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Alabama Book Festival


We're looking forward to seeing lots of old friends and many new ones on at the ninth annual Alabama Book Festival in Old Alabama Town, downtown Montgomery, on Saturday, April 19, 2014. The festival gates will open at 9 a.m., and author presentations will be 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The Student Readers Group discussion will be at 9 a.m., and free writing workshops will be at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. (more information below). At 4 p.m. there will be a lively program of readings and music from The Shoe Burnin': Stories of Southern Soul. Exhibitors and vendors, including vendors selling food and drink, will be on hand all day.

 Authors' program schedule is available

Click here for the authors' program schedule


Announcing a New Feature of the Alabama Book Festival!

Free Writing Workshops on Saturday, April 19

Nationally known authors Donald Anderson and Charles Salzberg will lead workshops on writing fiction (9-10 a.m.) and on getting your work published (1-2 p.m.). Both workshops are free and will be in the auditorium at Old Alabama Town's Loeb Center. Registration is limited to 35 participants in each workshop, and the deadline to register is April 17. Click here for more information and the registration form.  

Free Writing Workshop for Alabama Teachers on Friday, April 18

On Friday, April 18th, before the 9th annual Alabama Book Festival (held Saturday April 19, 2014 in Old Alabama Town, Montgomery), Alabama teachers in grades 7-12 are invited to join two Book Festival authors, poet and educator Kelley Norman Ellis and writer and educator Donald Anderson, for an exciting day of writing workshops, free of charge. These workshops are designed to introduce teachers to new strategies for integrating creative writing into language arts and English curricula. Teachers have the opportunity to write in both sessions. Click here for more information. To register, send your name, school, and e-mail address to, subject line:teacher workshop. Participation by pre-registration only.

Student Readers Group 

High school (grades 9-12) and university undergraduates have been reading Weren't No Good Times: Personal Accounts of Slavery in Alabama, edited by Horace Randall Williams. Mr. Williams will discuss the book with readers at 9 a.m. in the Moulton House. Click here for more information.  


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