragg: on his new book of essays My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South on Saturday from 3:30-4:30 at War Memorial.

Clyde Edgerton reads from his new edition of Raney on Sunday from 12:00-1:00 at War Memorial.

If you’re a fan of short stories...’ll want to see Tim Gautreaux on Saturday (12:00-1:00 in NPL Conference Room 1A).  

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Then Michael Knight, who wrote one of my favorite short story collections of this year, Eveningland, serves on two short story panels:

  • Library of American presents “Peter Taylor: Collected Stories”, Saturday, 10:00-11:00, NPL Commons
  • Finding the Key of Emotion: The Art of the Short Story, Saturday, 2:00-3:30, NPL Children’s Program Room

Other standouts of the weekend

Ronni Lundy, who wrote the amazing Appalachian cookbook Victuals, is on a panel about Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives on Saturday from 2:30-3:30 in the NPL Commons.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Jennifer Egan discusses her new book Manhattan Beach on Friday, 12:00-1:00, NPL Conference Room 1B.  
Kevin Wilson, probably best known for The Family Fang, talks about his newest book, Perfect Little World, on Saturday from 12:00-1:00 in NPL Special Collections.

Enjoy the festival!

beth winter


Beth works in the Collection Development department.  She loves short stories, memoirs, documentary films, and cookbooks.  Her favorite things about working at the library are knowing in advance about all the new releases and the easy access to her library holds.