In Praise of Books

By on 20 March, 2014 in Fun, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

My husband Jim and I trek down to New Orleans each March for the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival.  And before you misinterpret that to mean we’re highbrows, let me explain.

There’s a lot more to the Festival than just talk about Tennessee Williams. Literature does form the core of the event, but hardly just literature about Williams or authors in general. Instead, the focus is all things Southern. This year, for example, I’ll be attending a panel about New Orleans as a backdrop for many different kinds of books and plays. Also a late afternoon presentation about Prohibition in the City That Care Forgot. And a whole day of New Orleans jazz on Sunday!

It was at a Tennessee Williams Festival some years ago that I heard Diane McWhorter of Birmingham talk about her Pulitzer prize winning Carry Me Home, which enabled me finally better to understand the real story about Civil Rights in my adopted Alabama home. Also at a Festival I heard New Orleans native Michael Lewis discuss his best-sellers Moneyball and The Big Short, with its creeps on Wall Street whose greed and duplicity forced my Montgomery real estate practice to the brink of bankruptcy.

And all this brings to mind the Alabama Book Festival, which takes place Saturday, April 19 here at Old Alabama Town. Montgomery will play host to over 50 authors, some less know and one you’re bound to recognize: Mark Victor Hansen, whose Chicken Soup for the Soul books have lifted the spirits of millions worldwide. Bring your book(s) for him to sign!

The Alabama Book Festival is free and a really family-centered day. Be sure to bring your children, grandchildren, nieces/nephews and neighborhood kids. They’ll love the face-painting, trying on costumes and hanging out with cartoon characters! If that does not offer enough activity for them to burn off excess energy, you can take them to Kiwanis Park right across the street.

And if you come early (Festival starts at 10 a.m.), stop by the Landmarks’ Membership Table and say hello to me. I’ve worked it for years and always look forward to seeing lots of my Midtown Montgomery friends and neighbors. ‘Til then, please consider volunteering for the Book Festival. Bob McLain at Landmarks needs 180 people to put it on. To volunteer, go here and fill out a simple form.

Sandra Nickel has been listing and selling residential real estate for over 30 years, most with an intense focus on Montgomery’s Midtown neighborhoods. Sandra serves on the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, the Cloverdale Business Coalition, Historic Southview, the Volunteer and Information Center, Landmarks Foundation and her own neighborhood Garden District Preservation Association.

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