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The Southern Festival of Books

The Southern Festival of Books

   I know it’s crazy, but this was my first book festival. I printed the schedule for the day and highlighted all of the authors that I would be interested in hearing. Walking into the Nashville Public Library was like a movie. It is absolutely gorgeous and huge!!! There were three stories of books and rooms to hear about books!  

 

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   First up on my list was a panel of three authors: Erin McGill, Alysson Bourque, and Jessica Young. They have all written books where an animal is the main character. I think I was smiling the entire time. It is just so fun for me to hear illustrators and authors speak about how they got to the finished product of a book, on a shelf, in bookstores.  

 

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   Next, was Javaka Steptoe. His most recent book is titled, Radiant Child. It is a picture book about the early life of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Javaka has won at least two awards for this book. I love that he is an artist, who wrote a book about an artist. 

 

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   Lastly, I heard two brilliant authors: Stacy McAnulty and Judy Schachner. Stacy wrote a book I have reviewed recently, so I was honored to meet her. She has written a long line of spectacular books, most recently, Brave. Stacy was there to speak about a book I must get called, Sarabella’s Thinking Cap.  They were both incredibly interesting people. Stacy was a engineer who worked on seating for airplanes and Stacy designed greeting cards for Hallmark. 

 

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   This was a day I will remember forever. Thank you Humanities Tennessee for putting on such a spectacular festival. Also, thank you to Joshua, who was very patient with my pictures and excitement over children’s books!  

The Cookie Jar Cafe

The Cookie Jar Cafe

Fall Creek Falls

Fall Creek Falls