The gathering begins at 6 p.m. and includes writers Debra Acklin of Northport, Karen Allen of Birmingham, Cabot Barden of Sylacauga, Annie Brown of Alexander City, Denise Godfrey of Sylacauga, Don Hartman of Alpine, Deliverance Hope of Sylacauga and Bill King of Montgomery.
Live entertainment will be provided by members of the Weogufka Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association.
Food and beverages will be served and there is no charge to attend, but museum donations are always welcome.
Brown serves as a licensed minister and secretary under Bishop Johnnie J. Woods Jr. at the Joyful Noise AOH Church of God in Sylacauga.
She describes herself as family oriented, and enjoys spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild.
Brown is a medical social worker for Lakeside Hospice Inc. in Pell City where she provides emotional and grief support for patients and families. One of her qualifications is individualized psycho-social care for each family.
She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Alabama with a concentration in children, adolescents and families.
Brown’s interests include working with veterans with post traumatic stress disorders and with veterans who have traumatic brain disorders.
She is an active reader, and has recently joined the Narional Alliance for Mental Illness and is certified to teach family to family.
Hartman is a native of Toledo, Ohio, and moved to east Tennessee with his family when he was 9.
Since then, he has lived in 18 countries.
His educational credentials include five majors at the bachelor’s degree level, two at the master’s degree level and two at the A.A. level.
Hartman has studied in nine universities around the world, including the Sorbonne in Paris, the University of Moscow and the University of London, with classes completed at Cambridge and Oxford.
His bachelor’s degree is from the University of the Americas in Mexico and his master’s and A.A. were confirmed by the University of Montevallo.
Hartman has worked as an archaeologist on expedition in the Mayan ruins in the jungles of Campeche and served as a communications specialist for the U.S. Army, having been stationed in Honolulu and Birmingham in the early 1960s.
He is a retired educator and has been recognized by national education organizations for developing one of the top foreign language programs in the United States.
Hartman has a number of professional publications to his credit and has made multiple presentations to various professional organizations, including having twice been honored guest speaker for the Southeastern Mensa Convention.
In addition to writing, Hartman’s hobbies include painting and carpentry and he has built a home on a lake outside of Birmingham.
He and his wife, Royldene, spend their time in between their homes in Alabama and the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee.
Hartman is the author of “The Lemurian Connection,” a book about the paranormal. He is also a contributing author in two anthologies, “Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Lover” and “Magical Souvenirs.”
Acklin has had her stories published in seven “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books since 2012 and is slated to have two more stories in the series this year.
Her most recent story, “The Happiness Committee,” is featured in the series’ newest release, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: 20th Anniversary Readers’ Choice.”
Her stories are personal, about children and her husband, their pet cat Butte, and her writings have included tales of trying to lose weight, along with other failures and successes.
Her most recent piece for “The Chicken Soup” series is one about working together to improve their workplace and make it more enjoyable.
Acklin says some of her stories are funny, and others aren’t.
Though she has written about most all of her family members, Acklin says so far, they haven’t seemed to mind.
She has been married 40 years and has a grown son and daughter.
Hope describes her books as poetically inspired by “the one true living God.”
She says that her writings are revelations and translations of God’s divine wisdom in parables of quotes and exampled lessons.
Her books include “When God Hits You Straight Between the I’s” and “Carry on My Child, Carry On.”
It was in 2010 when Hope said she met a road block in her life and felt she could go no further.
But that’s when she also found her road to Christ and experiences revelation and enlightenment.
“A true internal, eternal transformation began,” she said.
“My true identity was ‘REAL-EYE (zed),’” she said. “It was always there waiting to be discovered and found.”
Hope said God led her to the revelation and recognition of her divine designed willed and called purpose for existence on earth.
Hope is also the author of “Vessels of Light,” “Silent Angel,” Satan GO TO HELL The Lord and I Rebuke You,” “That’s Why My House Has Wheels,” “For Such a Time as This…From and For the Love of God,” “ The Hand of God is On and Upon Me Forevermore and Always,” “Ditto Kiddo…Thus Sayeth the Lord,” “Satan I Rebuke You…Round Two…The Contender…Standing and Withstanding Up, To and Against the Whiles of the Devil” and “Let’s Take a Walk…Love God.”
Allen’s book, “Confronting Cancer With Faith,” is a journey with her through the experience of breast cancer.
Now cancer free, Allen was working in the field of cancer research at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center as a laboratory manager, facing the issues at work that she eventually faced herself from the other side of the spectrum-the patient.
Through her experience with cancer, Allen said she believed that she would be healed and that her illness would become something that God would use for his glory through her.
“I could share and encourage and bring positive information for others so that they could go through the same kind of journey that I did,” she said.
She began writing emails to update friends and family on her condition, and from this, grew the idea of extending her thoughts through publishing a book.
Consulting her minister, Allen then decided to create a Bible study instead, hoping to reach more people this way.
Later, a friend out of the blue recommended that she write a book about her experience, and Allen went back to her idea to publish the book.
King is an ordained minister, humorist, story teller, published author, musician, singer, songwriter and poet. He has served as a pastor in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. Since 2007, he has served as director of the Tuskegee Lee Baptist Association in Opelika. Since 2002 he has performed humor and music as Bro. Billy Bob Bohannon.
He performs 50 to 60 “Billy Bob” programs each year across the country, particularly in the Southeast, for church, civic and company groups.
His first two books, “No Really, My Name is Bro. Billy Bob Bohannon,” and “My Name is Still Bro. Billy Bob Bohannon,” are compilations of his original stories and anecdotes.
His first novel, as well as a third Billy Bob book, is scheduled to be released shortly. As a musician, he has recorded three CDs.
He is a member of The Alabama Storytellers Association and the Weogufka Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. He is a graduate of Samford University and holds two degrees from New Orleans Baptist Seminary.
Cook-Godfrey was born in Sylacauga in 1967 to the late William H. Cook and Mary E. Cook, and has served the banking community for 28 years. She is currently employed by Heritage Bank of the South.
During 20 of those years, she has devoted her life to the ministry of teaching, preaching, writing and worshipping God.
She is founder of Worshipful Ministries, an anointed praise and worship dance ministry and mentoring service, and is under the spiritual covering of New Beginning Ministries in Sylacauga, where her pastor is Erastus Godfrey and assistant pastor is DeForest Godfrey.
She explains her writing as from the "keep it real world", and is the author of two books and three gospel stage plays, which include "Worshipping God-Serving God: the Mary-Martha Syndrome," a Bible study guide for "Worshipping God-Serving God," "So You Say You Can Praise Dance....Now What?" "Daddy's Little Girls Embracing the Father," "Saving Generation Next" and "A Change is Gonna Come."
She has also written many inspirational poems. Denise can also be heard each second Sunday morning on WFEB radio in Sylacauga at 6:30 a.m. She is the wife of assistant pastor DeForest Godfrey and is a loving mother and grandmother.
Barden is a Sylacauga artist and his first book is titled “It’s the Bass Player.”
It’s the story of Barden’s younger days and his band mates and the experiences they had playing music just about anywhere they could find an audience and about growing up and trying to make a name for themselves in the music business.
Cabot refers to his book as a work of fiction and says it’s based on real events that he and his fellow band members experienced when they played in the band Common Faith in the early 1970s.
Barden dedicated the book to his friend Charlie Gamble, who has Alzheimer’s disease.
He has played music most of his teenage and adult life and his bands have opened for performers that include Mickey Gilley, Emmylou Harris, the Georgia Satellites, Jan and Dean, Don Henley and many others.
He has also worked in recording studios in Nashville and with some of the best musicians there.
Barden released a recorded “If I Didn’t Love You” in 1976 with Frank Lister with a band they called “Alabama,” before the group from Fort Payne used the now famous name.
Barden wrote “The Quest” as part of the music offered for use in the movie “Sahara,” based on the novel by Barden’s friend Clive Cussler.
Barden’s music didn’t end up being used for the movie, but “The Quest” did get some airtime in the U.S. and Italy.
Barden is a member of the Renegade Band based in Sylacauga.