The Alabama Book Festival will take place on Saturday, April 22, from 10am to 4pm at Old Alabama Town in Montgomery. This free event offers book lovers of all ages the chance to hear and meet nationally known, regional and local authors, see lively stage presentations, have books signed, listen to award-winning storytellers and purchase new books.
The festival features three areas for author readings and a dedicated children's area for storytelling, puppetry and activities, as well as book signings, a publisher's row, book arts and a presenter's block. Among the more than fifty featured authors are Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling nonfiction writer Rick Bragg, novelists Dori Sanders and Pat Cunningham Devoto, Alabama poet laureate Sue B. Walker and award-winning author Wayne Greenhaw. John Tayman, author of the acclaimed book The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Mokokai, and Jim Hansen, author of First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong, will be among the special guests. Children's writers Faye Gibbons and Tony Crunk will also be featured, along with storyteller Dolores Hydock.
The Alabama Book Festival will be held on the grounds of the South Block of Old Alabama Town located at 301 Columbus Street in Montgomery. This location provides plenty of free parking and a shaded, park-like setting just a few blocks from the State Capitol.
The Alabama Center for the Book Web site, www.alabamabookcenter.org, features weekly updates of authors, presenters and sponsors. For more information on the Alabama Book Festival, including details on all authors and presentations, visit the Web site or call 334-844-4948.