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Three Tennessee Tech University history faculty members will be among the more than 200 authors featured at this year’s Southern Festival of Books, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 7-9, at War Memorial Plaza in Nashville.

They are Michael Birdwell and W. Calvin Dickinson, who co-edited Rural Life and Culture in the Upper Cumberland (University Press of Kentucky, 2004), and Wali Kharif, a contributing author.

A presentation by the three begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, in Conference Room II of the Nashville Public Library.
The book, which is going into its second printing, provides a look at the people and events that have given the Upper Cumberland region its unique niche in American life and culture.

Birdwell and Dickinson have made previous appearances at the festival for other books, including Upper Cumberland Historic Architecture (Hillsboro Press, 2002) and Tennessee Tales Textbooks Don’t Tell (Over Mountain Press, 2002).

The Southern Festival of Books is in its 17th year. It is sponsored by Humanities Tennessee, and admission is free.
The War Memorial Plaza is located at the corner of Sixth and Union in downtown Nashville, and all festival events will take place within a two-block area of it.

Talks, readings and panel discussions, for instance, are scheduled to take place in the library and select areas of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and after each session, book signings will be held on the plaza in the signing colonnade.

For more information about the Southern Festival of Books and its presenters, visit its web site at