I had a great time at the Expo, and met some great fellow authors, and publishers, including T. C. McKinney, head of PDMI Publishing.
This year’s event featured two speakers:
Carolyn Maull McKinstry is the author of While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement, a poignant and gripping eyewitness account of what it was like to grow up in the Jim Crow South. Her book covers everything from the the bombings, riots, and assassinations to the historic marches and triumphs that characterized the civil rights era. Fourteen-year-old Carolyn McKinstry was just a few feet away from a bomb, which had been planted by the Ku Klux Klan, before it exploded at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in September 1963. Four girls were killed. In her book, she shares how racial relations have evolved over the past five decades and gives an incredible testament to how far we’ve come, and how far we have yet to go.
BPL librarian and author Jared Millet presented a workshop for aspiring writers titled Show, Don’t Tell: How to Breathe Life Into Your Writing. “Show, don’t tell” is the most common piece of advice that beginning writers get from professionals, teachers, and industry insiders. Millet clarified what “show, don’t tell” actually means and demonstrated how to use writing to give readers a strong emotional experience.
The Local Authors Expo is presented by the Friends of the Birmingham Public Library, a nonprofit association that supports Birmingham Public Library special needs by providing volunteer and financial resources.
Link to event, including the list of authors: