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2023 SouthWord Literary Festival

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SouthWord Literary Festival
April 14-15, 2023
Chattanooga Convention Center


The SouthWord Literary Festival, a celebration of writers from or now living sand working in the South, is in its 40th year and is held in Chattanooga, Tenn. 

In 2023, Southern writers will speak about their current work individually, in an interview style with another author, or in a panel discussion.

Check out the full schedule here.

Visiting authors:
Richard Bausch
Rick Bragg
Kimberly Brock
Lisa Marie Donovan
Clyde Edgerton
Silas House
Beverly Lowry
Major Jackson
Maurice Ruffin
Alina Stefanescu
Dr. Han VanderHart
Juan Vidal
Daniel Wallace
Janelle Williams

Local authors and guests:
Napierra Alexander
Ray Bassett
Christian Collier
Mary Romero Ferguson
Paul Luikart
Mary McCampbell
Marsha Mills
Erika Roberts

Stay tuned for our full schedule on April 4 and get tickets here!

We'll have books for sale, thanks to our friends at The Book & Cover, and many authors will be available for signings. We'll also have t-shirts and tote bags printed locally by the crew at Burlaep.

Many thanks to our sponsors:
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Lyndhurst Foundation
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