Blakeley to Host Annual Alabama Author’s Day Program and Cruise

Posted 2/5/21

On Saturday, Feb. 13 Historic Blakeley State Park invites all those interested in the literary arts to join us for our annual Alabama Authors Day. A once-a-year event, this special celebration …

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Blakeley to Host Annual Alabama Author’s Day Program and Cruise

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On Saturday, Feb. 13 Historic Blakeley State Park invites all those interested in the literary arts to join us for our annual Alabama Authors Day. A once-a-year event, this special celebration showcases the work of accomplished writers throughout the state, with an emphasis on Gulf Coast authors and those who explore topics associated with regional history and natural heritage.

This year’s lineup includes noted environmental journalist Ben Raines to discuss his acclaimed new book on the Mobile-Tensaw Delta; Alabama Folklife Association director Emily Blejwas presenting about her unique book on Alabama culture as revealed through its food traditions; and writer in residence at the University of South Alabama Frye Gaillard and his co-author, educator Marti S. Rosner, to talk about their book on the remarkable life of the first African American from Alabama to serve in Congress.

Author presentations and book signings begin at 11:15 a.m. at the Wehle Center Presentations are complimentary with regular admission or cruise tickets Prior to this program, join us as we take an excursion by boat to remote Bayou Canot, located just off the Mobile River north of the city. This tranquil spot was the scene of two of the most dramatic tragedies in regional history: the derailment of Amtrak’s “Sunset Limited” in 1993 and the last documented importation of African slaves into the United States in 1860 aboard the Clotilda. Cruise time: 9-11 a.m.; $25 for adults/$15 for kids ages 6-12.

For more information and to register, visit www.blakeleypark.com/Events.