Celebrating Authors & Books at Word of South

We are once again excited to participate in Word of South, Tallahassee’s annual festival celebrating literature and music at Cascades Park April 13-15.

Word of South is unique because it brings together writers and musicians, providing the local community with a venue to appreciate the relationship between literature and music. As the festival’s founder Mark Mustian said after Word of South’s inaugural event in 2015, “There’s a lot of value to people realizing…that books are fun, music’s fun, and the two of them together could be really fun.”

To foster this collaboration and inspire readers of all ages, Midtown Reader will be at Word of South on April 14 and 15 to support the festival and its artists. We are proud to join Word of South to applaud and support many of the 2017 winners of the Florida Book Awards (just announced last month), which are coordinated by the Florida State University Libraries to celebrate the best new work in Florida literature.

So please join Midtown Reader at Word of South for a celebration of these (and many other) authors and books:

The Potlikker Papers, John T. Edge

"The one food book you must read this year." Southern Living

This book provides a people's history that reveals how Southerners shaped American culinary identity and how race relations impacted Southern food culture over six revolutionary decades. Over the last three generations, wrenching changes have transformed the South, and The Potlikker Papers tells the story of that dynamism—and reveals how Southern food has become a shared culinary language for the nation.

Dear Martin, Nic Stone

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack.

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning New York Times bestselling debut, a William C. Morris Award Finalist.

The Ice House, Laura Lee Smith