Bookstock – Memphis Area Authors’ Festival


and open to the public


April 28, 2018

11 AM - 3 PM

Bookstock 2018 has passed! For those that missed out, the event took place on Saturday, April 28th from 11AM - 3PM at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue). This year's theme was Open Access to all and we celebrated the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interested in seeing the authors that appeared this year? You can view the 2018 author list.

Keynote Speakers

Wayne Wiegand

Wayne Wiegand, author of The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism.

Author Bio

Moderator: Beverly Robertson

Moderator Beverly Robertson
  • Schooling: Graduated from Melrose HS, University of Memphis and Wharton School of Business Executive Leadership Development Program
  • Previous Employment: An elementary school teacher, part-time reservations agent at Holiday Inns call center ultimately becoming Director of Communications for Holiday Inns Worldwide (19 yrs.), then President of the National Civil Rights Museum (18 yrs.)
  • Currently: COO/Principal of Marketing & Communications Inc.

Michael Baisden

Michael Baisden, nationally-renowned radio personality, author of Raise Your Hand If You Have Issues and host of his own show, The Michael Baisden Show.Author Bio

Emily Yellin

Emily Yellin, author of Your Call Is (Not That) Important to Us; Our Mothers’ War and Striking Voices project.Author Bio

Events and Activities

  • 50 local authors & authors scavenger hunt
  • Striking Voices Exhibit at Goodwyn Gallery
  • Local choirs and dance performances
  • Live Music
  • Food Trucks
  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Artist
  • Bilingual Story Times
  • Arts and Crafts
  • CLOUD901 Adventures for Teens
  • And much more!!!

Check back regularly for updates to our Schedule of Events for Bookstock 2018. The schedule was last updated 3/27/18.

Schedule of Events


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