The annual Alabama Book Festival (ABF) is held the third Saturday of each April in historic downtown Montgomery at Old Alabama Town. The free, public event is the state’s premier book festival—with more than forty writers and performers and as many as 4,000 visitors from around the country converging in the capital to meet with and hear from their favorite authors, scholars, and musicians.
Programs and activities include author appearances, book signings, musical performances, and an exhibit area featuring literary organizations and vendors selling books and other items of interest to booklovers. A children’s activity area organized by Alabama Public Television makes this a day of fun for the entire family.
To kick off the Festival each year, the Forum invites Alabama teachers to attend a free, day-long creative writing workshop with ABF authors at the Troy University, Montgomery Campus. Sponsored by the Support the Arts Car Tag Fund and coordinated by the Forum, the workshop attracts teachers from across the state who wish to sharpen their creative writing skills. At the conclusion of the workshop, teachers receive a Certificate of Professional Development.
ABF sponsors have included the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Alabama Library Association; Alabama Public Television; Alabama State Council on the Arts; Alabama Writers’ Forum; Capitol Book and News; City of Montgomery; Montgomery City-County Library System; NewSouth Books; Old Alabama Town/Landmarks Foundation; River City Publishing; South Arts; Troy University; Vulcan Materials Company; and other corporate contributors.