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featuring Tayari Jones's

Silver Sparrow

Troy University will host events in March and April of 2017 around the book Silver Sparrow, by Tayari Jones. Learn more about the events here.

Cassandra King Conroy named Troy University's Hall-Waters Prize winner,

slated to speak at 2017 Alabama Book Festival. Learn more about Cassandra King Conroy here.

Vendors & Exhibitors:  We're taking book submittals and vendor/exhibitor applications for the 2017 Festival.  Download the vendor/exhibitor contract and application here.

Authors: Thank you to all the authors who have submitted books for consideration for this year's speakers program. We are no longer taking submittals, but we will have shortly instructions on how to sign up for our new open-mic stage! Please keep checking back!

If you missed getting your book in for consideration, you can submit it for next year's festival; we'll begin taking submittals again in the fall.

Hotel and Lodging 
Whether you're an author, an exhibitor, or an attendee, we can help you find a comfortable stay in downtown Montgomery! We have rooms blocked at the DoubleTree at 120 Madison Avenue for $119 plus tax (includes breakfast and parking) and at the Hampton Inn & Suites/Downtown at 100 Commerce Street (also for $119.00 plus tax; it includes breakfast).   

To make a reservation, call our friend Tandi Mitchell at Hotel Solutions at 334-567- 5453. Reservations are open daily from 8 am to 10 pm!  

Welcome to the Alabama Book Festival

With author readings, workshops, vendors and exhibitors, author signings, and a lively activity area for children, this free public event is Alabama's premier literary event. Thousands of people from around the state and the Southeast gather at the festival each year to meet their favorite authors and scholars. It's a day of fun for book lovers of all ages! This year the Alabama Book Festival will continue our tradition of promoting reading and literacy to Alabamians of all ages and backgrounds at Old Alabama Town in Montgomery on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Sign up to help as a volunteer at the Festival on April 22
There wouldn't be an Alabama Book Festival without the many, many wonderful volunteers who help out in the author venues, in the book signing area, as drivers, and in other places and ways. Click here to sign up as a volunteer to help out at the Festival on April 22.

Book submittals are closed as of Feb. 2.
Thanks to all the authors who have submitted books for consideration for the speakers' program. If haven't been able to submit your book, you can submit it in the fall for next year's festival.

Festival Newsletter
Keep up with breaking news on the 12th annual Alabama Book Festival, April 22, 2017, through our newsletters. Click on the links below for each newsletter.
Discover the byways of "lost classics" in Alabama literature
To Kill a Mockingbird... The Grass Harp... Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe... Forrest Gump... All Over But the Shoutin'... In Alabama these names are as familiar as the major highways that carry us to the state's most popular destinations. But Alabama's complicated, compelling history has inspired a surprising number of other novels, poems, and nonfiction studies that aren't as well traveled as these main interstates.

These books are our lost byways; they take us to less-explored corners of our heritage and creativity. As we build up to the 12th Alabama Book Festival on April 22, 2017, we're taking a journey with a dozen or so books we like to think of as lost classics. They're all books worthy of rediscovery – what we might think of as off-road adventures.

Start exploring Alabama's lost classics in literature.

Thank you
Thank you to all the authors, book lovers, comics creators, editors, families, kids of all ages, poetry enthusiasts, publishers, and volunteers who have joined us at the Alabama Book Festival since 2006! You always make it a great day to celebrate books, literacy, and the love of reading.

We are so grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who generously give their time to make the Alabama Book Festival a memorable highlight of the spring season for thousands of visitors from around the region! If you volunteered with us this year --thank you! We literally couldn't do it without you, and we hope to see you again for the 2017 Alabama Book Festival.

Thank you to all our generous Sponsors,  Partners, and Friends, without whom there would not be an Alabama Book Festival.