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Bulger's Beat: Festival celebrates written word, love of reading

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Everyone has a reason they read. At the 25th annual Southern Festival of Books, the written word gets its weekend.

Downtown Nashville becomes home to hundreds of authors - from Al Gore to Georgia Civil Rights leader John Lewis to the author who wrote My Blue is Happy and Arlo Needs Glasses.

It's all for people who love books.

"What's happening is taking place in your own imagination and your mind, so readers get the opportunity to envision it," said Tim Henderson with the Southern Festival of Books.

One mother who brought her children to the festival hopes all these writers rub off.

"They're avid readers, so maybe spark a little interest in writing, maybe for them to see that it is something they can accomplish with all these authors around," she said.

The event goes on all weekend long and continues on Saturday and Sunday.

Click here to learn more about the Southern Festival of Books.

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