We can't wait to see old friends and meet new ones at the 10th Annual Alabama Book Festival on Saturday, April 11, in Old Alabama Town! Tenth anniversaries are milestones, and this year we're celebrating with even more exciting events that honor reading and literacy in Alabama. We're also celebrating Alabama's Year of Barbecue, as well as International Table Top Day with games of all kinds and for all ages. Join us for free family fun in beautiful downtown Montgomery starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, in Old Alabama Town. See y'all soon!
2015 Festival Schedule
9:00 a.m Gates open
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Fiction Writing Workshop
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Student Readers Group
with Sheyann Webb-Christburg
10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Speakers' Program
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. * Vision screening for children
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Sequential Arts (Comic Book Creation) Workshop
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. * Vision screening for children
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Publishing Workshop
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Alabama Readers Theatre
with a dramatic reading from Addie Pray
Free vision screening by Impact Alabama's FocusFirst for children age 6 months to 5 years by the Children's Activity Area.
Enjoy our Children's Activity Area - Meeting a “real life” author is a formative experience for children and adolescents. In addition to meeting some of their favorite authors, children enjoy an activity area that features educational games, arts and crafts, and appearances by costumed literary characters Curious George and Lilly. Nearby Kiwanis Park also offers a large playground where kids can burn off energy
Celebrate the fun of board games on International TableTop Day - It's a way for the world to celebrate tabletop gaming together. Every spring, fans host thousands of events all over the world, and you can participate here at the Alabama Book Festival with games for all ages and interests, in Haigler House. Check out "Thrones & Bones," the game created as part of middle-grade fantasy novel, Thrones & Bones: Frostborn, and learn how to play it from the creator/author, Lou Anders. And play "Are You Smarter Than an English Professor?" Click here for more information.
Enter the drawing for a bookstore gift certificate - collecting stamps on your drawing card at three author presentations and turn it in at the bookstore for the end-of-day drawing. You do not have to be present to win.
Fill in the squares on a giant crossword puzzle and solve the book title cryptoquotes - test your literary knowledge on these giant games in the South Block.
Help write a poem - add your lines to a poem written by Festival visitors; it will be published on the Alabama Book Festival website.
Find the perfect gift and learn more about literary, literacy, and arts programs in Alabama - browse the vendors and exhibitors areas in the North Block and South Block and along Columbus Street. And check out the great food on Columbus Street, including the Barbecue Cupcake.
Free writing workshops!
Click here to sign up for free writing workshops. Topics include fiction writing, sequential arts (creating comic books), and opportunities in independent publishing. Space is limited and the deadline to register is April 5, so sign up today!
Thank you to all our generous Sponsors, Partners, and Friends, without whom there would not be an Alabama Book Festival.