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The October 2019 edition, Part II …

‘Words on Water’ visits Southern Festival; writing for the Ledger about Vandy, MLB

By TOM WOOD / October 14, 2019

There’s so much going on in October that I have decided to break up my reports into three parts. The first week of October, our Nashville authors enjoyed a hot but excellent day at Fall Fest at the Hermitage.

We wrapped up a successful weekend at the 31st annual Southern Festival of Books on Oct. 13, where I talked to a lot of people about our
Harpeth River Writers anthology WORDS ON WATER.

I was at the Southern Festival with the Authors Circle and also spent time with Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime local chapters. One highlight was hosting a session featuring authors Lovejoy Boteler (Crooked Snake / The Life and Crimes of Albert Lepard) and Maury Nicely (Hoffa in Tennessee / The Chattanooga Trial That Brought Down an Icon ). Two great writers, I highly recommend their books.

Sometime this week, I hope you will get an opportunity to read my story in the Nashville Ledger (great cover from Mike Hopey) about Vanderbilt’s major league baseball connections. Vanderbilt had 15 players on MLB rosters this season, the most of any university. My story will be online Thursday and in print on Friday, October 11, the same day as the start of the Southern Festival of Books.

I talked with Commodores coach Tim Corbin, who led Vanderbilt to its second College World Series national championship, one of the record-tying 13 Vandy players selected in the pro baseball draft and why he made the choices he did, and I discuss some of the achievements of those Vandy players — most notably of Walker Buehler of the Dodgers, Mike Minor of the Rangers and Sonny Gray of the Reds becoming the first pitchers the same school to rack up 200 or more strikeouts in a single season. 

Finally, I can now announce that YOU are invited to an official WORDS ON WATER launch party in Franklin, Tennessee, on October 23 from 5-7 p.m., at The Legendary Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor. We’ll have music and giveaways–and a good time! This event comes hot on the heels of the Oct. 1 launch of our new anthology WORDS ON WATER by myself and the other eight local authors who make up the Harpeth River Writers. WORDS ON WATER is a collection of short stories and poetry that includes one very special story called “The Many Names of Jillyn.” I don’t want to give too much away.

Our group’s new water-themed anthology WORDS ON WATER was released both in print and as an e-book on October 1 and can be purchased online and in bookstores, including — I am very pleased to announce — Parnassus Books in the Green Hills neighborhood of Nashville. Parnassus is one of the most noteworthy independent bookstores in the South.

You can order WORDS ON WATER online through your local bookstore or online via Amazon, or Target, or Goodreads, etc., and there are several opportunities to get a copy from one of our authors. Hope we see you soon!

As always, thanks for reading.

Tom Wood

61 thoughts on “The October 2019 edition, Part II …

  1. Tom, I have been reading Vendetta Stone with delight and can hardly put it down. Thank you for an exciting thriller.

    I don’t normally write authors about mistakes or typos I come across but I did catch James Michener in one in Centennial where he mentions The Old Rugged Cross being one of the hymns sung at an early camp meeting years before George Bennard (1873-1958) wrote it. That all goes to say, I’ve found only one typo so far in Vendetta. (p. 257, 4th paragraph – “…what I in mind…” needs to be “what I had in mind.” A very minor omission which you’ve probably caught already.

    Keep up the good work and thanks.


    • Sharp eye, John. I’ll have to double-check if I caught that one. Glad you’re enjoying Vendetta Stone. The sequel is targeted for a spring launch.

  2. It was great to meet you Tom at the Southern Festival of Books!
    Alan Lewis said for me to contact you. He says you do a lot of presentations at various book festivals. Is it possible to participate as an author. I am a published author in 4 genres 14x. ThorntonCline.com

    Look forward to hearing from you.

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