Franklin Book Festival to focus on the pleasure of reading and business of writing

Franklin Book Festival to focus on the pleasure of reading and business of writing

Photo: Members of the Authors Circle group at Main Street Festival were (from left) Ken Vanderpool, Dr. Sally Burbank, Dana Fraedrich-Clark, Tim Bishop, Mandy Burkhead, Tom Wood, Bonnie Tinsley and Bill Peach. // Photo submitted


Nearly 50 authors are scheduled to appear and participate in the Authors Circle Franklin Book Festival that will be held at the Williamson County Public Library Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2.

And whether you’re a reader or a writer or a would-be writer, you’re encouraged to attend and meet the authors and sit in on the 12 scheduled panels over the two days. Of course, you’re also welcome to purchase any of the books for sale.

“We would love to have more people come out who love to read and to talk about books,” said Tom Wood, former sports writer and copy editor for The Tennessean who published his first book — Vendetta Stone, a thriller — in 2013. “We have a lot of interesting panels, some great local authors. Some have been well published and had their works well received. There will be a wide variety of genres, everything from children’s and young adults books to a lot of thriller, mystery and suspense, literary fiction, poetry — just about anything.”

Wood, who will be sitting on a panel discussing an anthology that will be published later this year titled “Words on Water,” is helping to organize the book festival. It’s the brainchild of longtime Franklin businessman, politician and author Bill Peach, who has been having recent health issues.

Tom Wood (left) and Bill Peach, organizers of the Franklin Book Festival, helped to host a booth for the Authors Circle of Middle Tennessee at the recent Main Street Festival. / Photo by John McBryde

Peach, Wood and others in the Authors Circle had a vendors tent at the recent Main Street Festival, and Peach also hosts a booth at Pumpkinfest and Dickens of a Christmas in Franklin and at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville. The upcoming Authors Circle Franklin Book Festival is actually his second such fest.

“I’ve done a festival with 22 authors in 2014,” Peach said, “but never one on this scale.”

Some of the better-known authors include Clay Stafford, Beth Terrell, Lisa Wysocky, Dwight Lewis and Jeremy Finley. There are 48 authors scheduled for the festival, with 43 serving as panelists. Some are tentative, Wood said.

Among the panel discussions will be a couple that could be useful for beginning writers who want to learn the methods of getting published. The Williamson County Public Library’s Marcia Fraser and other staff will host one on self-publishing, and another panel will focus on the book business.

“Everybody has got an idea for a book, but they may not know how you go about getting it out and getting it into print,” Wood said. “Some people are intimated by that. This could be very helpful.”

Here are most of the authors and the different panelists scheduled:


 10:00 Children’s — Samantha DeGrasse, Toni Tyler White, Sophia DeGrasse, and Kayla Jarmon

11:00 Young Adult — D.G. Driver, Tiffini Johnson, Dana Fraedrich, Marino Alvarez

12:00 Self -Publishing  — Marcia Fraser and The Williamson County Library

1:00 Nonfiction — Kathy Rhodes, Bill Peach, Susie Dunham, Dwight Lewis, Patty Mason

2:00 Anthology — Tom Wood, Michael J. Tucker, Bill Woods and Catherine Moore

3:00 Christian Fiction — Katie Shands, Greg Schaffer, Denise Price Bell, Mark Cornelius.

4:00 Fiction — Jim Nesbitt, Jack Wallace, Ken Vanderpool, Don Green, and Emma Wisdom


1:00 Book Business — Lisa Wysocky, Sara Wigal, Ami McConnell, Clay Stafford, Jaden Terrell

2:00 Poetry — David M. Harris, Louise Colln, Sherry Paige, Veera Rajaratnam, Chance Chambers, and Sandy Spencer Coomer

3:00 Nonfiction — Tim Bishop, Sally Burbank, Par Donahue, and Keith Pruitt

4:00 Fiction — Tom Collins, Daniel Hooberry, Jeremy Finley, and Jeff Thompson


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