The Coffee Tree Writers and the Ardent Writer Press Attend the 2015 Alabama Book Festival
The Alabama Book Festival was held in Montgomery on Saturday, April 11, in Old Town and the Coffee Tree Writers Group and The Ardent Writer Press were in attendance. The weather was perfect. The crowd was enthusiastic and the vendors’ food was tantalizing and seriously good, especially the ribs.
Steve Gierhart and Ardent author Charles Farley attended along with Steve’s friend, John Sims Jeter (And the Angels Sang). Charles was selected as a festival author and conducted a presentation in the Moulton House in the afternoon about his latest novel, The Hotel Monte Sano, while Steve participated in the publishers’ forum along with Suzanne La Rosa and Randall Williams (NewSouth Books), Fran Norris and April Jones (River City Publishing), and Ed and Anita Garner (Mindbridge Press). Linda Spalla, Huntsville author (Catch Your Breath), advised the publishers’ forum crowd inside the Loeb Center auditorium about the pitfalls and rewards of self-publishing. Also at the Moulton House fellow Alabama Writers Forum board member, Philip Shirley, was on hand to discuss his new well-reviewed crime thriller,The White Lie. Philip was a featured author at the festival.
It was a long but satisfying day when we all broke for the day. Thank you to the festival managers and directors, especially Gail Waller and Kirk Curnutt and sponsor, The Alabama Writers Forum. Below are some photos from the days’ events.