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Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
Birmingham, AL

Southern Authors Showcase

See What Happened at the 2017 Southern Women's Show!

Kimberly Lang Author of More Than Anything

USA Today bestselling author Kimberly Lang is a Southern belle with a troublemaking streak and a great love of strong heroes and even stronger heroines. Her first book, The Secret Mistress Arrangement, debuted at #9 on the Waldenbooks series bestseller list and went on to win the 2009 National Readers' Choice Award for Best First Book. Her most recent book is More Than Anything, the third book in the Magnolia Beach series. She is a former ballet dancer and English teacher who now does yoga and kickboxing and writes the kind of books she always loved to read. She’s married to a guy in a kilt, is mom to the most amazing child on the planet, and shares her office space with a dog named Cupid. Don’t miss your chance to hear her speak on the Spotlight Stage at 11:30am on Friday, October 6th.  

Birmingham's Best Bites Author Martie Duncan

Martie Duncan the Chief Party Thrower at, her website dedicated to stress-free entertaining and easy recipes. Martie was runner up on Season 8 of the competition cooking show, Food Network Star. She was named the franchise's "Fan Favorite" for the tenth anniversary season of the show. Martie spends much of her time on the road, designing and executing weddings and events, speaking at conferences or appearing at culinary shows, charity events, and food festivals. Her how-to videos and party ideas can be found on and she is a food contributor to  Her first book with co-writer Chanda Temple, Birmingham’s Best Bites won several awards. In 2014, Martie, along with co-writer Chanda Temple was named to an elite list of "20 Women Making a Difference" by Birmingham Magazine. Head over to the Cooking Stage on Friday, October 6th at 12:30pm to see a demonstration and sample some of Martie’s favorite recipes! Photo by: Arden Photography.

Meet Author Olivia deBelle Byrd

Olivia deBelle Byrd knows what it is like to grow up amid Southern traditions. Her most recent book, Save My Place, is a coming-of-age story that earned the 2015 Gold Medal for Florida Fiction from the Florida Publishers Association and a second Gold Medal for Cover Design. Olivia’s first book of humorous anecdotes, Miss Hildreth Wore Brown- Anecdotes of a Southern Belle, was awarded two Silver Medals from the Florida Publishers Association. Stop by the Spotlight Stage on Saturday, October 7th at 12:30 and see Olivia as she delights the audience with her humorous vignettes and tales of classic Southern personalities you are sure to appreciate. Be sure to stick around after the presentation to meet Olivia and have one of her books signed.

Author of the Mountain Brook Series, Katherine Clark

Former college professor Katherine Clark knew back in first grade that she wanted to be a writer. After studying the lives of Onnie Lee Logan, the black granny midwife, and Eugene Walter, the Capote-esque  bon vivant, she released her first two publications: Motherwit: An Alabama Midwife’s Story and Milking the Moon: A Southerner’s Story of Life on this Planet.  Her hope was to create a similar oral biography with Martin Hames, but upon learning of his passing she knew it was time to write a novel. Her first novel The Headmaster’s Darlings is a tribute to her former mentor and shows the importance of great teachers. While writing this novel, she realized that one book was simply not going to allow the reader to understand the true importance of how these special teachers in your life really can lead a community to grow and change for the better.  With that, she developed the Mountain Brook Series. To learn more about her novels and inspirations, head over to the Spotlight Stage on Saturday, October 7th at 3:30pm.

Author Dianne Burch and the Polka Dot Pyrenees, Max

Dianne Burch is an author, speaker, storyteller, and passionate animal advocate. For 20 years, she was an active business owner, creative event planner and involved community service board member. In 2010, she made a life-altering decision to combine her professional skills and her passion for rescue animals. With the help of partner and co-author, Michael Fredrick, World of PawsAbilities was created as a marketing and publishing firm intent on helping to raise the next generation of responsible pet ambassadors through education, entertainment, and community involvement. Her book Maxnificent! The Polka Dot Pyrenees is the first book in a planned series of children’s picture books that pair a traditional style children’s story followed by related educational materials about shelter animals, pet responsibilities, and fun facts. Stop by the Spotlight Stage at 12:30pm on Saturday, October 7th and 2:30pm on Sunday, October 8th to learn more about rescues groups, humane education and adoptions. Dianne will be accompanied by her loyal companion, Max the Polka Dot Pyrenees!
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