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Festival of Books To Stay In Nashville

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The Southern Festival of Books, a three-day celebration of the written word, is back in Nashville for good.

In 2004, Humanities Tennessee voted to alternate the site of the annual festival between Nashville, which had served as host since 1989, and Memphis.

But as the Nashville Scene reports, the decision, made this past Saturday, for the festival to stay put in Nashville permanently came down to several things, including the expense of moving and housing a Nashville-based staff when the festival is in Memphis, the cost to the festival of renting the Cook Convention Center, and the fact that Nashville's Legislative Plaza works better (according to Robert Cheatham, president of Humanities Tennessee) "urbanistically."

Meaning Legislative Plaza beats the Cook Convention Center and North Main any day? Apparently, some days: This year’s Southern Festival of Books (in, not Memphis, Nashville) is the second full weekend of October.

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