Come Join Us @ the 2o16 Alabama Book Festival!!

2016 Alabama Book Festival

Saturday, April 23 from 9 am – 5 pm

Old Alabama Town, Montgomery


The 11th Annual Alabama Book Festival features 58 authors and presenters, including Alabama’s favorite son Rick Bragg, Homer Hickam, National Book Award nominee Padgett Powell, playwright Joshua Scher, poet Juyanne James, and many, many more. Former Poet Laureate of the United States, Natasha Trethewey will be honored as Troy University’s 2016 Hall-Waters Prize winner and will give a presentation at 3 pm.

Aspiring writers will want to register for one (or more) of the free workshops taking place throughout the day. Registration is free, but space is limited so sign up early!

  • Writing Fiction with Diane Haeger 9 – 10 am
  • The Write Touch: African American & Inspirational Fiction with Vanessa Davis Griggs 10:15 – 11 am
  • Stories through Words and Photos with Robin McDonald and Valerie Pope Burnes 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
  • Pitching and Submitting Fiction to Publishers with Deni Dietz 12:30 – 1 pm
  • Screenwriting with Nicole Yorkin and Dawn Prestwich 1:45 – 2:45 pm
  • Sequential Arts Illustration (aka Comic Book): Narrative vs. Conceptual with Nathaniel Alan   3 – 4 pm

Books by every featured author will be available at Chapter & Verse, the Festival booksellers. Authors will be presenting and signing books at various locations throughout the Festival. Test your literary knowledge on our giant crossword puzzle, and visit the many exhibitors and vendors. Enjoy a delicious lunch from one of the Festival food vendors, or bring a picnic lunch.

With author readings, workshops, vendors and exhibitors, author signings, and a lively activity area for children (hosted by the MCCPL youth services librarians), this free public event is the state’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!

Visit for a complete schedule of events, list of participating authors, workshop registration, and Festival information. And be sure to stop by the Montgomery City-County Public Library tent while you’re there!


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