Southern Festival of Books Announces Virtual and In-Person Dates

Tennessee’s Largest Literary Event Returns for its 33rd Year with Virtual and In-Person Programming

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  – Humanities Tennessee is pleased to announce that the 33rd annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word will take place in-person, Saturday and Sunday, October 9-10 at downtown’s War Memorial Plaza. Organizers of the event, the state’s largest literary festival, are planning activities in accordance with state and CDC public health guidelines.

“With the support of our event partners and sponsors, we look forward to presenting an engaging and safe in-person festival that book-lovers across the state know and love,” said Tim Henderson, Executive Director of Humanities Tennessee.

The festival and its programming will be free for all attendees, as part of Humanities Tennessee’s commitment to foster community and civility through stories, history, arts, and culture throughout the state. Due to the pandemic, the Festival will be scaled back this year. Dates for the festival have been altered as the event will take place over two days rather than the traditional three. All author sessions will take place outside on War Memorial Plaza, with the exception of a few sessions held in the War Memorial Auditorium, where seating will be limited and festival-goers will be required to use appropriate social distancing.

Online programming will also be offered leading up to the event.

“The health and safety of our festival-goers, authors and staff is our priority, and this year will be no exception. We’ll offer something for everyone as has always been a hallmark of the Festival. We hope our plans for both an in-person event and a virtual experience will broaden our reach and allow book-lovers to celebrate the written word in the manner that feels most comfortable to them.”

More details about this year’s author lineup, the festival’s ‘Authors in the Round’ fundraising dinner and online programming will be shared in the coming weeks.

For more information on the Festival, please visit

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