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An Afternoon with Daniel Wallace celebrates 25 years of service for Alabama literary arts

MONTGOMERY, AL -- The Alabama Writers’ Forum’s “An Afternoon with author Daniel Wallace,” a fundraiser to celebrate 25 years of service by the Alabama Writers’ Forum, is set for September 22 in Birmingham.

The event will include special recognition of Alabama’s award-winning young authors through the Forum’s High School Literary Arts Awards, a 25-year-old program that recognizes young writers grades 9-12, their teachers, and schools.

“An Afternoon with author Daniel Wallace” celebrates 25 years of service by the Alabama Writers’ Forum with special recognition of Alabama’s award-winning young authors.  It takes place at the Dorothy Jemison Day Theater at the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA). Wallace will talk about his writing, his connection to Birmingham, and how recognition from his home state sustains his writing. Following the program, books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of BAM! Books a Million.

T.J. Beitelman, director of Creative Writing at ASFA and an Alabama Writers’ Forum board member, said, “Good writers help us recognize who we are. The great ones prod us to discover who we can be. For twenty-five years, the Alabama Writers’ Forum has fostered that kind of recognition and discovery for a diverse assortment of Alabamians who simply can’t live without the literary arts.”

The day before, on Saturday September 21, Wallace will meet with creative writing students from ASFA and area schools to talk about the writing life and answer students’ questions.  Invitations are being issued to students in the area. Seating is limited. For information about this workshop contact Beitelman at 205 252 9241.

Daniel Wallace is the author of six books, including “Big Fish,” which was adapted as a major motion picture, “Ray in Reverse,” “The Watermelon King,” “Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician,” “The Kings and Queens of Roam,” and most recently, “Extraordinary Adventures.” He also wrote and illustrated a children’s picture book, “The Cat’s Pajamas.” Wallace is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his alma mater, where he directs the Creative Writing Program. In April 2019 Wallace was awarded the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year at the Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville, AL.  A native of Birmingham, he attended Altamont School, and frequently visits his home state.

An Afternoon with Daniel Wallace is made possible with generous support from BAM! Books a Million, Birmingham Coca-Cola Bottling Company, the Alabama School of Fine Arts Creative Writing Department, individual supporters of student event tickets, and the Alabama Writers' Forum, Inc.  Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com.  Levels are $30 for Forum members, $50 for general admission, and $125 for VIP, which includes premium seating and a signed, limited edition drawing by Daniel Wallace. For information, call 334 265 7728 or visit www.writersforum.org.

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