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Southern Voices 2020

Southern Voices Festival 2020

An Evening With

Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the essential crime writers of the last 100 years. Tess Gerritsen states that her “stories aren’t just mysteries; they are deeply moving explorations of the human heart.”  A reporter for 20 years, she began writing the Tess Monaghan series while still working full time, publishing seven novels in seven years.  In 2001, she left her job at The Baltimore Sun to focus on her work as a novelist.  She has written more than 20 novels and multiple short stories, several of which have been anthologized in The Best American Mystery Stories.  She has won multiple awards for her work, including the Edgar, and is a New York Times best seller.  Her most recent novel, Lady in the Lake, was hailed as one of the best books of 2019.  This year, she will publish her first collection of essays, My Life as a Villainess.


Friday, Feb. 21 at 7pm
$40 per person / Limit of 6 tickets per person
The Library Theatre • Reserved seating • Reception included


Authors Conference

Saturday, Feb. 22 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm - The Library Theatre & The Library Plaza- Book sales and signings will follow the afternoon session. - Lunch on your own

Kimberly Belle

Kimberly Belle grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee, a small town in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, Kimberly worked in marketing and nonprofit fundraising before becoming a writer. It was in Atlanta that she met her Dutchman who whisked her off to the Netherlands. What was meant to be a six-month stay turned into 12 years. Kimberly now lives in Atlanta with the Dutchman and their two children, but travels back to the Netherlands frequently. She is now the international best-selling author of five novels of suspense. Her third novel The Marriage Lie was a semifinalist in the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Mystery & Thriller, and has been translated into ten languages. Deep South Magazine calls her latest novel Dear Wife “both a call to action and a sobering portrait of what domestic abuse looks like, as well as its consequences.”

Emily Carpenter

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Emily Carpenter is a graduate of Auburn University with a BA in Communications and two minors in Journalism and Theater. Emily moved to New York with her husband and began work at CBS overseeing the production of soap operas such as Guiding Light and As the World Turns. Upon moving to Atlanta, she wrote and shopped a few screenplays to Hollywood agents and production companies, but had little success even though she was shortlisted for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. She then joined the Atlanta Writers Club where she had several tries at the rom-com genre before switching to Southern Gothic with Burying the Honeysuckle Girls. She has since written four more novels, the latest of which, Until the Day I Die, Publisher’s Weekly says “keeps the suspense high all the way to the shocking conclusion.”

Lauren Denton

A native of Mobile, Alabama, Lauren Denton is the author of three novels. After graduating from Auburn University, Lauren began working for Southern Progress Corporation in Birmingham, writing in her spare time. She published her first novel The Hideaway in 2017, which is now a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts best seller. She also writes a monthly newspaper column about life, faith and how funny (and hard) it is to be a parent. Her second novel, Hurricane Season was listed on BookPage’s 2018 list of Most Anticipated Fiction. WORLD Magazine states that her latest book Glory Road “exudes so much Southern charm that the scent of magnolias practically wafts from the pages.” Lauren currently lives in Homewood, Alabama with her husband and two young daughters.

Sally Kilpatrick

Born and raised in a small town in West Tennessee, Sally Kilpatrick writes to go home. She lives with her husband, a Georgia boy, and her two kids in Marietta, Georgia, but her heart has never left Tennessee. Her books reflect the small-town shenanigans and memorable characters she grew up around. Her latest novel, Oh My Stars, was described by RT Book Reviews as written in a way that "makes readers feel as if they are hanging out with their best friend." With five novels under her belt, Sally has been a Golden Heart® Finalist and has won multiple awards, including the 2018 and 2019 Georgia Author of the Year, the Maggie Award of Excellence, the Booksellers’ Best and the 2016 Nancy Knight Award for Mentorship.

Sarah MacLean

Sarah MacLean is The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today best-selling author of more than 13 historical romance novels. Her books have sold over 1.5 million copies and have been translated into more than 20 languages. A leading advocate for the romance genre, Sarah’s expertise about the genre and its history have been featured in numerous articles and interviews. She is the romance columnist for The Washington Post, and her work in support of romance and the women who read it led Entertainment Weekly to call her the “elegantly fuming, utterly intoxicating queen of historical romance.” She is the cohost of the weekly podcast, Fated Mates, and currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

Hampton Sides

Hampton Sides is best known for his gripping nonfiction adventure stories set in war or depicting epic expeditions of discovery and exploration. He is the author of the best-selling histories Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, Hellhound on His Trail, In the Kingdom of Ice, and most recently, On Desperate Ground, a chronicle of the extraordinary feats of heroism by marines called on to do the impossible during the greatest battle of the Korean War. Sides is editor-at-large for Outside Magazine and a frequent contributor to National Geographic and other magazines. His journalistic work, collected in numerous published anthologies, has twice been nominated for National Magazine Awards for feature writing. A native of Memphis and a Yale graduate, Hampton is the 2015 Miller Distinguished Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute and an advisory board member of the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference and the Author’s Guild. He is also a partner of Atalaya Productions, an independent film company that develops nonfiction and historical stories for the screen. A frequent lecturer, Hampton divides his time between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Colorado College, where he teaches narrative nonfiction and serves as Journalist in Residence.

George Singleton

Born in Anaheim, California and raised in Greenwood, South Carolina, George Singleton graduated from Furman University with a degree in Philosophy. He also holds an MFA degree from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He has published eight collections of short stories, two novels and a book of writing advice. His stories have also appeared in magazines such as The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine and The Southern Review. He is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the Corrington Award for Literary Excellence. He currently lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina where he teaches fiction writing and editing and holds the John C. Cobb Chair in Humanities at Wofford College. The Knoxville News Sentinel calls Staff Picks, his latest book of short stories, “a mash-up of Robin Williams and James Joyce at a roadside carnival after a fifth of bourbon.”

Snowden Wright

Snowden Wright lived in New York City for nine years, but moved back to Mississippi where he was born and raised to write his latest novel American Pop. This epic novel takes place from the 1870s to the 1980s and explores history through the story of a family whose rise and fall coincided with the rise and fall of a nation. Chosen as an Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and for the “Discover Great New Writers” program by Barnes & Noble, American Pop is ultimately an American novel that is set in the South. Snowden is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University and has written for The Atlantic, Salon, Esquire and the New York Daily News, as well as other publications. He was also awarded a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to the 2018 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Naima Simone

USA Today bestselling author Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey, Sandra Brown and Nora Roberts many years ago. Though her first attempt at a romance novel starring Ralph Tresvant from New Edition never saw the light of day, her love of romance, reading and writing has endured. Published since 2009, she spends her days—and nights— writing sizzling romances with a touch of humor and snark. Her latest book, Blame It On the Billionaire releases on February 1 and is the third and final book in the Blackout Billionaires series. Naima lives in the Southern United States with her husband and children.

Graceland and Asleep on the Wind by Ellen Byron

Two one-acts, Graceland and Asleep on the Wind, are sure to conjure images of our southern landscape. Graceland takes place at the front entrance of the late Elvis Presley’s mansion three days before the estate is to be opened to the public. Two ardent Presley fans, Bev and Rootie, each determined to be the first to enter the sacred precincts, progress from dispute to growing compassion and shared confidences. Asleep on the Wind is the prequel to Graceland, taking place ten years prior in a small clearing in Bayou Teche, Louisiana, the “special place” that Rootie refers to in the other play. This is where Rootie and her favorite brother, Beau, frequently come to talk in private and where the shy and reclusive Rootie comes to escape the outside world. Both touching and evocative, these vignettes are a warm-hearted and charming look at the human experience. Directed by Henry Scott.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 • 7:30pm
Thursday, February 20, 2020 • 7:30pm

The Art of

Carlton Nell

Artist and educator Carlton Nell lives and works in Opelika, Alabama. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country, and his work is found in many public and private collections. He is currently a Professor of Art at Auburn University, and he received his Master of Fine Arts from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Auburn University.

Opening Reception:
Tues., Feb. 18 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Theatre Level - Free and open to the public.


Please purchase your tickets early, as we expect to sell out during this time. If any tickets remain, they will also be available during regular Box Office hours. M-F, 10am - 6pm

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TICKETS GO ON SALE Tuesday, Jan. 7 From 8am - 10am online & phone sales only.

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An Evening With Laura Lippman

Author Conference

Theatre Venue

Plaza Venue

New this year!

Buy all three events (GRACELAND AND ASLEEP ON THE WIND, AN EVENING WITH LAURA LIPPMAN, AUTHOR CONFERENCE) for $100! Limited tickets available for our theatrical productions so purchase early to ensure you don’t miss out!

Theatre Package

Plaza Package

Or call 444-7888.