Special Events — 2012
The highly awaited National Reading Group Month Signature Event to be held in Nashville at the Nashville Public Library Downtown on Saturday, October 13 (program, 9–11 a.m.; book-signing, 11-11:30 a.m.) headlines best-selling authors Ben Fountain (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Ecco/HarperCollins), Christopher Tilghman (*The Right-Hand Shore, Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Gail Tsukiyama (A Hundred Flowers, St. Martin’s Press), and Karen Thompson Walker (The Age of Miracles, Random House). In an encore appearance, Nashville Public Radio WPLN All Things Considered host Nina Cardona will lead the panel-program. For a fourth year in a row, the "coffee with authors" is an official part of the Southern Festival of Books , and is co-sponsored by the Nashville Public Library and Parnassus Books·Nashville — An Independent Bookstore for Independent People.
Special thanks goes to WNBA-Nashville past president and NRGM local coordinator Lee Fairbend (community volunteer) and her NRGM committee members — Pat Ballard (community volunteer, author), Bebe Brechner (ProQuest), Sue Bredensteiner (Publication Management Group*Nashville), Ginna Foster Cannon, (host, Evening with an Author), Nina Cardona (Nashville Public Radio WPLN), Kathleen Dietz (Thomas Nelson), Phyllis Frank (community volunteer), Serenity Gerbman (Humanities Tennessee, Southern Festival of Books), Mary Grey James (Parnassus Books*Nashville), Stephanie Koehler (Nashville Public Library Foundation), Wendy Kurland (Homework Hotline), Emily Masters (DancEast), Mike Sanders (community volunteer), Sheri Schmucker (Studio 29*13), Kathy Schultenover (Parnassus Books*Nashville), Joanne Slaughter (community volunteer, freelance editor), and Katie Sulkowski (marketing/advertising professional) — for their spirited enthusiasm and Southern charm.
Nina Cardona. [Photo courtesy of Nashville Public Radio WPLN]
Ben Fountain. [Photo courtesy of Thorne Anderson]
Christopher Tilghman. [Photo courtesy of Susan Kalergis]
Gail Tsukiyama. [Photo courtesy of Kevin Horan]
Karen Thompson Walker. [Photo courtesy of Michael Maren]