MONTGOMERY, Ala.--Celebrating its eighth year, the 2013 Alabama book Festival will be held Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., in Kiwanis Park at Old Alabama Town, 301 Columbus St., Montgomery, AL 36104. The grounds open at 9 a.m. A special readers theatre will be held 4 - 4:45 p.m. The theme this year is food, in recognition of the Year of Alabama Food as designated by the Alabama Tourism Department. The event is free and open to the public. See www.alabamabookfestival.org.
The Alabama Book Festival has become known for attracting Southern authors with a connection to Alabama, either through the author, the subject, or the publisher; but that is not a requirement. Past festivals have featured up to 45 authors.
With food being the theme for this year’s festival, two of the books already confirmed are about food. One is a cookbook featuring the artisan cheese at North Alabama’s renown goat cheese farm, “Tasia’s Table: Cooking with the Artisan Cheesemaker at Belle Chèvre” by Derrick Harriell, and the other is a history of barbecue by Robert Moss, “Barbecue: The History of an American Institution.”
Authors are being accepted in many categories, especially those whose books have appeared within 18 months and fall under the following genres: poetry, fiction, narrative nonfiction ( essays, history, memoirs and biographies, travel, the arts) cookbooks and food-related narrative, and children's and young adult fiction and nonfiction.
In addition to hearing authors speak about their books, attendees can purchase books from Capitol Book and News at its on-site bookstore and have them signed. They can bring the kids and enjoy a range of children’s activities, and they can enjoy food and exhibits from local vendors.
The Alabama Book Festival is a free, public event promoting literacy, books, and reading. The following sponsors help make the festival possible: The Alabama Humanities Foundation, The Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama Writers’ Forum, the Landmark Foundation of Montgomery, Old Alabama Town, the Alabama Tourism Department, Troy University, Montgomery City-County Library, Capitol Book and News, and the City of Montgomery.
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