Bookstock – Memphis Area Authors’ Festival


and open to the public


April 13, 2019

11 AM - 3 PM

Bicentennial Celebration of Memphis

Join us for Bookstock 2019 which will be on Saturday, April 13th from 11AM - 3PM at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue). This year's theme will be the Bicentennial Celebration of Memphis as we celebrate Memphis' bright future and 200 years of history. Interested in seeing the authors that will appear this year? Check out the 2019 Author List. List is current as of March 25th, and is subject to change.

Keynote Speaker

Lisa Patton

Lisa Patton keynote speaker for Bookstock 2019Rush by Lisa Patton

Lisa Patton spent over twenty years in the music industry before discovering her passion for novel writing. A breast cancer survivor, Lisa is now the bestselling author of Whistlin’ Dixie In A Nor’Easter and Yankee Doodle Dixie. Lisa’s latest novel, Rush, set inside a fictional sorority house at Ole Miss, provides not only a gaze inside the most exclusive sorority Recruitment in the country, but at the relationships between the sisters and the staff.Author Bio

Please join us on April 13th when Lisa Patton delivers the Bookstock Keynote. This will be from 2PM to 2:50PM at the Benjamin L. Hooks Library Lobby level stage.

Events and Activities

  • 50 local authors
  • Birth of the Bluff City
  • History & Politics of Memphis
  • Local choir
  • Live Music
  • Food Trucks
  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Artist
  • Bilingual Story Times
  • Spoken Word Slam
  • CLOUD901 Tours
  • And much more!!!

Check back regularly for updates to our Schedule of Events for Bookstock 2019. The schedule was last updated 4/5/19.

Schedule of Events
Book Talk and Book Signing-- Bill Morris: A Legendary Life
Darrell Uselton and William N. (Bill) Morris, Jr. will present a book talk and book signing on the legendary life of Bill Morris. Master salesman, civic leader, pioneering sheriff charged with the safe–keeping of James Earl Ray, close friend of Elvis Presley, Mayor of Shelby County and a devoted husband and a family man, this insightful autobiography includes a compelling look at Bill Morris, Jr.’s journey from the cotton fields of Fulton, Mississippi to positions of political power in Tennessee.
When: Saturday, April 13, 2019 12 – 12:50pm
Where: Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library -- 4th Floor Memphis Room
Presenters: Darrell Uselton & Bill Morris
Panel Discussion on the History & Politics of Memphis
Bicentennial Celebration of Memphis -- Panel Discussion on the History & Politics of Memphis, moderated by Wayne Dowdy. Panelists include local historians and TV commentator Miriam-Decosta Willis, Jimmy Ogle, Otis Sanford and Jocelyn Wurzburg.
When: Saturday, April 13, 2019 1 - 1:50pm
Where: Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library -- 4th Floor Memphis Room
Panelists: Miriam DeCosta-Willis, Jimmy Ogle, Otis Sanford, and Jocelyn Wurzburg.
Moderator: Wayne Dowdy
DIG MEMPHIS & the Memphis Streetscapes Collection
Get a detailed look at DIG MEMPHIS, the Library’s home for archival material online. We’ll dig through the historical items in the digital archive and take a behind the scenes look at the evolution of our newest digital project: the revamped Memphis Streetscapes Collection. This collection allows you to take a trip through Memphis history by exploring mapped images of the city’s streets and neighborhoods. Learn the history behind the collection and how we’ve used new technologies to expand access and create new experiences. We’ll also be taking a tour of the Library’s online bicentennial resources, including additional highlights from DIG MEMPHIS.
When: Bookstock 2019 Saturday, April 13, 12:00 – 12:50pm
Where: Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library -- L56
Presenter: Jamie Corson
Birth of the Bluff City
Come see how Memphis became the city it is today. Join us as we take a tour through the early history of the Bluff City. Using drawings, photographs, and historical maps from the library’s collections, we’ll explore the streets of Memphis as it grew from a sleepy hamlet along the Mississippi River to a bustling boomtown on the eve of the Civil War. This is the first in a series of programs celebrating the two hundred year history of the city of Memphis.
When: Bookstock 2019 Saturday, April 13, 11:00am – 11:50am
Where: Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library -- 4th Floor Memphis Room
Presenter: Scott Lillard

Bookstock 2019 Food Trucks

Fabulous Flavors and Friends
Fabulous Flavors and Friends offers just that: Fabulous Flavors, Fabulous Friends! Come and grab a plate of some good southern food! Check out their menu on their Facebook page:
In love with BBQ? So are we! Come try some Memphis BBQ! Check out their menu on their Facebook page:
Wrapzody Deli
Come try some wonderful deli wraps and delicious desserts! Check out their menu on their Facebook page:
Busy Bee's Food Truck LLC
Want some good food with explosive flavor? Busy Bee’s has got a good selection! For the full menu, check out their Facebook page:
Try some delicious Memphis popsicles! Want to know the current flavors? Check out their website:

Sponsors for 2019