SouthWord Literary Festival Is April 14-15

  • Friday, March 17, 2023

SoLit, formerly known as the Southern Lit Alliance, Chattanooga’s essential literary arts hub since 1952, will celebrate the fortieth year of its SouthWord Literary Festival, April 14-15 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

“For decades, SouthWord was one of our regions’ most successful and prestigious arts and humanities events, and we are proud to return from the pandemic with one of our strongest and most diverse line-ups ever,” says SoLit Board Chairman Tim Mickel. “Our mission is to deliver experiences that engage young people and adults in a life-long love of reading, writing and community conversation. Every single author we have curated as part of this year’s SouthWord lineup does that, and we are thrilled to bring them to Chattanooga – many for the first time.”

Over the course of two days, authors will speak about their current works individually, in an interview style with another author, or in panel discussions. Book signings will also take place on site.

The 2023 SouthWordLiterature Festival line-up includes:

Richard Bausch
Rick Bragg
Kimberly Brock
Clyde Edgerton
Silas House
Beverly Lowry
Maurice Carlos Ruffin
Alina Stefanescu
Dr. Han VanderHart
Juan Vidal
Daniel Wallace
Janelle Williams

More authors will be announced soon. One-day and two-day passes are limited, and are on sale now at

Sponsors for the 2023 SouthWord Literature Festival include the Lyndhurst Foundation, Unum, the Book & Cover, and Burlaep Print and Press.

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