Alabama Book Festival celebrates decade of promoting literature

Old Alabama Town in Montgomery set the scene for not just one book, but hundreds of them, as seasoned and budding authors gathered for the 10th anniversary of the Alabama Book Festival April 11.

The outdoor festival drew an impressive crowd and featured such well known authors as Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg and best-selling author Pat Conroy. With more than 60 exhibitors to its credit, the 2015 edition of the festival was its largest ever.

Alabama Humanities Foundation is among the supporters of the Alabama Book Festival, which celebrates the joys of reading, the art of writing and promotes literacy among Alabamians of all ages and backgrounds.

AHF Executive Director Armand DeKeyser attended the festival, noting that AHF co-sponsored the poetry portion along with Troy University.

“In helping the Alabama Book Festival celebrate its 10th anniversary, AHF is glad to support talented authors by giving them the recognition and exposure that the festival provides,” DeKeyser said. “The wonderful setting and wide-ranging subjects allow Alabamians free access to enjoy and participate in one of Alabama’s premiere literature events.”