Hello and welcome back to Beard on Books! Before we get to other events I recommend you attend this month, let’s address the literary elephant in the city this month: The 29th Southern Festival of Books at Legislative Plaza. You can find the entire schedule and information for the October 13-15 weekend of literary love on the Festival’s website, but I’ll share some of the events that grab my attention:
Friday, October 13:
4-5 p.m. at the Artober Performing Arts Stage: Southern Word will be hosting a very special performance.
Saturday, October 14:
11 a.m.- noon at the NPL Conference Room 1B: Author Johnathon Scott Barrett will be sharing “Good Food and Good Company: Dining at the Southern Table.”
11 a.m. – noon at the NPL Special Collections Room: Author Peter Cooper will be sharing “Johnny’s Cash and Charley’s Pride: Lasting Legends and Untold Adventures in Country Music.”
Noon – 1 p.m. at the NPL Special Collections Room: Author Kevin Wilson will be sharing “Perfect Little World.”
Noon-1 p.m. at the Nashville Public Library Commons Room: Author Victoria Schwab will be sharing “Talismans and Time Travelers: YA Novels of Magic.”
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. in the NPL Banner Room: Artist Janet Lee will be sharing “Pictures and Thousands of Words: Storytelling Through Graphic Novels.”
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the NPL Banner Room: Poet Ciona Rouse will be sharing “Constructing Home: The Role of Place in Three Poetry Collections.”
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the NPL Auditorium: I will be hosting “A Conversation with Minton Sparks.
Sunday, October 15:
Noon – 12:45 p.m. at the Youth Stage: Bill Crosby and the Bahama Llama Orchestra will be performing original children’s music.
Noon – 1 p.m. at the NPL Conference Room 1A: Authors Odie Lindsey and Mary Gauthier will be sharing “The Words and the Music: Telling Veteran’s Stories.”
1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. at the Youth Stage: Michael “Supe” Granda will perform original children’s music under Silly Grandpa.
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the NPL Conference Room 3: Poet Jeff Hardin will be sharing “Alone Together: Poems & Our Collective Being.”
Poetry Readings and Open Mics
Poetry in the Brew, the open mic series with featured guests, takes place every second Saturday of the month at Portland Brew East (1921 Eastland Avenue). This month, on Saturday, October 14, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., the event will feature Tennessee poet and author Jamal Jazz Ukwu, The event is free to attend and fills up quickly.
Ciona Rouse hosts the Writings on the Wall series at Atmalogy (2320 West End Avenue) on the third Thursday, October 19, at 6:30 p.m. The theme of this show will be “Ghosts.” If you want to be a part of this event by sharing your original poetry (up to 3 pieces), please write Rouse at email@example.com. Rouse also hosts Lyrical Brew on Friday, October 27, at 7 p.m, at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt University (2501 West End Avenue). For more information about Lyrical Brew, keep tabs on Facebook. Rouse will also be recognized at the October 21 Creatives Day at the Nashville Public Library. See Below for more info.
Hosted by Honest Lewis, DNR Publishing presents A Night of Free Speech on Wednesday, October 25, from 7-10 p.m., at Twin Kegs 2 (413 Thompson Lane). NOFS offers an uncensored and open environment for everyone, no matter style or subject matter. There are 5-7 minute time slots scheduled on a first-come basis with early sign-in starting at 6:30 p.m. Help spread the word about the event, and bring your own word and ideas.
Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling, hosted by Michael McRay, gives nine people have up to ten minutes each to tell a real story from their lives. Each month has a theme, and every month is free to attend. On Monday, October 23, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., at Douglas Corner Café on 8th, the theme of the October show will be “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”
In conjunction with the Southern Festival of Books, Third Man Books (623 7th Avenue South) will be hosting Fiction Strange as Life on October 13. It will feature Kiini Ibura Salaam, Pinkney Benedict, Betsy Phillips, and music by ORNAMENT. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Matt Johnstone has a very special, Southern Festival of Books-ish, Et Al. Poetry Reading that will celebrate amazing talent, local and afar. On Friday, October 13, at Sauvage (1114b 3rd Avenue South, Nashville), at 7 p.m., Matt will feature two visiting poets, Matt Tyler Flynn Dorholt and Ken L. Walker, along Tennessee’s own, Jeff Hardin. The readings and music are free, but there is a full bar to accommodate the spirits. There will also be a special after-party at Mercy Lounge.
Scarritt Bennett Center hosts its monthly Poet’s Corner series on Thursday, October 26, at 7 p.m. The featured poets for this round of reading will be Keegan Cook Finberg and Freya Sachs. It is free and open to the public.
Creatives’ Day Celebration at The Nashville Public Library
Saturday, October 21 is Creatives Day in Nashville, and the Nashville Public Library will be celebrating with events from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Among the many artists performing will be the aforementioned Ciona Rouse. From the official description:
Creatives’ Day provides community and economic support to artists, poets, storytellers, makers, and musicians living and working in Nashville, TN and surrounding counties. This year we are celebrating our 2nd annual “Creatives’ Day” Celebration in partnership with Downtown Nashville Public Library on Saturday, October 21st, 2017, 11:30 am – 4:30 pm. Participating organizations this year include the US Small Business Association, Casa Azafran, Nashville Public Library, the Mayor’s Office for Affordable Housing and the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville. This is a FREE, family-friendly event to celebrate the diverse community of Tennessee-area artists and arts-focused organizations. Activities include, but not limited to live music, face painting, food, arts and crafts activities for kids, children’s theater, funding and affordable housing resources for Creatives, a community art crawl zone, and much more! Make your free reservation now at cd17.eventbrite.com.
Poetic Soul Sessions
Imani Rhemi will host Poetic Soul Sessions Vol. IV, featuring Dichotomy, on Sunday, October 8 at 7 p.m at City Winery. Dichotomy infuses self-composed and written music with the poetry and prose of his verses to encompass the transparent emotion of thoughts that are unspoken, yet felt. Tickets are $20 and are expected sell out.
Parnassus and Salon@615
Parnassus Books has dozen of author events each month, in the store and around town as part of the Salon@615 partnership with the Nashville Public Library Foundation. This month’s calendar includes Salon@615 events with Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (“It Devours”) and John Green (“Turtles All The Way Down”), Nathan Englander (“Dinner at the Center of the Earth”), John Pavlovitz (“A Bigger Table”), Radney Foster (“For You To See the Stars”), Sharon Cameron (“The Knowing”) and More. See the complete list of visiting authors at Parnassus.net.
The Porch Writer’s Collective revives its hosting of the Idle Hour Reading Series this month at Bobby’s Idle Hour (1028 16th Ave. South) on October 20 at 7 p.m. with readings by Kerri French, Stephanie Davis, Jenna Dorian and NowPlayingNashville’s own Joe Pagetta. The Porch also continues its excellent workshops and visiting writers series. On October 12, it welcomes Mississippi Poet Laureate Beth Ann Fennelly for Make Me a Hummingbird: Salvos into the World of Micro-Memoirs. On October 14, from 2 – 5 p.m., Amy Lyles Wilson will lead Writing for All: Honoring the Process. And then a event we’re really looking forward to, Afoot & Lighthearted: Writing on the Trail at Radnor Lake. Over three Saturday mornings, Bonnie Smith Whitehouse, Ph.D., Professor of English at Belmont University, will use walking as a tool to revive creativity and refresh the imagination. The theme of each class will be “a sense of place,” “attention,” and “exploration.” Get the Porch’s entire workshop, class and event schedule at its website.
East Side Storytellin’
I will again be hosting two East Side Storytellin’ shows in October. East Side Storytellin’ 116, on Tuesday, October 3, at 7 p.m. at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street) features James Collins and Abigail Flowers. Two weeks later, on October 17, at the same venue and time, East Side Storytellin’ 117 will feature Carter F. Smith and Ali Sperry. Both events are free and BYOB.
Meanwhile, bring out your babies, toddlers, and loved ones and join us every Saturday in October, at Cheekwood (1200 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville). East Side Story is honored once again to sit in and lead Storytime in the Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden, the Children’s Storytelling series portion of Cheekwood Harvest. Every Saturday, from 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., we will be spotlighting a different local Children’s book author.
October 7 – Scot Sax
October 14 – Julie Sola
October 21- Mark Sloniker
I hope to see you at everything above, especially all of the events involving East Side Storytellin’, Cheekwood, and the Southern Festival of Books. Until then, I hope you have a great month ahead. Remember to be nice to one another out there.
Ed. Note. Beard on Books is survey of events. For a comprehensive list of upcoming literary events, be sure to check the Arts > Literary section at NowPlayingNashville.com.