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Meet the Staff: Stacy Sheehan-Wilson!

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Meet the Staff: Stacy Sheehan-Wilson

What are you currently reading or what is your favorite book?

I am reading Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper. I read "regionally", so I am currently taking a tour of Newfoundland, where my mother is from and one of the most stunning landscapes. This regional tour includes The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede and The Great Halifax Explosion by John U. Bacon. That took me across the North Atlantic to Ireland for Jess Kidd's Himself and Mr. Flood's Last Resort, so then I hopped over to England to enjoy Anthony Horowitz‘s, The Word is Murder. Back in the USA, I jumped to the Northwest coast and read Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None and Sherman Alexie ‘s memoir, You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, then on to literary fiction with Louise Erdrich's Future Home of the Living God and down the coast to Oakland, CA for Tommy Orange's There, There. It's been a trip!

What is your favorite part about working at Page & Palette?

I know other readers will enjoy stops along my book tour because we live South and while I have certainly enjoyed reading Southern stories in between what I've listed (An American Marriage, Tayari Jones and The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead, for example), it is nice to get away.

What do you like to do in your free time?

My favorite part of working at the Page And Palette is being at the center of the community. The Page And Palette is a natural hub for Fairhopians and visitors alike. Whether coming in to browse or work or grab a school read or find a favorite author or come to a book talk and introduce oneself to a new author, or attend a Hope Community social or hear the best musicians in town, including Molly Thomas, who will pour you a glass of wine then blow your hair back every Monday night when she plays the fiddle with The Book Cellar's Musician in Residence of the month —-The Page and Palette is the place to be.

I am a textile artist, so when I'm not at the Page And Palette, I am working in my studio cutting and sewing away. Currently, I am having fun creating and embroidering sail cloth pillows out of a retired sail that I acquired, which was not long ago sailing Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Rick Bragg generously gave me permission to quote him, so I have leather and linen bookmarks that I am pleased with on my cutting table as well. As a local artist, I have work on display at the Page And Palette and it gives me great pleasure to see it walk out the door.