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Danny Johnson
Aug
16
2:00 pm14:00

Danny Johnson

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From Pushcart Prize nominee Danny Johnson comes a powerful novel that explores race relations, first love, and coming-of-age in North Carolina in the 1950s and ‘60s.

Dana Ridenour
Aug
19
2:00 pm14:00

Dana Ridenour

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Dana Ridenour is a retired FBI agent and award-winning author of two FBI undercover novels: Behind The Mask and Beyond The Cabin. Ridenour lives in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina with her wonderful husband. She is currently writing the third Alexis Montgomery novel.

Alice's Table Flower Arranging Workshop
Aug
24
6:30 pm18:30

Alice's Table Flower Arranging Workshop

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Celebrate summer with some summertime blooms! Come join us at Page and Palette's Book Cellar for an evening of flowers, cocktails and fun! The perfect mid week Ladies Night! Learn the art of floral design and unleash your creative side. Take home your hand-made arrangement in a stylish vase.

Purchase your ticket here. 

Phil Savage
Aug
28
6:00 pm18:00

Phil Savage

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In his words, Savage details Coach Saban’s year-round preparation, his willingness to adjust and his belief in “complimentary football.” The book offers a close look at their player development and practice habits and gives a glimpse of the Crimson Tide’s approach of playing every single down like it is 4th and goal.

With anecdotes from his days growing up in Alabama in the 1970s when the Tide was a consistent national championship contender, through his 20-year career in the National Football League as a coach, scout and general manager, Savage gives a rare look at what makes Coach Nick Saban and his teams so successful.

Ferrill Gibbs
Sep
8
6:00 pm18:00

Ferrill Gibbs

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Join us for a musical event with Gulf Coast singer/songwriter and writer Ferrill Gibbs to coincide with the release of his debut novel The Secret Island of Edgar Dewitt.

Daren Wang
Sep
13
6:00 pm18:00

Daren Wang

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Rooted in the history of the only secessionist town north of the Mason Dixon Line, The Hidden Light of Northern Fires tells a story of redemption amidst a war that tore families and the country apart.

Leah Weiss
Sep
19
6:00 pm18:00

Leah Weiss

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Sadie Blue has been a wife for fifteen days. That's long enough to know she should have never hitched herself to Roy Tupkin, even with the baby.

Sadie is desperate to make her own mark on the world, but in remote Appalachia, a ticket out of town is hard to come by, and hope often gets stomped out.  When a stranger sweeps into Baines Creek and knocks things off kilter, Sadie finds herself with an unexpected lifeline...if she can just figure out how to use it.

This intimate insight into a fiercely proud, tenacious community unfolds through the voices of the forgotten folks of Baines Creek. With a colorful cast of characters that each contribute a new perspective, IF THE CREEK DON'T RISE is a debut novel bursting with heart, honesty, and homegrown grit.

Dr. Mary Jane Ingui
Sep
20
4:00 pm16:00

Dr. Mary Jane Ingui

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Trauma and Tenacity in Vietnam: A Surgeon's Story, captures the defining period in the medical life of Capt. Sheldon Kushner, MD, while stationed in Vinh Long, Vietnam, from 1968-69. Through letters, reel-to-reel tape recordings, slides and the personal interviews that recounted his experience, the story of a young surgeon is revealed. 

Marie Benedict
Sep
26
6:00 pm18:00

Marie Benedict

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In the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. Poe, The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein's enormous shadow. It is the story of Einstein's wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.

Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.

Robert Olmstead
Oct
3
6:00 pm18:00

Robert Olmstead

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In September 1873, Elizabeth Coughlin, a widow bankrupted by her husband’s folly and death, embarks on a buffalo hunt with her estranged and mysterious brother-in-law, Michael. With no money, no family, no job or security, she hopes to salvage something of her former life and the lives of the hired men and their families who depend on her. The buffalo hunt that her husband had planned, she now realizes, was his last hope for saving their land.

Elizabeth and Michael plunge south across the aptly named Deadline demarcating Indian Territory from their home state, Kansas. Nothing could have prepared them for the dangers: rattlesnakes, rabies, wildfire, lightning strikes, blue northers, flash floods, threats to life in so many ways. They’re on borrowed time: the Comanche are in winter quarters, and the cruel work of slaughtering the buffalo is unraveling their souls. They must get back alive.

This is a gripping narrative of that infamous hunt, which drove the buffalo population to near extinction--the story of a moment in our history in which mass destruction of an animal population was seen as the only route to economic solvency. But it’s also the intimate story of how that hunt changed Michael and Elizabeth forever.

Chantel Acevedo
Oct
12
6:00 pm18:00

Chantel Acevedo

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The Living Infinite is based on the true story of the Spanish princess Eulalia, an outspoken firebrand at the Bourbon court during the troubled and decadent final years of her family's reign.

After her cloistered childhood at the Spanish court, her youth spent in exile, and a loveless marriage, Eulalia gladly departs Europe for the New World. In the company of Thomas Aragon, the son of her one-time wet nurse and a small-town bookseller with a thirst for adventure, she travels by ship first to a Cuba bubbling with revolutionary fervor then on to the 1893 Chicago World Fair. As far as others are concerned, she is there as an emissary of the Bourbon dynasty and a guest of the Fair. Secretly, she is in America to find a publisher for her scandalous, incendiary autobiography, a book that might well turn the old world order on its head.

Acevedo's new novel is an atmospheric and gripping tale of love, adventure, power and the quest to take control of one's destiny. Bourbon Spain, Revolutionary Cuba, and fin de siècle America are vividly rendered and Eulalia's personal rebellion will resonate with many readers.

C. Morgan Babst
Oct
26
6:00 pm18:00

C. Morgan Babst

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A dazzling debut about family, home, and grief, The Floating World takes readers into the heart of Hurricane Katrina with the story of the Boisdorés, whose roots stretch back nearly to the foundation of New Orleans. The Floating World is the Katrina story that needed to be told--one with a piercing, unforgettable loveliness and a nuanced understanding of this particular place and its tangled past, written by a New Orleans native who herself says that after Katrina, “if you were blind, suddenly you saw.”

Beth Ann Fennelly
Nov
21
6:00 pm18:00

Beth Ann Fennelly

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HEATING & COOLING: 52 Micro-Memoirs is a genre defying powerhouse that offers bright glimpses into a richly lived life. They build on one another to arrive at a portrait of Beth Ann Fennelly as a wife, mother, writer and deeply original observer of life’s challenges and joys. Some pieces are wistful, some poignant, and many of them reveal the humor buried below the surface of everyday interactions. Heating & Cooling shapes a life from unexpectedly illuminating moments, and awakens us to these moments as they appear in the margins of our lives.


Roy Hoffman
Jul
18
6:00 pm18:00

Roy Hoffman

Local author Roy Hoffman, an award-winning novelist and journalist whose writing has been praised by Harper Lee,  presents two of his books newly available in paperback from University of Alabama Press, Come Landfall:  A Novel and Alabama Afternoons:  Profiles and Conversations.

Wayne Flynt
Jul
14
10:00 am10:00

Wayne Flynt

An indelible portrait of one of the most famous and beloved authors in the canon of American literature—a collection of letters between Harper Lee and one of her closest friends that reveals the famously private writer as never before, in her own words.

Beautifully written, intelligent, and telling, this remarkable compendium of their letters—a correspondence that lasted for a quarter century, from 1992 until Harper Lee’s death in February 2016—offers an incisive and compelling look into the mind, heart, and work of one of the most beloved authors in modern literary history.

Lucy Buffett
Jul
7
6:00 pm18:00

Lucy Buffett

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Incorporating stories from Lucy's childhood growing up in Mobile, Alabama, adventures traveling the seas as a cook, time spent working as a chef in New Orleans, and her philosophy of relaxation, gratitude, and seizing the day, this cookbook entertains and inspires as it serves up recipe after recipe, each tastier than the last.

Lauren Denton
Jun
27
2:00 pm14:00

Lauren Denton

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In The Hideaway, Lauren Denton tells a gripping story of love and loyalty as Sara Jenkins must choose either to fight for the people she has come to love, or return to her life of solitude and simplicity.

Richard Tillinghast
Jun
24
2:00 pm14:00

Richard Tillinghast

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Renowned poet Richard Tillinghast’s wanderlust and restless spirit are nearly as well known as his verses. This book of essays captures that penchant to wander, yet Journeys into the Mind of the World is not merely a compilation of travel stories—it is a book of places. It explores these chosen locations—Ireland, England, India, the Middle East, Tennessee, Hawaii—in a deeper way than would be typical of travel literature, attempting to enter not just the world, but “the mind of the world”—the roots and history of places, their political and cultural history, spiritual, artistic, architectural, and ethnic dimensions.

Behind each essay is the presence, curiosity, and intelligence of the author himself, who uses his experience of the places he visits as a way of bringing the reader into the equation. Tillinghast illuminates his travels with a brilliant eye, a friendly soul, and eclectic knowledge of a variety of disparate areas—Civil War history, Venetian architecture, Asian cultures, Irish music, and the ways of out-of-the-way people. This attention to history and cultural embeddedness lends unique perspectives to each essay.

At the heart of his journeys are his deep roots in the South, tracing back to his hometown in Tennessee. The book explores not only Tillinghast’s childhood home in Memphis, but even the time before his birth when his mother lived in Paris. Readers will feel a sense of being everywhere at once, in a strange simultaneity, a time and place beyond any map or
guidebook.

RICHARD TILLINGHAST is the author of three recent books of poetry: Sewanee Poems (Evergreen, 2009; second edition, 2012), Selected Poems (Dedalus, Dublin, 2009), and Wayfaring Stranger (Word Palace, 2012). Among his nonfiction books are Finding Ireland (University of Notre Dame, 2008) and An Armchair Traveller’s History of Istanbul (Haus Publishing, London, 2012).

Dorothea Benton Frank
May
25
6:00 pm18:00

Dorothea Benton Frank

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Bursting with the intoxicating richness of Dorothea Benton Frank’s beloved Lowcountry—the sultry sunshine, cool ocean breezes, icy cocktails, and starry velvet skies—Same Beach, Next Year is a dazzling celebration of the infrangible power of friendship, the enduring promise of summer, and the indelible bonds of love. 

Kate Moore
May
23
6:00 pm18:00

Kate Moore

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As a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous - the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls. As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses. The very thing that had made them feel alive - their work - was in fact slowly killing them: they had been poisoned by the radium paint. Yet their employers denied all responsibility. And so, in the face of unimaginable suffering - in the face of death - these courageous women refused to accept their fate quietly, and instead became determined to fight for justice. Drawing on previously unpublished sources - including diaries, letters and court transcripts, as well as original interviews with the women's relatives - The Radium Girls is an intimate narrative account of an unforgettable true story. It is the powerful tale of a group of ordinary women from the Roaring Twenties, who themselves learned how to roar.

Alexander McCall Smith
May
11
6:00 pm18:00

Alexander McCall Smith

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When writer Paul Stewart heads to the idyllic Italian town of Montalcino to finish his already late book, it seems like the perfect escape from stressful city life. Upon landing, however, things quickly take a turn for the worse when he discovers his hired car is nowhere to be found. With no record of any reservation and no other cars available it looks like Paul is stuck at the airport. That is, until an enterprising stranger offers him an unexpected alternative. While there may be no cars available there is something else on offer: a bulldozer. With little choice in the matter, Paul accepts and so begins a series of laugh out loud adventures through the Italian countryside, following in the wake of Paul and his Italian Bulldozer. A story of unexpected circumstance and lesson in making the best of what you have, My Italian Bulldozer is a warm holiday read guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Mary Kay Andrews
May
9
6:00 pm18:00

Mary Kay Andrews

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You don’t have to own a beach house to enjoy Mary Kay Andrews’ recipes. All you need is an appetite for delicious, casual dishes, cooked with the best fresh, local ingredients and presented with the breezy flair that make Mary Kay Andrews’ novels a summertime favorite at the beach.

From an early spring dinner of cherry balsamic-glazed lamb chops and bacon-kissed green beans, to Fourth of July buttermilk-brined fried chicken, yuppie potato salad, and Coca-Cola cake, to her New Year’s Day Open House menu of charcoal-grilled oysters, home-cured gravlax, grits n’ greens casserole, and Meyer lemon bar trifle, this cookbook will supply ideas for menus and recipes designed to put you in a permanently carefree coastal state of mind all year long.

Annabelle Gurwitch
May
1
6:00 pm18:00

Annabelle Gurwitch

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A hysterically funny and slyly insightful new collection of essays from New York Times bestselling author Annabelle Gurwitch, about her own family of scam artists and hucksters, as well as the sisterhoods, temporary tribes, communities, and cults who have become surrogates along the way.

Written with haunting detail, poignant family moments, laugh out loud comedy and social commentary, Gurwitch delivers a provocative treatise on the importance and insanity of family. Wherever You Go, There They Are is a must-read for anyone who’s even occasionally been frustrated by the people they share carbohydrate-laden meals with every year.

Hello, World!

Alabama Ballet presents "Sit. Stay. Plie." Animal Rescue Awareness Event
Apr
29
2:00 pm14:00

Alabama Ballet presents "Sit. Stay. Plie." Animal Rescue Awareness Event

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Pointe shoes and shih tzus and tu tus and cockapoos; street dogs and dance togs and jetes and setters. “Sit. Stay. Plie.” a newly released photo book, celebrates the grit and joy of ballet dancers as they go about their craft with rescue dogs from local shelters and animal rescue groups.

The book is an ode to the beauty of Alabama Ballet dancers and the joy of dogs given a second chance. It celebrates the company’s dancers and dogs in a stunning photographic collection featuring the beauty and athleticism of dancers, with the tail-wagging giddiness and curiosity of animals rescued from streets and shelters across Alabama. 

Join Page & Palette, The Haven and Creative Outlet Dance Studio for this special event! 

Read It & Eat with Vicki Covington
Apr
27
12:00 pm12:00

Read It & Eat with Vicki Covington

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In Once in a Blue Moon, Vicki Covington s new novel set during Barack Obama s first presidential campaign, change is in the air. Readers follow a diverse community of renters in Southside Birmingham through one transformative year. In league with other great Southern novelists including Anne Tyler and Fannie Flagg, Covington writes with tenderness and humor while asking important questions about family, faith, race, class, and ultimately hope.

An Evening with Sonny Brewer
Apr
26
6:00 pm18:00

An Evening with Sonny Brewer

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Sonny founded OVER THE TRANSOM BOOKSTORE in Fairhope and its annual literary conference, SOUTHERN WRITERS READING . He is also board chairman and founder of the non-profit FAIRHOPE CENTER FOR WRITING ARTS.

Sonny wrote and self-published three books: REMBRANDT THE ROCKER, an illustrated parable on aging that poses as a children's book; A YIN FOR CHANGE, a book of "dime-store" philosophy; and a ghost-written biography of Clarence Darrow. Brewer is the former editor-in-chief of Mobile, Alabama's city magazine, MOBILE BAY MONTHLY; he also published and edited The Eastern Shore Quarterly magazine and edited RED BLUFF REVIEW. He was a reporter on his college newspaper, and co-edited The Southern Bard literary magazine at the University of South Alabama.

Sonny’s training as a writer began with his first real job at 15, where he flipped burgers as a short-order cook at Woody’s Drive-In in Millport, Alabama. His story-telling education continued as service station attendant, pants folder, folk singer, used car salesman, sailor and electronics technician in the U.S. Navy, tugboat deckhand, traveling used tire salesman, carpenter, building contractor, real estate salesman, purveyor of collectible automobiles, magazine editor, newspaper columnist, teacher, lecturer, and coffeehouse manager. Sonny knuckled down in there somewhere and collected a couple of college degrees, which might or might not have helped. Knowing that a writer never lets the truth stand in the way of a good story, Sonny believes he is missing some critical experience in embellishment: He has not yet made a bid for political office nor preached a tent revival—though, regarding the latter, he has always hankered to do so, choosing not to, however, under threat of divorce.

Preproduction work continues on the movie adaptation of THE POET OF TOLSTOY PARK, to be directed by Jeremy Kagan whose previous directing work includes "The Journey Of Natty Gann" and "The Chosen" based on Chaim Potok's novel. Kagan recently won an emmy for directing an episode of the hit TV series "Chicago Hope." THE POET OF TOLSTOY PARK screenplay was written by Tom Epperson who wrote, among other things, "The Gift" starring Cate Blanchett, and "A Family Thing" starring Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones. Epperson is frequently a writing partner with Billy Bob Thornton.

Bren McClain
Apr
18
12:00 pm12:00

Bren McClain

Set in early 1950s rural South Carolina, One Good Mama Bone chronicles Sarah Creamer’s quest to find her “mama bone,” after she is left to care for a boy who is not her own but instead is the product of an affair between her husband and her best friend and neighbor, a woman she calls “Sister.” 

McClain’s writing is distinguished by a sophisticated and detailed portrayal of the day-to-day realities of rural poverty and an authentic sense of time and place that marks the best southern fiction. Her characters transcend their archetypes and her animal-as-teacher theme recalls the likes of Water for Elephants and The Art of Racing in the Rain. One Good Mama Bone explores the strengths and limitations of parental love, the healing power of the human-animal bond, and the ethical dilemmas of raising animals for food.

Susan Cushman
Apr
4
4:00 pm16:00

Susan Cushman

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Culled from sixty blog posts spanning eight years, Tangles and Plaques is a candid account of a mother and daughter’s changing relationship as they face the progressive landscape of Alzheimer’s Disease together. As the twisted fibers (tangles) build up inside the nerve cells in her brain and the protein fragments (plaques) fill the spaces between those cells, Effie Johnson—like millions of others who suffer from Alzheimer’s—loses her memory, the stories that make up the fabric of her life. 

Blending humor (“I Can’t Find My Panties”) with pathos (“Disappearing Stories”) and hope with despair, Cushman captures the personal within the universal in a story that reveals a complicated relationship between an often verbally abusive mother and a daughter hungry for her mother’s unconditional love. Part Polaroid, part cautionary tale, the reality woven throughout these records of long-distance caregiving is that the tangles and plaques aren’t only in our brains, but often in our relationships. 
 

Greg Iles
Apr
2
2:00 pm14:00

Greg Iles

Mississippi Blood is the enthralling conclusion to a breathtaking trilogy seven years in the making--one that has kept readers on the edge of their seats. With piercing insight, narrative prowess, and a masterful ability to blend history and imagination, New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles illuminates the brutal history of the American South in a highly atmospheric and suspenseful novel that delivers the shocking resolution his fans have eagerly awaited. 

Charles Salzberg
Mar
30
6:00 pm18:00

Charles Salzberg

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A friendly poker game leads Henry Swann out to Hollywood where he tries to find the man, Rusty Jacobs, responsible for embezzling $1,000,000 from his client, and then bring back the dough. Swann finds Jacobs, but the mercurial wannabe film producer is involved in a “surefire ” movie project aimed at the growing Christian market. And the money? Well, it seems to have vanished into thin air. 

At the same time, thanks to his irrepressible partner, Goldblatt, Swann finds himself knee-deep in the New York City art world, as he tries to get justice for another client who’s possibly been defrauded on the purchase of a valuable painting that may or may not be a fake. 

As if this isn’t enough to keep him busy, in the midst of these two troubling cases, Swann finds that the teenage son whom he hasn’t seen in a dozen years has run away from his grandparent’s Minnesota home and, chasing after a girl, has possibly become involved with a cult. And so, a guilt-ridden Swann has to take time out from his paying cases to find his son.

Taylor Brown
Mar
28
6:00 pm18:00

Taylor Brown

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In The River of Kings, bestselling author of Fallen Land Taylor Brown artfully weaves three narrative strands―two brothers’ journey down an ancient river, their father’s tangled past, and the buried history of the river’s earliest people―to evoke a legendary place and its powerful hold on the human imagination.

Jack Davis
Mar
23
6:00 pm18:00

Jack Davis

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The tragic collision between civilization and nature in the Gulf of Mexico becomes a uniquely American story in this environmental epic.

CELEBRATE MOBILE BAYKEEPER 20th ANNIVERSARY! 

AJB Johnston
Mar
22
6:00 pm18:00

AJB Johnston

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A J B (John) Johnston is an award-winning Canadian author who is the current Writer-in-Residence at Fairhope's Center for the Writing Arts. In his March 22 presentation at Page and Palette he will share his thoughts on some of the historical connections between Atlantic Canada and Alabama and Louisiana, and talk about his transition from historian to novelist. He is the author of 14 books of history and three novels, and was named a chevalier of a France's Ordre des Palmes Académiques.
 

Nancy Lynch
Mar
15
6:00 pm18:00

Nancy Lynch

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ABOUT THE BOOK

From the early 1960s through March 1973 hundreds of thousands of men and women served in Vietnam, in an undeclared and highly controversial war. During the peak years of that conflict, from May 1968 through December 1972, a young reporter, Nancy E. Lynch, relayed the hopes and fears, the joy and the tears, of hundreds of soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines from Delaware through the Vietnam Mailbag column she wrote in the Wilmington Morning News.

At the start, Nancy wrote one column a week. As the mailbag filled at an ever faster pace, she progressed to two columns a week, and then to three. No matter how much she wrote, there never seemed to be room to tell all the stories.

But Nancy kept all those letters, and the pictures sent with many of them, neatly folded in their original envelopes. Now, nearly 40 years after she began writing her column, Nancy is reopening the Vietnam Mailbag to give a new generation a fresh look at the first-person accounts of troops in the combat zone.

In countless ways, the Vietnam War transformed American society, and the experience of serving in this unpopular conflict would have an equally profound impact on the lives of the men and women who served there.

In Vietnam Mailbag: Voices From the War, 1968-1972, Nancy tells the story of troops at war — through the letters they wrote to her a generation ago and through a series of moving interviews with veterans who now share their views on how the Vietnam experience shaped their lives.

Michael Knight
Mar
14
6:00 pm18:00

Michael Knight

In his powerful new short story cycle, Alabama-born Michael Knight illuminates the everyday beauty and heartache of life along the shores of serene, history-haunted Mobile Bay in the days leading up to a powerful hurricane. 

Long considered a master of the form and an essential voice in American fiction, Michael Knight’s stories have been lauded by writers such Ann Patchett, Elizabeth Gilbert, Barry Hannah, and Richard Bausch. Now, with Eveningland, he returns to the form that launched his career, delivering an arresting collection of interlinked stories set among the "right kind of Mobile family" in the years preceding a devastating hurricane.