Bookstock – Memphis Area Authors’ Festival

We look forward to the return of Bookstock and celebrating local authors and creators.  

Where: Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library

Keynote Speaker: Richard Grant

Richard Grant is a New York Times best-selling author, journalist, and television host. He currently writes for Smithsonian magazine, New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Telegraph UK, Aeon and several other publications. He grew up in London, England, and now lives in Jackson, Mississippi. Full Profile

Keynote Speaker: Moziah Bridges

Moziah Bridges is the President and Creative Director of Mo’s Bows. Mo’s Bows mission: To make you look and feel your best while catering to the sometimes conservative, fun-loving lady or gentleman. Bridges started his company because he desired an accessory to help enhance his attire. However, he did not see anything befitting of his style or personality. With the help of his grandmother, he created his own bow ties. Bridges’ business has received international acclaim, and all began at his grandmother's kitchen table in South Memphis. Full Profile

Beverly Bond & Susan O'Donovan

Beverly Greene Bond is Associate Professor of History at the University of Memphis. Past president of the Southern Association for Women Historians, Professor Bond specializes in nineteenth-century African American history with a focus on African American women and their experiences. -Information from Memphis Massacre Blog

Susan Eva O’Donovan is Associate Professor of History at the University of Memphis. A former editor at the Freedmen & Southern Society Project and author of Becoming Free in the Cotton South, Professor O’Donovan specializes in African American history with a focus on the transition from slavery to freedom in the Civil War era. -Information from Memphis Massacre Blog

Events and Activities

  • 60 local authors exhibits
  • Face painting, balloon artist and activities for children and teens
  • Local choir performances
  • Food trucks and cooking demonstrations
  • Live music
  • Family Tunes and Tales

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