Children's book authors and illustrators are the focus of the third annual Allatoona Book Festival, sponsored by Acworth Cultural Arts Center. The event will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 27 at Roberts School Community and Education Center, 4681 School St., Acworth.
“Budding children’s authors and illustrators will find a wealth of networking resources at the festival,” said Darlene Knight, owner of Dogwood Terrace. Knight is co-chairing the event with Jeri Hadaway.
The keynote speaker is illustrator Michael P. White, whose work includes “The Library Dragon,” “The Secret of Old Zeb” and “Harriet’s Horrible Hair Day.”
A panel of children’s book authors will be moderated by R. Gregory Christie, an author and illustrator, and winner of a Golden Kite Award for picture book text.
Books by participating authors will be available for purchase.
The festival also will provide activities for children, including stories, music and games.
The festival includes an introduction to the new regional library, with an emphasis on children’s spaces. Presenters are County Commissioner Bob Weatherford and Jonathan McKeown with the Cobb County Public Library System.
The 25,000-square-foot regional library is under construction at the intersection of Old 41 Highway and Blue Springs Road, across from North Cobb High School. The library is scheduled to open in 2019. The facility will be a consolidation of the Acworth and Kennesaw public libraries.
Both libraries were constructed in the mid-1960s. The new library will cost an estimated $8.6 million, which will be covered by money generated from a Special Local Option Sales Tax.
Book festival sponsors include: Acworth Cultural Arts Center, Cobb County Public Library System’s Acworth and Kennesaw branches, Around Acworth magazine, Dogwood Terrace Restaurant and Kerry’s Print Shop.
The event is free and open to the public. Box lunches will be available for purchase.
For more information, go to AcworthCulturalArts Center.org or call 770-672-0294.
– Carla Caldwell, editor of Around Acworth.