2009 Southern Festival of Books

What? You haven’t heard about Southern Festival of Books?

The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word is a three-day literary Festival celebrated each year during the second full weekend of October. It is free and open to the public. No advance registration or tickets are required. All seating is on a first-come basis.

Come one, come all, October 9-11 To War Memorial Plaza in lovely downtown Nashville. Go to the website to check out the amazingly long ilst of horribly famous authors you’ve known for years, and new blood you might want to check out. Follow them on Twitter (@SoFestofBooks) — they’re doing fun author trivia contests and giving away free books every Friday. For sure you should come see me host the Young, Fanged, and Undead panel. It will take place on Sunday, October 11 from 2:30-4:00 and features Melissa de la Cruz’s The Van Alen Legacy, Daniel Waters’ Kiss of Life, and David Macinnis Gill’s Soul Enchilada. (David and I go waaaaaay back — we were Orson Scott Card Boot Campmates together in 2003. Expect there to be some ribbing.)

And check out this official 2009 poster! It’s one of the best ones yet. The one on my wall starts out red at the top left and fades to purple by the bottom right…it’s really super lovely. A lot of people get the poster and then hang out all weekend, trying to get signatures from every single one of the guest authors. It’s a pretty classy idea. I’m tempted to try it myself!

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Smyrna Library Reading Rally

In which I am billed as "other special guests" because I don’t wear a big furry suit:

Join us for our annual Reading Rally, a midday festival to celebrate the written word, following a day of reading in all the schools in Rutherford County. This free festival will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 25 at Linebaugh Library, Smyrna Library, and LaVergne Library. We’ll have visits from storybook character Clifford the Big Red Dog, Snowbird, Corey Fleming (former football player at UT and in the NFL), and other special guests. Plus: storytelling, magic, music, crafts and activities for children, face painting, free snacks and $1 pizza, and door prizes. Co-sponsored by Read to Succeed.

The Smyrna Public Library is located at 400 Enon Springs Road W., Smyrna, TN 37167. 

Phone: 615-459-4884  FAX: 615-459-2370

My reading time slot is 11:40 am.

I’ll bring AlphaOops, but chances are I might not read it. See…I *love* reading books, but reading AlphaOops every time is like Pat Benetar always having to sing "Love is a Battlefield." My two default read-alouds are AlphaOops and The Monster at the End of This Book. But it has occurred to me to beef up my reading shelf. Per a coworker’s suggestion, I will be bring Bark, George with me to the Reading Rally. I’m excited!

What are your favorite read-alouds? I need some books for my shelf. New, old, classics…suggest away. And thanks!

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Sideshow Flyer

Made of Awesome. Thanks, Chuck! xox

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Dragon*Con Scavenger Hunt!

AnthologyBuilder’s Dragon*Con Scavenger Hunt

Our secret agents are stalking the convention circuit looking for AnthologyBuilder badge wearers. If they spot you, you’ll receive a free gift certificate or anthology!

  • WorldCon
  • Dragon Con
  • World Fantasy
  • Philcon

Badges are reusable, so collect and save them for future events!

How to Win at Dragon*Con:

Since DragonCon is so huge, we’re offering a new way to get prizes: Email a photo of your badge collection (or post it online and send us a link) to We’ll distribute prizes to the first 100 people who participate. The best prizes will go to photos that:

(1) include multiple badges
(2) include a costume
(3) are unusually inventive

Want to be a Secret Agent?

Send an email to telling us which convention(s) you’ll be attending. Our staff will assign you a mission and provide a small compensation for your time.

My Awesome Badge

Jonesing to create your own anthology? Check out AnthologyBuilder’s archives. I’ve got six stories listed there…it’s a good start!

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The New Phone Books Are Here!

Well, it’s about as THICK as a phone book — the Dragon*Con Pocket Program and Schedule Grids are now online. These are your most valuable treasure maps for the convention. Once upon a time I used to grab two of the pocket program — one to read in the hotel room and one to tear into shreds so I could put each day’s grid and a map of the Hyatt on my person. (That map of the Hyatt is still worth it — after 13 years I still don’t remember the names of all the rooms, which floor they’re on, or which side of the lobby. But I have a pretty good idea.)

Also be sure to check out the Daily Dragon every day — in print and online — for up-to-the-minute schedule changes, fun interviews, and award winners (because *I* have to know who won the Miss Klingon pageant…if they still do the Miss Klingon pageant…).

Always carry a water bottle and granola bar with you at all times, get in the elevator as soon as it opens no matter which direction it’s headed, and be nice to the Fire Marshall when they shut down the Hyatt….they’re only doing their jobs. You can usually sneak in through the food court anyway.

PRINCESS ALETHEA’S TRAVELING SIDESHOW will be held on Friday at 5:30, (wherever it says my reading is on the schedule). Guest stars include Leanna Renee Hieber, Mike Lee, J. K. Lee, Ada Brown, Chris McCormick, and more! Bubbles, books, and mayhem will ensue! There will be swag bags for the first 50 people, filled with tattoos, buttons, signed books, magnets, and more! Come one, come all, and tell your friends!!

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Hypericon Panel Schedule

I know you’re all coming to Hypericon, which is so chock full of authors it’s hard to breathe. Just make sure to leave some room on your schedule to see The Princess!

Saturday, June 6 — 2:15
Discussion on creating realistic bad guys and the nature of evil. Is there such a thing as True Evil?

Saturday, June 6 — 4:45
Authors will discuss writing short stories. How are they different from longer fiction? What are they like? Are they worth the trouble?

Reading schedule TK.

I’m looking forward to that villain panel. Muahahahahahahahaha….

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Appearance: Bleeding Hearts Club 2/14/09

Linebaugh Library will host the Bleeding Hearts Club at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14. Whether you’re a fan of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series, Laurell Hamilton’s Anita Blake series, or the classic Dracula, join us to talk about all things vampire. Stoker-nominated Alethea Kontis will lead the discussion about our favorite vampires, vampires in fiction and on the screen, and the mystery and history of vampire lore. Kontis, a Murfreesboro resident, has written a variety of fiction and nonfiction, including the short story "Blood and Water" — a re-telling of "The Little Mermaid" involving a vampire and pirates. Kontis has been long-listed for the 2009 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction for her book Beauty and Dynamite. This free program will be held in the Linebaugh Public Library Reading Room. For ages 13 and up.

For more information, call 893-4131 or visit Linebaugh Public Library is located at 105 W. Vine St. in Murfreesboro.

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