Words Matter 2.0

Saturday, Sep 6, 2014, 6:00 PM

Words Matter 2.0 is a collaboration bringing together writers, artists and performers in the Memphis area. 

There are several groups with a mix of artistic disciplines in each. Every group starts with words: a literary contribution from a writer. From there, the others in the group  visual artists, musicians, dancers, actors and filmmakers  find collective expression ... read more »

Making Memphis: A Panel Discussion With Memphis Authors

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014, 6-8pm

Join Literacy Mid-South as we kick off the Mid-South Book Festival! Great authors like William Faulkner have written about Memphis since its birth in 1819. From its beautiful homes and parks to its unfortunate legacy of racism and discrimination, Memphis is a potential gold mine for authors.

Join authors Dan Conaway, Willy Bearden, and Corey Mesler as they discuss their passion for ... read more »

Mid-South Book Festival

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014, 10am-4pm

The Festival

The 2014 Mid-South Book Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Memphis Botanic Garden. The event will feature celebrity authors, creative writing seminars, speaking panels, an Emerging Authors exhibition, activities for kids, and much more. 

More information coming soon!  Check out the Book Fest website ... read more »

Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialties

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014, 10:00am

Join us at the Mid-South Book Festival as bestselling author Julia Reed gives a presentation based on the contents of her hit book, Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns and Other Southern Specialties: An Entertaining Life (with Recipes). She will provide tips and personal insight into gracious hosting, successful dinner menus, and charming conversation—all with an ease and simplicity that are ... read more »

A Morning With Daniel Wallace

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014, 11:30am at the Mid-South Book Festival

Daniel Wallace is an author whose tall tales have always challenged readers to question their perceptions and understandings of this world. His novel Big Fish has been adapted into both a blockbuster film and a major Broadway musical. In this speech he will discuss his works and why being a writer is a whole lot more fun than being a veterinary assistant.

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An Evening with Robert Gordon

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014, 6:30pm

As part of the Mid-South Book Festival, this presentation features Grammy award winner Robert Gordon and will be located at the Booksellers at Laurelwood. Gordon will also have Stax performers on hand to play the music chronicled in his book.  The event will be held at the Booksellers at Laurelwood.  

Memphis' Stax Records was an international sensation, putting out hits like ... read more »

Panel Discussion: The Future of Journalism

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014, 11:30am-12:30pm

With the advent of blogging, online news, and social media, journalism has changed dramatically in the last decade. What does journalism look like in the future with all of these changes? Moderator Anna Marie Hartman and a team of journalism professionals including Eric Barnes of the Memphis Daily News, Kyle Veazey of The Commercial Appeal and former newspaper publisher Vince Vawter ... read more »

The First Time I Heard

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014, 11:30am-12:30pm

THE FIRST TIME I HEARD is a series of music-related e-books that collect brief, conversational first-person accounts by musicians and writers about the first time they heard a specific iconic band. The first five books compile essays about the authors' first experiences with (1) David Bowie, (2) Cocteau Twins, (3) The Smiths, (4) Kate Bush, and (5) Joy Division/New Order. The e-book series ... read more »

Journey from the Cotton Fields to the White House

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014, 2:30pm at the Mid-South Book Festival

Author, publisher, and Bill Clinton's personal memoirist, Janis Kearney, discusses her amazing rise as a public figure. She will discuss relationships with civil rights leader Daisy Bates and President William J. Clinton, her roles with the Arkansas State Press, and the Clinton White House. Moderated by Kym Clark of WMC-TV.

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Foodie Sunday at the Mid-South Book Festival

Sunday, Sep 28, 2014, Begins at 1:00pm

Our final day of the Mid-South Book Festival will end on a high note with our celebrity cookbook authors providing demonstrations to audience members and book signings! Join us at The Booksellers at Laurelwood for a day of food, fun, and books! The schedule for the day is:

1:00pm Paul and Angela Knipple

2:00pm Jennifer Chandler

3:00pm Perre ... read more »