Monday, March 30, 2009

2009 Alabama Book Festival

The Alabama Book Festival will take place on April 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the grounds of historic Old Alabama Town in Montgomery, Ala. The Festival is organized by the Alabama Center for the Book, an affiliate program of the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University.

More than fifty novelists, poets, artists, illustrators, playwrights and children’s writers will participate in the Festival including: Daniel Anderson, Tina McElroy Ansa, Susan Youngblood Ashmore, Rick Bragg, Joel Brouwer, Peter Campion, Guy and Candie Carawan, Sheryll Cashin, Robert Dalby, Melissa Delbridge, Foster Dickson, Kathleen Driskell, Sara DuBose, Lynnell Edwards, Margaret Fenton, Thom Gossom, Wayne Greenhaw, Lauretta Hannon, Andrew Hudgins, Dr. Gloria Joseph, Douglas Kearney, Nanci Kincaid, Thomas Larson, Sebastian Matthews, Erin McGraw, Linda Kenney Miller, Jim Murphy, Don Noble, Martin Olliff, Molly Peacock, Ron Riekki, Solomon Seay, Elizabeth Findley Shores, Louie Skipper, Warren St. John, Frank Stitt, Jeanie Thompson, Barbara Wiedemann, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, Crystal Wilkinson, Kathryn Tucker Windham, Beth Maynor Young, and Bob Zellner.

The Festival will include a dedicated children’s area, with activities such as theater performances, storytelling, magic performances, book characters in costume, hands-on science experiments, and crafts. There will also be appearances by authors of books for children and young adults: Natalie Pope Boyce, Susannah Felts, Charles Ghigna, Helen Hemphill, Peter Huggins, Kerry Madden, Margaret McMullan, Mary Pope Osborne, Laurel Snyder, and Carole Boston Weatherford.

On April 17, the day before the Festival, the Alabama Writers' Forum will be offering two writing workshops. A Writing Stimulus workshop will be led by Erin McGraw and Andrew Hudgins. A second workshop, specifically for teachers, will be led by Kathleen Driscoll and Molly Peacock. Both workshops will be held at Troy University-Montgomery Campus. For information about the workshops, contact the Alabama Writers’ Forum at 334 265 7728 (toll-free 866-901-1117) or email at

Download the Press Kit for the Alabama Book Festival.

Midge Coates, Project Manager
This Goodly Land: Alabama's Literary Landscape

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