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Thank you to everyone for a successful event.

The annual Local Authors Expo held at the Central Library is expected to showcase up to 100 Alabama authors, including many from the Birmingham area. This year's free event will be held on Saturday, February 2, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Authors will be on hand to discuss their work, sell and autograph their books, and talk about their writing process.

This year's event will feature two speakers.

Carolyn Maull McKinstry is the author of While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement, a poignant and gripping eyewitness account of what it was like to grow up in the Jim Crow South. Her book covers everything from the the bombings, riots, and assassinations to the historic marches and triumphs that characterized the civil rights era. Fourteen-year-old Carolyn McKinstry was just a few feet away from a bomb, which had been planted by the Ku Klux Klan, before it exploded at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in September 1963. Four girls were killed. In her book, she shares how racial relations have evolved over the past five decades and gives an incredible testament to how far we've come, and how far we have yet to go. McKinstry will speak at 1 p.m. in the Arrington Auditorium.

BPL librarian and author Jared Millet will present a workshop for aspiring writers titled Show, Don't Tell: How to Breathe Life Into Your Writing. "Show, don't tell" is the most common piece of advice that beginning writers get from professionals, teachers, and industry insiders. Millet will clarify what "show, don't tell" actually means and demonstrate how to use writing to give readers a strong emotional experience. The workshop begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Arrington Auditorium.

Authors who wish to sign up for a booth at the event may do so online at the EventBrite registration page. There is a $5 booth reservation fee for participating authors, but attending the Expo is free for the general public, no registration required. For more information, contact Jared Millet at (205) 226-3727 or jaredm@bham.lib.al.us.


While the World Watched book jacketLocal Authors Expo
February 2, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Central Library - 1st Floor

Writing Seminar
Show, Don't Tell: How to Breathe Life Into Your Writing

February 2, 2013
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Central Library - Arrington Auditorium

Carolyn Maull McKinstry, Author
While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement

February 2, 2013
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Central Library - Arrington Auditorium

2013 Authors

@ Liberty to Speak Hearing the Word with a Spiritual Ear
Daven Anderson Vampire Syndrome
Frederick J. Arceneaux Mirrored
Vanessa A. Jackson Austin Cries in the Wind: God's Answer
Kamenka Belton Laying at the Altar: The Ultimate Solution for Healing Sexual Trauma
Birmingham Historical Society A Walk to Freedom: The Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights
Scott Blasingame The Warrior-Son
Elizabeth Bolte
Mike Bolton The Ultimate Guide to Alabama Fishing
Latonska Boswell
Jeanetta Britt W.O.O.F.: Women of Overcoming Faith
Joyce E. Brooks Self-Inflicted Overoad: Five Steps to Achieving Work-Life Balance and Becoming Your Very Best
Tahiera Brown
Jo Ann Brown Fat Tuesday: A Book About Mardi Gras
A. Bryant
Douglas Carpenter A Powerful Blessing
Harry Chambers
Gregory L. Clarke Light Will Make Rats Run
Rita Collins
Jessie Crawford The Leroy series of children’s books
Dr. Roderick Van Daniel Notebook of Faith
Doris Davenport
Takisha Davis-Woods
Elizabeth Diaz
Enrique Diaz
Nikia M. Dillon Zodiac Attack
Dionne Edwards Old Fashioned Recipes...Shared with Friends and Family
Jennifer Echols Endless Summer
Alberta Felder We've Come This Far by Faith
Shirley Roland Ferguson Birth Cry: A Personal Story of Hannah D. Mitchell, Nurse Midwife
Nate Fortner
Mary V. Freeman Incandescent
Steve Gierhart 2010 Expo
Debra Glass Eternal
Sandra Gomez
Sybil Green
Vanessa Davis Griggs The Other Side of Dare
Emily Guido Charmeine
J. Mark Hart Fielder's Choice
Askhari Johnson Hodari Lifelines: The Black Book of Proverbs
Hans Hooks
Minister Thelma Howton Girl, Move On With Your Life
Terry Howton
Rosanna Ingram
DeLois Jackson Faith: My Walking Cane to Glory
Raymond Jackson
W. L. Jackson The Reason I Go Forward
Jennifer James
Jessie Jones Old Fashioned Recipes for the Soul, Your Health, Comfort and Romance
Tommy Jones
Tracy Kauffman
William F. Kelly Dangerous Passage
Deborah Brooks Langford Brooke
Helen Shores Lee The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill: The Untold Story of Arthur Shores and His Family’s Fight for Civil Rights
Jacqueline Lewis
Creola Lucas
Carolyn Maull McKinstry While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement
Consuelia R. Diggs Michael Movin’ Mountains
LaQuita Middleton-Holmes Nappyminded Ideology
Jared Millet Summer Gothic: A Collection of Southern Hauntings
Jessie Miller
Shirley W. Mitchell
Mary Murphy
Adrienne Yvonne Norton The Eleventh Voice
Stephanie Osborn StarSong
Jack Owens Don’t Shoot, We’re Republicans!
Richard Cary Phillips The Answer to the Propulsion of Flying Saucers
Christy Reece Sweet Reward 2010 Local Authors Expo
Debra Eubanks Riffe Holding the Line
Elma Robinson The Untold Chronicles of a School Teacher
Myra Rutledge
Doug Segrest A Storm Came Up
Toni Shealey Lost and Turned Out
Beth Shelnutt A Life Between Light and Darkness
James Shelnutt
Carrol Short
Dr. Akeam Simmons Jailhouse Grace
Annie Laura Smith
Helen P. Smith Why Be Ordinary? When You Can Be Extraordinary!!
Sherri Graves Smith Big Al's Game Day Rules
Karl Heinz Strick Boy With a White Flag
Amy Leigh Strickland The Olympia Heights series
Kyle & Carly Strickland Sunshine's Night Out
Brandan Stuckey
Carla Swafford Circle of Deception
Marie Sutton
Gigi Talley
Dwayne Thompson Real Talk
Melinda Rainey Thompson I Love You – Now Hush
Skip Tucker Pale Blue Light
Clarence Watkins Baseball in Birmingham
Rick Watson Life Happens
J.D. Weeks Birmingham: Then and Now
Andrea Billingsly Whitfield What's the Black Alphabet?
Phyllis Williams
Larry Williamson Tallapoosa
Shae MartinTasha Worthy Without Parental Consent
Barnett Wright 1963: How the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement Changed America and the World

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The Local Authors Expo is presented by the Friends of the Birmingham Public Library, a nonprofit association that supports Birmingham Public Library special needs by providing volunteer and financial resources.


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