Forrest Gump Comes Alive for booksALIVE!



April 29-30





Mark Your Calendars

for booksALIVE! 2016



booksALIVE! is our area's premier book festival. Now in its 17th year, booksALIVE! mixes creativity, learning, fun and fellowship into a weekend brew of inspiration and interaction for those who love the power of words. A Saturday full of free workshops, presentations, book signings and the opportunity to rub elbows with our author/speakers creates a delicious buffet for booklovers! The ticketed keynote luncheon offers a great lunch and a fabulous speaker at a reasonable cost. 


booksALIVE! began in the summer of 1999 and has grown into one of the most respected events of its kind from Jacksonville, Florida to Jackson, Mississippi.


Past keynote speakers have included several New York Times bestselling authors, a Pulitzer Prize winner, a Governor, a United States Congressman, a Presidential candidate and a "60 Minutes" network producer (who is currently a Senior Vice President of the Country Music Network).


For more information on the booksALIVE! Festival of Reading, contact Bettina Mead at (850) 785-0912 (please leave a message) or email her at






Michael Morris



The Bay County Public


Celebrating 17 years of booksALIVE! in 2016


With more than 750 taking part in booksALIVE! every year, participation surpassed the 1,000-person mark when the 2008 school lecture tour was implemented.


Readers, writers and the media come from more than a hundred miles away to spend time with others who appreciate books and everything they represent. Participants leave with new ideas and knowledge, new and renewed friendships.



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