Coastal Alabama Community College is pleased to announce that the Monroeville Literary Festival is planned for March 4-6, 2021.
The Monroeville Literary Festival is a celebration of the literary arts in Monroeville, the Literary Capital of Alabama. Since 1998, Coastal Alabama Community College has been the home of the Alabama Center for Literary Arts, which hosted the Alabama Writers Symposium for 22 years. In 2020, the Symposium was re-imagined as the Monroeville Literary Festival, a community-wide event which brings together Alabama’s and the South’s most distinguished authors, songwriters, playwrights, and other literary artists for three days of fun, food, and literary inspiration.
“The first Monroeville Literary Festival was a great success, and we are so thankful to our community for embracing the new format. We were fortunate to be able to have our first re-branded Festival in the weeks before the Covid-19 shutdowns began. We saw a 40% increase in attendance over the previous year, and we are hoping to see that level of support continue in 2021,” says Alisha Linam, Director of the Alabama Center for Literary Arts and the Monroeville Literary Festival.
The Monroeville Literary Festival is a project of Coastal Alabama Community College, and its community partners include the City of Monroeville, the Monroe County Museum, Monroeville Main Street, the Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, and the Monroe County Public Library.
Plans are currently underway for an in-person Festival, but College officials and the planning committee will decide in January 2021 about the feasibility of such plans based on current CDC guidance and statewide mandates.
The Alabama Literary Awards, which include the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer, will be presented at the Monroeville Literary Festival, even if the event must become virtual. Past recipients of the Harper Lee Award include Rick Bragg, Fannie Flagg, Mark Childress, Winston Groom, and Sonia Sanchez.
For more information, and to see the latest updates, please visit www.MonroevilleLiteraryFestival.com .