Here at BookPage we are getting very excited about this weekend's Southern Festival of Books, held right here in Nashville.
It would be impossible to see everyone at the SFoB, but I am going to do my best to hear:
- Audrey Niffenegger talk about The Night Bookmobile.
- Holly LeCraw talk about "Plumbing the Depths (and Shallows) of Love" in a debut novel—I enjoyed her book The Swimming Pool and reviewed it for BookPage.
- Jay Jennings speak on stories of race in America. (As I wrote a couple weeks ago, Jennings' book Carry the Rock takes place at my high school.)
- Adam Ross read from Mr. Peanut—if only out of curiosity for which passage he'll choose. (I heard he really mixed things up down at Square Books in Oxford, MS.)
- Hampton Sides speak on his book Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin.
- Since my mom's a big fan of Lee Smith, I'm sure we'll drop in on the session about Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger.
- And I will definitely be at Louis Sachar's session on The Cardturner...because I'm moderating the Q&A!
Looking at this schedule is already making me a little nervous that I won't get to everything—and these sessions are only the tip of the iceberg. Will any local readers be attending events at the festival?
If you can't make it, follow the action live on Twitter with the #SoFest hashtag. Visit The Book Case next week for a report on all the festivities.