THE BIG READ
featuring Tayari Jones's
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.
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! Please note: Reservations must be made by March 31, 2017 to receive the special book festival rate.
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.
To read the official press for this year's festival, please CLICK HERE
THE SCHEDULE IS OUT!
Click HERE to go a downloadable or printable version of the schedule! ANNOUNCING OUR 2017 BOOK DRIVE
The Alabama Book Festival is delighted to join forces with the Montgomery Bicycle Club and That's My Dog to collect books for Ride for Reading, a national literacy outreach program that collects and delivers age-appropriate books to readers! Here's how it works: Bring 7 books to the festival on April 22, and you receive a hot dog from our friend Charles Lee's wonderful That's My Dog. Bring 10 books and you receive a hot dog combo. (Limit: 1 dog or 1 combo per donor). The Bicycle Club will deliver the books to Southlawn Elementary in Montgomery on May 10 as part of Ride of Reading Week. Please help us get the word out about the book drive. Our goal is to put two books in the hands of each Southlawn student. Click HERE for a downloadable version of the flyer.
ANNOUNCING OUR OPEN MIC STAGE!
Because the Festival receives so many more submissions than the program can accommodate, we've decided that this year we will have an open-mic stage. Whether you're a published or aspiring author, you can sign up for a 10-15 minute slot (depending on demand) to perform your work on Columbus Street in front of the Old Alabama Town offices. We'll even have celebrity MCs like WSFA's own Tonya Terry (herself an author and panelist this year!) to introduce you. To sign up, please email Kirk Curnutt at email@example.com with a requested hour. Please understand that we'll try to accommodate the requested hour but as slots fill up on a first-come, first-serve basis, we may need to schedule you earlier or later based on availability. The schedule for the open-mic stage will be posted on the website the week before the festival on April 15.
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.
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.
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.
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.