It’s All About the Books

By on 21 March, 2014 in Karren Pell with 0 Comments

Screen Shot 2014-03-21 at 1.20.15 PMIt’s almost spring! It’s almost spring! The Bradford pears are spreading lacy blossoms on sidewalks. Cheery daffodils wave from flower beds, and redbuds splash their color here and there. People, dogs, and children in strollers are out in the sunshine. Spring in Montgomery is a glorious thing.

In addition to flowers, balmy breezes, and light warm sunshine, one of my favorite things in the spring is the Alabama Book Festival. To that end, I always celebrate the book festival in my Old Alabama Town Revue.

The book festival is Saturday, April 19 at Old Alabama Town on Columbus Street. The book festival is always one of the most fabulous fun events in Montgomery. Fifty authors and 40 vendors gather in the arbor, lawns, and inside the historic buildings of Old Alabama Town. Authors read from their books, discuss issues related to their books, and smile because they are having as fun much as non-authors. Books are available for purchase on site from Capitol Book and News so you can hear an author, buy the book, and get it signed. Think ahead to birthdays, Mother’s and Father’s Day — I even buy for Christmas.

Food and drinks will be available, so don’t worry about getting hungry or thirsty. In addition to the authors, other publishers, writing organizations, student writers, and community theater groups man tables and provide interesting information. Carole King and I will be there hoping people bring us some photographs for our new book. We need photos from WWII on up; we’ll scan them right there and give them back to you. So you can not only hear about a book and buy a book, you can be in a book! Activities for children include games, crafts, and costumed literary characters like the Cat in the Hat and Nate the Great. Go here to find out more. Go to Columbus Street on April 19 to have a ball.

The Old Alabama Town Revue on April 3, 7:00 p.m. at the Old Church on Columbus Street in Old Alabama Town, will celebrate the book festival. Our songs choices all relate to featured titles. For example, I’ll be singing “Catfish to Barbecue” to highlight Stacey Little’s The Southern Bite Cookbook; in a nod to Charles McNair’s civil war novel, Pickett’s Charge, Tim will break your heart with his version of “Lorena,” and new cast member Stephan Bray will make you cry with “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” (but you will love it!). Toni Wood will render “Go Down Moses” in honor of Randall Williams’ There Weren’t No Good Times: Personal Accounts of Slavery in Alabama. Randall is also the Revue’s featured artist for April. We are happy to announce two new cast members: percussionist Anthony Castaldo and singer-songwriter Stephen Bray. Mary Martin on bass, Larry Gobrecht on lead guitar, and the fabulous Pellets, round out the Revue cast. We are ready to rock.

So, it’s almost spring. Get out in the sunshine. Plan to take friends, family, even the dog, to the Alabama Book Festival. Come to the Old Alabama Town Revue on Thursday night, April 3 at 7:00 to hear fun music and get excited about the book festival. And remember, it’s all about the books!

Karren Pell is a writer, teacher, and performer who lives with her husband, Tim Henderson, and an assortment of cats and dogs in Capitol Heights. She is the author of three books. Her musical compositions range from commercial songs to theatrical works, with five musical adaptations to her credit.

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