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May 14, 1996

Tennessee Center For The Book Approved

The Library of Congress has approved a proposal for a Tennessee Center for the Book that will be affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. It will be located at the Tennessee Humanities Council in Nashville. The Tennessee Center for the Book's major project will be the annual "Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Printed Word," one of the most successful book fairs in the United States.

"This is a wonderful development," said Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole. "The links with book organizations already established by the Humanities Council through its sponsorship of the Southern Festival of Books will give the new Tennessee Center for the Book a solid statewide base."

The mission of the Tennessee Center for the Book will be "to promote the celebration of the written word in Tennessee and among Tennesseans; to provide educational programs in reading and writing for Tennesseans; and to strengthen the community of the book in Tennessee." Created with the support of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, the new center will have a statewide advisory board that will include writers, civic leaders, educators, journalists, librarians, booksellers, and publishers. Donna Tauscher, the Tennessee Humanities Council's Public Information and Development Officer, will serve as coordinator.

The eighth annual Southern Festival of Books will be held in Nashville at the War Memorial Plaza on October 11, 12, and 13. Designed "to promote reading, writing, the literary arts and a broader understanding of the language and culture of the South," the festival is free and open to the public. Last year, more than 25,000 people attended.

For information about the Tennessee Center for the Book and the Southern Festival of Books, contact Donna Tauscher, Tennessee Humanities Council, 1003 18th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212, telephone (615) 320-7001, fax (615) 321-4586.

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PR 96-78
ISSN 0731-3527

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