August 30, 2010

Southern Happenings: SoFestofBooks


You all know how I love a festival and there’s one coming up that leaves me tickled pink! I’m referring to the Southern Festival of Books, a weekend-long event taking place in Nashville October 8-10. What better way to celebrate all of our favorite authors and their books than with a huge free event on Nashville’s War Memorial Plaza? The list of authors in attendance is pretty impressive and if you’re on twitter, you can follow sofestofbooks for a chance to win exclusive access to book signings, author meet-and-greets, and more! (I’m on twitter now, too! If you care to follow me…sthrnbellesimpl).


Part of the reason I’m jumping for joy about this event is that I won last week’s twitter contest and will hopefully get a chance to meet one of my favorite authors, Ms. Lee Smith. Her book Fair & Tender Ladies is seriously just that good. I re-read it at least once a year. Another reason I’m looking forward to attending is that the Southern Beau and I fancy ourselves aspiring writers and the man who facilitated our meeting way back when as the professor of my first college creative writing class is going to be at the festival too. Mr. Michael Knight is a talented southern writer and all-around classy gent. We credit him for bringing us together…cue the sappy music and birds flying overhead.

Anywho, since today’s post is about beloved books, I want to know yours! Has there been a book that left you feeling changed for the better? Maybe it’s a volume that you cherished as a child. I’m always looking to expand my library, so please share! And think about attending the Southern Festival of Books…we can meet up!


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  1. As an English teacher (even though I am "retired," I still think of myself as one!), I don't think I can pick out a favorite book or author. That being said, I jumped for joy just today when I found a new book by ONE of my many favorite authors, Barbara Kingsolver, The Lacuna. If you haven't read The Poisonwood Bible, you HAVE to go out, find it, and read it! She is a great story teller, and well she should be because she lives in SOUTHERN Appalachia! Now that alone should give you proper motivation to find her books and read them! ;-)

    Have a great week!

  2. I read "The Help" over the summer. What an amazing book! It's amazing to see how far we've come in such a short time, but also how far we still have to go!

  3. I have to say that I also love Barbara Kingsolver. What a talented writer. Prodigal Summer, The Poisonwood Bible, The Bean Trees and her food masterpiece: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

  4. That sounds like a fun way to spend a weekend.
    One I have picked up over and over since junior high is Anna and the King of Siam. It is from my great-grandmother's collection. Thankfully I come from a long line of people who love to read.

  5. Well, of course it would have to be To Kill a Mockingbird. I would give my eye teeth to meet Harper Lee.

    A recent favorite children's book has been The Tale of Despereaux - just a sweet, sweet book.

    It's been a few years since I last attended the SFB. My husband and I got the chance to hear and meet Shelby Foote, the acclaimed Southern writer (now deceased). Maybe we'll be able to go again this year.

  6. Oh, and as for Ruth's choice...I really need to read that one. I love the movie(s), so you know the book would be even better.

  7. the poisonwood bible is definitely a favorite of mine....and to kill a mockingbird is my very favorite book ever. i haven't read the help, but it's on my list!

    @miss tyla....would love to meet up at the festival! thanks to you i'll be getting a new book from barnes & noble soon, but i still haven't decided on which one! xoxo

  8. That is a TON of authors. I have to say, I think I would totally geek out if I met Fred Thompson. LOVE HIM. And I'm going to have to agree, To Kill a Mockingbird.. it's just hard to beat. I'm a GWTW freak, as well, and pretty much anything Faulkner. I met James Patterson last year and almost couldn't speak. He was pretty awesome. This year, I'm going to get to meet and hear Mary Higgins Clark's daughter, Carol Higgins Clark. I'm feeling a little bad b/c I haven't read any of her stuff. I need to get busy!

  9. @angela...we can geek out together because that's totally how i would act too! my friend was making fun of me when i found out i got the festival pass...i kept saying "i won, i won" over and over to myself because i couldn't believe it!

  10. Oh my goodness!!!! That sounds like the best festival EVER!!!! I want to go!!!!!!!! That's close to my maybe I can make it!!!!

  11. Oh, this sounds like so much fun! You lucky duck! I hope you have a blast :-)


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