2009 Alabama Book Festival to be held in Montgomery April 18

AUBURN –More than 50 novelists, poets, artists, illustrators, playwrights and children’s writers will converge on the grounds of Old Alabama Town in Montgomery April 18 for the fourth annual state book festival, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The festival is a free public event sponsored by the Alabama Center for the Book, an affiliate program of the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University.

The Alabama Book Festival will include readings and signings by Pulitzer Prize-winner Rick Bragg, Alabama’s own Kathryn Tucker Windham and acclaimed photographer Beth Maynor Young, as well as chef Frank Stitt.

During the festival, Alabama Public Television is sponsoring a dedicated children’s area where children can meet costumed characters, participate in experiments from the McWane Science Center in Birmingham and create bookmarks and other crafts. “Magic Tree House” author Mary Pope Osborne is among the authors that will be featured in this area.

A special concluding event from 4 to 5 p.m. will feature the national debut of Warren St. John’s new book, “Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, An American Town.”

On Friday, April 17, the Alabama Writers’ Forum will offer a creative writing workshop for teachers, featuring poets Molly Peacock and Kathleen Driskell. The workshop is free but space is limited. For information, contact the Alabama Writers’ Forum at (334) 265-7728 or writersforum@bellsouth.net. Deadline for registration for the creative writing workshop for teachers is April 13.

Festival sponsors include the Auburn University College of Liberal Arts, Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel, Alabama Center for the Book, Alabama Humanities Foundation, Alabama Public Television, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Alabama State Council on the Arts, Alabama Supreme Court and Law Library, Alabama Writers’ Forum, Capitol Book, City of Montgomery, Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery City-County Public Library and Old Alabama Town.

For more information, including a full list of presenters and a site map, go to the Alabama Book Festival Web site at www.alabamabookcenter.org ( http://www.alabamabookcenter.org/ )or call the Alabama Center for the Book at (334) 844-4946.

Contact: Jay Lamar (334) 844-4946, (lamarja@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)