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spring festivals

If you’re itching to get your spring book fix, here’s a list of book festivals going on next month.

April 1-3
Fay B. Kaigler Int'l Book Festival
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

This year’s speaker lineup includes Judy Blume, Ashley Bryan, Eloise Greenfield, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, John Green, Yuyi Morales, Arthur Yorinks, Pat Scales and Louise Borden. Workshops will cover banned books, illustrations, the ’09 Newbery Challenge and early childhood literacy.

April 14-19
Fox Cities Book Festival
Appleton, Wisconsin

Featured authors include Sherman Alexie, Simon Armitage, Elizabeth Berg, Samantha Chang, David Giffels, Michael Perry and William Sleator. Activities include poetry and novel readings, breakfast with the author, genre presentations, panel discussions on how to get published as well as musical performances.

April 15-19
Border Book Festival
New Mexico

This year, the festival will host singer/songwriter Perla Batalla and her musical group and writer Luis Rodríguez, author of the autobiography Always Running. Other events include readings, panels, workshops and performances.

In an effort to celebrate it’s 15th anniversary, organizers are asking the public to submit reflections, stories, or artwork celebrating the number 15, i.e. 15 favorite books, 15 favorite meals, 15 sacred memories, 15 reasons to love the desert, 15 lessons you’ve learned in your life, 15 favorite sayings or when I was 15. . .

April 18
Annapolis Book Festival
Annapolis, Maryland

Kathy Lee Gifford, NewsHour's Jim Lehrer, and Newsweek managing editor Evan Thomas are just a few of the featured authors. Panel discussions will touch on such topics as wine, immigration policy, music, parenting and the future of politics.

April 18
Southern Kentucky Book Fest
Bowling Green, Kentucky

The 11th annual festival is held during National Library Week and will include book signings, panel discussions, workshops and children’s events. More than 130 authors will participate in the festival, including Chuck Barris, Jill Conner Browne, Michael Buckley, Canedy, Elizabeth Emerson Hancock, Ellen Hopkins, Silas House and Janis Ian.

April 22
Green Book Festival
Los Angeles, California

This festival honors books that contribute to understanding and action on the changing worldwide environment on Earth Day.

April 25-26
LA Times Festival of Books

The 14th annual festival, held on the UCLA campus, will host nearly 450 authors and is expected to attract 140,000 attendees. The event is free and includes panel discussions with authors, cooking demonstrations, storytelling and poetry readings. This year’s programming guide will be published in the LA Times Sunday, April 19.

Let me know if any of you have any to add!

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