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Conference on Southern Literature - April 24-26, 2003

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FAQs : 2003 AEC Conference on Southern Literature
(See question number three for shuttle route)

Q.    Where should I stay during my visit to Chattanooga?

A.     Whether you're looking for elegance or traveling on a budget, Chattanooga has it all - charming bed and breakfasts, convenient downtown properties, cozy cabins, and a wide range of nationally-known places to stay.  For your convenience as a Conference attendee, please contact Tennessee Valley Travel at or visit for assistance with accommodations and airfare.

Q.    What airlines serve Chattanooga?  Is there a special airport shuttle I should take to the hotel?

A.     Delta, US Airways and American serve Chattanooga. Tennessee Valley Travel can help with booking flights and shuttle service from your hotel. Average cost for shuttle service is $10 one-way and the hotel will need a 24-hour notice.  If not, taxi service is available.  One-way fare is approximately $15.  The airport is about 20 minutes from downtown.

Q.    Are downtown hotels within walking distance of the Conference meeting sites?

A.     Because Thursday’s events are scheduled at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga's Fine Arts Center and the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, several blocks from downtown hotels, SHUTTLE SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED. The bus will run from the Chattanooga Choo Choo, the Radisson Read House, and the Hilton Garden hotels to the Fine Arts Center from 2 pm until 6:30 pm, and then from the hotels to the Chattanooga Theatre Centre until the play is over. If you are staying at a hotel not included in the shuttle route, you can either ride the free downtown shuttle or walk to one of the designated pick-up locations.

Friday and Saturday’s events will be at the Tivoli Theatre and the Chattanooga Choo Choo, which are both within walking distance or accessible by a free downtown shuttle bus.  Shuttle maps and maps of the downtown area will be available at Conference registration and the information desk in your hotel.

Q.    I’m driving in from out of town.  Is parking provided for Conference attendees at the meeting sites?

A.     There is plenty of parking available near each meeting site, although no special parking is designated for Conference attendees.  For Thursday’s events at the University, parking is available in the lots and garages surrounding the Fine Arts Center.  On Friday and Saturday, parking is available in lots behind the Tivoli Theatre or in the metered parking in front of the Theatre on Broad Street.  If you are staying in a downtown hotel, the hotel should provide parking during your stay.

Q.    Will I be able to buy books written by all the authors at the Conference?

A.     Yes, we try to offer a wide selection of titles from all the authors.  These books will be for sale each day of the Conference.  Cash, check, or major credit cards will be accepted.  There will be designated times and places for book signings.  Please note those times and places on the program you will receive upon arrival.

Q.    Can I buy a one-day ticket to the Conference?

A.       One-day tickets may be purchased for any day of the Conference for $35.  The Saturday one-day ticket does not include the Fellowship of Southern Writers luncheon at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, which is an additional $25. Another option is to purchase a ticket to the Saturday luncheon only. 

Q.      Can I attend the Saturday luncheon to hear the keynote speaker but not eat lunch?

A.     Yes, chairs will be placed in the back of the room for those who wish to hear the keynote speaker but not purchase a lunch during the Saturday luncheon at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, but only on a first come basis.  Limited seating is available. 

Q.    Where can I eat during Friday's lunch and dinner “on your own”?

A.     The downtown Chattanooga area provides many, many dining options to suit your tastes and your wallet.  Within walking distance to the Tivoli Theatre are Taco Mac, Panera Bread, Lupi’s Pizza, Figgy’s Sandwich Shop, Greyfriar’s Coffee Shop, Phat Wraps, Sticky Fingers, La Dolce Vita, Buffalo Wild Wings, and many more.  A restaurant guide and coupon booklet will be available at Conference registration.

Q.    I am a vegetarian.  How do I request a special veggie meal for the luncheons?

A.     Please indicate your requirements on your registration form.  We will make every effort to accommodate you.  Please also provide your phone number so that we may call you if we have a question or problem.

Q.    Will there be videotapes of the proceedings that I can purchase?

A.  No videotapes will be sold.

Q.  How many people attend this Conference?  Will I actually be able to interact with writers?

A.     Approximately 1,000 people attend this Conference for all or a part of the schedule.  There are book signings and breaks between events, at which time many writers mingle with Conference attendees, but these opportunities are limited due to our full schedule.

Q.  I don’t know anything about Chattanooga.  How can I find out more before I visit?

A.  Please check out the city’s website,, or call the Chattanooga Visitors Bureau at (800) 322-3344 to request information.

Q.    What do people wear at these events?  Is any event dressy?  What’s the weather like in Chattanooga in mid April?

A.     Guests are welcome to wear comfortable, casual clothes to all events.  The weather is usually mild in Chattanooga in mid April, but occasional cool temperatures are not uncommon, especially in the evening.  It would be wise to pack a coat or jacket.

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