Oct. 19 Keynote Speaker Brad Wilcox  Kicks Off 10th Annual St. George Book Festival


The celebration of literacy with the joy of reading—as well as writing—kicks off on Monday October 19th as the St. George Book Festival starts its week-long series of events highlighting the importance of reading for all ages.

Our Keynote Speaker for the evening Brad Wilcox, a professor in the Department of Teacher Education at BYU who works in such programs as Especially for Youth, Women’s Conference and Campus Education Week, will be talking on the topic So Many Books, So Little Time. Wilcox is also the author of more than a dozen books such as Developing Literacy, The Best Kept Secrets of Parenting, and Rising Ourselves to the Bar. He will be joined by speakers, Janice Brooks-Nichter, who will give the Welcome address on Inspirational Talk on Writers followed by Jack W. Rolfe speaking on the topic Straight A’s of Life – A Positive Disruption to Education.

Free to all, family fun and kids activities will start at 4:30 pm at the Dixie Applied Technology Center located at 610 S. Airport Road in St. George. (Up at the old St. George Airport.) There will be face painting, story time with Bosley Bear author Jeremy L. Bird, arts and crafts, games, and a special “Learn to be a Magician” with author and magician David W. Smith.

Also in conjunction with the book festival, Barnes and Noble Book Sellers will be hosting its first of a series of book signings with Spencer Anderson signing his adventure book, “The Last Raider” from 4pm to 7pm at the St. George Barnes and Noble store.

Finally, also on Monday evening, author and poet Gary Dop will be at Dixie State University in room HCC475 in the new Holland Centennial Commons Building. This free presentation will feature many of Dop’s award winning poems, many of which have been published in magazines.

These and the entire week’s worth of events can be found at the festival website: www.stgeorgebookfestival.org.