Southern Festival of Books sets 2013 author lineup for annual event

The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word has announced a lineup of bestselling and award-winning authors set to headline the 25th annual Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, Oct. 11-13.

The roster includes Bill Bryson (One Summer: America, 1927), Karen Joy Fowler (We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves), Kevin Henkes (The Year of Billy Miller), Ayana Mathis (The Twelve Tribes of Hattie), Jon Meacham, (Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power), Chuck Palahniuk (Doomed), Alan Weisman (Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?) and Meg Wolitzer (The Interestings).

The Festival also welcomes Southern favorites such as Ron Rash, (Nothing Gold Can Stay), Lee Smith (Guests on Earth) and Clyde Edgerton (Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers). As a nod to the festival’s noteworthy anniversary, seven authors that participated in the first Southern Festival of Books in 1989 will return for the 2013 festival.

The Southern Festival of Books is a free, three-day celebration of the written word that annually attracts about 20,000 attendees to meet their favorite authors, as well as experience the weekend’s abundance of books, food, entertainment and culture. The festival is a fixture of fall in the South and has become one of the most popular literary events in the country.

The Southern Festival of Books is held at Legislative Plaza in downtown Nashville and at the Nashville Public Library. Each year, the Festival features a diverse collection of authors to discuss and sign their books.