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On Saturday, October 6 the Bookstock Festival will be held at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. This event encourages reading for all ages and gives local and aspiring authors a platform to showcase their work. Event coordinators plan to make this year's Bookstock the most festive it has ever been! There will be children's activities, music, food, and more.

About 50 authors will be showcased this year and only one session will be held (10:30 am-4:00 pm) to allot attendees ample time to meet authors and participate in the various activities held all over the library.

Thanks to the support of the Friends of the Library and the Memphis Library Foundation for assistance in booking more well-known authors and provide services for those in attendance while Junior League is providing volunteers.

Save the date – October 6th Bookstock, where book lovers rock!

Bookstock Activities:

10:00am - 12:30pm
Teen Writing Workshop (Humanities Dept. 2nd Floor)
10:30am - 11:30am
All About Memphis (Memphis Room 4th Floor)
Want to know who is who in Memphis? Come meet our fiction and nonfiction writers whose books feature truth or tales about Memphis.
11:00am - 12:00pm
Award-winning author Alice Faye Duncan will read and lead an activity for children, in the Children's Department
Storytime Room, and will sign her newest book, The Delta Blues: A Coloring Book.
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Author Barry Wolverton will read from his book Neversink in Children's Department Storytime Room. Stay for the Q & A with this first time author whose book is receiving critical acclaim.
11:15am - 12:00pm
Need a motivational boost? Be inspired and invigorated as author Candace Spicer shares a message on how to be professionally and personally fulfilled. (Conference Room A)
12:00pm - 12:40pm
What's Love Got to Do with It? Panel discussion by Romance authors. (Conference Room A)
11:30am - 12:00am
Local cookbook authors Paul and Angela Knipple will make corn salsa and discuss the origin of other recipes from their book World in a Skillet. (L-56)
11:30am - 2:30pm
Memphis Food Trucks-Memphis Munchies and Stickem (Library parking lot)
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Sushi making demonstration with Marisa Baggett, author of Sushi Secrets. (L-56)
11:30am - 12:30pm
Live Music by Stereo Joe (Front of Library)
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Congressman Steve Cohen will speak on the importance of literacy and love of reading.
1:00pm - 1:30pm
Keynote speaker Kristen Iversen (Conference Rooms A - C)
Ms. Iversen will discuss A Passion for Story: From Book Idea to Finished Manuscript and her book Full Body Burden: Growing Up In The Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats.
1:30pm - 2:00pm
Book signing
1:00 - 2:00pm
Art for Life's Sake (Children's Department Storytime Room) Dr. Hattie Isen will bring her young music scholars for a poetry and spoken word performance.
2:00pm- 3:00pm
Magic Mr. Nick (Children's Department Storytime Room) Magic Mr. Nick, author of Magic Tricks You Too Can Do, will astonish all with his magic , and speak to children about reading, writing, and publishing
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Cooking Demo by B.J. Chester Tamayo from Alcenia's (L-56)
2:30pm - 3:15pm
Come Experience the Ultimate Makeover! Learn practical tips on how to enhance your outer beauty with Megan Mottley. (Conference Room A)
3:15pm - 4:00pm
Join Charlie Lambert for some Oscar film trivia from his book Capturing The Reel World. (Conference Room A)
Get a behind-the-scenes look at national teen magazine, Justine
2:00pm -4:00pm
Make Your Own Teen Zine (Humanities Dept. 2nd Floor)
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Performance artist Patty Carreras (Children's Department Storytime Room) Nationally renowned performer Patty Carreras is sure to delight with her presentation of Anansi Stories. Be prepared for participatory fun as she brings the trickster to life!


10:00am - 4:30pm
Author's Scavenger Hunt. Complete the questions, get authors signature and enter drawing great prizes! Purchase and have your book signed by authors.
10:00am - 2:00pm
Create a Book- Children's Department (write/ draw/ bind a book to keep!)
10:00 - 4:00pm
Make a rubbing from the public art sculpture at the library entrance
10:00am - 3:30pm
Mural Making (Children's Courtyard)
10:30am - 12:30pm
Balloon Artist (Children's Courtyard)
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Face Painting - (Children's Courtyard)