What is TRIO?

It's a traveling exhibit of art, music and literature that celebrates the inspirational power of great storytelling. First conceived by Shari Smith of Working Title Farm, and a writer and singer for "The Shoe Burnin' Show," TRIO is a testament to the way words, music and art can come together around the power of a single story. Each TRIO starts with a book, which is given to a musician and a visual artist, who then write a song, a piece of music, a work of art inspired by the story. 

The 2018 TRIO exhibit debuted September 15 at the SIBA Discovery Show in New Orleans, LA, and then travels around the South for the next twelve months, hosted by and sponsored by SIBA member bookstores. The 2017 TRIO exhibit finished its tour September 3 at The Decatur Book Festival. Learn more about the 2017 books, songwriters, and visual artists here.

Among the books chosen for the 2018 TRIO Exhibit are The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash, Heating & Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly, A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, The Hidden Light of Northern Fires by Daren Wang, and The Whole Way Home by Sarah Creech, and more.

TRIO songwriters include award-winning musicians and songwriters Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss, Kim Richey, Peter McDade, Sarah Aili, Jill Benfield, Radney Foster, Eddie Heinzelman, Tommy Lewis, Eric Erdman, Sunny Sweeney, Joanna Janet, and Isaac Fountain.

Visual artists involved with TRIO cover a wide variety of media and genre and include Abbie Smith, Jennifer Nyblom, Robert Oren Eades, Cyndi Hoelzle, Katrina Perdue, Rachel Campbell, Heather Gallaher, Lucy Hunnicutt, Lia Frederick, Karen Schwettman, Glenn A. Bruce, and Stephen Brooks.

TRIO's creator is Shari Smith, whom editor Joe Formichella called "the mad Dr. Frankenstein" behind the anthology and cd, The Shoe Burnin', Stories of Southern Soul, and the script writer and mother hen of the stage production, The Shoe Burnin' Show, a combination of literature and music that changes with every performance, defying description and delighting audiences.

Are you a bookseller interested in bringing TRIO to your store or community?
Learn more here.

2017 TRIO Schedule
9/15/17 - 9/17/17 SIBA#17 Discovery Show, New Orleans, LA
11/11/17 - 11/30/17  Book Exchange, Marietta, GA 
January, 2018 Foggy Pine Books, Boone, NC
February, 2018  Buxton Books, Charleston, SC 
March, 2018 Page and Palette, Fairhope, AL
April, 2018  TBA 
May, 2018 FoxTale Books, Woodstock, GA
June, 2018  Page 158, Wake Forest, NC 
July, 2018 TBA
August, 2018  City Lights, Sylva, NC 

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