The Fifth Annual Festival Set for April 17, 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Date Set for 2011 Festival

2011 Alabama Book Festival Set for April 16

MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The sixth annual Alabama Book Festival will be held in historic downtown Montgomery at Old Alabama Town on April 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free public event is the state’s premier book festival—with more than 4,000 people from around Alabama converging in the capital to meet with and hear from their favorite authors and scholars.

The festival is currently reviewing potential authors for the event and plans to announce its 2011 author line-up in early February. As in years past, programs and activities will include author appearances, book signings, musical performances, and an exhibit area featuring literary organizations and vendors selling books and other items of interest to booklovers. Alabama Public Television has agreed to host the children’s activity area again, making it a day of fun for the whole family.

Sponsors are needed to make the non-profit event a success. Those interested in contributing monetary or in-kind donations should contact Gail Waller at Volunteers will be solicited in January 2011. For more information, call 1-888-240-1850.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Two Literary Greats Added to Festival!

Blog followers and Facebook fans are the first to know that we have added two big names to the festival: Pearl Cleage and Daniel Wallace!

Pearl Cleage is a legendary author and playwright who catapulted to fame when her first novel, "What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day," became an Oprah Book club selection in 1998 and was listed on the New York Times bestseller list for nine weeks.

Daniel Wallace's first novel, "Big Fish," also achieved enormous success upon publication in 1998. It was turned into a major motion picture directed by Tim Burton and starring Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup and Jessica Lange. It was shot entirely in Alabama, mostly in Montgomery and Wetumpka.

Both authors have published extensively since the success of their first novels. They will be speaking, meeting fans and signing books at the festival on April 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Old Alabama Town. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Book Festival Offers Writing Workshop for Teachers

On Friday, April 16, Alabama teachers grades 6-12 are invited to spend the day with four authors who will appear at the 5th Annual Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery to learn about creative writing techniques and strategies for their students.

Each year in conjunction with the statewide book event, the Alabama Writers’ Forum produces the Festival’s education outreach program. The workshops are offered free of charge with generous funding from the Support the Arts Car Tag Fund and Vulcan Materials Company, as well as support from Troy University, Montgomery Campus and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

This year’s participatory writing workshops are designed to introduce teachers to new strategies for integrating creative writing into language arts and English curricula, as well as making use of new media such as blogs and Web site postings in other subject areas.

Poets Sean Hill (author of Blood Ties and Brown Liquor) and DéLana R.A. Dameron (author of the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize-awarded How God Ends Us) will lead the morning poetry workshops. Irene Latham (author of the young adult novel Leaving Gees Bend) will give a reading at the noon hour, and fiction writer and blogger A.M. Garner (author of Undeniable Truths) will lead the afternoon workshop on “Writing for the New Media.”

“We hope teachers will leave the workshop with ideas for new writing lessons and some writing of their own to inspire students,” said Alabama Writers’ Forum Executive Director Jeanie Thompson. “We are fortunate to have writers of this caliber with us to work with our Alabama teachers this year.”

“We have a limited number of slots for the workshops, so teachers are encouraged to register early. All slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis,” Thompson said.

Registration is required. Print out registration forms online at www.alabamabookfestival. org. Contact the Alabama Writers’ Forum at or call 334-265-7728 for more information.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Kudos to Festival's Kiddie Authors

Congratulations to juvenile fiction writers Irene Latham and Rachel Hawkins--who both will be attending this year's festival--for being named to the Kids' Next list of recommended reading for kids. The list is compiled by independent booksellers.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Volunteers Needed for 2010 Festival

The fifth annual Alabama Book Festival is gearing up for 2010 and needs volunteers to help make the April 17 event a success.
More than 50 authors, storytellers, publishers, illustrators and performers will gather at Old Alabama Town in downtown Montgomery to celebrate reading, writing and literature. The festival depends on volunteers to serve in a variety of
roles, including escorting authors, assisting at book signings, helping with children’s activities and greeting visitors at the front gate.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and commit to a two-hour shift. In appreciation of their efforts, visitors will receive a free festival t-shirt and the opportunity to earn a one-day admission ticket to Disney World or Disneyland, as part of Disney’s 2010 Give a Day, Get a Disney Day program. Register to volunteer online at For
questions, contact volunteer coordinator Nancy Griggs at 334-844-4946 or

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Poster Unveiled

The Alabama Book Festival unveils its 2010 poster, a print of a original drawing by artist Arthur Price.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

New Festival Website Launched

The new website for the Alabama Book Festival is now online at Check it out for the latest information on the 2010 event!