Bookstock 2017 to Fill Central Library with Family Fun Saturday, April 29!

Memphis Public Library’s largest author festival, #BOOKSTOCK2017 will return again for another year of carnival-style fun for the whole family 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 29! Bigger and better than last year, this year’s event will feature four (4) keynote authors – Lisa Wingate, ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Daniel Connolly and Adrienne Berard – along with more than 40 local authors at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Ave.).

Enthusiasts can meet and greet the authors during free book talks and signings at the times listed below.

Lisa Wingate, “Before We Were Yours” – 11 a.m.


ReShonda Tate Billingsley, “The Perfect Mistress” and “The Secret She Kept” – noon


Daniel Connolly, “The Book of Isaias: A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America” – 1 p.m.


Adrienne Berard, “Water Tossing Boulders” – 2 p.m.


Lots of local literature on a variety of genres will be on display by these great authors:

Baggett, Marisa                                “Vegetarian Sushi Secrets”

Biasi, Zulema                                    “Qué Nos Està Pasando”

Boles, Susan                                     “Death of a Wolfman”

Brittenum, DeVan                            “The Strain of Shackles”

Brown, Doris                                     “Dining at Home”

Brown, Shelley                                  “Magic, Mayhem and Life Underground with Bunkie”

Calkins, Geoff                                   “After The Jump: Columns of the Best 20 Years in Memphis Sports”

Castiblanco, Gabriel                        “Our Life in the Land of Uncle Sam”

Chavez, Consuelo (Connie)           “A Planet Called ‘Thear'”

Collier, Betty                                     “Living Inside the Testimony”

Copeland, Angela                            “Breaking the Rules & Getting the Job”

Crawford, Chandra                          “Love & Lattes”

Garrett, Cozette                               “Diamond Discoveries of a Woman Preacher”

Gilleylen, Sherlette                         “Anchored in Life and Adversity”

Gloyd, Laurie Anne                         “The Man in the Middle”

Hewes, MaryBeth                           “Pixieland, Forest of Sighs”

Holliman, Tosha                              “A Gift for Me”

Hoskins, Maria                                “My Easter Story”

Huebner, Timothy                           “Liberty and Union”

Hunt, Greg                                        “The Carroll Farm Fight”

Jackson, Chamel                            “W.A.I.T.­—Women and Intimate Tales”

Kail, Tony                                         “A Secret History of Memphis Hoodoo”

Klink, Melody                                   “GODEATER: The Second World”

Lurry, Jocelyn                                  “Answer the Door!”

Martin, Sheila                                   “The Coney Island Book of the Dead”

Ozdenerol, Esra                               “A Bilingual Adventure in Wonderland”

Parmley, Debra                                “Checkout”

Phillips, Ragan                                 “The Cosmopolitan Cook Book”

Pratt, Douglas                                  “Blood Remembered- Baptism of Blood”

Qually, Janet                                    “Minefields In Our Memory”

Rankin, Katina                                  “Up North, Down South: City Folk Meet Country Folk”

Roemmich, Regina                          “Finding Southern Comfort in a Not So Comfortable World”

Sanford, Otis                                    “From Boss Crump to King Willie”

Schadt, Susan                                  “Reel Masters: Chefs Casting about with Timing and Grace”

Smith, Linda                                     “The Atlanta FISK Club”

Spartan City Poetry Club                “Voices of Warriors: Poems of Hope & Healing”

Stamps, Evelyn                                “The Adventures of Herman Ant”

Stevenson, Kala                               “Monday Mornings: A Cup of Laughter”

Taylor, Linda                                     “Introduction to Ebonics”

Tines, Joyce                                     “The Avis Family”

Toro-Moya, Salvador                      “In Between Lines (Entre Líneas)”

Webb, William                                 “Standing The Final Watch: The Last Brigade Book 1”

Williams, Pauletta                          “How to Pray with Power”

Yahola, Wes                                    “The Artifice Conspiracy”


In addition to these presentations, customers will enjoy live music, food trucks, cooking demonstrations, door prizes, face painting, storytimes, arts and crafts for kids, CLOUD901 adventures for teens, a book-character fashion show, a scavenger hunt around Central Library and much more!

Best part? It’s all FREE! For more information about Bookstock 2017, call (901) 415-2709 or visit any Memphis Public Library location.

Visit our Bookstock Page.

(This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Library.)


By: Marcey Wright, public relations supervisor