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Contact: Mark Wilson, 334-844-4948, mwilson@...
Music, Drama and More at the Alabama Book Festival
Think books, think music, think plays and come to the Alabama Book
Festival on Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the grounds of
Montgomery’s historic Old Alabama Town, to experience them all.
Festival-goers will find novelists, poets and children’s writers at
the Alabama Book Festival. They’ll also have opportunities to hear
music, watch plays, and listen to playwrights talk about how to bring
works of literature to the stage.
Among the festival special features is a performance by
singer/songwriter Davis Raines. Raines, a native of Alabama, is an
accomplished Nashville songwriter who's been called "one of the few real
treasures left in Music City." He has just released his third and most
personal CD, Going to Montgomery. Produced by Tricia Walker and released
on APS Records, it continues Raines' long, passionate career of creating
soulful music that tells stories, and most of those stories begin Down
Another special feature of the festival will be the performance of an
excerpt from the acclaimed theater production “Conecuh People.”
Based on the book by writer and Alabama native Wade Hall, the play is a
long-running production of Union Springs’ Red Door Theater. It tells
the poignant story of a Bullock County boy's adolescence and two events
- one good and one bad - that shaped his life. Ty Adams, a Barbour
County (AL) native currently living in New York, adapted Wade Hall's
autobiographical book of the same name to the stage. Hall will join
director Margie Benson and lyricist Jeff Pate for a panel discussion of
The festival will feature a total of six stages, including a poets’
tent featuring Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey, special
children’s area with authors, illustrators, storytellers and
activities. For a full schedule of events and presenters, go to
www.alabamabookcenter.org or call 334-844-4946. The festival is
sponsored by the Alabama Center for the Book, the Alabama State Council
on the Arts, Old Alabama Town and many other partners. The event is free
and open to everyone.
Mark Wilson, Ph.D.
Caroline Marshall Draughon
Center for the Arts & Humanities
Auburn University, AL 36849
Alabama Center for the Book