The preliminary list for the 2010 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, TN on October 8-10 has been published on their website. The Festival is a great event and I have been attending it regularly since I was in high school. Best of all, it is free! If you live in the area, that is even better, but Nashville is a great place to visit and is still reeling from the loss of tourism dollars if you feel like coming to visit us in October, one of the best months of the year to be in Nashville.
Anyway, I wanted to promote the festival and also wanted to highlight the fairy tale related authors appearing this year:
Michael Buckley is the author of the New York Times bestselling series and Today Show Al Roker Book Club pick, The Sisters Grimm. He has also written and developed shows for Nickelodeon, Disney, MTV Animation, the Sci-Fi Channel, the Discovery Channel, and VH1. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Alison, and son, Finn. NERDS: Book Two: M is for Mama's Boy
Jon Scieszka is the creator of Trucktown and the author of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, the "Time Warp Trio" series, Caldecott Honor Book The Stinky Cheese Man, and many other books that inspire kids to want to read. He has worked as an elementary school teacher and is the founder of a literacy initiative for boys (www.guysread.com). He is the first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. SPHDZ Book #1! (Spaceheadz)
Sara Lewis Holmes is the author of Letters from Rapunzel, winner of the Ursula Nordstrom Fiction Contest. As the wife of an Air Force pilot, she has lived, written, and raised a family in eleven states and three countries, including Germany and Japan. She currently resides in northern Virginia. Operation Yes
You can see the full list of confirmed authors here. There are over 100 from all types of genres and interests. I'm just highlighting those who have worked with fairy tale themes here.
Okay, I had to add this one, because I love me some Knuffle Bunny:
Mo Willems likes writing and drawing funny books such as the Caldecott Honor Books Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. He also had fun creating favorites like the Elephant and Piggie series, which won two Geisel Medals and the New York Times bestselling "Cat the Cat" series. Before making books, Mo was a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he won six Emmy Awards. Mo lives with his family in Massachusettes, where he is currently working on his next book, Amanda And Her Alligator. Knuffle Bunny Free