Southern Festival of Books 2014

The dates for the 2014 Southern Festival of Books have been announced. This year’s Festival will be held October 10 – 12, with the Women’s National Book Association’s Coffee with Authors event on Saturday morning, October 11. (Details coming soon!). A list of authors currently scheduled for the Southern Festival of Books can be found on the Humanities Tennessee website

Southern Festival of Books / WNBA’s Coffee with Authors

SFOBposter3_small finalThe 25th annual Southern Festival of Books will be held on October 11-13, 2013 at Legislative Plaza in Downtown Nashville! Check out the list of Festival Sessions and authors, including the WNBA’s Signature Event, Coffee with Authors, at the Nashville Public Library, Conference Room 1B, on Saturday, October 12. Doors open at 9 a.m. Check out the National Reading Group Month website for more information.

Volunteers Needed

Coffee with Authors, NRGM Signature EventWe need volunteers for our NRGM Coffee with Authors signature event at the Southern Festival of Books to be held on Saturday morning, October 12. Help is needed to stuff goody bags before the event. At the event, volunteers are needed to hand out goody bags, plate and serve breakfast bites, and help with cleanup. Please contact Lee Fairbend at for more information.

Member Kathleen Dietz will be looking for people to drive authors to and from the airport. Contact if you can help.

Libby Simons is looking for members to help at WNBA’s booth at the Southern Festival. Please contact Libby at for more information.

Nashville Mayor Presents NRGM Proclamation

National Reading Group Month ProclamationThe WNBA Nashville chapter was honored to have Nashville Mayor Karl Dean on hand to present the NRGM Proclamation at the National Reading Group Month Signature Event, Coffee with Authors, on Saturday, October 13, 2012. The proclamation concludes by stating: “Now, therefore, be it resolved that I, Karl F. Dean, Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, do hereby join the Nashville Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association in celebrating National Reading Group Month and welcoming the distinguished group of featured authors to our city.”

The featured authors for this year’s Signature Event, co-sponsored by the Nashville Public Library and Parnassus Books, were best-selling authors Ben Fountain (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Ecco/HarperCollins; 2012 National Book Award Finalist), Christopher Tilghman (The Right-Hand Shore, Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 2012 Great Group Reads selection), Gail Tsukiyama (A Hundred Flowers, St. Martin’s Press), and Karen Thompson Walker (The Age of Miracles, Random House). In an encore appearance, Nashville Public Radio WPLN All Things Considered host Nina Cardona led the panel-program.

Coffee with Authors Update

Coffee with Authors, NRGM Signature Event

There are still a few spaces left for the WNBA-Nashville Chapter NRGM Signature Event, Coffee with Authors, this Saturday, October 13, which starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Nashville Public Library. Reservations are required. E-mail Joanne Slaughter at joanne[at] to reserve your seat. Time is running out! Save your space today for this sought after event. Check the National Reading Group Month page for more information.

Trick or Treat for UNICEF

Trick or Treat for UNICEF, WNBA-Nashville

It’s October – the month that WNBA participates in TOT – Trick or Treat for UNICEF, which features the little orange boxes. The Nashville chapter had notable success last year, collecting over $500 for UNICEF at the National Reading Group Month Signature Event. For those planning to attend the Coffee with Authors event this year on October 13, please be sure to make your donation when the Trick or Treat bag comes your way!

Volunteers Needed – Coffee with Authors

We’re preparing for Coffee with Authors (formerly Breakfast with Authors) to be held Saturday, October 13 at the Downtown Public Library, and we need some help.

On Friday, October 12, at 9:30 a.m. we’ll be setting up the coffee room, plating the food, and stuffing the goody bags with books, etc.

On Saturday morning, October 13 at 8:30 a.m. we’ll be setting out the food, registering folks, giving them coffee, and ushering those who pre-registered to the auditorium. We need help at the auditorium doors, too.

After the panel discussion, which ends at 11:00 a.m., we’ll be handing out the goody bags and cleaning out our things since there are sessions immediately following our event.  

Let me know if you can help with any or all of this. We appreciate you! Please e-mail me.
Thanks, Lee