Central Library to bring top authors to Bookstock

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — This year’s Bookstock event promises to be just as exciting and fun filled as the previous one.

bookstock-logoNew York Times best-selling authors Charles Graeber, Patricia McKissack, and Mary Monroe are the featured authors this year for the event that will be 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue).

See the schedule of events at the bottom of this story for more information, and also see the event page on Facebook.

More than 40 authors, their fans, and booklovers of all ages will attend the festival, which will include live music, food trucks, a scavenger hunt, face painting for kids, cooking demonstrations, gadget labs, and much more.

Aspiring authors will have a chance for their work to be reviewed before a panel of published authors by submitting 10 pages of their original writing for review and immediate feedback at “Aspiring Authors Under Scrutiny.” Registration is required as space is limited.

“Bookstock is a local event that affords the family an opportunity to explore and appreciate the value of the written word. Families should come enjoy a day where they can spend time together at a free event that has invaluable experiences,” encouraged Wang-Ying Glasgow, event organizer and Library adult services coordinator.

The event is designed to appeal to lovers of fiction, nonfiction, inspirational, romance, true crime, and children’s books.

Kids will enjoy Bookstock Jr., including Tunes and Tales, pop-up stories, bookmaking, face painting, puppet show and craft, and children’s gadget lab. For the teens there is coffee and books, a School of Rock Performance, Starbooks Café and Prizes, Cloud901 Art Wall, face painting, YA Author Talk via Skype, Teen Gadget Lab, and Make Your Own Manga.

Teen Services coordinator Janae Pitts-Murdock noted, “We have really geared up the teen portion of Bookstock Jr. to welcome more of our teen customers to experience what Bookstock has to offer.”

Director of Libraries Keenon McCloy added, “The benefits of Book-stock are endless. We want our customers to develop or to foster a love for literacy in an engaging and safe environment which the Library provides. This, too, helps to illustrate two of Mayor Wharton’s initiatives of investing in our youth and providing safe and vibrant neighborhoods.”

Bookstock 2015 Schedule

For more information about Bookstock 2015, call (901) 415-2709. Also see the library’s Facebook page for updates.