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The Annual Monroeville Literary Festival kicks off March 3rd + 4th—register now


By: Nathan Watson

(Matthew Niblett / The Bama Buzz)

REVIEWED BY PAT BYINGTON

Feb 9, 2023


Calling all authors and readers! The annual Monroeville Literary Festival is scheduled for March 3rd and 4th this year—and you’re invited. Meet renowned writers, enjoy delicious food, discuss thought-provoking literary works and more—all in the courtroom made famous by Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.





The Old Courthouse Museum in Monroeville, Alabama.


(Matthew Niblett / The Bama Buzz)



Held each year in the Old Courthouse Museum in Monroeville, the Monroeville Literary Festival began in 2020 and follows the 22 year tradition of the Alabama Writers Symposium. During the Monroeville Literary Festival, guests are invited to explore the writing, music and art of the literary South through two days of fun, food and literature!







Several renowned Southern writers will attend the Monroeville Literary Festival this year, including:

  • Mary Kay Andrews — A New York Times bestselling author of 26 novels

  • Lisa McNair — Author and younger sister of Denise McNair, one of the four girls killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing

  • Robert McCammon — A New York Times bestselling author with multiple award-winning books

  • Joy Harjo — U.S. Poet-Laureate and 2023 recipient of the Harper Lee Award

  • Robert Inman — A novelist, screenwriter and playwright from Elba, Alabama

  • Patti Callahan Henry — A New York Times bestselling author and past recipient of the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year

  • Jennifer Horne — A writer and editor of prose, poetry, and fiction

  • Scott Peacock — James Beard Award-winning chef and this year’s food writer at the Monroeville Literary Festival

  • Debra Ghigna — An author of children’s books

  • Michael Martone — 2023 recipient of the Truman Capote Prize

  • Jacqueline Trimble — Professor of English and the chairperson of Languages and Literatures at Alabama State University

  • Charles Ghigna — A poet and author of children’s and adults’ books




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