On February 26th at 2 p.m. Melrose will celebrate its favorite literary citizen with a reception and writing contest awards ceremony. Al Burt was the voice of Melrose, bringing the community’s charm and natural delights to life in his books about the region.
Jean Carver Chance will be the keynote speaker. She is professor emeritus in the College of Journalism at the University of Florida. Gloria Burt will present the awards to the winners of the Write Like Al prose and poetry contest. The winners will be announced at the festival. The event also features a display from the UF Libraries Al Burt Collection. Dr. Jim Cusick will be available to discuss the collection with visitors.
The Melrose area literary map will be unveiled at the festival and features local literary and historical sites that may interest lovers of literature. The map has been funded by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council.
The Al Burt Literary Festival is a free event supported by the Florida Humanities Council, Melrose Library Association, the Putnam County Library System and its volunteers, and our community co-sponsors: Historic Melrose, Inc., the Palatka Daily News, Melrose Bay Gallery Artists, the Lake Region Monitor, Bellamy Road Gallery (David T. Warner Foundation), FIWI the Melrose Senior Citizen Center, The Melrose Book Place, Gator Office Supplies, the Melrose Café, Lather and Lace, Shake Rag Gallery, the Melrose Business and Community Association, and the Blue Water Bay Restaurant. For more information about the contest or the festival, call the library at (352) 475-1237.
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