With author readings, workshops, vendors and exhibitors, author signings, and a lively activity area for children, this free public event is Alabama's premier literary event. Thousands of people from around the state and the Southeast gather at the festival each year to meet their favorite authors and scholars. It's a day of fun for book lovers of all ages! This year the Alabama Book Festival will continue our tradition of promoting reading and literacy to Alabamians of all ages and backgrounds at Old Alabama Town in Montgomery on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Discover the byways of "lost classics" in Alabama literature
To Kill a Mockingbird... The Grass Harp... Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe... Forrest Gump... All Over But the Shoutin'... In Alabama these names are as familiar as the major highways that carry us to the state's most popular destinations. But Alabama's complicated, compelling history has inspired a surprising number of other novels, poems, and nonfiction studies that aren't as well traveled as these main interstates.
These books are our lost byways; they take us to less-explored corners of our heritage and creativity. As we build up to the 12th Alabama Book Festival on April 22, 2017, we're taking a journey with a dozen or so books we like to think of as lost classics. They're all books worthy of rediscovery – what we might think of as off-road adventures.
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 2017 Alabama Book Festival.