Friday, February 19, 2010

The Fifth Annual Alabama Book Festival is Set for April 17, 2010

The Alabama Book Festival is coming! Join the more than 4,000 people in Montgomery on April 17th to meet your favorite authors! And it's FREE!

April 17, 2010

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Historic downtown Montgomery at Old Alabama Town

Free Admission
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The fifth annual Alabama Book Festival will be held in historic downtown Montgomery at Old Alabama Town on April 17, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free public event is the state’s premier book festival—with more than 4,000 people from around the state converging in the capital to meet with and hear from their favorite authors and scholars. A children’s activity area organized by Alabama Public Television is sure to make this a day of fun for the entire family. From children’s authors like Homewood's own Charles “Father Goose” Ghigna to adult favorites like Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg, the 2010 event will continue the festival’s tradition of promoting reading and literacy to Alabamians of all ages and backgrounds.

The festival's planning committee is still confirming the list of authors who will participate in the event. Here's a partial list of who has been signed so far: 

    * Rick Bragg, “The Most They Ever Had”
    * Sharon Davies, “Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race and Religion in America”
    * Foster Dickson, “The Life and Poetry of John Beecher”
    * Frye Gaillard, “Civil Rights Guide Book”
    * Rheta Grimsley Johnson, “Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming: A Memoir”
    * Charlie Lucas, “Tin Man: Charlie Lucas”
    * David Magee and Philip Shirley, “Sweet Spot: 125 Years of Baseball and the Louisville Slugger”

    * Sonny Brewer, “The Widow and the Tree”
    * Kirk Curnutt, “Dixie Noir”
    * A.M. Garner, “Undeniable Truths”
    * Susan Gregg Gilmore, “Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen”

Young Adult and Children's Fiction
    * Charles Ghigna (Father Goose), “Snow Wonder”
    * Rachel Hawkins, “Hex Hall Book One”
    * Irene Latham, “Leaving Gee’s Bend”
    * Ginger Rue, “Brand New Emily”

    * Virginia Gilbert, “That Other Brightness”
    * Jennifer Horne, “Bottle Tree”
    * Mary Kaiser, “Falling into Velazquez”

    * Mindy Merrell and R.B. Quinn, “Cheater BBQ: Barbecue Anytime, Anywhere, in Any Weather”
    * Janis Owens, “The Cracker Kitchen”

Publishing Industry Professionals
    * Ron Hogan, GalleyCat and MediaBistro
    * Julie Schoerke, JKS Communications

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