Birmingham Author’s Book Selected for 2013 National Book Festival

Alabama Center for the Book Announces Book Selection for the 2013 National Book Festival.

The Alabama Center for the Book has selected Birmingham author Irene Latham’s book Don’t Feed the Boy to promote at the 2013 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.  Latham’s heart-touching tale is about a lonely eleven-year-old boy, the son of a zoo director mom and elephant keeper dad, who feels trapped by the rules and routine of zoo life. Along comes the Bird Girl who changes his life forever. Ultimately, it’s about the human struggle to find one’s place in the world. It’s rooted in friendship and adventure, and it’s the kind of story that families can read and enjoy.
Latham will be at the Alabama Center for the Book’s table in the Pavilion of the States for autographs.
Each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U. S. territories will be promoting a children’s or young adult book.  The book will be about their state or territory or the author may be from their state or territory.  Books representing each of the states will be for sale at the National Book Festival.
A popular giveaway again this year will be “Great Books and Great Places,” a colorful map of the United States. Representatives from each state will be handing out state stickers or stamps to children of all ages to place on their map. Alabama has designed their 2013 state sticker to represent Latham’s book and will feature a drawing of an elephant.  In addition, visitors will be able to learn about different literacy and reading promotion programs in each state.
The National Book Festival is organized by the Library of Congress with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama serving as honorary chairs.
Make plans to attend the National Book Festival in Washington D. C. September 21 and 22, 2013. To learn more about the 2013 National Book Festival and the schedule of events visit
The Alabama Center for the Book is the Alabama Affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book and is housed in the University of Alabama Libraries at The University of Alabama.