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Music, Drama and More at the Alabama Book Festival

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mark Wilson, 334-844-4948, mwilson@auburn.edu Music, Drama and More at the Alabama Book Festival Think books, think music, think
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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 play.

      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
      Pebble Hill
      Auburn University, AL 36849
      (334) 844-4948

      Alabama Center for the Book
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