Friday I went out at lunch to take a walk. I walk the same route every day and as I rounded the corner that takes me past the big plaza, I noted all kinds of tents and people milling about. Detouring up into the plaza, I discovered it was the annual Southern Festival of Books!
Every year, the Southern Festival of Books here in Nashville brings together publishers, authors and fans who enjoy the written word. Forsaking my walk, I couldn't help but meander through the stacks of new books (mmmm new book smell!) and it took every thing I had not to purchase one or two.
As anyone who has read this blog knows, I love to read. I carry a couple of hundred books with me packed into my electronic reader. (No brand names, please.) But, in truth, I really do miss the feel, the weight and yes, the smell of a newly opened book. To hear that spine creak knowing that you're delving into some new realm, with new friends or maybe old....a wonderful experience.
The Southern Festival of Books has been around Nashville for 27 years. That's longer than I've been in Nashville. It is free and open to the public, no registration and is, basically, a celebration of the written word. Writers, publishers, sellers, collectors and book enthusiasts collect in Nashville every year to share their love of books.
Maybe next year I'll find out about the Festival of Books in time to get to some of the activities. In the meantime, I can enjoy my photos and dream. Oh, and I"ll download a couple of new books I found.