The West Texas Book Festival, presented by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library, will celebrate reading and writing with a new format & three full days of activities, Sept. 21-23.
Fourteen authors will be featured in presentations, panels, and workshops free to the public on Friday and Saturday.
Two ticketed events will kick off the 17th annual book festival on Thursday, Sept. 21.
Boots & Books Culinary Luncheon at 11:30AM Thursday is moving to the Hunter Welcome Center on the ACU campus. Fort Worth author Jeff Guinn will be presented the A.C. Greene Award given every year to a distinguished Texas author, and the meal will be prepared from recipes in The Big Country Cookbook by featured cookbook author Tiffany Harelik (rhymes with garlic). Tickets at $35 each or $280 for a table of eight, and seating is limited. To inquire about reservations, contact Karen Turner at 325-673-4307.
Thursday night's Texas Cookbook Gala at the Abilene Country Club is a major fundraiser for the Friends. The event, pairing Harelik's cookbook recipes with Texas wines, is sold out.
Friday and Saturday's programs will be at the Abilene Public Library downtown - from 10AM to 3PM on Friday and 8AM to 2PM on Saturday. Also, two authors will be visiting six Abilene elementary schools throughout the day Friday as part of the festival's Authors in Schools initiative.
Saturday's presenters are Chris Barton and Jennifer Ziegler, Austin; Preston Lewis, San Angelo; Stew Magnuson, Virginia; Diane Kelly, Burleson, and Penny Klostermann, Steven Moore, Joe Specht and musician Greg Young, all from Abilene.
Ricki Brown Abilene Librarian of the Year Award will be presented at a boxed-lunch program at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature at 11:45 Saturday. To conclude the festival, novelist Diane Kelly will conduct a workshop at 1PM at the library on 20 tips for Better Writing.
Abilene authors who have had a book published in the past year will be honored at a festival "preview" event, the Abilene Author Showcase, at 2PM Sunday, Sept. 17, at the South Branch Library in the Mall of Abilene. It is also free to the public.
More information is available online. Or, like the Friends of the Library Facebook Page for information.
Article Contributed by Glenn Dromgoole, Chair of the West Texas Book Festival