The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word is a three-day literary Festival celebrated each year during the second full weekend of October. It is free and open to the public. No advance registration or tickets are required. All seating is on a first-come basis.
Come one, come all, October 9-11 To War Memorial Plaza in lovely downtown Nashville. Go to the website to check out the amazingly long ilst of horribly famous authors you've known for years, and new blood you might want to check out. Follow them on Twitter (@SoFestofBooks) -- they're doing fun author trivia contests and giving away free books every Friday. For sure you should come see me host the Young, Fanged, and Undead panel. It will take place on Sunday, October 11 from 2:30-4:00 and features Melissa de la Cruz's The Van Alen Legacy, Daniel Waters' Kiss of Life, and David Macinnis Gill's Soul Enchilada. (David and I go waaaaaay back -- we were Orson Scott Card Boot Campmates together in 2003. Expect there to be some ribbing.)
And check out this official 2009 poster! It's one of the best ones yet. The one on my wall starts out red at the top left and fades to purple by the bottom right...it's really super lovely. A lot of people get the poster and then hang out all weekend, trying to get signatures from every single one of the guest authors. It's a pretty classy idea. I'm tempted to try it myself!