Alabama Book Festival 2013

By on 27 March, 2013 in Carole King, Fun, Shopping with 0 Comments

Once again, the eighth annual Alabama Book Festival will be at Old Alabama Town in historic downtown Montgomery on Saturday, April 20. The gates will open at 9 a.m. with more than 40 exhibitors and vendors. The 2012 Festival brought in over 5,000 people from all over Alabama to hear their favorite authors and this year’s Festival will continue celebrating the Year of Alabama Food with a focus on our rich cooking traditions.

Each year the Alabama Book Festival strives to promote literacy and celebrate books and reading. Writers who have published books within the last 18 months are invited to the Festival to talk about their work as well as to autograph their books. Like all aspects of the Alabama Book Festival, author/book selection is handled by a committee of volunteers. Criteria are not rigid, but a few common attributes of selected books have emerged over the years the festival has been held. Typically, the committee looks for an Alabama connection, either through the author, the subject of the book, or the location of the publisher. The genres of books considered include poetry, fiction, essays, history, memoirs and biographies, travel, the arts, cookbooks and children’s and young adult fiction and nonfiction. The committee looks at the festival as a whole and selects some books that represent the theme of the Festival for that year and others that represent a wide variety of genres, subjects, and styles to appeal to many different kinds of readers.

One of the most exciting indicators of the Festival’s growth is authors now asking to participate and attendees requesting authors they would love to see. The book selection committee takes all of these requests and suggestions into careful consideration.

This year, more than 45 writers, poets, scholars and industry professionals will read from and discuss their works, throughout the day across Old Alabama Town. Below is the present list of committed authors to date but there’s still time!

Meeting a “real life” author can be a formative experience for children and adolescents. In addition to meeting some of their favorite authors, children can enjoy an activity area that features educational games, arts and crafts, and appearances by costumed literary characters such as the Cat in the Hat, Nate the Great, and Maisy Mouse.

Many authors will be selling their own publications and Capitol Book and News will have all copies of the authors’ books available at the onsite store. Vendors will also on hand to sell books and other items of interest to book lovers of all ages with a number of exhibitors promoting their literary organizations and educational opportunities Food vendors will offer a number of items for purchase also or bring your own lunch and picnic in Kiwanis Park. Admission is free, lots of parking is available and tons of fun is to be had by all!

For more information on the authors and the schedule for their appearances, check out


Dr. Frank Adams — Doc: The Story of a Birmingham Jazz Man  (biography)  “ 

Alabama Readers Theatre Now Is the Time for All Good Men  (play by Harper Lee, read by Loretta Cobb, William Cobb, Jennifer Horne, and Don Noble)

Peggy Vonsherie Allen The Pecan Orchard  (memoir)

Allen Barra — Mickey and Willie-The Parallel Lives of Baseball’s Golden Age (nonfiction)

Walter BennettLeaving Tuscaloosa  (fiction)

Angela Benson — The Genesis House series  (inspirational romance)

Sonny BrewerThe Poet of Tolstoy Park  (fiction)

James CherryStill a Man and Other Stories  (short fiction)

Lauren ClarkDancing Naked in Dixie  (fiction)

Tim DorseyThe Riptide Ultra-Glide  (fiction)

Mitchell L. H. Douglasblak/ al-fa bet  (poetry)

Jeremy DownesPoems Too Small to Read  (poetry)

Kathleen DriskellPeck and Pock: A Graphic Poem  (graphic poetry) 

Jennifer EcholsSuch a Rush  (young adult fiction)

Therese Anne FowlerZ: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald  (fiction)

Frye GaillardThe Books That Mattered: A Reader’s Memoir  (memoir)

Andrew Glaze — the Poet Laureate of Alabama

Juliana GrayRoleplay  (poetry)

Carolyn Haines (writing as R. B. Chesterton) — The Darkling (horror)

Derrick HarriellCotton  (poetry)

Carolyn HembreeSkinny  (poetry)

Lita HooperThunder in Her Voice: The Story of Sojourner Truth  (poetry)

Kerry Madden – Nothing Fancy About Kathryn and Charlie  (children’s)

Lucy Madden-Lunsford—Nothing Fancy About Kathryn and Charlie  (children’s)

Tasia Malakasis—Tasia’s Table: Cooking with the Artisan Cheesemaker at Belle Chevre (cookbook)

Marie Manilla — Shrapnel  (fiction)

Barry Marks — Sounding  (poetry)  

Burgin Mathews — Doc: The Story of a Birmingham Jazz Man  (biography)

Janet McAdams—Red Weather  (fiction)

Beck McDowell — This Is Not a Drill  (young adult fiction)

Michael Morris — Man in the Blue Moon  (fiction)

Robert Moss — Barbecue: The History of an American Institution  (nonfiction – food)  

Morgan Murphy—Southern Living Off the Eaten Path: Favorite Southern Dives and 150 Recipes That Made Them Famous  (cookbook)   

Mystic Order of East Alabama Fiction Writers (Joanne Camp, Marian Carcache, Mary Dansak, Gail Langley, Judith Nunn, and Margee Bright Ragland) — The Ploy of Cooking  (cookbook)

Sena Jeter Naslund — Adam & Eve  (fiction)

Judith Hillman Paterson — What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most  (anthology, memoir)

Alice Randall — The Diary of B. B. Bright Possible Princess  (children’s)

Carroll Dale Short — I Left My Heart in Shanghi, Alabama  (essays)

John Sledge — Southern Bound: A Gulf Coast Journalist on Books, Writers, and Pilgrimages of the Heart  (essays)

Warren A. Trest — Once a Fighter Pilot: The Story of Korean War Ace Lt. Gen. Charles G. “Chick” Cleveland  (biography)

Rickey Butch Walker — Appalachian Indians of the Warrior Mountains  (history)

Lila Quintero Weaver — Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White  (graphic memoir)

Caroline Randall Williams — The Diary of B. B. Bright Possible Princess  (children’s)

Larry Williamson — Legend of the Tallasee Carbine  (historical fiction)

Margaret Wrinkle — Wash  (fiction)

Carole King (not the singer, just the hummer) enjoys midtown living from South Capitol Parkway in Capitol Heights where she has lived for 25+years. Carole has been the historic properties curator for the Landmarks Foundation that manages Old Alabama Town for 28 years and is passionate about neighborhoods, their architectural character, their people, and their preservation!

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