12:00 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Auditorium

Ada Calhoun

Memoir

A staggering memoir from New York Times-bestselling author Ada Calhoun traces her fraught relationship with her father and their shared obsession with a great poet.

 12:00 pm, Oct 14
 Music Stage

Music Stage: Nashville Ukulele Groove

Music Stage

 12:00 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Third Floor Program Room

In Conversation: Justin Jones, Chris Joyner, Thomas E. Ricks

Non-Fiction

Scholars and activists discuss the fight for racial equality in the South, both in the past and the present.

 12:00 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Conference Room 3

Josh Floyd: IngramSpark

Multi-Genre

Join Josh Floyd from Ingram Spark to learn about opportunities for independent publishing.

 12:00 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Conference Room 1B

In Conversation: Alex Jahangir, Emily Mendenhall

Non-Fiction

Dr. Alex Jahangir and Emily Mendenhall have the inside scoop on the coronavirus pandemic. Join them as they reveal their unique perspectives and careers.

 12:00 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Commons Room

In Conversation: Lana K.W. Austin, Madison Smartt Bell

Fiction

Popular writers Austin and Bell as discuss power, intrigue, and the supernatural in new novels.

 12:00 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Special Collections Room

In Conversation: Adria Bernardi, Sherry Robinson, Susan Underwood

Fiction

Writers explore themes of feminism, community and healing.

 12:00 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Conference Room 1A

George Singleton

Short Stories

Thirty stories, collected in one volume for the very first time, from one of the South's best known and most acclaimed short story writers.

 1:00 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Ada Calhoun

Signings

 1:00 pm, Oct 14
 Performance Stage

Performance Stage: Tom House

Performance Stage

(Poetry / Music) Nashville-based poet and singer-songwriter known worldwide for his unique recordings and performances. His poetry has a “rough” edge that remains true to the character and situation of the narrative.

 1:00 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: George Singleton

Signings

 1:00 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Conference Room 3

In Conversation: Lisa Dordal, John C. Mannone, Annette Sisson

Poetry

Poets discuss the art and science of poetry. Explore with them themes of love, nature, life, and human connection.

 1:00 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Conference Room 1B

Signing: Alex Jahangir, Emily Mendenhall

Signings

 1:00 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Third Floor Program Room

Kimberly Brock

Fiction

In this sweeping tale from award-winning author Kimberly Brock, the answers to a real-life mystery may be found in the pages of a story that was always waiting to be written.

 1:00 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Adria Bernardi, Sherry Robinson, Susan Underwood

Signings

 1:00 pm, Oct 14

Signing: Josh Floyd

Signings

 1:00 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Conference Room 1A

In Conversation: Kendra Allen, Toya Wolfe

Multi-Genre

Novelists explore coming-of-age in the midst of racist institutions. Join them and learn their perspectives on racism, healing, and the effects of oppression.

 1:00 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Justin Jones, Chris Joyner, Thomas E. Ricks

Signings

 1:00 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Lana K.W. Austin, Madison Smartt Bell

Signings

 1:00 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Commons Room

Wayne Flynt

Memoir

The hours spent visiting, in intimate closeness, are still cherished by Wayne Flynt. They yielded revelations large and small, which have been shaped into Afternoons with Harper Lee.

 1:15 pm, Oct 14
 Music Stage

Music Stage: Los Tremendous Barbaros

Music Stage

 1:30 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Special Collections Room

In Conversation: Katharine Burnett, Jill Anderson

Non-Fiction

Charting the gender, race, and class constructions at work in regional aesthetics, The Tacky South explores what shifting notions of tackiness reveal about US culture as a whole and the role that region plays in addressing national and global issues of culture and identity.

 1:30 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Conference Room 1B

In Conversation: Dr. Zaid Brifkani, Marie Myung-Ok Lee

Fiction

Join two novelists in a conversation about pursuing a dream while dealing with family myths and inheritances.

 1:30 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Auditorium

Scott Sauls

Religion

Find the freedom from regret, hurt, and fear that God wants for you while discovering joy, relief, and hope as you become the beautiful human he created you to be.

 2:00 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Kimberly Brock

Signings

 2:00 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Conference Room 3

Tajja Isen

Essays

This is a fearless and darkly comic essay collection about race, justice, and the limits of good intentions.

 2:00 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Commons Room

David Haskell

Environment/Climate Change

This is a lyrical exploration of the diverse sounds of our planet, the creative processes that produced these marvels, and the perils that sonic diversity now faces.

 2:00 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Wayne Flynt

Signings

 2:00 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Lisa Dordal, John C. Mannone, Annette Sisson

Signings

 2:00 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Third Floor Program Room

Becca Andrews

Non-Fiction

An in-depth look at the legacy of Roe v. Wade, and on-the-ground reporting from the front lines of the battle to protect the right to choose.

 2:00 pm, Oct 14
 Performance Stage

Performance Stage: Southern Word

Performance Stage

 2:30 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Jill Anderson, Katharine Burnett

Signings

 2:30 pm, Oct 14
 Music Stage

Jack Silverman

Music Stage

Instrumental music spanning noir, free jazz, bluegrass and even the Grateful Dead. All these ingredients run through the Jack Silverman lens to create a conduit into a supernatural feeling and a reminder of the allure of the unknown. Silverman’s body of work has run a wide gamut over the years — learning jazz guitar from Emily Remler, playing weekly in the Afro Cleveland Orchestra and burning the AM hours with Lord Demos and the Gangster Rock Nation. His mad guitar playing skills and love of improvisation will be on full display!

 2:30 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Special Collections Room

Major Jackson

Multi-Genre

In this collection of essays, interviews, and notes, Major Jackson revels in the work of poetry not only to limn and assess the intellectual and spiritual dimensions of poets, but to amplify the controversies and inner conflicts that define our age.

 2:30 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Conference Room 1B

George Dawes Green

Fiction

Savannah may appear to be “some town out of a fable,” with its vine flowers, turreted mansions, and ghost tours that romanticize the city’s history. But look deeper and you’ll uncover secrets, past and present, that tell a more sinister tale.

 2:30 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Scott Sauls

Signings

 2:30 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Dr. Zaid Brifkani, Marie Myung-Ok Lee

Signings

 2:30 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Conference Room 1A

In Conversation: Steve Adams, Bruce Holsinger

Fiction

Two novelists share their new works on loss and desire amidst personal upheaval.

 2:30 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Auditorium

In Conversation: Lauren K. Denton, Susannah B. Lewis

Fiction

Hear two novelists speak about the beauties and charms of southern adventures.

 3:00 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: David Haskell

Signings

 3:00 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Tajja Isen

Signings

 3:00 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Becca Andrews

Signings

 3:00 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Third Floor Program Room

In Conversation: Pauletta Hansel, Jeff Hardin, Thomas Alan Holmes

Poetry

New collections from Tennessee poets explore love, faith and our place in the world.

 3:00 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Conference Room 3

Alana White

Fiction

A clever, richly evocative tale for lovers of medieval and Renaissance mysteries everywhere, The Hearts of All on Fire is a timeless story of family relationships coupled with themes of love, loss, betrayal and, above all, hope in a challenging world.

 3:00 pm, Oct 14
 Performance Stage

Andee Rudloff

Performance Stage

Andee Rudloff is an artist and muralist in Nashville. Join her for an interactive, word-based art project.

 3:00 pm, Oct 14
 Youth Stage at Church Park

Captain Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneer w/ Fiddlin’ Sage O’Silver

Children's

Captain Tom Mason's "young pirates" show is full of humor, harmonies, stories, and solos, featuring sing-alongs and dance moves, songs about a kraken, a parrot, and an invisible crew (everyone needs one!) along with fun insight about keeping the ocean and land clean.

 3:30 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Major Jackson

Signings

 3:30 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Commons Room

Rinker Buck

Non-Fiction

Life on the Mississippi is an epic, enchanting blend of history and adventure in which Buck builds a wooden flatboat from the grand “flatboat era” of the 1800s and sails it down the Mississippi River, illuminating the forgotten past of America’s first western frontier.

 3:30 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Auditorium

In Conversation: Dolen Perkins-Valdez, LaToya Watkins

Fiction

These two novels serve as searing meditations on grief, female strength, and self‑discovery set against a backdrop of complicated social and racial histories.

 3:30 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Conference Room 1B

Nora McInerny

Essays

The host of the podcast "Terrible, Thanks for Asking" turns her eye on our aggressively, oppressively optimistic culture, our obsession with self-improvement, and what it really means to live authentically in the online age.

 3:30 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Lauren K. Denton, Susannah B. Lewis

Signings

 3:30 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Conference Room 1A

Pulpwood Queens: Kathy L. Murphy, Lara Bernhardt, Tracy Lea Carnes, Kacey Kowars

Fiction

 3:30 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Steve Adams, Bruce Holsinger

Signings

 3:30 pm, Oct 14
 NPL Special Collections Room

Tom Piazza

Short Stories

Exploring the diverse landscape of American life, the stories in Blues and Trouble: Twelve Stories capture the lives of people caught between circumstance and their own natures or on the run from fate.

 3:30 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: George Dawes Green

Signings

 3:45 pm, Oct 14
 Music Stage

Music Stage: Michael & Nell, Dan and Faith

Music Stage

Michael & Nell are a Nashville-based folk whose album Welcome Home was #5 on the August 2020 Folk Alliance Chart. They were finalists in Renaissance Artists and Writers Association (RAWA) 2021 Songs For Social Change Contest. They created the acclaimed multimedia Joe Hill Road Show and released their companion CD, Joe Hill Roadshow, in 2016. They have performed the Show live 29 times and virtually 8 times for colleges, unions and community groups.

Dan and Faith are an award-winning, New England-based husband and wife singer-songwriter duo who describe their music as dream-inspired folk. Daniel Senie (guitar, banjo, harmonica, vocals) and Faith Senie (mandolin, bass guitar, dulcimer, ukulele, vocals) tap into dreams and everyday life in crafting their original songs. The duo has released five albums. The most recent three are available: Simple Grace (2014), Seeking (2016) and Then and Now (2020

 4:00 pm, Oct 14
 Performance Stage

Performance Stage: Amy Speace, Whit Hill, Kevin Gordon

Performance Stage

 4:00 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Alana White

Signings

 4:00 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Pauletta Hansel, Jeff Hardin, Thomas Alan Holmes

Signings

 4:30 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Destiny Birdsong, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, LaToya Watkins

Signings

 4:30 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Kathy L. Murphy, Lara Bernhardt, Tracy Lea Carnes, Kacey Kowars

Signings

 4:30 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Nora McInerny

Signings

 4:30 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Rinker Buck

Signings

 4:30 pm, Oct 14
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Tom Piazza

Signings

 9:30 am, Oct 15
 NPL Auditorium

Coffee and Refreshments before Women's National Book Association presents Coffee with Authors

Multi-Genre

Complimentary coffee and refreshments will be served prior to the 10:00 am event!

 10:00 am, Oct 15
 NPL Conference Room 3

In Conversation: Kerry Malawista, Rachel Vincent

Young Adult

Sometimes we choose our families, and sometimes they choose us. These two young adult novels face adolescent upheaval with courage and wit.

 10:00 am, Oct 15
 War Memorial Auditorium

Rick Bragg

Memoir

Bragg's warmhearted and hilarious story of how his life was transformed by his love for a poorly behaved, half-blind stray dog.

 10:00 am, Oct 15
 NPL Third Floor Program Room

In Conversation: David Domine, Benjamin Gilmer

History

Domine and Gilmore share mesmerizing true tales of crime, punishment, and American prisons.

 10:00 am, Oct 15
 NPL Auditorium

Women's National Book Association presents Coffee with Authors

Multi-Genre

Complimentary coffee and refreshments will be served at 9:30 am with session start time at 10:00 am. Join host Mary Laura Philpott in conversation with four authors of bestselling new novels and memoirs.

 10:00 am, Oct 15
 Performance Stage

Po’ Boys and Poets

Performance Stage

 10:00 am, Oct 15
 Music Stage

Music Stage: Linda McRae

Music Stage

British Columbia Entertainment Hall of Fame “Pioneer” Inductee and a Boston Family Folk Chorale Songwriting Competition winner. McRae plays banjo, guitar and accordion in an unflaggingly authentic, deeply satisfying, and refreshingly acoustic style with a big dose of soul and skilled musicality, unforgettable melodies and thought-provoking lyrics

 10:00 am, Oct 15
 NPL Special Collections Room

In Conversation: L.M. Elliott, Sharon Cameron, Amanda McCrina

Young Adult

Discover World War II stories for young readers that keep history alive.

 10:00 am, Oct 15
 NPL Conference Room 1B

In Conversation: Emily Bingham, Renee Harrison

History

Explore the legacy of slavery through a song with its roots in slave society, and the story of the slaves that built the White House.

 10:30 am, Oct 15
 Youth Stage at Church Park

Read, Meet, and Greet with FROG and TOAD! + Library Storytime

Children's

 10:30 am, Oct 15
 NPL Commons Room

Tennessee Writers/Tennessee Stories presents: Tara Stringfellow

Fiction

A spellbinding debut novel tracing three generations of a Southern Black family and one daughter’s discovery that she has the power to change her family’s legacy.

 11:00 am, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Kerry Malawista, Rachel Vincent

Signings

 11:00 am, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Emily Bingham, Renee Harrison

Signings

 11:00 am, Oct 15
 NPL Third Floor Program Room

Johnathan Scott Barrett

Food culture

Barrett shares recipes, stories, and plans for making Southern holiday meals memorable.

 11:00 am, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: L.M. Elliott, Sharon Cameron, Amanda McCrina

Signings

 11:00 am, Oct 15
 Performance Stage

Performance Stage: “Merry Wanderer of The Night” by Jamison Taylor

Performance Stage

A character study of Robin Goodfellow from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” with all-original music celebrating the jazz and soul of New Orleans.

 11:00 am, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Rick Bragg

Signings

 11:00 am, Oct 15
 NPL Teen Center

Ann Hite

Short Stories

Ann Hite takes her readers back to Black Mountain with this haunted short story collection.

 11:00 am, Oct 15
 NPL Conference Room 1B

In Conversation: Dan Canon, Carissa Byrne Hessick

Non-Fiction

Two blistering critiques of America’s assembly-line approach to criminal justice and the shameful practice at its core: the plea bargain

 11:00 am, Oct 15
 NPL Conference Room 3

In Conversation: Jarrett Pumphrey, Jerome Pumphrey

Children's

Simple, subtle, and drolly funny, the Pumphrey brothers’ newest picture book is a layered exploration of the foolishness of making assumptions and the virtue of curiosity.

 11:00 am, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: David Domine, Benjamin Gilmer

Signings

 11:15 am, Oct 15
 Music Stage

Music Stage: Janelle Means

Music Stage

Vocalist, Songwriter/Arranger, Jannelle Means is also the creator and founder of Soul Vibes Collective, now Soul Vibes G.L.O.B.A.L., a structured jam for musicians currently held in Nashville, TN.

 11:30 am, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: WNBA with Close, Harris, Hartnett, Van Pelt

Signings

 11:30 am, Oct 15
 NPL Special Collections Room

In Conversation: Alex Aster, Helene Dunbar

Young Adult

Two young adult novels filled with secrets, deception, romance, and twists worthy of the darkest thrillers,

 11:30 am, Oct 15
 NPL Commons Room

Megan Giddings

Fiction

Giddings' newest is a piercing dystopian novel about the unbreakable bond between a young woman and her mysterious mother, set in a world in which witches are real and single women are closely monitored.

 11:30 am, Oct 15
 War Memorial Auditorium

In Conversation: Silas House, Margaret Renkl

Multi-Genre

House tells a riveting story of survival and hope, set in the not-too-distant future, about a young man forced to flee the United States and seek refuge across the Atlantic.

 11:30 am, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Tara Stringfellow

Signings

 12:00 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Conference Room 1B

In Conversation: Frye Gaillard, Cynthia Tucker

Non-Fiction

Prize-winning reporters reflect in a powerful series of essays on the role of the South in America’s changing political landscape.

 12:00 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Ann Hite

Signings

 12:00 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Conference Room 1A

In Conversation: Jami Attenberg, Isaac Fitzgerald, Maud Newton

Memoir

Authors Jami Attenberg, Isaac Fitzgerald & Maud Newton come together to speak about their memoirs and embracing truth, grace, and identity.

 12:00 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Auditorium

Diane Kruger

Children's

From actress and mom Diane Kruger comes an enchanting story about how learning the meaning of her name changed her life—and how our names can help us find our own special powers.

 12:00 pm, Oct 15
 Youth Stage at Church Park

Youth Stage: Farmer Jason

Children's

Farmer Jason is the brainchild of rock music legend Jason Ringenberg of Jason and the Scorchers. The highly acclaimed live show features sing-alongs, dancing, and discussions about nature appreciation, ecology, and farm animals supported by folk, country, and rock ‘n’ roll with a dash of DIY punk rock music.

 12:00 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Third Floor Program Room

A Tribute to Randall Kenan: Tayari Jones

Multi-Genre

Introducing Tayari Jones on a personal, social, and intellectual self-portrait of the beloved and enormously influential late Randall Kenan, a master of both fiction and nonfiction.

 12:00 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey

Signings

 12:00 pm, Oct 15
 Performance Stage

Performance Stage: Southern Word

Performance Stage

 12:00 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Conference Room 3

H. H. Leonards

Memoir

 12:00 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Johnathan Scott Barrett

Signings

 12:30 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Teen Center

In Conversation: Salina Yoon, Jessica Young

Children's

Bring your little ones for two adorable picture books, featuring penguins!

 12:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Silas House, Margaret Renkl

Signings

 12:30 pm, Oct 15
 War Memorial Auditorium

Malinda Lo

Young Adult

Last Night at the Telegraph Club author Malinda Lo returns to the Bay Area with another masterful queer coming-of-age story, this time set against the backdrop of the first major Supreme Court decisions legalizing gay marriage.

 12:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Dan Canon, Carissa Byrne Hessick

Signings

 12:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Megan Giddings

Signings

 12:30 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Special Collections Room

In Conversation: Kelly Andrew

Young Adult

All is not always well. A new novel show the dark side of belonging and adolescent life.

 12:30 pm, Oct 15
 Music Stage

Music Stage: Kristi Rose and Fats Kaplan

Music Stage

The Edge Of Your Seat Just Got A Little Closer! Americana Music informed by 1920's Berlin cabaret and the traveling medicine shows of the rural south. Rags, Ballads, Waltzes and Laments as well as Magical sleight of hand and musings on the state of our lives in these modern times.

 12:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Alex Aster, Helene Dunbar

Signings

 1:00 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Commons Room

Joshua Cohen in Conversation with Justin Taylor

Fiction

Winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction! Mixing fiction with nonfiction, the campus novel with the lecture, The Netanyahus is a wildly inventive, genre-bending comedy of blending, identity, and politics that finds Joshua Cohen at the height of his powers.

 1:00 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Conference Room 1B

Jody Rosen

History

Rosen provides a panoramic revisionist portrait of the nineteenth-century invention that is transforming the twenty-first-century world.

 1:00 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Tayari Jones (A Tribute to Randall Kenan)

Signings

 1:00 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Diane Kruger

Signings

 1:00 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: H. H. Leonards

Memoir

 1:00 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Jami Attenberg, Isaac Fitzgerald, Maud Newton

Signings

 1:00 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Frye Gaillard, Cynthia Tucker

Signings

 1:00 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Conference Room 3

Alan Gratz

Middle Grade

#1 New York Times bestselling author Alan Gratz (Refugee; Ground Zero) is back, tackling the urgent topic of climate change in this breathtaking, action-packed novel that will keep readers turning pages while making their own plans to better the world.

 1:15 pm, Oct 15
 Performance Stage

Performance Stage: Young Writers Workshop

Performance Stage

 1:30 pm, Oct 15
 War Memorial Auditorium

In Conversation: Mary Laura Philpott, Margaret Renkl

Essays

From the bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink comes a poignant and powerful new memoir that tackles the big questions of life, death, and existential fear with humor and hope.

 1:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Malinda Lo

Signings

 1:30 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Special Collections Room

In Conversation: Andrew Maraniss, Vivien Mildenberger

Multi-Genre

These middle grade books share inspirational true tales of the first women's Olympic basketball team and a disability rights advocate.

 1:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Kelly Andrew

Signings

 1:30 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Auditorium

Andrew Sean Greer

Fiction

In the follow-up to the “bedazzling, bewitching, and be-wonderful” (New York Times​) best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning Less: A Novel, the awkward and lovable Arthur Less returns in an unforgettable road trip across America.

 1:30 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Teen Center

Julia Watts

Young Adult

Love looks the same no matter the place or the people.

 1:30 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Third Floor Program Room

Michael Sampson

Children's

Children will love the rhythm and rhyme that are hallmarks of the beloved author duo of Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 as they follow the adventurous armadillo through nighttime fun as dawn approaches.

 1:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Salina Yoon, Jessica Young

Signings

 1:45 pm, Oct 15
 Music Stage

Music Stage: A Tale of Two

Music Stage

A different kind of Americana – storytelling by a swampy pair of retro raconteurs spinning blues arias with soul, intrigue and power.

 2:00 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Jody Rosen

Signings

 2:00 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Alan Gratz

Signings

 2:00 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Conference Room 1A

In Conversation: Joy Jordan-Lake, June Hall McCash

Fiction

Historical fiction novels take us to the United States as a young nation and a coastal village where past and present collide.

 2:00 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Joshua Cohen

Signings

 2:00 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Conference Room 1B

Gal Beckerman

Non-Fiction

This extraordinary book is a search for those quieter spaces, over centuries and across continents, and a warning that—in a world dominated by social media—they might soon go extinct.

 2:00 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Conference Room 3

Mary Ellen Pethel

Non-Fiction

Title IX would serve as the tipping point for the modern era of women’s sport. Slowly but surely, women’s athletics at the high school and collegiate levels grew to prominence, and Tennessee fast emerged as a national leader.

 2:30 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Commons Room

Southern Foodways Alliance presents the 2022 John Egerton Prize

Food culture

Join author Silas House and activist Imani Black in a conversation celebrating Black's work as an activist in aquaculture in the tradition established by the late John Egerton.

 2:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Andrew Maraniss, Vivien Mildenberger

Signings

 2:30 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Auditorium

Rachel Kushner in conversation with Kevin Morby

Essays

From a writer celebrated for her “chops, ambition, and killer instinct” (John Powers, Fresh Air), a career-spanning collection of spectacular essays about politics and culture. Kushner will be in conversation with musician Kevin Morby.

 2:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Mary Laura Philpott, Margaret Renkl

Signings

 2:30 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Teen Center

In Conversation: Janet Key, Sarah Mlynowski

Middle Grade

Authors Janet Key & Sarah Mlynowski join to speak upon their joyful reads in accepting others and defining yourself.

 2:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Andrew Sean Greer

Signings

 2:30 pm, Oct 15
 Performance Stage

Performance Stage: Nashville Shakespeare Festival presents "Living Shakespeare"

Performance Stage

 2:30 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Third Floor Program Room

In Conversation: Nathan Elias, Peng Shepherd

Fiction

Maps open into secret worlds and thriller and fantasy meet in these new novels.

 2:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Michael Sampson

Signings

 2:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Julia Watts

Signings

 3:00 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Gal Beckerman

Signings

 3:00 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Joy Jordan-Lake, June Hall McCash

Signings

 3:00 pm, Oct 15
 Music Stage

Music Stage: Bones Explosion

Music Stage

Rock ‘n’ Blues at its BEST! Comprised of top Nashville side-players and studio musicians who want YOU to dance.

 3:00 pm, Oct 15
 War Memorial Auditorium

Patrick Radden Keefe

Non-Fiction

From the prize-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Empire of Pain and Say Nothing—and one of the most decorated journalists of our time—twelve enthralling stories of skulduggery and intrigue

 3:00 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Mary Ellen Pethel

Signings

 3:00 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Conference Room 3

In Converstion, R.J. Jacobs, Steven Womack

Fiction

Nashville authors R.J. Jacobs & Steven Womack share the stage with new thrillers.

 3:30 pm, Oct 15
 Performance Stage

Performance Stage: Taria Person

Performance Stage

Spoken Word

 3:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Nathan Elias, Peng Shepherd

Signings

 3:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Janet Key, Sarah Mlynowski

Signings

 3:30 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Special Collections Room

In Conversation: Shawna Kay Rodenberg, Justin Taylor

Memoir

Join the authors as they discuss their powerful new memoirs.

 3:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Imani Black, Silas House (Egerton Prize)

Signings

 3:30 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Auditorium

In Conversation: Anna Badkhen, Ken Kalfus, Malaka Gharib

Multi-Genre

Join Anna Badkhen,Ken Kalfus & Malaka Gharib in unraveling the unjust consequences of feeling displaced in a new place.

 3:30 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Conference Room 1B

In Conversation: Margaret Burnham, Imani Perry

Non-Fiction

Margaret Burnham & Imani Perry speak about their investigative work exploring Jim Crow laws and the devastating stories of those who lived it.

 3:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Rachel Kushner

Signings

 4:00 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Commons Room

In Conversation: Lee Cole, Victoria Shorr

Fiction

Join Lee Cole & Victoria Shorr in incredible love stories that explore the possibilities of fate.

 4:00 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Third Floor Program Room

In Conversation: Arwen Donahue, Jesse Graves, Jayne Waldrop

Multi-Genre

Three authors share works in different genres on the duties, chores, and daily life with the acceptance of loss.

 4:00 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: R.J. Jacobs, Steven Womack

Signings

 4:00 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Conference Room 3

In Conversation: Christian J. Collier, Bobby Rogers, Adam Vines

Poetry

Join three poets for a reading and conversation on loss, hardship and dilemmas.

 4:00 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Patrick Radden Keefe

Signings

 4:15 pm, Oct 15
 Music Stage

Music Stage: Sizzle Went The VCR

Music Stage

Waa-waa quirk-n-roll.

 4:30 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Auditorium

Sean Dietrich

Memoir

Join Sean Dietrich in a laugh-out-loud funny true story of a loving relationship, a grand adventure, and a promise kept.

 4:30 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Conference Room 1B

In Conversation: Leigh Ann Gardner, Greg Melville

Non-Fiction

Take a lively tour through the history of the US cemeteries that explores how, where, and why the dead are buried; especially in Tennessee.

 4:30 pm, Oct 15
 NPL Special Collections Room

Richard Manning

Music

Author Richard Manning in this book follows where his guitar leads. Ultimately, it sings to the American body.

 4:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Margaret Burnham, Imani Perry

Signings

 4:30 pm, Oct 15
 Performance Stage

Performance Stage: GALVEZTON

Performance Stage

GALVEZTON is Robert Kuhn, an artist offering a voice charged with the present tense urgency, inspired by new landscapes, wild experiences and the fleeting visions of freedom he unapologetically chases in his poetry, writings and music.

 4:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Shawna Kay Rodenberg, Justin Taylor

Signings

 4:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Ken Kalfus, Anna Badkhen, Malaka Gharib

Signings

 5:15 pm, Oct 15
 Music Stage

Music Stage: Michael & Nell, Dan and Faith

Music Stage

Michael & Nell are a Nashville-based folk whose album Welcome Home was #5 on the August 2020 Folk Alliance Chart. They were finalists in Renaissance Artists and Writers Association (RAWA) 2021 Songs For Social Change Contest. They created the acclaimed multimedia Joe Hill Road Show and released their companion CD, Joe Hill Roadshow, in 2016. They have performed the Show live 29 times and virtually 8 times for colleges, unions and community groups.

Dan and Faith are an award-winning, New England-based husband and wife singer-songwriter duo who describe their music as dream-inspired folk. Daniel Senie (guitar, banjo, harmonica, vocals) and Faith Senie (mandolin, bass guitar, dulcimer, ukulele, vocals) tap into dreams and everyday life in crafting their original songs. The duo has released five albums. The most recent three are available: Simple Grace (2014), Seeking (2016) and Then and Now (2020

 5:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Arwen Donahue, Jesse Graves, Jayne Waldrop

Signings

 5:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Christian J. Collier, Bobby Rogers, Adam Vines

Signings

 5:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Lee Cole, Victoria Shorr

Signings

 5:30 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Sean Dietrich

Signings

 6:00 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Leigh Ann Gardner, Greg Melville

Signings

 6:00 pm, Oct 15
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Richard Manning

Signings

 12:00 pm, Oct 16
 Performance Stage

Andee Rudloff

Performance Stage

Andee Rudloff is an artist and muralist in Nashville. Join her for an interactive, word-based art project.

 12:00 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Conference Room 1B

In Conversation: Kristen Green, Ben Raines

History

History is being properly re-written through stories of women who freed slave jails and the discovery of the last slave ship bound for North America.

 12:00 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Commons Room

In Conversation: Cathryn Hankla, Marilyn Kallet

Poetry

Poetry is the work of keen observation, as these two master poets demonstrate.

 12:00 pm, Oct 16
 Music Stage

Music Stage: Larysa Jaye

Music Stage

Neo-Acoustic Soul Music. "... Utterly superb songwriting. Uplifting, soulful, though provoking and always eloquent.” - Ellen Pryor, Director of Communications, Frist Art Museum

 12:00 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Third Floor Program Room

In Conversation: Gwen Kirby, Giada Scodellaro

Multi-Genre

Short story masters share work of full of intricate beauty and the capability of rescuing yourself when at your breaking points.

 12:00 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Auditorium

In Conversation: Kristin Tubb, Sherri Winston

Middle Grade

These middle grade books help young readers with tales of how to summon the courage to fight and cope.

 12:00 pm, Oct 16
 War Memorial Auditorium

Margo Price in Conversation with Fiona Whelan Prine

Memoir

Maybe We’ll Make It is a memoir of loss, motherhood, and the search for artistic freedom in the midst of the agony experienced by so many aspiring musicians: bad gigs and long tours, rejection and sexual harassment, too much drinking and barely enough money to live on.

 12:00 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Special Collections Room

GennaRose Nethercott

Fiction

A wonderfully imaginative, wholly enchanting novel of witness, survival, memory, and family that reads like a fairy tale godfathered by Neil Gaiman and Tim Burton in a wild America alive with wonders and devils alike.

 12:00 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Conference Room 3

In Conversation: Susanna Chapman, Thyra Heder

Children's

Susanna Chapman & Thyra Heder's books share with children the joy of encouraging creativity and seeing the beauty around us.

 1:00 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Kristin Tubb, Sherri Winston

Signings

 1:00 pm, Oct 16
 War Memorial Auditorium

Ruta Sepetys

Young Adult

“Sepetys brilliantly blends a staggering amount of research with heart, craft, and insight in a way very few writers can. Compulsively readable and brilliant.” –Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 1:00 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Kristen Green, Ben Raines

Signings

 1:00 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Susanna Chapman, Thyra Heder

Signings

 1:00 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing, Cathryn Hankla, Marilyn Kallet

Signings

 1:00 pm, Oct 16
 Performance Stage

Performance Stage: Soul Fire Poetry Group

Performance Stage

 1:00 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Third Floor Program Room

In Conversation: Aaron Deter-Wolf, James Hoobler, Tanya Peres

History

Writers and scholars share the geography and history of Nashville.

 1:00 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Special Collections Room

In Conversation: Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, Erica Waters

Young Adult

These young adult novels are twisted thrillers on the darkness hiding within all of us.

 1:00 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: GennaRose Nethercott

Signings

 1:00 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Conference Room 1B

In Conversation: John Duncan, Roy Herron

Memoir

Tennessee politicians share tales of politics, congress, and leadership.

 1:00 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Margo Price

Signings

 1:00 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Gwen Kirby, Giada Scodellaro

Signings

 1:00 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Commons Room

In Conversation: David Armand, Charles Dodd White

Multi-Genre

These memoirs explore the world in ways that engage in meaningful and universal significance.

 1:15 pm, Oct 16
 Music Stage

Music Stage: Les Kerr and his Bayou Band

Music Stage

Les Kerr is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and author who, with his Bayou Band, brings blues, New Orleans music, Zydeco, rock and bluegrass together to create his “Hillbilly Blues Caribbean Rock & Roll.” A Nashville resident since 1987, Kerr was born in Louisiana and raised in Mississippi. Les has recorded eleven albums, including his latest, Part of the Show, and his music is peppered with stories and literary references. National music publication No Depression’s Lee Zimmerman wrote, “Nashville’s Les Kerr creates a sound that’s both jovial and cerebral all at the same time…Kerr takes his stylistic additives from a variety of genres -- reggae, country, folk, blues and rock ‘n’ roll -- and meshes them into a hybrid that’s philosophical [and] sunny.”

Corey Webb, editor of Nashville Experience, wrote, “He takes you on a journey with lyrics that tell tales of places you'll want to see and people you'll want to meet. It's a good mix of the exotic and familiar.”

Writer Amy Lyles Wilson states, “Les Kerr’s music is full southern richness: from food to people, places to legends. Listen for a bit and you’ll feel right at home.”

 1:30 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Auditorium

In Conversation: Lydia Conklin, Z. Zane McNeill, Casey Parks

Multi-Genre

In memoir, fiction, and essays, three authors explore identity and acceptance of the LGBTQ communities in the South.

 2:00 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Ruta Sepetys

Signings

 2:00 pm, Oct 16
 Youth Stage at Church Park

Youth Stage: Silly Grandpa

Children's

Silly Grandpa is the brainchild of two-time, Grammy nominated writer and artist, and founding/current member of the Ozark Mtn. Daredevils Michael 'Supe’ Granda.

 2:00 pm, Oct 16

Performance Stage: Guru MIC

Performance Stage

Original Poetry

 2:00 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Commons Room

Robin Hood

Photography

Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for photography while a newspaper photojournalist in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Hood shares his new work on the dioceses of Tennessee.

 2:00 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing, John J. Duncan, Roy Herron

Signings

 2:00 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: David Armand, Charles Dodd White

Signings

 2:00 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Special Collections Room

In Conversation: Ellen Hagan, Natalie Lloyd

Young Adult

Middle grade books address breaking limits and taking on the world in a different way, refusing to let obstacles stop them.

 2:00 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Conference Room 1B

David Randall

History

This is the gripping narrative of a fearless paleontologist, the founding of America’s most loved museums, and the race to find the largest dinosaurs on record.

 2:00 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, Erica Waters

Signings

 2:00 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Third Floor Program Room

In Conversation: Marissa R. Moss, Francesca Royster

Music

New works explore the cultural impact of feminism and people of color in country music.

 2:00 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Aaron Deter-Wolf, James Hoobler, Tanya Peres

Signings

 2:30 pm, Oct 16
 War Memorial Auditorium

Doug the Pug

Children's

The most famous dog in America has a book!

 2:30 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Auditorium

Justin A. Reynolds

Middle Grade

This new middle-grade graphic novel stars Miles Morales.

 2:30 pm, Oct 16
 Music Stage

Music Stage: Ele Ivory

Music Stage

Poetic Pop. Winner of BMI’s John Lennon Award for her song “LaZboys”. As featured on Season 15 of NBC's THE VOICE as a Comeback Artist with Coach Kelsea Ballerini.

 2:30 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Lydia Conklin, Z. Zane McNeill, Casey Parks

Signings

 2:30 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Conference Room 3

Bo Roberts

Memoir

As the "youngest ever" Bo Young has recorded his adventure chronicles of his odyssey through a series of captivating events.

 3:00 pm, Oct 16
 Performance Stage

Performance Stage: GennaRose Nethercott

Performance Stage

Puppet show [not intended for children]

 3:00 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Conference Room 1B

In Conversation: Ernie Suggs, Andrew Young

Biography

Hear the inspiring dramatic stories of civil rights hero, congressman, ambassador, mayor, and American icon Andrew Young.

 3:00 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Special Collections Room

In Conversation: Brooke Lauren Davis, Courtney Stevens

Young Adult

These young adult novels explore grief, family, and being the victim of a crime.

 3:00 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Commons Room

Chris Crofton

Non-Fiction

This collection of columns chronicles the work of self-care, and a sneaky thread of moral thoughts.

 3:00 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Marissa R. Moss, Francesca Royster

Signings

 3:00 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: David Randall

Signings

 3:00 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Ellen Hagan, Natalie Lloyd

Signings

 3:00 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Third Floor Program Room

Sisters in Crime: Carmen Amato, Alana White, Steven Womack, Lisa Wysocky

Mystery/Thriller

 3:00 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Robin Hood

Signings

 3:30 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Doug the Pug, Leslie Mosier, Rob Chianelli

Signings

 3:30 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Justin A. Reynolds

Signings

 3:30 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Bo Roberts

Signings

 3:30 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Auditorium

Larry Wells

Biography

As the Founder of Yoknapatawpha Press, Wells shares the life and the Nobel literary work of William Faulkner.

 3:45 pm, Oct 16
 Music Stage

Music Stage: Derek Hoke

Music Stage

Singer-Songwriter Derek Hoke mixes Country, Blues, Tex-Mex, Bluegrass, and Swing that is both powerful and effortless in its delivery.

 4:00 pm, Oct 16
 NPL Conference Room 1B

Hawa Allan

Non-Fiction

A brilliant debut by lawyer and critic Hawa Allan on the paradoxical state of black citizenship in the United States.

 4:00 pm, Oct 16

Performance Stage: Fire Phoenix Belly Dance

Performance Stage

A Fat Chance Belly Dance Style performance troupe based in Nashville, TN.

 4:00 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Brooke Lauren Davis, Courtney C. Stevens

Signings

 4:00 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Chris Crofton

Signings

 4:00 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Ernie Suggs

Signings

 4:00 pm, Oct 16

Signing: Sisters in Crime: Carmen Amato, Alana White, Steven Womack, Lisa Wysocky

Mystery/Thriller

 4:30 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Larry Wells

Signings

 5:00 pm, Oct 16
 Signing Colonnade

Signing: Hawa Allan

Signings