Hello again, Nashville book lovers. October is a doozy of a month for local literary events in Nashville. It’s almost scary. Let’s get to it.
The biggest splash will be made by the , running from Friday morning, October 9 to Sunday evening, October 11. If you’d like to meet, listen to, or get your copy of your favorite books signed by big time authors, here is your chance. It’s also a great opportunity to spend time with other book lover from throughout the region. Check out 2015 Southern Festival of Books to map out your plan of attack on the Downtown Nashville Public Library and the Legislative Plaza. Pressed to point out some highlights, the biggies include the schedule now Rick Bragg, Geraldine Brooks, Pat Conroy, David Maraniss, Paul Theroux, Rebecca Wells, Scott Westerfeld, Michael Sims, Kwame Alexander, Karima Bennoune and David Maraniss. There is also an entire pop-out program focusing on young adult fiction and another on Understanding Islam. Rather than depend on me an the places and people I’m excited to check out, to create your own list. visit the site
As part of the Southern Festival of Books, the popular
will return to War Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, October 10 at 8:00 p.m. You can Literary Death Match to see preorder your tickets now Erica Wright, Harrison Scott Key, Alex Sheshunoff and Tiana Clark battle it out cordially to see who is the winner of the night. Hosted by Literary Death Match creator Adrian Todd Zuniga.
Our good friend Chet Weise has been putting together some very interesting events over at Third Man Books. On October 3, they will be hosting a book launch, reading, and fundraiser for their new release,
. Also on Third Man Books’ schedule of awesome, October 13 is the publishing date of Acknowledge: An Anthology of Selected Poems from The Contributor by Sampson Starkweather. PAIN: The Board Game
Three other locals who you should take notice of, and who I have mentioned a time or three on this blog, are
Rita Bullwinkel, Matt Johnstone, and Rashad thaPoet. Rita will be a part of two special events. First, she will be reading at the Regenerates Reading Series curated by The Porch Writers’ Collective at The Stone Fox on Saturday, October 12 at 7 p.m. Second, she will be hosting another on Tuesday, October 27 at 9 p.m., at Bobby’s Idle Hour. In Matt’s case, he is hosting the first E t A l. reading of the season on Saturday, October 3 at 8 p.m. at Sauvage (a new event space for art and literary events in the Wedgewood/Houston neighborhood – 1114 3 Band of Poets rd Avenue South). Right in the middle of the monthly art crawl, Matt will be hosting readings by poets Hannah Gamble, Adam Day, and Nashville’s own TJ Jarrett. Nashville’s own Rashad thaPoet — one of the most amazing wordsmiths around — will be opening for the legendary in an Saul Williams on Sunday, October 4 at 8 p.m. Make plans to visit all of the above. evening of spoken word at Exit/In
Now for the rest of the things you shouldn’t miss.
is hosting several events. On Saturday, October 3 from 2-5 p.m, they have gathered yoga goddess The Porch Writers’ Collective Rachel Mathenia and the coolest poet and teacher in town, Leslie LeChance, for Yoga for , Writers a workshop to help everyone that signs up explore how the practice of yoga can help sustain a healthy writing practice. Secondly, The Porch is hosting a literary costume party called LiterScary on Friday, October 30. Located at their central office at The Skillery (1323 6 th Avenue North), there will be costume contests, scary stories, beer, and more starting at 7 p.m. Don’t be scared to show up.
Don’t be scared thinking that is the end of this month’s blog either. We still have more frightfully fun events to attend. First, with a new location (Zanies) and line-up, the always fabulous
Melanie Vare has scheduled another show. The funny female storytelling series is always packed with talent and good people on and off stage. The next show, Tuesday, October 27, will focus on the theme of fear. That Time of the Month
But don’t forget the monthly staples of Poetry in the Brew with
Ciona Rouse, and East Side Story. always takes place on the second Saturday of each month at Portland Brew East. On Saturday, October 10 at 6pm, Poetry in the Brew will feature guest host Rouse and the event C Ra McGuirt. Rouse will also be hosting two additional events this month. Writing’s On the Wall will be at Atmalogy (2320 West End Ave) on Thursday, October 15 at 6 p.m. The Third-Thursday event rounds up some of the best poetry in town and allows everyone to become a participant. On Friday, October 30 at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Vanderbilt, Rouse will lead another . This month’s event features Bob Beasley, Dana Malone and Lucas Powers. Lyrical Brew
Last, but certainly not least, I’ll leave you with the reminder that I will be hosting two more outstanding East Side Storytellin’ shows this coming month (as I have done each month for nearly 3 years and counting). will feature poet The 68 th edition of East Side Storytellin’ Christine Hall and musician Aaron Lee Tasjan at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street) on Tuesday, October 6. , also at the Post East, will feature author The 69 th edition W.S. Lyon and musician Andrew Leahey on Tuesday, October 20 th. Every East Side Storytellin’ is free to attend and begins promptly at 7 p.m. sharp.
Thank you for spending time with me again, and I hope you get a chance to visit and experience a few, if not all, of the events mentioned above. Also, please remember to be nice to one another out there. I can’t say that enough. And if you are near East Side Story, drop by and say hello.
For a comprehensive list of upcoming literary events, be sure to check the
. Books and Poetry section at NowPlayingNashville.com