|All photos provided by Lance Shores, Hoover, Al|
This year's Southern Voices Festival was my fifth one to attend. I have to say I believe this was my favorite.
Once again the Library and Staff absolutely outdid themselves with their elegant presentation, hospitality, openness and obvious joy in what they were doing. I have never experienced such friendly and helpful people at an event. You talk to any author who participates in a Southern Voices Festival and they will tell you what a treat it is to be there.
The authors this year were fabulous. Every single one of them was open and charming with the audience. They all appeared to be genuinely pleased to have the opportunity to share their stories and experiences with the readers. They were more than happy to spend time answering questions and simply chatting. I simply would not be able to pick one presentation and say that it was my favorite. I had too many favorites!
This year, as with the two previous years, Hoover Library opened up the Plaza area for additional guests and I will admit that this is my choice spot to sit instead of the Theatre. The weather was wonderful, the sun was shining in the tall windows, we were surrounded by books and at the same time nearly in the author's laps in this more intimate setting. While the Theatre is gorgeous and comfortable, to be so up close and personal with the authors in a bright room is my preference.
|Amanda and Erik, Tom and Carrie, and Linda and Laura, #SV2016|
Click HERE to see all the great photos Staff Photographer Lance Shores took!
Now, let's talk about the authors.
|Beth Ann Fennelly|
|Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin|
|Laura Lane McNeal|
Once more I will say that this was a wonderful festival this year. I adored meeting authors whose books I had already read and having the opportunity to speak with them, but also relished the opportunity to find out more about authors I had not read and to have a chance to broaden my reading a bit more.
|Heart of Dixie Rug Bees, Artists Reception|
Every year I make a Southern Voices Must list after an event. This is my Must list for 2016.
- Read Poetry. Mainly Beth Ann Fennelly's poetry. She may have converted me.
- Wait for Tom Franklin's possible horror story to come out and grab it immediately.
- Read a Longmire novel by Craig Johnson and then watch the show.
- Read the Natalie Baszile book Southern Voices gave me, which sounded fantastic.
- Check out Mark Pryor's Hugo Marsten series and pretend I also went to Paris.
- Read Jamie Mason's Three Graves Full, which I heard so much about I am dying to pick up.
- Wait for Laura Lane McNeal to present a new book which I will eagerly grab.
- Finally, Erik Larson makes me want to read non-fiction again.
- Wait for next year impatiently!!!!!