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Alabama Authors Day

Date: February 19, 2023
Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM


Historic Blakeley State Park invites all those interested in the literary arts to join us at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center for our annual Alabama Authors Day. This special celebration showcases the work of accomplished writers throughout the state, with an emphasis on Gulf Coast authors and those who explore topics associated with regional history and natural heritage. 


This year's lineup includes a presentation on the latest findings by the team that conducted archaeological investigations on the Clotilda; retired Auburn University professor Dr. Wayne Flynt with his new book on To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee; Gulf Coast historian Dale Cox discussing the story of the "Creek Pocahontas"; former USA professor Dr. Dan Rogers with a new book on the USS Alabama; travel writer Joe Cuhaj discussing his new guide to Mobile and Gulf Coast history; local author Paula Webb presenting her new novel based in Mississippi; author and graphic artist Laura Murray talking about her series of children's books; and retired professor Dr. Tennant McWilliams with a discussion about his role in the republication of a landmark volume on the history of Fairhope.


Author presentations and booksignings begin at 12:00 PM in Delta Hall at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Blvd., Spanish Fort Admission to lectures and booksignings is FREE


The Apalachee Exhibit Hall at Five Rivers , featuring taxidermy, live animals, local artwork, and exhibits, will be open throughout the day.


During the day, Blakeley’s Delta Explorer will venture into the wild and scenic lower Mobile-Tensaw Delta on five different cruises. We take a 2.5 hour “Secret Delta” excursion at 9:00 AM and in the afternoon offer four one-hour cruises showcasing this amazing natural habitat.


The Greek Gals Food Truck will be on hand from 11-2!


Tentative Author Presentation Schedule:

12:00-12:30 Clotilda: The History and Archaeology of the Last Slave Ship

12:30-1:00 The Hidden History of Mobile

1:00-1:30 Milly Francis: The Life and Times of the Creek Pocahontas

1:30-2:00 Mississippi Mojo…and Murder: Tale of the Blues

2:00-2:30 Afternoons with Harper Lee

2:30-3:00 Amazing Alabama

3:00-3:30 Battleship Alabama

3:30-4:00 Fairhope, 1894-1954








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