Saturday at the Central Library, the Bookstock Author’s Festival is here!

The Memphis Area Authors’ Festival, celebrating over 10 Years of Local Authors, begins Saturday at 11AM in the main lobby of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library

This free family event showcases 60+ local author exhibits, Virtual Reality Empathy Lab, Professional Photography, culture dance performances, choirs, live music, food trucks, face painting, balloon artist, selfie station, African Dance Class, Memphis in May Malaysia Exhibit, book giveaways, and much more.

Come out to the Central Library and join in for this grand celebration of authors!

View and Download the Full Festival Schedule Here



Sam is a Memphis native with a big heart, big personality, and even bigger vocabulary! From birth, he was destined to be a superstar. He started reading at two-years-old as his mom Stephanie is passionate about early childhood literacy. Surely, by now, you’ve seen the video. #YouCanBeABCs has captured the hearts of millions of people all over the world, including former First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Our mission going forward is simple – to continue using extraordinary platforms, like YouTube, to increase literacy among children who look like Sam, encourage career exploration and of course, to continue spreading joy! Some of Sam’s loves outside of reading are sleep parties, travel, popcorn and Black Panther. We’re so excited to share our SONshine with you and your families. Everyone could use a daily dose of Sam!



Author of the recent bestseller Memphis, poet, former attorney, Northwestern University MFA graduate, and semifinalist for the Fulbright Fellowship, Tara M. Stringfellow has written for Collective Unrest, Minerva Rising, Jet Fuel Review, WomensArts Quarterly Journal, and Apogee Journal, among other publications. After having lived in Okinawa, Ghana, Chicago, Cuba, Spain, Italy, and Washington DC, she moved back home to Memphis, where she sits on her porch swing every evening with her hound, Huckleberry, listening to records and chatting with neighbors.

Join the Memphis Library Foundation for “An Evening with Tara Stringfellow” Friday April 28th, 6:30 – 8 PM. Exclusive event – Limited tickets available!  
More details here!


Rev. G. Scott Morris, MD, a leading voice in the field of faith and health, is the founder and chief executive officer of Church Health in Memphis, Tennessee, which opened in 1987 to provide quality, affordable health care for working, uninsured people and their families and has grown into the largest charitably funded faith-based health care ministry of its type. Thanks to a broad base of financial support from the faith community, and the volunteer help of doctors, nurses, dentists and others, Church Health provides tens of thousands of patient visits each year. An active family practice physician, Dr. Morris also is ordained in the United Methodist Church. He holds an MDiv from Yale Divinity School and an MD from Emory School of Medicine. He has written many books over the years, including Health Care You Can Live With and If Your Heart is Like My Heart. You can find him on Instagram and Facebook @drscottmorris.

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