Memphis Public Library patrons might be familiar with Bookstock, a free author event geared to adults. Now, the library is adding Bookstock Jr. to its wing, targeting the younger generation — kids and teens. Bookstock Festival, scheduled for Saturday, October 6th, from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, marks the beginning of this new venture.
The aim is to promote reading and provide local authors a platform to showcase their work. This time, children will create a temporary mural in the courtyard and make a book they can check out, while teens produce their own ‘Zines and get expert advice from Jana Pettey, publisher of Justine magazine. Authors Alice Faye Duncan (Honey Baby, Sugar Child) and Barry Wolverton (Neversink) will conduct poetry and writing workshops while Art for Life’s Sake members will perform spoken word recitation.
Parents can listen to keynote speaker Kristen Iversen (Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats) present “A Passion for Story: From Book Idea to Finished Manuscript.” In addition, you’ll meet 40 Memphis-area authors, have fun in cooking and makeup demonstrations or participate in the Bookstock Scavenger Hunt. Entertainment by Stereo Joe Music Band and food trucks rounds out the event. • For information, visit memphislibrary.org or call 415-2700.