Hotel and Lodging Whether you're an author, an exhibitor, or an attendee, we can help you find a comfortable stay in downtown Montgomery! The host hotel for the 2019 Alabama Book Festival is DoubleTree by Hilton/Downtown located two blocks from the festival site. Rates include parking and breakfast for two people.
Double Tree by Hilton/Downtown
$129 plus tax - Double Queen beds
$139 plus tax - King bed
Includes breakfast and parking
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 19, 2019. Rates are subject to an increase and availability after this date.
The Alabama Book Festival has exciting plans for April 2019. We're expanding to a three-day event with the book festival on Saturday, April 13 in Old Alabama Town! Workshops, special events and more are on the way. You can view the schedule of author panels by CLICKING HERE!
Among our special events:
TROY UNIVERSITY is proud to announce that the recipients of the 2019 Hall-Waters Prize for Excellence in Southern Writing are the songwriting duo of Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. Once described by The Independent as a "two-man soul hit factory," Dan and Spooner collaborated upon several of the defining American soul-pop songs of the 1960s and 1970s. From their first collaboration, Joe Simon's "Let's Do It Over" (four months in the Top 20 in 1965) on through Janis Joplin's seminal performance of their "A Woman Left Lonely" on her posthumously released classic Pearl, the duo helped define contemporary Southern music as composers, musicians, and producers. Spooner and Dan will spend Friday April 12 in Troy meeting with students and talking about the craft of songwriting, while on Saturday they'll appear together to discuss their careers, both as a team and individually, in the South Tent. This is your chance to meet two keystones of the Muscle Shoals sound!
After the book festival wraps on April 13, you'll want to join us at the Alley Bar at 166 Commerce Street from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for a special concert event, AN EVENING WITH DAN PENN and SPOONER OLDHAM, featuring the duo's greatest hits! Click HERE for ticket info! This year's book festival will mark the culmination of a three-day celebration of the humanities in Alabama called ANABRANCH! What is "anabranch"? You can check out the definition here on the Alabama Humanities Foundation website. More importantly, you can check out the free programming scheduled for Thursday, April 11, and Friday, April 12, at our special Anabranch page.
This programming will feature a great selection of book festival authors, including Imani Perry, Charles Waters, Irene Latham, Bethany Hegedus, and S. F. Henson. Teachers can earn ECUs for attending as well!
FREE WRITING WORKSHOPS, once again, are on the slate for Saturday, April 13! Check out the opportunities for master classes in fiction, poetry, biography, photography, and publishing by clicking HERE! OPEN MIC STAGE: Back by popular demand, our open mic stage allows authors of all ages and genres to read from their work. This year the open mic will be on the Plantation House porch. Check out how to register for a slot HERE! WHITMAN, ALABAMA: Wander into The Tavern at your leisure throughout the fest to experience this unique video journey that documents hundreds of people across Alabama bringing Walt Whitman’s "Song of Myself" to life in a production by Alabama Media Group/AL.com. Read about the project HERE! BOOK REVIEWS: Courtesy of the Alabama Writers' Forum, you can check out reviews of many of the books featured on the program!
BOOK SUBMISSIONS are now closed for 2019! Thank you to everyone who submitted!
PLAYLIST: While you're deciding which panels to attend checkout our special Hall-Waters Prize playlist by clicking HERE!