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Books get their day

Festival brings together writers, dreamers, authors

The North Texas Book Festival turns 13 this weekend.

The spring festival is a celebration of the written word and an organized meet-and-greet with authors, screenwriters and publishing professionals as well as aspiring writers. The event also raises money for libraries.

The festival will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. Admission is free.

Local and regional authors will be present to autograph books for visitors, including renowned investigative journalist Donna Fielder, who will talk about her true crime book Ladykiller. Television and film actor Alex Cord, now a North Texas resident, will attend. Cord recently released a novel, Days of the Harbinger.

All the authors will be gathered in Festival Hall at the visual arts center, and speakers and workshops for writers will be offered throughout the day in the craft room on the east side of the building. For more information, visit www.ntbf.org .

— Lucinda Breeding

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

9 a.m. — Opening of 13th annual North Texas Book Festival

9:15 a.m. — Ventriloquist Stephen McKenzie performs with Cornelius the Monkey, Awesome Possum, Nip the Dragon and others. They will also appear in the Festival Hall throughout the day.

9:45 a.m. — Children’s Story Time with authors Laura Wintczak Eckroat, Jeanne Ann Macejko and Ellice Smart

10:30 a.m. — Little Free Libraries, the festival’s project to help start small libraries in communities and neighborhoods in North Texas

10:45 a.m. — 2013 Book Award finalists

11:15 a.m. — Featured author Donna Fielder, local investigative journalist and true crime author

11:45 a.m. — “Texas Dames” with author Carmen Goldthwaite.

1 p.m. — “Creating Characters and Writing Believable Dialogue” with Ken Farmer and Buck Steinke, authors of 2012 North Texas Book Festival’s Book Award winner, Black Eagle Force: Eye of the Storm. Authors will offer professional advice.

1:30 p.m. — “Navigating the Indie Publishing Jungle” with author Jeannette Vaughan. Vaughan shares her insights and experience in independent publishing.

2 p.m. — “Writing and Selling Science Fiction” with Simon Lang (a.k.a. Darlene Hartman), a member of the writing staff of the original Star Trek series and the author of five novels, and James Nabi Michael, author of The Auroral Entanglement.

4 p.m. — Closing of festival