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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 2017 TRIO exhibit debuted the #SIBA16 Discovery Show in Savannah, GA, and then travels around the South for the next twelve months, hosted by and sponsored by SIBA member bookstores. The 2016 TRIO exhibit finished its tour September 3 at The Decatur Book Festival. Learn more about the 2016 books, songwriters, and visual artists here.

Among the books chosen for the 2017 TRIO Exhibit are Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen, Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich (a 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize winner), Z by Therese Fowler, Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey, and The Last Season by Stuart Stevens.

TRIO songwriters include award-winning musicians and songwriters Mary Gauthier, Eric Erdman, Travis Meadows, Jonathan Byrd, Sarah Alli, Timothy Scott Williams, Lisa Mills, Minton Sparks, Grant Peeples, Ray Weaver, Larry Burnett, and others.

Visual artists involved with TRIO cover a wide variety of media and genre and include Sloan Bibb, Jennifer Nyblom, Ray Martin, Laura Books, Kristina Perdue, Don Andrews, Lia Frederick, Brock Larsen, Karen Schwettman, and others.

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
11/14/16 - 1/17/17 Page & Palette, Fairhope AL
1/18/17 - 2/11/17 Bookmark It, Orlando FL
3/1/17 - 3/31/17 The New South Bookstore, Montgomery, AL
4/1/17 - 6/22/17 FoxTale Bookshoppe, Woodstock, GA
8/1/17 - 8/31/17 City Lights Bookstore, Sylva, NC
9/1/17 - 9/3/17 The Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA