One of our favorite things about living in Nashville is the great variety of cultural events. As a company who takes our name from one of the most influential playwrights of the our time, one of our favorites takes place this weekend, October 10-12 at the Legislative Plaza in downtown Nashville. The Southern Festival of Books is a free event that offers “readers and writers an opportunity to interact, and create a public community that promotes and celebrates the joy of reading and of lifelong learning.” In short, if you love books, reading and writing, this Festival is for you.
Each year the Festival brings about 250 of the nation’s and region’s finest authors to Nashville. There are mystery writers, acclaimed bestselling and debut novelists, poets, biographers, chefs and children’s authors. Every author on the program takes part in a session, either a solo reading or a panel discussion, followed by a book signing in the Author Signing Colonnade. Books by all the participating authors are available for sale at Festival book sales area, where proceeds support the Festival.
There’s also entertainment throughout the weekend. The Chapter 16 Stage highlights readings and other literary performances. The Café Stage features music by some of the area’s most talented songwriters and poets. Children events take place on the Youth Stage, with appearances by favorite characters, musicians, artists, and storytellers.
This year, we at Nashville Shakes are excited to be a part of the entertainment portion of the festival. On Sunday, October 12, from 1:00 – 1:45 pm, we will be presenting “Shakespeare and Songs” on the Artober Nashville stage at War Memorial Plaza in Downtown Nashville. Brian Russell and Denice Hicks will present scenes and monologues from the best of the Bard and Randy Lancaster will share a few of Shakespeare’s songs he has put to music. So come out to the plaza, grab lunch at a food truck and lend us your ears!
Nashville Shakes is proud to partner with Artober Nashville and the Southern Festival of Books this year, and would love to see you out on the Plaza. We’ll also be a friendly ear to share all your fantastic author moments with.
See you down there!
For more information, including schedule and visiting authors, visit the Tennessee Department of Humanities website.