The August 2016 Edition

Fall Fest at the Hermitage Added to Schedule

I was walking through Costco on Saturday, July 31, taking advantage of the “Tax-Free Weekend” shopping specials, when I turned the corner. Whoa!

I was face-to-face with a green-faced witch stirring a smoking caldron with a lit-up brew. Next to her was a skeleton. Further down the row, trick-or-treat costumes for the toddlers. Superheros, Princesses, and all this year’s hot sellers. Halloween, of course, falls on October 31, and here – three months in advance – the first Halloween displays were up.

ANDY LWell, shoot, if Costco can start promoting October events that early, so can I. On October 1-2, I will be with nine other Nashville authors making an appearance at Fall Fest at the Hermitage. It’s a great event with food, festivities, music and many more vendors. I’ll share more information next month when it gets closer, but I’m glad I can confirm the event on our schedule.

Others confirmed as Fall Fest authors are Blake Fontenay, Iscah, Skip Nipper, Kathy Rhodes and Jaden Terrell. I’ll add more names to the list as soon as I hear back.

Fall Fest at the Hermitage is one of many events we’ll be doing over the next few months. Up first is the 11th annual Killer Nashville Writers Conference, set for August 18-21 at Embassy Suites in Franklin. Guests of Honor this year are Janet Evanovich and Kevin O’Brien, and prolific author Robert J. Randisi will receive the 2016 John Seigenthaler Legends Award. If you’re a fan of these authors, I’d urge you to attend.

The Granddaddy of Nashville book events, of course, is the Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word, set for October 14-16 and sponsored by Humanities Tennessee. It’s always a special weekend, and I hope to see you there. Look for the Sisters in Crime – Middle Tennessee booth. That’s where I’ll be located this year, along with several of Nashville’s top thriller and mystery writers.

There are several other events as well, notably the American Christian Fiction Writers convention, set for August 25-28, and the Authors at the Opry on September 17. And there are plenty of multi-media events where you’ll find authors located, including the First Friday Franklin Art Crawl (the next one is September 2), the McMinnville Street Fair on October 1, and the Jack Daniel’s World Barbecue Invitational in Lynchburg, Tennessee, on October 22. These are just a few; if you know of another event with an authors’ booth, let me know and I’ll include it on a future list.

Help out a fellow writer: Nashville author Alan Lewis needs your help. He’s started a GoFundMe campaign to offset bills for an upcoming medical procedure. He’s a really good guy and I hope you’ll help him out. The goal is $4,800, and almost $3,000 has been donated in just nine days. If you can help with a small donation, it will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Looking back: “Nashville” creator / producer / director Callie Khouri was a fabulous speaker at the Script-Com 2016 screenwriters symposium on Saturday, June 25. The show has moved from ABC to CMT and Hulu for its fifth season – which hasn’t yet begun taping. Many of you know this, but I was an extra on “Nashville” for all four seasons, and I have written often about my experiences on the show. In the May 27 edition of The Ledger, I wrote about the show’s cancellation and how it affected some of my fellow background actors. Click here to read their remembrances.

BOOK DISPLAYLooking forward: Great news. You can now get copies of Vendetta Stone and books by other local authors at Picture This creat!ve framing & ga//ery in Hermitage, Tennessee. Owner Matt Fischer is the man responsible for the Fall Fest at the Hermitage, and when I went to meet him and talk about the event, I suggested that his gallery and gift shop would be a great place to carry works by local authors. He agreed, and already has a half-dozen books on display with more to come. Books make great gifts and the holidays are fast approaching. Hope you’ll drop in and check out what Matt’s store has to offer.

As always, thanks for reading.

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