The Southern Lit Alliance is offering several fun and special literary events this summer! Be sure to check this page for updates! 

Questions regarding events may be directed to Rhett Reeves, Program Director. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (423) 267-1218.

 Upcoming Events: 


smART: Auction + Benefit

Thursday, September 24, 2015

6:30 PM, Stratton Hall

Tickets are $50

Join us for a festive evening celebrating local Chattanooga creativity. This one-of-a-kind auction consists of original works by 50 distinguished local artists. The evening will feature catering by St. John's Restaurant and music by the Booker T. Scruggs Jazz Ensemble. Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit our outreach programs such as Theatre Express, Writers in Classrooms, and the Young Southern Student Writers competition!

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So Lit Book Club 

The Sheltering by Mark Powell

Tuesday, September 29

5:30 PM

Location TBA

the sheltering coverNovelist Ron Rash has deemed Powell "the best Appalachian novelist of his generation." In this, his fourth novel, Powell broadens the southern backdrop of his earlier work into a sprawling thriller taking readers from the Middle East to Charleston, southern Georgia, Tampa, Miami, New Orleans, and into the storied American West. In its themes, perspectives, and pacing, The Sheltering recalls the work of Robert Stone, Jim Harrison, and Ben Fountain while further establishing Powell as a unique voice capable of interrogating unfathomable truths with a beauty and cohesion of language that challenges our assumptions of the human spirit.



So Lit Out Loud 

Mark Powell & John Warley

Thursday, October 8

Time & Location TBA

Join us for readings by Mark Powell and John Warley of Pat Conroy's new fiction imprint, Story River Books. 

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Mark Powell; photo credit: Stetson University