Southern Festival of Books 2009

The 21st Southern Festival of Books, October 9-11  at War Memorial Plaza and the Tennessee State Capitol in downtown Nashville is now one for the history books. It went from a tornado warning on Friday to a cool, crisp Saturday to a perfect, sunshiney Sunday. The Council for the Written Word displayed books of its members in Booth #3.

CWW Booth

CWW Booth

Manning the booth above are Sally Lee, Bob Gross, Kathy Rhodes, and Nancy Allen. CWW members who displayed their titles were Bill Peach, Kathy Rhodes, Nancy Allen, Ginger Manley, Sally Lee, Max Sanders, Bob Gross, and Currie Alexander Powers.

Promoting CWW and Gathering

Promoting CWW and Gathering

On center display was our new council anthology, Gathering: Writers of Williamson County. Shown above are Dave Stewart (2007-2009 CWW Vice President) and Kathy Rhodes (2007-2009 CWW President).

Gathering on the Ingram table

Gathering on the Ingram table

Gathering was sold at the big book table in the signing colonnade, shown above next to Bill Peach’s new book.

Panel

Panel

At noon on Sunday, Madison Smartt Bell, Currie Alexander Powers, Kathy Rhodes, and Bill Peach led a session on Gathering. Attendance was good, surprisingly, as it was so close to church time. We each read from the book and discussed CWW, Southern writing, and how Williamson County has influenced our work. Then we proceeded to the signing colonnade and sat behind the long row of tables to sign a few copies.

Signing Schedule

Signing Schedule

Our panelists are listed on the “big” official signing schedule in the colonnade.

It was a fabulous experience!

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2 Comments on “Southern Festival of Books 2009”

  1. Wish I could have been there! Was still in Seaside after the Escape to Create Writers Conference, which was awesome. Wish these venues didn’t overlap.

  2. Sorry I missed this. I ran over amid the rain! on Friday afternoon around 2 after two meetings and stayed till daylight’s end. Heard the tail end (tale end?) (tale’s end?) (tales’ end?) of Bill. Chatted w/ folks at the booth. And then worked the rest of the weekend on my book due out next month. Need to get back to you. Details! Details! Cheers!


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