Bookstock – Memphis Area Authors’ Festival


We regret to inform everyone that Bookstock 2020 has been cancelled. We understand that for the authors, vendors, and customers that were looking forward to this event will be disappointed. However, in light of current events, and for the health and safety of everyone we feel this decision had to be made. 

We look forward to what next year will bring for Bookstock, as we return to 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

Sponsors for 2020