Mohave Library Alliance held its annual KABAM (Kingman Area Books Are Magic) Festival last week. Book authors and poets from the Kingman area and nation-wide participated in readings, school visits, book panels and other events. There was a big Poetry Slam, featuring poets from all over Mohave County and the nation, and a Meet-N-Greet downtown. The main festival occurred on Saturday in Metcalfe Park and featured readings, shows, poetry, vendors and kid's activities. Authors featured this year included Alexandra Livingston, Diana Gabaldon, Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford, Carolyn O'Bagy Davis, Dr. Kenneth Jackson, JC Amberlyn, Aaron Johnson and Jim Hinckley. Jonnie Blake of Kingman (above) recites poetry with the aid of a ukulele in downtown Kingman during the Poetry KABAM Slam. BELOW: Best-selling author Diana Gabaldon (left) talks to Claudia and Glen Timmann Thursday at Hastings Entertainment during a book-signing event. With the Timmanns are their children, from left to right, Nadia, Aidan and Aaron.