MONTGOMERY - Book lovers from around the state will gather at Montgomery's Old Alabama Town on Saturday for the ninth annual Alabama Book Festival.
The free, daylong event will feature some 55 authors who will give readings, answer questions and sign books. Capitol Book & News will be onsite with books by every author on the bill.
Troy University will join with the Alabama Writers' Forum again this year to host the Poetry Tent, featuring Kelly Norman Ellis, Randall Horton and T.J. Beitleman, among others. In addition, TROY is also supporting the Festival's teachers' workshop.
The Festival will also feature a Children's Activity Area presented by the Montgomery City-County Library. Children will have the opportunity to listen to readings by authors such as Ashley Bramlett, Isabel Hill and Tarreka Garnet, play games and get their faces painted. Characters in costume such as Corduroy Bear, Froggy and Skippyjon Jones will also be on hand to entertain the children.
This year's festival will also feature free writing workshops for would-be authors. Nationally known authors Donald Anderson and Charles Salzberg will lead workshops on writing fiction from 9 to 10 a.m. and getting your work published from 1 to 2 p.m. Both workshops will be held in the auditorium at Old Alabama Town's Loeb Center.
A complete schedule of the day's events and additional information is available at www.alabamabookfestival.org.
Sponsors for this year's Festival are: Troy University, Alabama Humanities, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama Writers' Forum, Old Alabama Town, Alabama Tourism Department, River City Publishing, Montgomery City-County Public Library, the Alabama Library Association, Capitol Book & News, the City of Montgomery, the Montgomery Advertiser, the Poarch Creek Indians and Book Publicity Services.