: 2003 AEC Conference on Southern Literature
(See question number three for shuttle route)
Where should I stay during my visit to
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 www.tntravel.com
for assistance with accommodations and airfare.
airlines serve Chattanooga? Is there a special airport shuttle I
should take to the hotel?
Delta, US Airways and American serve Chattanooga.
Tennessee Valley Travel www.tntravel.com 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.
downtown hotels within walking distance of the Conference meeting
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.
driving in from out of town. Is parking provided for Conference
attendees at the meeting sites?
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.
I be able to buy books written by all the authors at the Conference?
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.
I buy a one-day ticket to the Conference?
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.
I attend the Saturday luncheon to hear the keynote speaker but
not eat lunch?
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.
can I eat during Friday's lunch and dinner “on your own”?
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
am a vegetarian. How do I request a special veggie meal for the
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
there be videotapes of the proceedings that I can purchase?
A. No videotapes
will be sold.
How many people attend this Conference? Will I actually be able
to interact with writers?
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.
I don’t know anything about Chattanooga.
How can I find out more before I visit?
A. Please check
out the city’s website, www.chattanoogafun.com, or call the Chattanooga
Visitors Bureau at (800)
322-3344 to request information.
do people wear at these events? Is any event dressy? What’s
the weather like in Chattanooga
in mid April?
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.