Fifth Annual SE-YA Book Festival

Over the past five years, the Southeastern Book Festival has established itself as a premier event that left a lasting impression on those involved by fostering a personal one-on-one experience between young adults and authors.

Bringing readers and writers together has been a hallmark for the festival.

Among the stellar list of authors are New York Times bestselling authors Angie Thomas, Nic Stone, Margaret Peterson Haddix, and David Arnold. Nashville’s Jeff Zentner, whose “The Serpent King” and “Goodbye Days” were nominated for a Carnegie Medal.

Other local authors include Sharon Cameron, Greg Howard, Andrew Maraniss, C.J. Redwine, Courtney Stevens, Jamie Sumner, and Kristin O’Donnell Tubb.

This year’s SE-YA Book Fest takes place March 12-14, 2020 on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

The first two days of the festival – Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13 – are reserved for schools and homeschools bringing students to the festival. Last year’s festival hosted 77 schools from 24 different school districts. Registration is free but required.

Saturday, March 14 is free and open to the public.

Organized by a group of Rutherford County and Williamson County school librarians, SE-YA is designed to encourage and develop literacy in young adults by connecting them with authors in a fun setting, thereby advancing education in the community.

Among this year’s offerings are opportunities to interact with more than 40 bestselling authors during panel discussions, book signings and a writing workshop to help readers hone their skills as young writers.

All festival events take place on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.

Visit the festival online at for schedules and a complete list of authors participating in SE-YA Book Fest 2020. Connect with SE-YA through social media on Facebook at or on Twitter and Instagram @seyabookfest.

For more information, please, contact SE-YA Book Fest via email at

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