A cross-cultural, community-driven Action Group facilitates the Fort Worth BookFest productions. On April 14, 2016, BookFest organized at a “Woohoo, I’m in!” founding gathering at the Ella Mae Shamblee Branch of the Fort Worth Public Library. Our Group has attracted broad support throughout the community among individuals, organizations, elected officials, and educational institutions.
The BookFest is an exposition of Authors – writing in all genres for adults, young adults, juveniles, and early readers – selling their books and book related materials. The event also offers readers an opportunity to visit with authors, have their books inscribed, and participate in talks, readings, and panel discussions by the authors. In addition, scheduled throughout the event day are special activities and story times for the younger visitors. Book characters and superheroes stroll around the venue throughout day.
A primary goal of Fort Worth BookFest is to raise awareness of ‘the transformative power of literacy’ through the BookFest platform that displays the wealth of literary expression of the cultures that call Fort Worth and the southwest region home. We collaborated with Max Rodriguez, founder and producer of the famed Harlem Book Fair, for his twenty-plus years of book fair production experience.