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Ace Atkins has been named the 2018 recipient of Troy University's Hall-Waters Prize for his distinguished career in Southern writing. Ace has been a longtime friend of the book festival and we're delighted to welcome him back to celebrate his amazing body of work. Click here to visit Ace's website!

Hotel and Lodging 

Whether you're an author, an exhibitor, or an attendee, we can help you find a comfortable stay in downtown Montgomery! We have rooms blocked at the following locations:

1. The DoubleTree – located downtown, $124.00 plus tax

Includes breakfast & parking


2. Embassy Suites - located downtown, $115.00 plus tax

Includes breakfast - parking is an additional $14.00 a day


Call 334-567-5453 to make a reservation for the DoubleTree or Embassy Suites hotels or to inquire about “ABF” discounted hotel rates at any hotel in the Montgomery area.

The reservation line is open daily from 8 am–10 pm CST. Cutoff date to make a reservation at the discounted rate is March 30, 2018. After that date  rates are subject to an increase and based on availability.

Vendors & Exhibitors:  We're taking book submittals and vendor/exhibitor applications for the 2018 Festival.  Download the vendor/exhibitor contract and application here.

What's New in 2018:

The 2018 schedule of author panels is now available! Click here! Search for your favorite genre and/or author and start planning your April 21st!

This year you can also pre-order the books you'd like to purchase and get signed by authors! Click here for a list of books and the order form!

In 2018 we're celebrating the relationship between books, film, and music with a FREE screening of the 1980s' cult classic Eddie and the Cruisers at the Capri Theatre on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 7 p.m. Be prepared to dance in the aisles to the soundtrack! After the movie, join festival author P. F. Kluge at the Capri as he talks about what it's like to see your novel adapted to the silver screen! Click here for details.
Once again we're offering a diverse set of FREE writing workshops on Saturday, April 21, 2018, on everything from poetry to podcasting and audio books to writing about the arts. Click here for a description of the workshops. Register now because seats are filling up!

For teachers of creative writing grades 6-12, the Alabama Writers' Forum is offering a complimentary workshop on Friday, April 20 at the Troy University Montgomery Campus in downtown Montgomery. This is a great professional development opportunity for educators! Click here to view the program!

Our new and improved open-mic stage is now taking applications for 15-minute slots! Click here for information on how to read in our food court during the day!

Check out the books our Student Readers Group have been discussing in anticipation of April 21! Click here!

Register for a vendor/exhibitor space
As of early March, we have just a few spots left for vendors and exhibitors. Click here for information and to download the contract and application form before we sell out!

Thank you
Thank you to all the authors, book lovers, comics creators, editors, families, kids of all ages, poetry enthusiasts, publishers, and volunteers who have joined us at the Alabama Book Festival since 2006! You always make it a great day to celebrate books, literacy, and the love of reading.

We are so grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who generously give their time to make the Alabama Book Festival a memorable highlight of the spring season for thousands of visitors from around the region! If you volunteered with us this year --thank you! We literally couldn't do it without you, and we hope to see you again for the 2018 Alabama Book Festival.

Thank you to all our generous Sponsors,  Partners, and Friends, without whom there would not be an Alabama Book Festival.