The Al Burt Literary Festival celebrates and remembers Melrose’s
favorite literary citizen with a reception and awards ceremony on
Sunday, February 26th at 2 pm. at the Melrose Public Library. Al Burt
was the voice of Melrose, bringing our 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 and
will base her presentation on an oral history of Al which she
recorded. Gloria Burt will present the awards to 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 Library’s 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
Refreshments using local foods will be prepared by some of Melrose’s
best cooks. Some of Al’s favorite dishes are sure to be among the
The Al Burt Literary Festival is a free event supported by the Melrose
Library Association, the Putnam County Library System and its
volnteers, Historic Melrose, Inc., the Palatka Daily News, the Lake
Region Monitor, FIWI the Melrose Senior Citizen Center, Shake Rag
Gallery, the Melrose Business and Community Association, The Blue
Water Bay Restaurant, the Melrose Café, Lather and Lace, Gator Office
Products, Inc., Steve Thrift of the Melrose Bay Gallery, the Melrose
Book Place, and the Florida Humanities Council. For more information
about the contest or the festival, call the library at (352) 475 – 1237.
Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida
Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the
Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations
expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) do
not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or
the National Endowment for the Humanities.