Sixth Annual Alabama Book Festival

By on 6 April, 2011 in Fun with 0 Comments

As we finally get into the swing of Spring, lots of great activities are happening in Midtown. One of the most fun, family-friendly events of all is the sixth annual Alabama Book Festival (ABF) held in historic Downtown Montgomery at Old Alabama Town on Saturday, April 16 from 10:00 until 4:00.This free event will feature more than thirty writers and 4,000 visitors from around the country to meet their favorite authors and musicians, as well, celebrating 2011 as the Year of Alabama Music.

Programs and activities include author appearances, book signings, musical performances, and an exhibit area featuring literary organizations. Our own Capitol Book and News will provide the opportunity to purchase these popular publications for your favorite author to autograph that day. A children’s activity area organized by Alabama Public Television and a plethora of food vendors is sure to make this a day of fun for the entire family.

The 2011 festival will include internationally acclaimed poet, playwright, and Harper Lee Award recipient Sonia Sanchez. Additional Harper Lee Award winners Rick Bragg, William Cobb, and Wayne Greenhaw will also present at the Festival. Current best-selling authors Erica Spindler with Blood Vines and Mark Childress with Georgia Bottoms will be with us as well.

Poets Melissa Blackburn, E.E. Wade, Tony Crunk, Jake Adam York, and Randall Horton will read selections from their new work. And to celebrate The Year of Alabama Music, singer-songwriters Janet Simpson and Dan Farmer will perform.

Eric Litwin, also known as Pete the Cat (I love my blue shoes, I love my blue shoes…),Alex Beard and Art Roche will entertain the youngest readers throughout the day.  Authors of young adult books include Chandra Sparks Taylor, Roger Reid, and Ted Dunagan.

Volunteers are always needed to assist in a variety of tasks—setting up, escorting authors, providing hospitality, gate greeters—just to name a few. For more information, including a complete list of participating authors, volunteer information and directions visit www.alabamabookfestival.org or call 1-888-240-1850.

Sponsors include the Alabama Humanities Foundation, Alabama Library Association, Alabama Public Television, Alabama State Council on the Arts, Alabama Writers’ Forum, Capitol Book and News, Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Auburn University, City of Montgomery, Montgomery City-County Library System, NewSouth Books, Old Alabama Town/Landmarks Foundation, River City Publishing, and Troy University.

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