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Laurie Anne Armour
Jul
19
6:30 PM18:30

Laurie Anne Armour

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Friday July 19th

Laurie Anne Armour

6:30pm-8:30pm

Laurie Anne Armour, nicknamed LA by her friends, was raised on the shores of Mobile Bay in the Hollinger’s Island community. She grew up learning piano, fiddle, and woodwinds and realized her love for the guitar as a young teen. She performed in the praise band at her church, in concert and marching band at school, and as a solo artist on occasions.

LA began writing songs,  performing at open mic nights, and playing gigs at coffee houses and restaurants around Mobile before she was 20. She does a wide variety of cover songs as she continues to write and perform her own originals. 

Musical influences range from The Beatles to Lauren Daigle, Bonnie Raitt to Sara Bareilles, and Otis Redding to Lisa Mills. 

Her solo style might be described as Contemporary Folk, with her songs drawn from and influenced by her life experiences. She sings about hope, love, passion, loss, sadness, and the strength and will to overcome, with all of it, shaded by faith.

She regularly performs with the praise band at her church and has been a Nappie Awards finalist 2016-2019. Her first EP is entitled Ebb and Flow.

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Where's Waldo? (Waldo Party & Scavenger Hunt)
Jul
20
12:00 PM12:00

Where's Waldo? (Waldo Party & Scavenger Hunt)

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Due to inclement weather, we are postponing Find Waldo in Fairhope from Saturday, July, 13th to Saturday, July 20, 2019.

The scavenger hunt begins anytime between 12:00-3:00 PM.
Meet at Page and Palette to receive your passport for the scavenger hunt.

Find Waldo hiding in 20 Fairhope locations.

At 3:00 PM, Page and Palette will host a Waldo Party with prize drawings.

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Burgin Mathews -  Doc: Jazz Man
Jul
20
3:00 PM15:00

Burgin Mathews - Doc: Jazz Man

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Doc is the autobiography of jazz elder statesman Frank “Doc” Adams, highlighting his role in Birmingham, Alabama’s, historic jazz scene and tracing his personal adventure that parallels, in many ways, the story and spirit of jazz itself.

Doc tells the story of an accomplished jazz master, from his musical apprenticeship under John T. “Fess” Whatley and his time touring with Sun Ra and Duke Ellington to his own inspiring work as an educator and bandleader.

Central to this narrative is the often-overlooked story of Birmingham’s unique jazz tradition and community. From the very beginnings of jazz, Birmingham was home to an active network of jazz practitioners and a remarkable system of jazz apprenticeship rooted in the city’s segregated schools. Birmingham musicians spread across the country to populate the sidelines of the nation’s bestknown bands. Local musicians, like Erskine Hawkins and members of his celebrated orchestra, returned home heroes. Frank “Doc” Adams explores, through first-hand experience, the history of this community, introducing readers to a large and colorful cast of characters—including “Fess” Whatley, the legendary “maker of musicians” who trained legions of Birmingham players and made a significant mark on the larger history of jazz. Adams’s interactions with the young Sun Ra, meanwhile, reveal life-changing lessons from one of American music’s most innovative personalities.

Along the way, Adams reflects on his notable family, including his father, Oscar, editor of the Birmingham Reporter and an outspoken civic leader in the African American community, and Adams’s brother, Oscar Jr., who would become Alabama’s first black supreme court justice. Adams’s story offers a valuable window into the world of Birmingham’s black middle class in the days before the civil rights movement and integration. Throughout, Adams demonstrates the ways in which jazz professionalism became a source of pride within this community, and he offers his thoughts on the continued relevance of jazz education in the twenty-first century.

Editorial Reviews:

Doc: The Story of a Birmingham Jazz Man is an important book that will be of value to students of musical history and the history of race and the African American community in Alabama. It is also a book filled with good stories, and there is always value in that.”
Alabama Review

“This story of an important African American musician was carefully compiled by Mathews, who taped many interviews and transferred them to written format for this book. . . . His [Adams's] love for teaching shines through the pages of this book, which serves equally as a fine volume for teachers, musicians, and the general reader. ‘Doc’ did things right.”
Music Educators Journal

“Frank Adams’s account of his life as a musician in Birmingham is fascinating on its own, with his rich stories of life on the road, the bands of Duke Ellington and Sun Ra, and the fabled music teacher Fess Whatley. But his memories of the development of the city’s culture, the role of African American educational institutions, life under segregation, and the struggle for civil rights give this fine book an epic feel, and show us sides of Birmingham that historians have missed.”
?—John Szwed, author of Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World and Space Is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra

About the Author

Frank “Doc” Adams (1928–2014) served Birmingham City Schools for more than forty years, both as a band director and as the district’s supervisor of music. For his contributions to Alabama jazz, he was  a charter inductee, in 1978, to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

Burgin Mathews is a writer and teacher who has written on the music of the American South. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

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The Treasure Seekers: The Musical
Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

The Treasure Seekers: The Musical

Marjorie Searcy

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Liam Searcy

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This is a debut performance of a new children's musical titled The Treasure Seekers, by Liam Searcy and Mallory Dawson.

About the Event:

This is the 7pm show- tickets are available for a 9pm show the same night on eventbrite!

To purchase tickets please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-treasure-seekers-a-reading-of-a-new-original-musical-tickets-63052172746?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete

This musical is based on the beloved victorian classic by E. Nesbit, The Story of the Treasure Seekers. It is the story of the six Bastable children and their search for treasure after their mother dies and father's business falls on hard times. We hope you enjoy this story of magic, adventure, and persistent hope in the face of tragedy.

Written, Directed and Produced by Mallory Dawson and Liam Searcy. The musical score is written, arranged and performed by Daniel Fiamengo.

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Kendall Klym - Step Lightly
Jul
22
3:00 PM15:00

Kendall Klym - Step Lightly

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Former Professional Ballet Dancer Invites Readers to Put Their Best 

Feet Forward and Experience Different Sides of Dance! 

Fifteen Short Stories That Focus on the Various Meanings of Movement and 

How They All Shape Who We Are As Individuals

Step Lightly

By Award-Winning Writer

Kendall Klym

When Kendall Klym’s dad drove him 2 1/2 hours each way, four days a week—back and forth to NYC to study at the New York City Ballet, little did Kendall (or his family) realize that he would not only perform in 8 ballet companies around the country, but morph into a Phd, professor, and award-winning fiction writer.  This summer, Dr. Kendall Klym will release his homage to dance with Step Lightly (June 2019; Livingston Press), a vast exploration into the exciting world of dance that both challenges and expands on existing definitions of the subject.

Step Lightly contains fifteen short stories that centers on physical movement as a driving force, placing characters in precarious situations and leading to unusual outcomes.  The collection sports a diverse repertory, including a classic yet tragic tribute to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, a dance narrative designed as a multiple-choice quiz, and a recipe incantation that brings back the ghost of a famous ballerina.  

Additionally, Step Lightly grapples with the various meanings behind movement, explaining the ways in which they define who we are and what we do with our lives.

Dr. Kendall Klym has won numerous awards for his short stories, which have been published in literary journals including Puerto del Sol, Hunger Mountain, and the Tampa Review. Klym is a three-time honorable mention winner of the Great American Fiction Contest, sponsored by the Saturday Evening Post. Recently, he was awarded a two-month fellowship at the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts, where he completed the first draft of The Man with an Amber Halo, a novel of grief and redemption based on the sudden death of his partner. A former professional ballet dancer and newspaper journalist, Klym incorporates elements of dance and journalism in his writing. He holds a Ph.D. in English, with a concentration in Fiction Writing, from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and taught creative writing, composition, and literature full time at Kennesaw State University from 2011-18.

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John Cochran & Friends (Mon. Nights)
Jul
22
5:00 PM17:00

John Cochran & Friends (Mon. Nights)

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July Monday Night Artist in Residence:

John Cochran & Friends

Monday’s July 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29

5pm-7pm

DETAILS & DATES:

July 1- John Cochran and Johnny Hayes

July 8th- John Cochran 

July- 15th- The Bodhi Trio

July 22- John Cochran and Lauren Murphy

July 29th- John C and Johnnh Hayes

BIO:

John Cochran began playing the guitar when he was 5 years old, following his older brothers footsteps. Their home was filled with the sounds of Motown, Stax Records, The Allman Brothers Band, The Grateful Dead and music from Muscle Shoals Studio. 

After working as a full time musician for several years around the coast, Cochran was offered an opportunity to study music at Faulkner State Community College on a scholarship. This led to his pursuit of a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi. While in Mississippi he played with blues musician T-Bone Pruitt. 

Cochran then moved to Nashville to pursue a Masters of Music in Guitar Performance. 

Prior to finishing his Graduate Work, Cochran was brought on as an Adjunct Professor of Music at MTSU. 

During his time in Nashville, he was fortunate to be mentored by and play with Jack Pearson(Allman Brothers Band). Pearson and Cochran still play together regularly.

Currently, he maintains an active touring and performing schedule- playing with The Bodhi Trio, Lauren Murphy and the Psychedelics, The Johnny Hayes Band, Jesse McCraw, Redfield, Jimmy Lumpkin, Hoodoo Kitchen, Rebecca Barry, and more. 

Cochran currently teaches Music courses and guitar at Coastal Alabama Community College and The University of Southern Mississippi. He has also been a Professor of Music at The University of Mobile and Middle Tennessee State. 

In addition to teaching, Cochran organizes and promotes live music events for the community, with the most recent project being the Live at Five Concert Series in Fairhope. 

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Brooks Forsyth (Nashville, TN)
Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

Brooks Forsyth (Nashville, TN)

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Hailing from Boone, North Carolina, Brooks Forsyth is a new class of Americana singer-songwriter. A versatile guitar player, Brooks reels in crowds with masterful flat and fingerpicking and keeps them there with his melodic storyteller’s voice. His songwriting encompasses a variety of genres within Americana: folk, country blues, bluegrass, and roots rock.

Brooks is an accomplished songwriter with three albums under his belt, receiving both international accolades and radio play. His newest project, So Much Beyond Us, was released on September 21, 2018. The album traverses work, life, and love through down-home country storytelling. Upon listening, it is clear that Brooks grew up studying the best of classic Americana, tipping his hats to the greats whilst blending in his own modern roots.

Along with Buzz and Parker Cason, Brooks recorded with producers at Nashville’s Creative Workshop. So Much Beyond Us includes musicians Sadler Vaden, guitarist of Jason Isbell's 400 Unit, Grand Old Opry fiddler Eamon McLoughlin, bassist Michael Rinne, drummer Jon Radford, and multi-instrumentalist Wanda Vick.

“Brooks Forsyth's mid-range vocal tones emote a unique vulnerability with a strong command over his talents.” - Patch

“[Brooks Forsyth] keeps us glued to his strong, conversational country songs.” - Roughstock 

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Jul
26
6:30 PM18:30

Harrison McInnis

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Friday, July 26th

Harrison McInnis

6:30pm-8:30pm

Over the past 20 years, Harrison McInnis has performed in the very recognizable music scene of Mobile, Alabama. As lead singer of the Harrison McInnis Trio, he has had the opportunity to focus on songwriting, which offers listeners a raw and unapologetic depiction of love and life as he's experienced it. 

Harrison’s original music pairs his soulful rasp with his signature guitar and harmonica riffs that create a sound listeners immediately recognize as his own.

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Dr. Donald J. Salls, Jr. - Live & Love to be 100
Jul
27
3:00 PM15:00

Dr. Donald J. Salls, Jr. - Live & Love to be 100

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Don is a WWII Veteran, and was awarded a Purple Heart. He is in the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, the Calhoun County AL and Westchester County NY Hall of Fames. Don was Head Football Coach at Jacksonville State University for 18 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Physical Education and Nutrition from New York University (NYU). In the 60's and 70's he toured the country teaching Isometric exercises and was famous for this in that time. 

“Did you know? Cellular health is the key to long life. And you control your cellular Health through the daily living choices you make. Choose well, and you two can live and love to be 100. Health and nutrition expert Dr. Donald Salls says: the magic fiber in Fruit flushes carcinogens from your body. To improve the fiber level of bread, toasted. Root vegetables, especially celery and beets, increase your body's reserve of stay young nucleic acids. Walking might be the best way to prevent senility. Vitamin E can help prevent premature aging, which gets its start at the cellular level. According to the American Medical Association, 40% of all fatal heart attacks may be caused by coronary spasms related to magnesium deficiency. For magnesium, drink pineapple juice or eat brown rice. You'll find all of this + 154 more handy daily living tips for a longer, more vital life, here in one pocket volume.”

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John Cochran & Friends (Mon. Nights)
Jul
29
5:00 PM17:00

John Cochran & Friends (Mon. Nights)

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July Monday Night Artist in Residence:

John Cochran & Friends

Monday’s July 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29

5pm-7pm

DETAILS & DATES:

July 1- John Cochran and Johnny Hayes

July 8th- John Cochran 

July- 15th- The Bodhi Trio

July 22- John Cochran and Lauren Murphy

July 29th- John C and Johnnh Hayes

BIO:

John Cochran began playing the guitar when he was 5 years old, following his older brothers footsteps. Their home was filled with the sounds of Motown, Stax Records, The Allman Brothers Band, The Grateful Dead and music from Muscle Shoals Studio. 

After working as a full time musician for several years around the coast, Cochran was offered an opportunity to study music at Faulkner State Community College on a scholarship. This led to his pursuit of a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi. While in Mississippi he played with blues musician T-Bone Pruitt. 

Cochran then moved to Nashville to pursue a Masters of Music in Guitar Performance. 

Prior to finishing his Graduate Work, Cochran was brought on as an Adjunct Professor of Music at MTSU. 

During his time in Nashville, he was fortunate to be mentored by and play with Jack Pearson(Allman Brothers Band). Pearson and Cochran still play together regularly.

Currently, he maintains an active touring and performing schedule- playing with The Bodhi Trio, Lauren Murphy and the Psychedelics, The Johnny Hayes Band, Jesse McCraw, Redfield, Jimmy Lumpkin, Hoodoo Kitchen, Rebecca Barry, and more. 

Cochran currently teaches Music courses and guitar at Coastal Alabama Community College and The University of Southern Mississippi. He has also been a Professor of Music at The University of Mobile and Middle Tennessee State. 

In addition to teaching, Cochran organizes and promotes live music events for the community, with the most recent project being the Live at Five Concert Series in Fairhope. 

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Andrew Lawler - The Secret Token
Jul
30
6:00 PM18:00

Andrew Lawler - The Secret Token

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*National Bestseller*

A sweeping account of America's oldest unsolved mystery, the people racing to unearth its answer, and the sobering truths--about race, gender, and immigration--exposed by the Lost Colony of Roanoke


In 1587, 115 men, women, and children arrived at Roanoke Island on the coast of North Carolina. Chartered by Queen Elizabeth I, their colony was to establish England's first foothold in the New World. But when the colony's leader, John White, returned to Roanoke from a resupply mission, his settlers were nowhere to be found. They left behind only a single clue--a "secret token" carved into a tree. Neither White nor any other European laid eyes on the colonists again.

What happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke? For four hundred years, that question has consumed historians and amateur sleuths, leading only to dead ends and hoaxes. But after a chance encounter with a British archaeologist, journalist Andrew Lawler discovered that solid answers to the mystery were within reach. He set out to unravel the enigma of the lost settlers, accompanying competing researchers, each hoping to be the first to solve its riddle. In the course of his journey, Lawler encounters a host of characters obsessed with the colonists and their fate, and he determines why the Lost Colony continues to haunt our national consciousness.

Thrilling and absorbing, The Secret Token offers a new understanding not just of the first English settlement in the New World but of how its disappearance continues to define--and divide--America.

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Barstow Revival - Live Music - Fairhope's First Friday Art Walk
Aug
2
6:30 PM18:30

Barstow Revival - Live Music - Fairhope's First Friday Art Walk

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August 2nd First Friday

Barstow Revival

6:30pm

Barstow Revival is Jay Megginson and Drew Howard who started playing and writing together six months ago. Their style is eclectic, soulful, psychedelic Americana played from the heart every time.  Their songs cover everything from life in the south to relationships to tractors and pulpits.  Come out and let them take you on a journey through their original songs. 

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Joe Taylor - Ghostly Demarcations Stories
Aug
3
2:00 PM14:00

Joe Taylor - Ghostly Demarcations Stories

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About the Book:

Everyone is constantly admonishing our narrator to keep quiet: “You’re full of bull hockey, college boy... Shut up and drink your beer.” Or, " ‘Shut up,’ Michelle replied. ‘Shut up,’ Michelle repeated.” Or, “Don’t look up. At least don’t shout anything when you do. She’s here, on the balcony.” Or, " ‘Shit.’ Sarah spit this out like a too-hot cinnamon ball, pulled me off the dental chair, and led me to the closet with the skeleton, shushing me with her fingers.” Or, “Hush, be still. Tacete, tacete .” Everyone admonishes him, when all he wants to do is shout the wonders, the horrors, the terrors that he and his older adoptive brother Galen face as one spiritual incursion after another manifests in their lives, moving from trickster poltergeists to forlornly wandering ghosts to intent fetches to avenging revenants. Perhaps, instead of admonishing him, everyone would do better to heed his early, youthful deliberation: “I never heard his voice again after that night. If we humans could always recognize the last words we were ever to hear from each person we knew or even met, our lives would perch as fragile indeed, gathering tragedy every listening moment to lean over a dark cellar, of dark farewells.”

KIRKUS REVIEW

Taylor’s (Pineapple, 2017, etc.) collection of linked short stories features a recurring protagonist who has a series of spooky encounters.

Kentucky is evidently a hub for spirit activity. At least, that seems to be the case for this book’s narrator, whose real name no character ever utters. In the opening tale, “Galen’s Mountain Child,” he’s only 10-years-old when he and his older friend Galen search for a ghost that appears to be periodically calling out for help. In “Hey-hello/hey-goodbye/hey-weep-no-more,” Galen warns the teenage narrator of two high schoolers who had a fatal car accident about 20 years ago on prom night. Since then, 13 kids have died in similar accidents in that same allegedly wraith-cursed spot. The entries in this collection are chronological, unfolding during the 1960s and ’70s. The narrator eventually attends the University of Kentucky and works at the campus bookstore. While at UK, he sees apparitions in the stories “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Louie, Louie and the Blonde Hippie”; in the latter tale, he has the chance to thwart a potential serial killer. Not every story, however, has a ghost. In “Angel’s Wings,” the narrator hears voices on his staticky crystal radio, including Galen’s, who’s currently away in the Navy. Likewise, “Faithful Companion” is a humorous tale of his blind date, which heats up at a dentist’s office after hours. But the comedy is gleefully dark: When the dentist unexpectedly shows up, the narrator must hide in a closet—with a skeleton.

Taylor primarily takes the traditional route with his horrorcentric tales. One of the collection’s tales, “The Perfect Ghost Story, Plus One,” addresses narrative tropes in ghost stories. A character lists conventions in a tale she relates to the narrator: “Mine is a legitimate ghost story, complete with doll motif, haunted house…mood, moral, warnings, turning point, and climax.” The author’s book is likewise filled with familiar horror imagery: There’s a string of creepy dolls in “I Am the Egg,” and the narrator investigates a haunted house in “Ms. Sylvia’s Home Cure.” There is, however, occasional repetition, such as several characters’ dying in car wrecks and the narrator’s experiencing plot-turning visions (often of someone who’s dead). But Taylor excels at establishing unnerving moods: at a séance in “Tacete,” the narrator recounts, “The hairs on my neck and forearm did a tiny dance. It was as if a gentle overhead air-conditioning had just started up.” The author’s greatest triumph is his protagonist. Even nameless, the narrator is distinctive. Readers, over the course of the stories, watch him move from a Catholic boarding school to college and endure such adolescent woes as his persistent virginity. Galen is equally diverting: Though his relationships with women rarely last, he has a soft spot for Louie, Louie, the Labrador mix he adopts. Throughout, Taylor has fun avoiding the narrator’s moniker: hobby-shop owner Max Howard of “I am the Egg” sifts through a handful of incorrect names while Sylvia simply calls him Bookstore.

Unabashedly conventional horror tales with an understated but remarkable lead character.

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Laura Lippman - Lady in the Lake
Aug
5
5:00 PM17:00

Laura Lippman - Lady in the Lake

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The revered New York Times bestselling author returns with a novel set in 1960s Baltimore that combines modern psychological insights with elements of classic noir, about a middle-aged housewife turned aspiring reporter who pursues the murder of a forgotten young woman.

In 1966, Baltimore is a city of secrets that everyone seems to know—everyone, that is, except Madeline “Maddie” Schwartz. Last year, she was a happy, even pampered housewife. This year, she’s bolted from her marriage of almost twenty years, determined to make good on her youthful ambitions to live a passionate, meaningful life.

Maddie wants to matter, to leave her mark on a swiftly changing world. Drawing on her own secrets, she helps Baltimore police find a murdered girl—assistance that leads to a job at the city’s afternoon newspaper, the Star. Working at the newspaper offers Maddie the opportunity to make her name, and she has found just the story to do it: a missing woman whose body was discovered in the fountain of a city park lake.

Cleo Sherwood was a young African-American woman who liked to have a good time. No one seems to know or care why she was killed except Maddie—and the dead woman herself. Maddie’s going to find the truth about Cleo’s life and death. Cleo’s ghost, privy to Maddie’s poking and prying, wants to be left alone.

Maddie’s investigation brings her into contact with people that used to be on the periphery of her life—a jewelry store clerk, a waitress, a rising star on the Baltimore Orioles, a patrol cop, a hardened female reporter, a lonely man in a movie theater. But for all her ambition and drive, Maddie often fails to see the people right in front of her. Her inability to look beyond her own needs will lead to tragedy and turmoil for all sorts of people—including the man who shares her bed, a black police officer who cares for Maddie more than she knows.

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Mando Saenz (from Nashville) - Live Music
Aug
5
5:00 PM17:00

Mando Saenz (from Nashville) - Live Music

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Monday Aug. 5th

Mando Saenz from Nashville (filling in for August Artist in Residence, Ryan Balthrop)

5pm-7pm

If you read the liner notes on Nashville’s biggest albums, you’ll come across a name that is impossible to mistake: Mando Saenz. He’s become one of the most notable songwriters in country music and is establishing a sound uniquely his own. Hailing from Texas, Saenz is able to balance outlaw influences with melodic harmonies that are destined to be stuck in your head. There’s no question as to why he has over 50 cuts from some of today’s biggest artists (like Lee Ann Womack and Miranda Lambert). If there’s one thing that is definite about Mando Saenz, it’s his ability to be completely versatile, yet uniquely Mando.

“Mando Saenz has a bevy of musicians around him, but perhaps the reason for that is how inviting and strong a good portion of the material that he brings to this record is. Roots-saturated and with ample heaps of Americana sprinkled throughout…” - ALL 

MUSIC GUIDE

“The record sounds mild until you listen closely. “Pocket of Red,” written with Kim Richey rocks like glam Americana, and “In the Back of Your Mind” features a spiffy guitar-break that suggest Tom Petty imitating Roger McGuinn. It’s a sharp record…” - AMERICAN SONGWRITER

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Thomas Oliver Ott - Saturday and the Witch Woman
Aug
10
2:00 PM14:00

Thomas Oliver Ott - Saturday and the Witch Woman

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About the book:

On August 22nd, 1791, the Haitian war of independence began in flames. On that night known as the Night of Fire over 100,000 slaves rose up against their hated French overlords, burning every Plantation, and executing every French man, woman, and show how they could find. One slave named Saturday, dared save the lives of his master's to young white children, smuggled them to safety and fostered them over a period Of 40 years. Delivered through a series of letters, author and historian Thomas o. Ott accurately describes the history and social landscape of Saturday's time, telling the true version of his life, not just what Plantation Masters and their families wanted and even demanded hearing. Despite being a slave, Saturday was not only literate, but was widely read and spoke 7 languages. Two were African, Tour Afro-American oh, and three were European. Even as he unfolds his life story, Saturday recognized the danger of releasing it during his lifetime, even to his boys. Thus it was not until Saturday's death in 1850 that Philip Cartrand , the older of the children, learned the true story of Saturday and the witch woman.

Thomas Ott has earned his Ph.D. in Caribbean History from the University of Tennessee. He Authored The Haitian Revolution. 1791-1804 which stands as one of the important books on that subject. His interest in Haiti’s great slave rebellion has led him to promote the importance of its leader, Toussaiot I’Ouverture, before academic and general audiences.

In 2010 Professor Ott retired from the University of North Alabama to write the story of Saturday, a slave on the French side of the author’s ancestors and a participant in the world’s greatest slave rebellion.

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Grayson Capps - Live Music
Aug
10
6:30 PM18:30

Grayson Capps - Live Music

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Saturday August 10th

Grayson Capps

6:30pm

"Capps' Tennesse-Williams-meets-Charles Bukowski lyrical style is equal parts Southern Gothic and Los Angeles noir. His songs are literate, imaginative, and sometimes magical, his storytelling skills matched by an uncanny sense of musical history that will grow on you like kudzu vine." Blurt Magazine



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Ryan Balthrop - Artist in Residence - Monday Nights
Aug
12
5:00 PM17:00

Ryan Balthrop - Artist in Residence - Monday Nights

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Monday Aug. 12, 19 & 26

Ryan Balthrop

5pm-7pm

Ryan Balthrop was born in 1974 in Albany, Ga, and moved with his family to Mobile, right after Hurricane Frederick in 1979.  Ryan grew up singing in Catholic school choir, and started picking up guitar around 18. He writes about spirituality, and curiosity. Pain, loss, love, and redemption. Ryan has had the priceless privilege of featuring many of the areas best and most prolific musicians, and singers on his recent efforts. 

Balthrop is currently writing and preparing for his next studio effort. Always searching, and trying to put a positive, humorous spin on the world at hand.

“Ryan Balthrop is one of the most prolific songwriters I know. He is sensitive & thoughtful in crafting his songs and the characters and real people in his stories. Ryan’s voice can sound like gasoline and butter all at the same time. He has a beautiful, kind soul and is funny as hell!” - Molly Thomas 

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Steve Cavanagh - Thirteen
Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

Steve Cavanagh - Thirteen

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Steve Cavanagh, one of Ireland’s leading civil-rights attorneys, is the thriller writer that the biggest thriller writers are reading. From Lee Child to Michael Connelly, Ruth Ware to Ian Rankin, the genre’s most recognizable names have raved about Cavanagh’s rip-roaring, wildly-clever novels that star Eddie Flynn, the con-man-turned defense lawyer, who the Irish Times described as “Jack Reacher’s younger, hotter-headed brother.” Not only are Cavanagh’s Eddie Flynn novels bestsellers in Ireland and the UK, they are critically acclaimed and award-winning—The Defense was nominated for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for Thriller of the Year, and The Plea won the Prix Polar Award for Best International Novel. But THIRTEEN (Flatiron Books; on-sale 8/13/19), which features a truly sinister serial killer akin to Ted Bundy, is, quite simply, Cavanagh’s finest yet. But don’t take my word for it, perhaps Michael Connelly put it best when he said: “[THIRTEEN is] a dead bang BEAST of a book that expertly combines [Cavanagh’s] authority on the law with an absolutely great thrill ride. Books this ingenious don’t come along very often.”

Set in bustling Manhattan, and told with prose as visceral and gritty as New York City’s dark criminal underbelly, THIRTEEN begins with what appears to be a senseless act of violence. It’s anything but. Disguised as a homeless man, serial killer Joshua Kane murders a postal worker in order to steal a jury summons for a court case dubbed The Trial of the Century in which movie star Bobby Solomon is accused of brutally murdering his beloved actress wife and their security guard. But this open-and-shut case of a love affair gone wrong isn’t so cut and dry to Eddie Flynn. As the trial begins, and with the evidence strong against his innocent client, Flynn and a quirky cast of P.I.s and FBI agents urgently set out to uncover the real killer. As it turns out, he’s hiding in plain sight as juror number thirteen. And he killed to be there.

Combining jaw-dropping action, ingenious, brain-scrambling plot twists, and heart-palpitating courtroom drama that only a lawyer could pen, THIRTEEN has all the hallmarks of a bestselling thriller, which is why Sarah Pinborough decreed Cavanagh “the John Grisham for a new generation.”

The 13 Most Thrilling Blurbs for THIRTEEN

“Outstanding - an intriguing premise, a tense, gripping build-up, and a spectacular

climax.

This guy is the real deal. Trust me.”—Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling

author

“A brilliant, twisty, ingeniously constructed puzzle of a book. Steve Cavanagh pulls o%

an enviable premise with panache.”—Ruth Ware, #1 New York Times bestselling

author

“I’ve been tracking Steve Cavanagh for a few years now and Thirteen is his best, a dead

bang BEAST of a book that expertly combines his authority on the law with an

absolutely great thrill ride. Books this ingenious don’t come along very often.”—

Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Thirteen is an outstanding legal thriller, so original, clever and accomplished that it

should not be missed. It marks out Cavanagh as the heir apparent to John Grisham.”—

Express (UK)

“Dazzling…One of the most accomplished legal dramas I have read this year, it reminds

me of Scott Turow’s stunning Presumed Innocent…The trial itself reveals Cavanagh’s

astonishingly sure touch for character and the skill of his serpentine plotting.”—Daily

Mail

“Reading Thirteen is like living inside the scripts of the best Criminal Minds episodes

ever. Steve Cavanagh keeps a dizzying pace in this page-turning and heart pounding

thriller!”—Mary O’Malley, Anderson Bookshop

“Fast-paced and absorbing thriller…Prepare to buckle up as a smattering of seemingly

isolated events spiral into a twist-laden read that challenges the very essence of the

American dream.”—The Glasgow Herald

“Steve Cavanagh is the John Grisham for a new generation. Slick, thrilling and unique,

Thirteen is my favorite read of the year.”—Sarah Pinborough, New York Times

bestselling author

“A great hook and the book lives up to it!”

—Ian Rankin

‘Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh quite simply deserves to be HUGE. If you read a thriller as

good next year, it’s only because you’ve read this one twice.’—Mark Billingham

“Thirteen is a distinctly superior example of the genre.”

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In the Round with Sharon K. Moore, Rob Hickman, and Stephen Lee Veal
Aug
16
6:30 PM18:30

In the Round with Sharon K. Moore, Rob Hickman, and Stephen Lee Veal

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Sharon Kay Moore began writing and performing in her early teens in San Antonio and has since performed throughout San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Nashville and the Alabama Gulf Coast.  Since moving to Alabama Sharon has recorded CDs, performed for festivals, clubs and house concerts.  

Chapters, an Acoustic Take on New and Old Songs is Sharon’s third CD, produced by Nashville recording artist and producer, Buddy Mondlock.  The disc features Sharon on all vocals, guitars and percussion, with stellar performances by Dana Cooper (harmonica), Charlie Chadwick (upright bass) and Tim Lorsch (violin and cello).  Of the eleven songs, ten are Sharon’s originals, and the final cut is a soulful rendition of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, her dad’s favorite song.  These are new songs mixed with reimagined versions of a few songs from her previous CDs:  A Moment More, recorded at the Nashville studio of Michael Webb and produced by Charlie Chadwick, and Alive and Well, recorded at the Loxley, AL studio of Anthony and Savana Crawford a/k/a Sugarcane Jane.  Prior to her three solo CDs, as a young woman Sharon recorded “Particular People” in New York City with contemporary ragtime composer and pianist Donald Ashwander.

ROB HICKMAN

Rob started playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager in the 1980’s.  His earliest musical influence was his uncle, Slim Thomas, noted guitarist for Hank Williams, Sr.

Rob’s writing reflects the musical styles and culture of Alabama.  He has been a member of Bay Area Songwriters Association since moving from Elba to Fairhope in 2013.  Hickman’s independent release entitled “Dead and Gone” is available on Bandcamp, Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music.

STEPHEN LEE VEAL

Stephen Lee Veal's musical journey began just outside Tulsa, Oklahoma with a mother who was a lay preacher and a father singing old yodeling cowboy songs, playing a 1939 0-15 Martin that was passed down later to Stephen. The music was broadened by the family's move to the Gulf Coast where Blues and Swamp Roots were added to the Gospel, County, Cowboy mix. His turn to writing soon brought Stephen Lee to Nashville where he has written with a number of regular hit writers and there hosted an "All Alabama" songwriter's round at Broken Spoke for three years running. He has also played the Bluebird Cafe there twenty five times.

On the Gulf Coast Stephen played a number of the "Fifteen Minutes of Fame" songwriters series at the NOLA House of Blues - Parish Room, hosted the "Songwriters Saturday Showcase" for six years back when it was the only regularly scheduled songwriters' night on the central Gulf Coast. He has performed in the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival every year since 1998. He has cuts on Gospel and Independent country records with a 1st place overall award for his "Feels Like Alabama" at the Hanks Williams Festival 2001.

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Myths, Magic, and Mayhem! #Demigodgoals Event!
Aug
17
1:00 PM13:00

Myths, Magic, and Mayhem! #Demigodgoals Event!

Are you looking for an extra special dose of Riordan myths, magic and mayhem? Then mark your calendars, because we’re celebrating all things Demigods with our first annual #Demigodgoals events. Although Uncle Rick will not be in attendance, we’re going to have plenty of excitement for all you OG Demigods out there.

Are you looking for an extra special dose of Riordan myths, magic and mayhem? Then mark your calendars, because we’re celebrating all things Demigods with our first annual #Demigodgoals events. Although Uncle Rick will not be in attendance, we’re going to have plenty of excitement for all you OG Demigods out there.

The following activities will be set-up in a central location within the store. As guests complete each activity, they will receive a black RR coin to retrieve prizes at the “Let Fate Decide” board.

  • Wheel of Destiny – This spinning prize wheel will showcase eight cabins from Camp Half-Blood. Each cabin will correspond with an exclusive trading card.

  • Eyes of a God Scavenger Hunt – Cabin Half-Blood-related props such as tridents and snakes will be located throughout the book store with letters labeled upon them. Guest will receive a clue sheet which will lead them around the space to find all seven letters, ultimately spelling DEMIGOD.

  • It’s All Greek to Me! – Fans will learn to write their name and messages using the Greek Alphabet! While referencing the alphabet on an activity card, guests will spell out their name on a branded name tag or they can write a secret message to a friend or family member on a postcard.

  • Mark of a Demigod – Guests will have the opportunity to show off their #DemigodGoals with seven customized temporary tattoos, each representing a cabin from Camp Half Blood.

  • Demigod Defense – Guests can design and color their own poster board Riptide sword! Blank swords will be set up on a table with various markers, jewels, stickers, glitter tape, and more.

  • Demigod of Fame Photo Op This take-your-own photo op will have fans pose together in front of the branded backdrop and select from an assortment of mythology-themed props.

  • Let Fate Decide Board - Once a guest has made it through their activities, they will turn in their gold coins at the “Let Fate Decide” board. The guest will drop their coin down the board and let fate determine their destiny. The fan will then receive a prize – whether that is a button, bracelet, t-shirt, etc. – based on which slot their coin lands in.

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Ryan Balthrop - Artist in Residence - Monday Nights
Aug
19
5:00 PM17:00

Ryan Balthrop - Artist in Residence - Monday Nights

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Monday Aug. 12, 19 & 26

Ryan Balthrop

5pm-7pm

Ryan Balthrop was born in 1974 in Albany, Ga, and moved with his family to Mobile, right after Hurricane Frederick in 1979.  Ryan grew up singing in Catholic school choir, and started picking up guitar around 18. He writes about spirituality, and curiosity. Pain, loss, love, and redemption. Ryan has had the priceless privilege of featuring many of the areas best and most prolific musicians, and singers on his recent efforts. 

Balthrop is currently writing and preparing for his next studio effort. Always searching, and trying to put a positive, humorous spin on the world at hand.

“Ryan Balthrop is one of the most prolific songwriters I know. He is sensitive & thoughtful in crafting his songs and the characters and real people in his stories. Ryan’s voice can sound like gasoline and butter all at the same time. He has a beautiful, kind soul and is funny as hell!” - Molly Thomas 

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Katherine Center - Things You Save in a Fire
Aug
20
6:00 PM18:00

Katherine Center - Things You Save in a Fire

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From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel about courage, hope, and learning to love against all odds.

Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she's seen her fair share of them, and she's a total pro at other people's tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to give up her whole life and move to Boston, Cassie suddenly has an emergency of her own.

The tough, old-school Boston firehouse is as different from Cassie's old job as it could possibly be. Hazing, a lack of funding, and poor facilities mean that the firemen aren't exactly thrilled to have a "lady" on the crew―even one as competent and smart as Cassie. Except for the infatuation-inspiring rookie, who doesn't seem to mind having Cassie around. But she can't think about that. Because love is girly, and it’s not her thing. And don’t forget the advice her old captain gave her: Never date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping...and it means risking it all―the only job she’s ever loved, and the hero she’s worked like hell to become.

Katherine Center's Things You Save in a Fire is a heartfelt and healing tour-de-force about the strength of vulnerability, the nourishing magic of forgiveness, and the life-changing power of defining courage, at last, for yourself.

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Romp, Stomp, and Roar Day!
Aug
21
10:30 AM10:30

Romp, Stomp, and Roar Day!

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Romp, Stomp, and Roar Day!

Ages 0-6 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:30 AM

Stomp into Page and Palette for a roaring celebration of all things Dinosaur stories, songs and early learning activities!

For any additional questions or inquires, call (251) 928-5295!

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Joe & Karl Langley
Aug
23
6:30 PM18:30

Joe & Karl Langley

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Friday August 23rd

Joe & Karl Langley

6:30pm

There's nothing better than making music with family.  Joe and Karl Langley have been making music together for many years.  While the duo's music is rooted in southern sounds, there will be offshoots to keep all on their toes.  

  Karl Langley, voted 2018 best drummer in Mobile's Lagniappe, has provided percussion and drums for many musicians both regionally and nationally.  Joe Langley, singer/songwriter, is one fourth of local favorites Marlow Boys.

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John L. Stump - One Wild and Precious Life
Aug
24
2:00 PM14:00

John L. Stump - One Wild and Precious Life

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This book is the outgrowth of many years of stories, questions and travels that have been cultivated over time. Being adopted, I have to take others’ word for the beginning of my story. It is said I was found on my adopted parents porch one cold fall morning when still an infant. I didn’t know at that stage, for my parents never told me anything regarding the adoption until my biological father’s death.It has taken me fifty years to slow down long enough to get the facts of my early life down on paper and in order. Over that period numerous people asked me why I wasn’t curious about my family and the reasons why I was put up for adoption. It did make me wonder for a few minutes from time to time, but it was history and I was busy making a life as a doctor, a family man and a future. Now the imminent is here, and I have most of the answers to my questions to share with others in the world

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Ryan Balthrop - Artist in Residence - Monday Nights
Aug
26
5:00 PM17:00

Ryan Balthrop - Artist in Residence - Monday Nights

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Monday Aug. 12, 19 & 26

Ryan Balthrop

5pm-7pm

Ryan Balthrop was born in 1974 in Albany, Ga, and moved with his family to Mobile, right after Hurricane Frederick in 1979.  Ryan grew up singing in Catholic school choir, and started picking up guitar around 18. He writes about spirituality, and curiosity. Pain, loss, love, and redemption. Ryan has had the priceless privilege of featuring many of the areas best and most prolific musicians, and singers on his recent efforts. 

Balthrop is currently writing and preparing for his next studio effort. Always searching, and trying to put a positive, humorous spin on the world at hand.

“Ryan Balthrop is one of the most prolific songwriters I know. He is sensitive & thoughtful in crafting his songs and the characters and real people in his stories. Ryan’s voice can sound like gasoline and butter all at the same time. He has a beautiful, kind soul and is funny as hell!” - Molly Thomas 

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Charles Salzberg - Swann's Down
Aug
29
6:00 PM18:00

Charles Salzberg - Swann's Down

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About Swann’s Down:

When Henry Swann is asked by his quirky partner, Goldblatt, to find a missing psychic who’s swindled his ex-wife out of a small fortune, he just can’t say no. Although he doesn’t actually expect to get paid, he figures it might give him a chance to finally learn more about his partner’s mysterious past. His search takes him into the controversial, arcane world of psychics, fortunetellers, and charlatans, while raising questions in his own mind about whether or not there is an after-life.

While working his partner’s case, he’s approached by a former employer, attorney Paul Rudder, to track down a missing witness who might be able to provide an alibi for his client, Nicky Diamond, a notorious mob hitman who’s scheduled to go on trial for murder he claims he didn’t commit in a week. Swann’s search for the missing witness, who happens to be the defendant’s girlfriend, takes him from Brooklyn to a small beach town across the Bay from Mobile, Ala. But what does she really know and will she even come back with him to testify for her boyfriend?

Advanced Praise for Swann’s Down:

“Psychics, double-crosses, missing persons—Charles Salzberg’s latest Henry Swann book has it all. Swann’s Down is a gritty, no-frills PI novel that brings to mind greats like Reed Farrel Coleman’s Moe Prager and Michael Harvey’s Michael Kelly. Whether this is your first Swann adventure or the latest, you won’t want to miss the brass-knuckle punch that is Swann’s Down. Trust me.”

Alex Segura, author of Blackout and Dangerous Ends

“In Swann’s Down Charles Salzberg proves why he is one of the best mystery authors going.

Salzberg hits you with a masterful combination: The most endearing and authentic investigator you’ll ever meet, working a mystery that grabs you from the start and never lets you go.

From Manhattan to Coney Island to the steamy shores of Alabama, Charles Salzberg delivers a top-flight mystery with his latest Henry Swann outing. In Swann’s Down Charles Salzberg puts you up close and personal with grifters, hitmen, and a secretive woman on the run. You’re not just reading a great mystery, you’re living it.

Tom Straw, author of Buzz Killer and the Richard Castle novels

“Swann's Down gives readers two intriguing mysteries for the price of one, as skip tracer Henry Swann pursues a woman who might alibi a murderer and a psychic who swindled the ex-wife of Swann's partner. Shamus Award-nominated Salzberg does a superb job cutting between the two investigations. I kept turning pages to stay with both chases as the suspense increased to the very end. Whatever is going on, Swann is at the center of this story. His wry wit, quotes from authors and philosophers, genius for questioning suspects, and dark past make him a character readers will follow anywhere as he seeks his quarry. This is another thrilling addition to this excellent series.”

Rich Zahradnick, Lights Out Summer, winner of the 2018 Shamus Award for Best Paperback Private Eye Novel

“Henry Swann dives in where others fear to tread in “Swann’s Down.”This time out, Swann crosses paths with a psycho hitman, a phony psychic and Swann’s mysterious partner, a disbarred lawyer. Who could ask for more? I hope we’ll see a lot more of Swann in the future and that this isn’t Swann’s swan song.

—Paul D. Marks, Shamus Award-winning Author of White Heat and Broken Windows

About Charles Salzberg:

Charles Salzberg is a New York-based novelist, journalist and writing instructor.

His first novel in his Henry Swann series, Swann’s Last Song, was nominated for a Shamus Award for Best Fist PI Novel. Other books in the series include Swann Dives In; Swann’s Lake of Despair, which was nominated for three Silver Falchion Awards and was a Finalist for the Beverly Hills Book Award and the Indie Excellence Award; and Swann’s Way Out.

His novel, Devil in the Hole is a work of literary crime fiction based on the notorious John List murders, and was named one of the best crime novels of the year by Suspense magazine. His novella, Twist of Fate, is included in the noir crime novella collection, Triple Shot, and The Maybrick Affair is included in the sequel, Three Strikes.

His latest novel, Second Story Man, won the Beverly Hills Book Award for Best Crime Fiction in 2018.

His freelance work has appeared in such publications as Esquire, New York Magazine, GQ, Elle, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal The New York Times Arts & Leisure Section, The New York Times Book Review, and the Lost Angeles Times Book Review.

He has written over two dozen nonfiction books including, From Set Shot to Slam Dunk, an oral history of the NBA, Soupy Sez: My Zany Life and Times (with Soupy Sales), and On a Clear Day They Could See Seventh Place, Baseball’s 10 Worst Teams of the Century (with George Robinson).

A celebrated and popular creative writing teacher, he has been a Visiting Professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and has taught writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Hunter College, the Writer’s Voice, and the New York Writers Workshop, where he is a Founding Member. He is also on the local Board of MWA-NY.

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Light Travelers
Aug
30
6:30 PM18:30

Light Travelers

Friday August 30th

Light Travelers

6:30pm

The Light Travelers are John Keuler and Karl Langley. 

Born and raised in the Mobile, Alabama area, John Keuler cut his teeth on the Tuscaloosa music scene while attending UofA. A few years ago he returned home and now lives in Loxley. When he's not playing bass with Molly Thomas & The Rare Birds, he plays guitar in his band Light Travelers.

Karl Langley, voted 2018 best drummer in Mobile's Lagniappe, has provided percussion and drums for many musicians both regionally and nationally. When he’s not playing with The Marlow Boys, he is playing with Light Travelers.

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Ansley Prescott - "Fairhope Ophelia"
Aug
31
1:00 PM13:00

Ansley Prescott - "Fairhope Ophelia"

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Ophelia Griffin – Brilliant and Beautiful FBI Agent – finds herself back in Fairhope, Alabama for work. Forced to deal with the hurt and loss her hometown represents, she reunites with high school nemesis, flirty and beyond handsome, Seth Corrigan. Still the ladies man she knew him to be, Ophelia’s first thought is to stay away from Seth but the fire her body feels from his touch brings back the schoolgirl crush that she thought had extinguished long ago.

Seth Corrigan – College Professor and Bartender extraordinaire – has returned to Fairhope, Alabama. Purchasing the family bar and teaching at the local college, Seth has found his home and true calling. Only problem, he wasn’t planning on spitfire Ophelia Griffin to walk back in the bar and turn his world upside down. Torn between immediately claiming Ophelia as his or taking things slow building a friendship, Seth becomes frustrated when Ophelia won’t play along with his “friends only” game.

Their undeniable connection pulls their bodies and hearts together in a whirlwind romance. But will love prevail when Ophelia is faced with a career decision that takes her away from Seth and Fairhope?

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Emily Blejwas - The Story of Alabama in Fourteen Foods
Sep
3
6:00 PM18:00

Emily Blejwas - The Story of Alabama in Fourteen Foods

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Alabama’s history and culture revealed through fourteen iconic foods, dishes, and beverages
 
The Story of Alabama in Fourteen Foods explores well-known Alabama  food traditions to reveal salient histories of the state in a new way. In this book that is part history, part travelogue, and part cookbook, Emily Blejwas pays homage to fourteen emblematic foods, dishes, and beverages, one per chapter, as a lens for exploring the diverse cultures and traditions of the state.

Throughout Alabama’s history, food traditions have been fundamental  to its customs, cultures, regions, social and political movements, and events. Each featured food is deeply rooted in Alabama identity and has a story with both local and national resonance. Blejwas focuses on lesser-known food stories from around the state, illuminating the lives of a diverse populace: Poarch Creeks, Creoles of color, wild turkey hunters, civil rights activists, Alabama club women, frontier squatters, Mardi Gras revelers, sharecroppers, and Vietnamese American shrimpers, among others. A number of Alabama figures noted for their special contributions to the state’s foodways, such  as George Washington Carver and Georgia Gilmore, are profiled as well. Alabama’s rich food history also unfolds through accounts of community events and a food-based economy. Highlights include Sumter County barbecue clubs, Mobile’s banana docks, Appalachian Decoration Days, cane syrup making, peanut boils, and eggnog parties.

Drawing on historical research and interviews with home cooks, chefs, and community members cooking at local gatherings and for holidays, Blejwas details the myths, legends, and truths underlying Alabama’s beloved foodways. With nearly fifty color illustrations and fifteen recipes, The Story of Alabama in Fourteen Foods will allow all Alabamians to more fully understand their shared cultural heritage.

Editorial Reviews:

“Through the lens of food, The Story of Alabama in Fourteen Foods explores in vivid detail cultural groups across the state, revealing not only recipes for traditional dishes but also for survival and success during difficult times. Readers who already know Alabama history well will find this approach interesting and refreshing.”
—Joyce H. Cauthen, author of Out of Whole Cloth: The Life of Bettye Kimbrell and With Fiddle and Well-Rosined Bow: A History of Old-Time Fiddling in Alabama



“Offers a compelling, rich journey through the state’s history and an unusual approach to our understanding of the past. It will make a wonderful contribution to culinary history and the history of Alabama.”
—Susan Tucker, author of City of Remembering: A History of Genealogy in New Orleans and editor of New Orleans Cuisine: Fourteen Signature Dishes and Their Histories

About the Author:

Emily Blejwas is author of the novel Once You Know This and director of the Gulf States Health Policy Center in Bayou La Batre, Alabama.

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Elmon Dean Todd / J. Murry Blanchard / First Friday Author Event
Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

Elmon Dean Todd / J. Murry Blanchard / First Friday Author Event

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The gods are dead. Long live their children...In a world where elves, dwarves and humans live in peace and harmony, there remains a warrior race steeped in violence and war, where honour is based on strength of arm and steel. They are the Einar. Facing a catastrophic blight, the Einar army crosses the sea in search of a new world. When their longships are attacked, fifteen year old Kairos Azel is the only survivor, cast into a strange land called Ordonia. Here people weave magical spells of power and wonder, ruled by the almighty gods of the past. His life at risk from the dark elves, Kairos must join the revered order of Mana Knights to fight for justice. The problem is, the Einar cannot use magic. How does Kairos become a spell-wielding knight with no magic? How can save his dying homeland when he is stranded across the sea?Then Kairos learns that not all of the ruling gods are dead ... And one of them is after the Einar

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John Dersham  - "My Alabama"
Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

John Dersham - "My Alabama"

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"John Dersham's breathtaking and inspirational photography is getting its long-deserved recognition in a collection that only he could master. My Alabama: John Dersham Photographs State is sure to be a treasured photography book for the ages.” — Randy Grider, Executive Director, Mentone Arts & Cultural Center

There are probably many ways to celebrate Alabama’s 200th birthday. Award-winning photographer John Dersham is doing it with a new book. My Alabama: John Dersham Photographs a State is a selection of 200 images of the state from Dersham’s vast catalog of over 50,000. These photographs — each one a testament to Dersham’s compositional and lighting skills — offer a unique and stunning portrait of Alabama’s diverse natural, topographical, and cultural assets. The release of this new book, which carries a foreword by Bo Jackson, is made possible with the support of Alabama Bicentennial Commission (AL200). 

My Alabama is organized seasonally. Follow Dersham through a warm, green Alabama spring on the Cahaba River to a summer evening on Cherokee County’s Weiss Lake. Throw on a coat on a frosty morning and find one of the state’s many waterfalls, like Pisgah Gorge Falls, or wander a path on the snow-covered Lookout Mountain. You’ll move past breathtaking landscapes, scenic village crossroads with rustic country stores, and gleaming cityscapes shining in the evening light. From Guntersville Lake to the peaks of Monte Sano, from the port of Mobile to rural St. Clair County, Dersham captures the astonishing varied beauty of the Yellowhammer State in every shot, proving himself to be a photographer unlike any other.

John Dersham is an internationally recognized, award-winning photographer, whose art photography and commercial work has been featured in gallery and other exhibits nationwide. He is one of the most sought-after photography instructors and speakers on the subject of photography in the Southeast. He developed his love of photography in his 30 years spent working at Kodak. Today, Dersham is President of DeKalb Tourism. My Alabama: John Dersham Photographs a State is the first published book devoted to his work.

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Alabama — what's the state known for? Slavery, Civil War, segregation, civil rights, football, literature, art, music, cooking, the space program, agriculture, steel, coal, marble, the auto industry, and medical research. All true. But then there's this: the most biologically diverse state east of the Mississippi; the fifth most-forested by percent of land mass; one of the richest river complexes in the world; home to the most aquatic species in the nation, the wettest city, the largest inland delta system; five distinct physiographic regions; and four real seasons. What that adds up to, if you're as talented as master photographer John Dersham, is a canvas of spectacular beauty. In My Alabama, Dersham presents two hundred images revealing the diversity and bounty of the twenty-second state as it celebrates its two hundredth anniversary of statehood. The book is loosely organized around the four seasons, and its images are mostly landscapes, though the built environment makes appearances — from the busy port of Mobile to rural churches and schools to small-town streetscapes. No other Alabama picture book ranges across the entire state like this one, and Dersham's images are a visual feast. Brief captions provide location data and key facts; a few interspersed short essays offer additional background. An index links places and themes, and a photo log reveals how and when specific images were made.

John Alexander Dersham’s photography career began on November 1, 1960, when he took the first pictures of his life on his father’s 1930 Kodak Brownie. Fifty-eight years later, his art has continued without pause along the course of many years. Dersham has served as a manager at Eastman Kodak for thirty years, where organizing gallery exhibits and teaching photography has allowed him to foster a new love for photography in fledgling artists as well as rekindle his own passion for the craft. He was awarded the Award of Excellence by his peers in the tourism industry at the Alabama Governor's Conference on Tourism in 2018. After a lifetime of shooting photography coast-to-coast in cities, towns, parks, rivers, mountains, and byways, Dersham has returned to Alabama to capture the essence of the Sweet Home state.

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Max Brallier
Sep
27
4:00 PM16:00

Max Brallier

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About the book:

Surviving their first winter after the Monster Apocalypse was no easy feat, yet Jack and his buddies waste no time springing to action against some of the nastiest, most evil monsters around. When Jack discovers his Louisville Slicer has new, otherworldly powers, he's thrown into epic training to find out what kind of destruction the blade can wield. But between fighting off zombies, fleeing from strange, glowy Vine-Thingies erupting from the ground, and squeezing in a video game session or two, there's barely time left to figure out what's wrong with their buddy, Dirk, who's been acting weird any time he's around the undead. When an unexpected villain appears, can Jack and his friends save themselves--and the rest of the world--from cosmic domination?

About the author:

Max Brallier (maxbrallier.com) is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books and games, including the previous books in the Last Kids on Earth series. He is the creator and writer of Galactic Hot Dogs, an ongoing middle-grade web serial and book series with Aladdin. He writes for licensed properties including Adventure Time, Regular Show, and Uncle Grandpa. Under the pen name Jack Chabert, he is the creator and author of the Eerie Elementary series for Scholastic Books In the olden days, he worked in the marketing department at St. Martin's Press. Max lives just outside of New York City with his wife and daughter.

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Dana Ridenour - Below the Radar
Sep
28
2:00 PM14:00

Dana Ridenour - Below the Radar

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

After her last assignment went horribly wrong, everyone tells FBI Special Agent Lexie Montgomery she needs a break. But Lexie is determined to keep going with her undercover work--so when a Dutch constable goes missing, she jumps at the chance.

Along with Blake Bennett, her unfamiliar new partner, Lexie is thrown into the Gathering, a haven for environmental activists planning illegal activity. It's a dangerous situation, but she blends right in--a little too well, Blake thinks. As the pair of them try to get closer to the vanished constable, he begins to suspect that Lexie may be hiding an affinity for the eco-extremists' cause.

With her loyalties in question from both sides, Lexie will be forced to prove herself as an undercover agent and as a new recruit for the terrorists' cause. But as time starts to run out, staying below the radar may prove harder than she'd planned.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dana Ridenour is a retired FBI agent and author. She spent most of her career as an FBI undercover operative infiltrating criminal organizations including the Animal Liberation Front, an organization of domestic terrorists. Dana’s first novel, Behind The Mask, is fiction but based on her personal experiences working as an undercover agent. Behind The Mask won numerous literary awards and was named one of the best indie books of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews.

Dana’s second novel, Beyond The Cabin, was released on August 1, 2017. Beyond The Cabin, the second novel in her FBI undercover series, is set in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Beyond The Cabin was awarded the 2018 Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Thriller or Suspense.

Dana’s third book, Below The Radar, will be released on August 13, 2019. Her three novels are currently in development for television.

Dana lives in Beaufort, South Carolina where she is working on her fourth novel.

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Kristin Hannah and Patti Callahan - The Great Alone
Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

Kristin Hannah and Patti Callahan - The Great Alone

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(Patti Callahan Henry will be interviewing Krisin Hannah.)

In the wake of her phenomenal, internationally bestselling book,

The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah delivers a new novel – another daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love, loss, and the fight for survival. As with The Nightingale, (published in 43 languages, and currently in movie production at TriStar Pictures

with Michelle Maclaren set to direct), The Great Alone (February 2018 | St. Martin’s Press | $28.99 | Hardcover | 978-0- 312-57723-0) is another deeply moving and relevant portrait of the power and strength of women. The Great Alone – set in the iconic American location of Alaska, a place of incomparable

beauty and danger – “is a tour de force . . . a Romeo and Juliet- like coming of age story and domestic potboiler, recreating in magical detail the lives of Alaska’s homesteaders . . . as specific and authentic in her depiction of the spiritual wounds of post-

Vietnam America.” (Kirkus starred review).

For 13-year-old Leni Allbright, Alaska is the place that both saves her family and destroys the innocence of her childhood. It is 1974. The world is deeply divided. Gone is the idealism and innocence of previous generations. Leni’s father, Ernt, has come home from his years as a POW in Vietnam a changed, volatile man. He decides impulsively to move his family north to Alaska, where they will live off the grid, in a desperate bid to find peace, restoration, freedom. But when the darkness of winter falls, his undiagnosed PTSD puts them all at risk, and Leni and her mother, Cora, learn the dangers of isolation and paranoia. Out in the wild, there is no one to save them except themselves.

Like Kristin Hannah’s international bestselling novel, The Nightingale, which illuminated the breathtaking courage of the women of the French Resistance in World War II France, The Great Alone focuses on fiercely independent women in extraordinarily difficult circumstances who must fight each day to survive. The Great Alone dares to show us what strong, determined women can accomplish. Hannah’s themes of survival, female empowerment, domestic abuse, undiagnosed PTSD, the cost of the Vietnam War, and the echoes of the l970’s today, are all at the forefront of the conversation in this country. The Great Alone is a celebration and an exquisite study of human frailty and resilience, and a warning that wildness lives in both nature and man.

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Daniel Dolgin Ph D, Charles Crumpton - Color Me Healthy with Exercise and Nutrition
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Daniel Dolgin Ph D, Charles Crumpton - Color Me Healthy with Exercise and Nutrition

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About the book:

Authors Daniel Dolgin, Ph.D., and Charles Crumpton’s new book “Color Me Healthy with Exercise and Nutrition” is a unique coloring book focused on human health. The recent release of “Color Me Healthy with Exercise and Nutrition” from NewYork City-based Page Publishing by authors Daniel Dolgin, Ph.D., and Charles Crumpton is a detailed practical guide to health and fitness at any age. Easy-to-implement suggestions for developing a healthier lifestyle through diet and exercise are provided in a format that is both educational and fun.

Daniel Dolgin, Ph.D, is a licensed psychologist and author of over seventy published articles, textbook chapters and technical reports. He is co-founder of the Surface to Air Media Group. Charles Crumpton is a retired international Delta Airlines commercial pilot. He also served as an Air National Guard and Air Force reconnaissance pilot. His diverse interests include photography, holistic health and managing the Twin Hills Rescue Ranch (specializing in rescue horses and dogs). He owns the Marty Campbell Gallery located in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

To combat the epidemic of weight gain, improve cardiovascular health and increase longevity while enhancing our quality of life, it is important to develop strategies that facilitate habitual physical activity. Preventing obesity in collaboration with communities, schools, work sites, and health care professionals is the key.

Through the process of coloring and reading ”Color Me Healthy with Exercise and Nutrition,” the understanding of food and how the body forms fats is further illuminated.

The authors emphasize the role of exercise as a fundamental part of staying fit and healthy. The current consensus is that three core exercises are essential: aerobic, strength building and flexibility training. It is undisputed that diet and exercise promote good health, productivity, and longevity.

Now is the time to start.

Meta-analysis, based on various types of exercise, have identified exercises that appear necessary for optimal health, especially for the increasing number of employees in sedentary, computer-based jobs.

About Charles Crumpton:

Charles Crumpton was born in the small rural community of Jenkensville, South Carolina. After completing studies in Business at Troy University, he entered active duty flight training with the Air Force at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona. After graduating from flight training, he returned to the Alabama Air National Guard in Birmingham and flew the photo reconnaissance RF84F. He also served as a Reserve alert pilot for the Florida Air National Guard flying the F102 Fighter Interceptor. In his next assignment, Charles served concurrently as an Air Force Lockheed AC130A Reserve pilot and Civil Service Lockheed AC130A flight instructor at Duke Field, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. He then retired from the military after 22 years of service to begin a new career as an international pilot for Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) flying the Boeing 727 and Airbus 310. He was based in Berlin, Germany from 1987 to 1991. In 1991, Pan Am was acquired by Delta Airlines. Charles continued his aviation career with Delta Airlines. As a pilot based in Cincinnati, Ohio, he flew both the Airbus 310 and Boeing 737 and retired from Delta Airlines in 1997.

In 1999, Charles established the Twin Hills Rescue Ranch located in Walton County Florida. The ranch specializes in rescue horses and dogs. He has a full home gym, but recommends the treadmill as the number one choice for steady 30-60 minute work outs. His lifetime obsession with photography culminated in opening the Marty Campbell Gallery and Frame Shop located in Gulf Breeze, Florida. In addition he recently served as President-elect, Wide Angle Photography Club (WAPC) twice. Charles can be contacted at crumpton@frontier.com.

About Daniel Dolgin, Ph.D:

Daniel Dolgin, Ph.D, is a licensed psychologist and author of over seventy published articles, textbook chapters and technical reports. He is co-founder of the Surface to Air Media Group. Charles Crumpton is a retired international Delta Airlines commercial pilot. He also served as an Air National Guard and Air Force reconnaissance pilot. His diverse interests include photography, holistic health and managing the Twin Hills Rescue Ranch (specializing in rescue horses and dogs). He owns the Marty Campbell Gallery located in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

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Joshilyn Jackson
Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

Joshilyn Jackson

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“Wonderful—suspense and surprises, real characters, and a scary, ominous backbeat.  This feels like the book Jackson was born to write.” —Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author

From New York Times bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson, a twisting novel of domestic suspense in which a group of women play a harmless drinking game that escalates into a war of dark pasts

In this game, even winning can be deadly...

Amy Whey is proud of her ordinary life and the simple pleasures that come with it—teaching diving lessons, baking cookies for new neighbors, helping her best friend, Charlotte, run their local book club. Her greatest joy is her family: her devoted professor husband, her spirited fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, her adorable infant son. And, of course, the steadfast and supportive Charlotte. But Amy’s sweet, uncomplicated life begins to unravel when the mysterious and alluring Angelica Roux arrives on her doorstep one book club night.

Sultry and magnetic, Roux beguiles the group with her feral charm. She keeps the wine flowing and lures them into a game of spilling secrets. Everyone thinks it’s naughty, harmless fun. Only Amy knows better. Something wicked has come her way—a she-devil in a pricey red sports car who seems to know the terrible truth about who she is and what she once did.

When they’re alone, Roux tells her that if she doesn’t give her what she asks for, what she deserves, she’s going to make Amy pay for her sins. One way or another.

To protect herself and her family and save the life she’s built, Amy must beat the devil at her own clever game, matching wits with Roux in an escalating war of hidden pasts and unearthed secrets. Amy knows the consequences if she can’t beat Roux. What terrifies her is everything she could lose if she wins.

A diabolically entertaining tale of betrayal, deception, temptation, and love filled with dark twists leavened by Joshilyn Jackson’s trademark humor, Never Have I Ever explores what happens when the transgressions of our past come back with a vengeance.

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R. J. McDowell - Fraser the Fir - Open House
Nov
24
12:00 PM12:00

R. J. McDowell - Fraser the Fir - Open House

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Have you ever wondered how a fir tree feels about being a Christmas tree? It's 1864, in Eastern Tennessee. Fraser the Fir is eight years old and ready for what the firs have been whispering about every year: Selection Day. Fraser imagines himself a treasured tree, better than the rest in the field in which he lives, and is disappointed when he is not chosen to be a Christmas tree by the families that come through the wood one December morning.

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R. J. McDowell -  Fraser the Fir
Dec
4
10:30 AM10:30

R. J. McDowell - Fraser the Fir

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Have you ever wondered how a fir tree feels about being a Christmas tree? It's 1864, in Eastern Tennessee. Fraser the Fir is eight years old and ready for what the firs have been whispering about every year: Selection Day. Fraser imagines himself a treasured tree, better than the rest in the field in which he lives, and is disappointed when he is not chosen to be a Christmas tree by the families that come through the wood one December morning.

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John Cochran & Friends (Mon. Nights)
Jul
15
5:00 PM17:00

John Cochran & Friends (Mon. Nights)

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July Monday Night Artist in Residence:

John Cochran & Friends

Monday’s July 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29

5pm-7pm

DETAILS & DATES:

July 1- John Cochran and Johnny Hayes

July 8th- John Cochran 

July- 15th- The Bodhi Trio

July 22- John Cochran and Lauren Murphy

July 29th- John C and Johnnh Hayes

BIO:

John Cochran began playing the guitar when he was 5 years old, following his older brothers footsteps. Their home was filled with the sounds of Motown, Stax Records, The Allman Brothers Band, The Grateful Dead and music from Muscle Shoals Studio. 

After working as a full time musician for several years around the coast, Cochran was offered an opportunity to study music at Faulkner State Community College on a scholarship. This led to his pursuit of a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi. While in Mississippi he played with blues musician T-Bone Pruitt. 

Cochran then moved to Nashville to pursue a Masters of Music in Guitar Performance. 

Prior to finishing his Graduate Work, Cochran was brought on as an Adjunct Professor of Music at MTSU. 

During his time in Nashville, he was fortunate to be mentored by and play with Jack Pearson(Allman Brothers Band). Pearson and Cochran still play together regularly.

Currently, he maintains an active touring and performing schedule- playing with The Bodhi Trio, Lauren Murphy and the Psychedelics, The Johnny Hayes Band, Jesse McCraw, Redfield, Jimmy Lumpkin, Hoodoo Kitchen, Rebecca Barry, and more. 

Cochran currently teaches Music courses and guitar at Coastal Alabama Community College and The University of Southern Mississippi. He has also been a Professor of Music at The University of Mobile and Middle Tennessee State. 

In addition to teaching, Cochran organizes and promotes live music events for the community, with the most recent project being the Live at Five Concert Series in Fairhope. 

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Sean Dietrich - Stars of Alabama
Jul
13
6:00 PM18:00

Sean Dietrich - Stars of Alabama

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From Sean Dietrich—also known as Sean of the South—comes a poignant tale of the stars that shine all around us . . . if only we’re willing to look.

When she becomes pregnant at fifteen, Marigold is rejected by her family and forced to fend for herself. And when she loses her baby in the forest, her whole world turns upside down. She’s even more distraught upon discovering she has an inexplicable power that makes her both beautiful and terrifying—and something of a local legend.

Meanwhile, migrant workers Vern and Paul discover a violet-eyed baby and take it upon themselves to care for her. The men soon pair up with a widow and her two children, and the untraditional family finds their way in fits and starts toward taking care of each other.

As survival brings one family together, a young boy finds himself with nary a friend to his name amid the dust storms still raging across Kansas. Fourteen-year-old Coot, a child preacher with a prodigy’s memory, is on the run with thousands of stolen dollars—and the only thing he’s sure of is that Mobile, Alabama, is his destination.

As the years pass and a world war looms, their stories intertwine in surprising ways. With a voice both humorous and heartfelt, Sean Dietrich weaves together a tale about the dignity of humanity and the value of enduring hope—reminding us that when the dust clears, we can still see the stars.

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Sarah Peacock
Jul
12
6:30 PM18:30

Sarah Peacock

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Previously played with Melissa Ethridge on the The Melissa Etheridge Cruise this year!

1.2 million miles, 2,800 shows, and fourteen years of flying solo is quite a road trip. Sarah Peacock bridges gaps between Country, Blues, Americana, and Rock-N-Roll. Her music is raw, truth telling, and fiercely unique.     

Held hostage by her record label at 21, the troubadour life came with a rude awakening for the young Georgia native. Peacock made her home in a ‘92 Volvo with her dog and a guitar, and for nearly seven years earned a living in the corner shadows of American dive bars. 

The tables turned in 2011 when an anonymous fan helped Peacock buy out of her recording contract. Since then, she has released six additional albums and won multiple awards for her songwriting. “Hurricane” won Best Song in the American Songwriting Awards, and “Beautiful” was a winner with International Unsigned Only. “The Cool Kids,” and “Are We There Yet” have nominated her for Best Female Artist and Best Song in a number of songwriting competitions. Peacock was also named Listening Room Network’s Artist of the Year. 

In 2013, Peacock released her self-produced album, Albuquerque Sky, recorded in hotel rooms across the country while maintaining her rigorous 250 show tour schedule. Albuquerque Sky was followed by a season of goodbyes, tremendous growth, and challenges, and became the catalyst for her next album, Dream On (2016). “This record helped me get un-stuck. I had a collection of live recordings which became Dream On. After such a creative dry spell, I knew I needed to hit the road and stay out a while – reconnect with my fans,” says a determined Peacock. “I found this old silver eagle tour bus in Austin, TX. I was so enchanted with it, and the renovation process really reigniting my troubadour flame. So I bought my very first bus. Oh, what a feeling!” But less than 4 months later, she would watch it burn to the ground at a California truck stop. 

One of Peacock’s fans voluntarily initiated a fundraiser, which is what kept her on the road. Another fan, so touched by her story, donated his motor home so that her tour could go on. That special connection between Sarah Peacock and her fans is what gives her the strength to continue overcoming. “You have to be unstoppable, even when you don’t believe you are.” That’s the modus operandi for the now half Tennessean, half Texan road warrior.  

Sarah Peacock is active in the anti-bullying community, and her song, “The Cool Kids” has become a powerful anti-bullying anthem. Its message has taken on a life of its own. As she travels the country, Peacock shares her story in schools, empowering young people to embody her message of kindness and love. 

Peacock is also an animal lover and tours with her pups as often as she can. Her late road dog, Gibson, was one of the first canines to receive a prosthetic mitral valve in a clinical trial at CSU in Ft. Collins, CO in May of 2017. Unfortunately, Gibson passed away. To honor his memory, Peacock recently formed her own 501(c)3, The Band Waggin,’ benefiting various animal health and rescue programs throughout the United States. 

After completing two EP’s for Nashville label, American Roots Records, Peacock plans to release a full length album on her own label in 2019. Sarah Peacock is the truest definition of a self-made overcomer, hustler, and DIY machine. She’s got a remarkable knack for finding beauty in the ashes, and there’s no denying the future is looking bright for this tenacious up and comer. 

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Angela Crow - "Beyond Yourself", "Quiet Moments"
Jul
9
6:00 PM18:00

Angela Crow - "Beyond Yourself", "Quiet Moments"

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About “Quiet Moments”:

It is with great excitement and gratitude that I share the messages, poems, and not-so-random thoughts given to me by the Holy Spirit and in which I have incorporated my photography. I have enjoyed capturing God's beauty through my lens since I was a child.

I began my journey to learn how to be still and listen to God after a life-changing year that included multiple broken bones, a tragic car accident that took the life of my sister, multiple surgeries, physical therapy, and the loss of both parents only six days apart.

But God spared my life and gave me a new perspective. I realized He is in control, and I needed to start paying attention. He began to show me images and give me messages through the Holy Spirit.

I hope you enjoy these Spirit-led messages and poems as much as I enjoyed receiving them. It is my prayer for each person to find comfort, peace, and joy within these pages. The living waters of the Holy Spirit pour into us and overflows, so we can pour into the lives of others. May you find grace and love for yourself and others.

About “Beyond Yourself”:

This book is my story of how God brought good out of a very bad situation in my life and brought me back from a dark path, into His marvelous light. He saved me from myself, an abusive relationship, and so much more.

This book should come with a warning label to the people in my life who had no clue about the secret life I was living before I became a Christ follower.

My life as a Christ follower began in 2013 after a life-changing year of tragedy and heartbreak, not to mention a few broken bones and losing both parents only six days apart. I firmly believe God saved me for a reason and that He has a purpose and plan for my life.

He showed me a different path than I had ever traveled before. Once I realized how to be still, listen to God, and allow the Holy Spirit to work in my life, I found my purpose in writing the messages He gives me, and I enjoy sharing them to encourage others and lead them to Christ.

He used a horrible year to change my life forever. I felt compelled to write this book not only for my own healing, but if even one person who reads it is touched, inspired, or encouraged in some way, it is worth it. I find it very ironic that God has me revealing the things I hid for so long.

My life is not my own. I was purchased with His blood. I believe it is my duty to respect my body, guard my heart, and put on the whole armor of God every day as I surrender myself to Him in every way. As a faithful servant of Christ, I am humbled and grateful for His grace and forgiveness.

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John Cochran & Friends (Mon. Nights)
Jul
8
5:00 PM17:00

John Cochran & Friends (Mon. Nights)

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July Monday Night Artist in Residence:

John Cochran & Friends

Monday’s July 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29

5pm-7pm

DETAILS & DATES:

July 1- John Cochran and Johnny Hayes

July 8th- John Cochran 

July- 15th- The Bodhi Trio

July 22- John Cochran and Lauren Murphy

July 29th- John C and Johnnh Hayes

BIO:

John Cochran began playing the guitar when he was 5 years old, following his older brothers footsteps. Their home was filled with the sounds of Motown, Stax Records, The Allman Brothers Band, The Grateful Dead and music from Muscle Shoals Studio. 

After working as a full time musician for several years around the coast, Cochran was offered an opportunity to study music at Faulkner State Community College on a scholarship. This led to his pursuit of a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi. While in Mississippi he played with blues musician T-Bone Pruitt. 

Cochran then moved to Nashville to pursue a Masters of Music in Guitar Performance. 

Prior to finishing his Graduate Work, Cochran was brought on as an Adjunct Professor of Music at MTSU. 

During his time in Nashville, he was fortunate to be mentored by and play with Jack Pearson(Allman Brothers Band). Pearson and Cochran still play together regularly.

Currently, he maintains an active touring and performing schedule- playing with The Bodhi Trio, Lauren Murphy and the Psychedelics, The Johnny Hayes Band, Jesse McCraw, Redfield, Jimmy Lumpkin, Hoodoo Kitchen, Rebecca Barry, and more. 

Cochran currently teaches Music courses and guitar at Coastal Alabama Community College and The University of Southern Mississippi. He has also been a Professor of Music at The University of Mobile and Middle Tennessee State. 

In addition to teaching, Cochran organizes and promotes live music events for the community, with the most recent project being the Live at Five Concert Series in Fairhope. 

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Stuart McNair (Fairhope's First Friday Art Walk)
Jul
5
6:30 PM18:30

Stuart McNair (Fairhope's First Friday Art Walk)

First Friday July 5th 

Stuart McNair

6:30pm-8:30pm

Mobile native Stuart McNair is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose

upbeat, uplifting songs have found a place on the Americana charts

and college/indie radio throughout America and Europe. Stuart, who has been

called “one of the South’s musical treasures”, blends Alt. Country with Cajun and

Bluegrass. His live shows also showcase his piano, guitar, accordion, and harmonica

stylings gained through several years based in New Orleans. Stuart’s festival experience

includes Scotland’s Fringe Fest and Festival of Spirituality and Peace, as well as

Grassroots festivals around the American South.

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Rick Speight - The Boys From Hicks Drive
Jul
5
6:00 PM18:00

Rick Speight - The Boys From Hicks Drive

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This is an inspiring, often soul searching collection of true stories, featuring the adventures and mishaps of six lifetime friends; The Boys From Hicks Drive. Follow along as they find clever ways to entertain themselves, frequently with disastrous results, in those nostalgic times before video games, cable television, mobile phones, and the internet. And what better place for childhood adventure than Vienna, the town on nearly every Top Ten list of Best Places to Live, and located near the power center of the universe: Washington DC? The Boys began their odyssey on the day they met, and it has continued for nearly sixty years. Their friendships have grown stronger through the years, as they continue to accept the faults and frailties of each other—just like they did when they were kids. Vintage photographs, as well as song lyrics from the Golden Age of Rock and Roll, are used to capture, illustrate, and enhance the exciting tales everyone will wish they had experienced in their youth…but, perhaps, are relieved they didn’t.

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David Aaron Richey - "The Dad Book"
Jul
5
6:00 PM18:00

David Aaron Richey - "The Dad Book"

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What is the role of the father in the life of a person?

The Dad Book takes the reader on a spiritual and emotional journey to explore the role of the dad in their life. These stories and facts are drawn from the author’s experience as a father, son, and pastor with more than forty years of ministry under his belt. One in three children is raised in a fatherless home according to the US Census and 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept. of Health). Research shows 85% of all children with behavior disorders come from fatherless homes (Center for Disease Control). Why do some succeed in spite of statistics while others fail because of them? The Dad Book brings healing and strength to those who can relate to emotional trauma those statistics bring. The position of the father is to provide the child with a paradigm of Father God. You may ask, “How can I know Him if I’ve never known him?” The Dad Book provides clarity and a biblical solution to life’s challenges. If you struggle in your marriage, friendships, or in figuring out life, then The Dad Book is for you. If you were raised with a great dad, like the author, it helps you to appreciate the dads in your life and recognize your other dads. Wherever you are with or without your dad, allow the healing power of the Holy Spirit to guide you on this spiritual journey. Be prepared to laugh, cry, be healed and propelled into your destiny.

David Aaron Richey

As a boy, David received his dad training through seeing his strong and powerful natural father interact daily as he ran a lucrative business. Throughout his life he noted the impact of male influences in school, military service years, and pastors from all over the world. Each situation, relationship and learning experience revealed God’s perfect plan and prompted The Dad Book. David and his wife Margaret pastor a church in Mobile, Alabama. They have six children, twelve grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

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John Cochran & Friends (Mon. Nights)
Jul
1
5:00 PM17:00

John Cochran & Friends (Mon. Nights)

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July Monday Night Artist in Residence:

John Cochran & Friends

Monday’s July 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29

5pm-7pm

DETAILS & DATES:

July 1- John Cochran and Johnny Hayes

July 8th- John Cochran 

July- 15th- The Bodhi Trio

July 22- John Cochran and Lauren Murphy

July 29th- John C and Johnnh Hayes

BIO:

John Cochran began playing the guitar when he was 5 years old, following his older brothers footsteps. Their home was filled with the sounds of Motown, Stax Records, The Allman Brothers Band, The Grateful Dead and music from Muscle Shoals Studio. 

After working as a full time musician for several years around the coast, Cochran was offered an opportunity to study music at Faulkner State Community College on a scholarship. This led to his pursuit of a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi. While in Mississippi he played with blues musician T-Bone Pruitt. 

Cochran then moved to Nashville to pursue a Masters of Music in Guitar Performance. 

Prior to finishing his Graduate Work, Cochran was brought on as an Adjunct Professor of Music at MTSU. 

During his time in Nashville, he was fortunate to be mentored by and play with Jack Pearson(Allman Brothers Band). Pearson and Cochran still play together regularly.

Currently, he maintains an active touring and performing schedule- playing with The Bodhi Trio, Lauren Murphy and the Psychedelics, The Johnny Hayes Band, Jesse McCraw, Redfield, Jimmy Lumpkin, Hoodoo Kitchen, Rebecca Barry, and more. 

Cochran currently teaches Music courses and guitar at Coastal Alabama Community College and The University of Southern Mississippi. He has also been a Professor of Music at The University of Mobile and Middle Tennessee State. 

In addition to teaching, Cochran organizes and promotes live music events for the community, with the most recent project being the Live at Five Concert Series in Fairhope. 

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Johnny Sansone & John Milham
Jun
29
6:30 PM18:30

Johnny Sansone & John Milham

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John Milham John Milham has been a professional musician since 1997 touring the world and playing drums with many artist. Twenty years into his career, John has established himself as an in demand touring and studio drummer while recently adding composer to the list with his record debut "Arden's Garden" released on  February 2, 2018 on Skate Mountain Records which just won the award for "Best Contemporary Album" from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.  John has played, recorded, and shared the stage many artist through the years.  At the present moment, John performs with his own band, The Inner Mission Band, Molly Thomas and The Rare Birds, Grayson Capps, Johnny Sansone, and The Bodhi Trio and More.

Johnny Sansone has become a legend in the New Orleans music scene for his Harmonica, Accordian, Guitar playing and songwriting. His music is a blend of Blues, Cajun Zydeco, and Rock and Roll. Johnny Sansone continues to be recognized by 

The Blues Foundation in numerous categories for his outstanding talent. He's been nominated at the 2012 BLUES MUSIC AWARDS:

Song of the Year: The Lord is Waiting (winner)

Contemporary Blues Male Artist

Contemporary Blues Album

Album of the Year.

Nominated in 2013 for Song of the Year:

The Night the Pie Factory Burned Down

and Best Contemporary Blues Artist

Nominated for 2013 Offbeat BEST OF THE BEAT Awards: 

Best Harmonica Player, Best Blues Artist, Best Blues Release for the album Once It Gets Started, and Song of the Year for The Night the Pie Factory Burned Down.

Johnny also recently won for:

Best Other Instrument (Harmonica)"

2017 and 2018 BEST of the BEAT Music Award

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Larry T. Wilson & Jon Cook
Jun
28
6:30 PM18:30

Larry T. Wilson & Jon Cook

Friday June 28th 

6:30

Larry T. Wilson & Jon Cook

Larry T. Wilson – harmonica and vocals: Larry T. is a songwriter whose songs have been recorded by platinum recording artist, Sammy Kershaw “Too Far Gone To Leave”, vocal group 4-Runner “The House at the End of the Road”, Cherie Austin “No More Chasing Rainbows” Marty Raybon of Shenandoah “Take Jesus as Your Lawyer”, Larry Cordle “The House at the End of the Road” and David Frizell “Charlie Loves Hazel”. As an artist, Larry T. has performed shows with Guy Clark, Billie Joe Shavers, Mickey Newbury, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Delbert McClinton, Doc Watson, Livingston Taylor, The Dave Grisman Quintet and Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time. 

Jon Cook

Jon Cook, is a singer songwriter and muliti-instrumentalist that has a deep sense of telling a story in a voice that carries strength and has no boundaries.  He weaves his stories into his music with a style that is unique and beautiful.

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Artist in Residence: Eric Erdman (Monday Night Music)
Jun
24
5:00 PM17:00

Artist in Residence: Eric Erdman (Monday Night Music)

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June Monday Night Artist in Residence:

Eric Erdman

June 3, 10, 17 & 24

5-7

“Erdman’s trademark lyrical poetry slides across his warm, friendly acoustic guitar, which is 

embraced by Milham’s cool, suave brushes and Sciple’s deep baritone upright bass. Some of 

Erdman’s longtime fans might consider this album his best studio material to date.” - Lagniappe 

(Jan 17, 2018)


“(this album) reminds me of James Taylor during his ‘Gorilla’ and ‘In the Pocket’ phase of the 

late 70’s.” -Rodney Crowell


“This album is so damn rich and clean. And whoever did the mixes should be knighted” - Sally 

Taylor

“Eric Erdman paints pictures and tells stories that put you in his grandma's kitchen eating biscuits and gravy at sunset, knowing you are biding your time to

stir up trouble in the hot rod hiding in the back yard under a tarp later that night.”

-Radney Foster

www.ericerdmanmusic.com

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Missy Buchanan - Beach Calling
Jun
24
3:00 PM15:00

Missy Buchanan - Beach Calling

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About the book:

Aging doesn't take much effort--all you have to do is breathe. Aging faithfully is different. It requires intentional effort to stay focused on God as you make your way through a world of youth and change.

Many women dread aging and resist thinking about it. Yet God designed the human body to change over time, and growing older is part of God's plan. How we handle the changes that accompany aging reveals much about our spiritual maturity.

Beach Calling takes a fresh approach to the topic of aging. Missy Buchanan uses comforting imagery from the beach and ocean to engage readers in spiritual reflection. In this devotional journal for women in their middle years and beyond, she guides readers to explore and embrace God's plan for growing older.

Each devotion focuses on a familiar aspect of beach life and leads the reader to a parallel lesson on aging. Each reading contains journaling prompts that invite readers to capture their thoughts in the journaling space provided. Beach Calling helps women accept and prepare for life transitions, including how to navigate the challenges of loss and decline. This inspiring resource leads readers to discover the hope and joy that faithful aging can bring.

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Andy Andrews - The Bottom of the Pool (Ticket Info)
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Andy Andrews - The Bottom of the Pool (Ticket Info)

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Tickets are available for $30.00 (Price includes copy of Andy’s Book, “The Bottom of the Pool”) you must call the store or visit us in order to obtain tickets. Our phone number is (251) 928-5295.

About the book:

“This is how it’s done. This is why it’s done this way. This is the result you can expect if you do it.

These three pieces of information inform a conclusion about every part of each of our lives. Yet it is these three pieces of information that most often set an insidious trap—a trap that has held the imaginations of generations captive to the belief that because they are doing the best they can do, they are accomplishing the best that can be done. And while each of these three statements are true, not one of them is the truth.

Dive deeper with bestselling author Andy Andrews as he shares his unique philosophy regarding foundational thinking. Through his unique and captivating storytelling, Andy helps you search for the reality that lies beyond the boundaries established in the name of “best practices,” “industry standards,” or “the way things are done.” For it’s at the bottom of the pool that you discover a pathway to extraordinary results that most people in your position do not even know are possible.

We’ve learned to trust Andy Andrews to bring words of inspiration, practical instruction, and wise counsel. This volume promises to bring the same to all who are blessed to read it. - Max Lucado, pastor and New York Times bestselling author”

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Artist in Residence: Eric Erdman (Monday Night Music)
Jun
17
5:00 PM17:00

Artist in Residence: Eric Erdman (Monday Night Music)

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June Monday Night Artist in Residence:

Eric Erdman

June 3, 10, 17 & 24

5-7

“Erdman’s trademark lyrical poetry slides across his warm, friendly acoustic guitar, which is 

embraced by Milham’s cool, suave brushes and Sciple’s deep baritone upright bass. Some of 

Erdman’s longtime fans might consider this album his best studio material to date.” - Lagniappe 

(Jan 17, 2018)


“(this album) reminds me of James Taylor during his ‘Gorilla’ and ‘In the Pocket’ phase of the 

late 70’s.” -Rodney Crowell


“This album is so damn rich and clean. And whoever did the mixes should be knighted” - Sally 

Taylor

“Eric Erdman paints pictures and tells stories that put you in his grandma's kitchen eating biscuits and gravy at sunset, knowing you are biding your time to

stir up trouble in the hot rod hiding in the back yard under a tarp later that night.”

-Radney Foster

www.ericerdmanmusic.com

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Mary Alice Monroe - The Summer Guests
Jun
15
6:00 PM18:00

Mary Alice Monroe - The Summer Guests

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MARY ALICE MONROE WILL ALSO BE AT THE WEST MOBILE PUBLIC LIBRARY EARLY ON THIS DAY AT 1:00PM.

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Beach House series comes a heartwarming and evocative novel about the bonds and new beginnings that are born from natural disasters and how, even during the worst of circumstances—or perhaps because of them—you discover what is most important in life. 

Late August is a beautiful time on the Southern coast—the peach trees are ripe, the ocean is warm, and the sweet tea is icy. A perfect time to enjoy the rocking chairs on the porch. But beneath the calm surface bubbles a threat: it’s also the beginning of peak hurricane season.

When a sudden storm threatens the coasts of Florida and South Carolina, an eclectic group of evacuees flee for the farm of their friends Grace and Charles Phillips in North Carolina: the Phillips’s daughter Moira and her rescue dogs, famed equestrian Javier Angel de la Cruz, makeup artist Hannah McLain, horse breeder Gerda Klug and her daughter Elise, and island resident Cara Rutledge. They bring with them only the few treasured possessions they can carry. Strangers to all but the Phillips, they must ride out the storm together.

During the course of one of the most challenging weeks of their lives, relationships are put to the test as the evacuees are forced to confront the unresolved issues they have with themselves and with each other. But as the storm passes, they realize that what really matters wasn’t what they brought with them to the mountains: but what they’ll take with them once they leave.

With Mary Alice Monroe’s “usual resplendent storytelling” (Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author), The Summer Guests is a poignant and compelling story of self-discovery, love, and redemption.

PRAISE FOR THE SUMMER GUESTS:

“THE SUMMER GUESTS in an intimate and wise novel about what matters most in our lives. Mary Alice Monroe writes with great wit and wisdom about what happens when both human nature and the natural world collide. A fierce hurricane bears down on the southeastern coast sending five people evacuating to one friend’s farm in the North Carolina mountains. As the storm gathers force so do the emotions, confrontations and decisions of the summer guests. In the end, they will each leave as altered as the coast they escaped. Mary Alice Monroe writes a story that will make you both feel and understand—a rare combination. Transformational and poignant, this page-turner is your summer’s must-read!”
—Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis

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Christopher Shade - The Good Mother of Marseille
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Christopher Shade - The Good Mother of Marseille

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Praise for The Good Mother of Marseille:

“A veritable bouillabaisse of a novel, simmering with intrigue and steaming with surprises.” —Lorea Canales, author of Becoming Marta and Los Perros

“A remarkable work of imagination, a debut novel that not only introduces us to a gifted writer of fiction, but offers a beguiling glimpse into the zeitgeist of a generation’s appetite for the exotic and the mysterious. In the Hemingway tradition, its many linked stories gel into one compelling story of Americans abroad. Shade’s sensitivity toward his characters is infectious, and, quite frankly, unforgettable.” —Philip Schultz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author most recently of Luxury and The Wherewithal: A Novel in Verse

“Marseille with its hot dangerous streets, its bars, and beautiful churches becomes a character in this fresh and original novel by Christopher X. Shade. Here we glimpse anew intriguing and moving facets of human nature so skillfully and believably portrayed.” —Sheila Kohler, author of 13 books, most recently a memoir, Once We Were Sisters

“Well-developed characters, finding themselves in a landscape that is both beautiful and troubling, come to Marseille in search of many things—a chance to prove themselves, an adventure, a last hurrah. But what they find within is deeply more meaningful and surprising.”  —Chantel Acevedo, author of The Distant Marvels and The Living Infinite

“The Good Mother of Marseille is a beautiful and memorable debut, a melancholy tale of both lost and found, a love letter to the night-lights of France, a movable feast for this 21st century.” —Scott Cheshire, author of High as the Horses’ Bridles

More Praise at christopherxshade.com.


One of Big Other’s “Most Anticipated Small Press Books of 2019”

Book Synopsis:  In Christopher X. Shade’s The Good Mother of Marseille, it’s the summer of 2013, in the year of Marseille’s designation as the European Capital of Culture. Readers get a taste of this dangerous, impoverished yet seductive port city of France as they follow the interwoven stories of Americans who have come to wander and sightsee. Noémie, an anthropology student, wants to make the gritty graffiti-covered neighborhood of Cours Julien her home, but she’s running out of time, money, and her university sponsor’s patience.

Noémie watches over Corey, from New Jersey, who is an earlier version of her: also an anthropology student, he’s just getting started. But what he wants is very different. He searches the Marseille streets for what he needs from someone to love. In the old port, the wife of a small-town Alabama couple presses to see all the sights while her husband is losing his vision to an eye disease. Noémie intersects with everyone—has she stolen their passports? A Colorado man with late-stage cancer and fear of the unexpected falls in love with a French woman he meets at a café on the old port. In Marseille and then in Paris, a woman helps her journalist husband figure out what is happening in his head as he experiences a peculiar stress disorder. Hovering on the fringe are the Marseillais, the shopkeepers, artists, café waiters. Who among them will save Noémie?

To the rhythm of European street life, each American puts a Marseille experience in the context of their own histories. It’s a love letter to the turbulence of Marseille, and to the turbulence to be found under the surface of each of us, the pounding hearts and jarring fears.

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David Sedaris - Calypso (Ticket Info)
Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

David Sedaris - Calypso (Ticket Info)

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Wintzell’s Oyster House will be sponsoring a pre-Sedaris party from 4-6pm on June 12 for ticket holders. ENJOY SEAFOOD BITES FROM WINTZELL’S at Page and Palette before Sedaris arrives!

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UNSEATED TICKET (Still available!) (Price per ticket: $19.61)
Includes a paperback copy of "Calypso".
(Only available by calling our store or purchasing in-store at check out.)

Phone Number: (251)-928-5295.
Ticket will allow you a place in line.
Patrons can hear Sedaris speak throughout the store and outside.

*Only books purchased in store are eligible for signing.
*NO VIDEOS OR PHOTOS ARE ALLOWED. (Please keep this in mind.)

ABOUT THE BOOK:

This summer brings the paperback publication of David Sedaris’s first book of stories in five years: CALYPSO (Back Bay Books/Little, Brown and Company; ISBN: 9780316392426; June 4, 2019).

As you know, if you read David’s writing, see him on his epic tours, or hear him on the radio – there’s no better storyteller. David has a knack for making us cringe, laugh-out-loud and cry, all in the span of a few lines. This particular collection seems to take an even deeper and darker, more introspective, turn, and surpasses his best writing yet.

With a keen eye toward the loss of his mother, and sister Tiffany, and as he and his father age and find new ways to communicate in an increasingly politicized climate, David delivers the very best of his talents here. You will love these stories, and find them to be a wonderful addition to his varied and beloved backlist.

“It seemed that this entrancing collection of essays, and my fascination with its author, had sucked me into some nerdy netherworld where real life becomes weirder and funnier and darker and bleaker than, well, real life...The brilliance of David Sedaris’s writing is that his very essence, his aura, seeps through the pages of his books like an intoxicating cloud, mesmerizing us so that his logic becomes ours.” —Alan Cumming, New York Times book Review

“Sedaris demonstrates yet again what makes him the best American humorist writing today: A remarkable ability to combine the personal with the political, the mundane with the profane, slime with the sublime, and hilarity with heart. Reading Sedaris' family stories is like tuning into a spectacularly well-written sit-com.”—NPR.org

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More incredible praise for CALYPSO

Calypso is the most family-centered of his books yet and, although much of it is very funny, it’s also his most melancholy as it addresses aging and loss... [it] ranges across a number of other subjects as well, often with Sedaris’ trademark off-center, self-deprecating humor.” —Tampa Bay Times

“Unusually poignant...there’s a touching sense here of a man becoming aware of his own mortality, in his own quirky way, and cherishing his good luck and his loved ones.” —Seattle Times

“Though middle age may have made his shades of gray blacker, the wit and incisiveness that make Sedaris much-adored remain.”—Harper’s Bazaar

“Firmly grounded in the present, but with the same sense of twisted nostalgia that has always marked his best work.”—The Associated Press

“Laugh-out-loud funny, true and introspective.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“It has fewer laugh-out-loud moments, but feels more substantial and rewarding than some of

his earlier efforts.”—USA Today
“The most shocking thing David Sedaris can do is reveal that he’s been holding things back.”

Washington Post

“[CALYPSO] reveals the later-day Mr. Sedaris to be more ruminative, more serious, and a little less inclined to play everything for laughs” and praises, “one of his gifts as a writer is his ability to slip so easily between the profound and the mundane.”—The New York Times

“Sedaris dissects mortality and aging with great humor in this intriguing new collection.”

—Parade
“Sedaris is as funny as ever but also delves into serious topics...with sensitivity.”—Real Simple

“David Sedaris’ biggest strength as an essayist and humorist lies in his remarkable power of observation, of detecting the humor and pathos in the everyday conversations most of us don’t register. His attention and wit are as incisive as ever, but Sedaris brings a stronger sense of self to the pages of Calypso...It’s both warmer and bleaker than any Sedaris that’s come before.” —The AV Club

“As usual, Sedaris tackles some of life's biggest (and to be honest, smallest) mysteries with his trademark sense of humor.”—Bustle

“The beauty of David Sedaris’ personality — and what keeps his readers come back for best- selling book after best-selling book — is his unwavering dedication to a helter-skelter train of thought.”—Entertainment Weekly

“These essays are less zany than his earlier work (although you’ll still laugh out loud). Instead, he has mastered the art of modulation, weaving together grief with silliness, the joys of life with the fact of death.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“David Sedaris’s new essay collection is the sharpest retort to anyone who thinks they know what our favorite curmudgeonly humorist will be up to next. His charming observational humor is still the engine, but there’s nothing frivolous about... Sedaris grapples poignantly and satisfyingly (and yes, often hilariously) with death, the aging body, and just how far the bonds of family can stretch.”—Conde Nast Traveler

“Eloquent and silly, Sedaris’ collection could probably find unshakable life even in the dust kitties under the bed. It’s impossible...not to want him to be your best friend, because like all best friends, he gets you laughing even as he gently turns you toward the darkness we all must face.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“The sharpness and exaggerated pettiness of his earliest books are all but gone, replaced with a gentler sort of wryness that, one assumes, comes with the wisdom of middle age and experience. When a David Sedaris story made you feel wistful, it used to be the exception; in Calypso, it's the rule.”—POPMatters

“If Calypso is concerned about anything, it is slowing us down to notice how ridiculous life can be, but also how it is very worth the many chuckles and tears.”—The Rumpus

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Artist in Residence: Eric Erdman (Monday Night Music)
Jun
10
5:00 PM17:00

Artist in Residence: Eric Erdman (Monday Night Music)

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June Monday Night Artist in Residence:

Eric Erdman

June 3, 10, 17 & 24

5-7

“Erdman’s trademark lyrical poetry slides across his warm, friendly acoustic guitar, which is 

embraced by Milham’s cool, suave brushes and Sciple’s deep baritone upright bass. Some of 

Erdman’s longtime fans might consider this album his best studio material to date.” - Lagniappe 

(Jan 17, 2018)


“(this album) reminds me of James Taylor during his ‘Gorilla’ and ‘In the Pocket’ phase of the 

late 70’s.” -Rodney Crowell


“This album is so damn rich and clean. And whoever did the mixes should be knighted” - Sally 

Taylor

“Eric Erdman paints pictures and tells stories that put you in his grandma's kitchen eating biscuits and gravy at sunset, knowing you are biding your time to

stir up trouble in the hot rod hiding in the back yard under a tarp later that night.”

-Radney Foster

www.ericerdmanmusic.com

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Wynona Rogers - Riches to Rags (F.F. Signing)
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Wynona Rogers - Riches to Rags (F.F. Signing)

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Wynona Rogers is a name that most people that know it would associate with integrity and insurance. Thirty-one years in the insurance business and a number of awards couldn't prepare her for the events that unfolded in 2007. Now she uses her unique storytelling skills in Riches to Rags: One Woman's Story of Betrayal and Redemption, the true-life story of her experience with a certain Baptist missionary and bookkeeper. Wynona grew up in the Baptist church where she was fortified with God's teachings, especially the Ten Commandments. Those teachings would be tested when a rogue missionary devastated her life. Wynona takes you through the harrowing events she experienced firsthand. The story has mystery, a bit of humor, but mostly inspiration. She puts you there with her as she recounts the events that spanned the globe from Istanbul, Turkey, to the smallest island in Hawaii. Wynona Rogers shares her story so that the horrible things that happened to her may never happen to you. Truly a riches-to-rags story you won't soon forget.

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Janet Wiggins - Miss Millicent Monarch
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Janet Wiggins - Miss Millicent Monarch

This is the wonderful story of Millicent, as she hatches from an egg her mother had laid into a tiny caterpillar. She eats and eats and grows and grows and eventually transforms into a beautiful monarch butterfly. It tells the story of her friendship with a lovely lop-eared rabbit and her journey deep into the forest of Mexico. It is a book designed for children ages 7-9, as a read-aloud, for those who are just learning about the miracles of nature. Beautifully illustrated.

About the Author

Janet Wiggins taught primary grades for many years. She introduced her students to the beauty of the butterfly by having them raise their own young caterpillars through their life cycle until their release. She realized her students were mesmerized by this mystery of nature and was inspired to put facts into fantasy by writing about Miss Millicent Monarch.

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Blue Mullet Bluegrass Band
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Blue Mullet Bluegrass Band

Blue Mullet is a Fairhope - based bluegrass band, steeped in traditional, contemporary and Gospel bluegrass.  Formed in 2018, it's members are: Joel  Reagan, fiddle; Cheryl Gilbert, bass; Mark Gilbert, banjo/guitar; David  Thier, dobro/guitar and John Young, mandolin/guitar. 

Blue Mullet is a Fairhope - based bluegrass band, steeped in traditional, contemporary and Gospel bluegrass.  Formed in 2018, it's members are: Joel Reagan, fiddle; Cheryl Gilbert, bass; Mark Gilbert, banjo/guitar; David Thier, dobro/guitar and John Young, mandolin/guitar. 

Come join us for a great time with Blue Mullet Bluegrass Band this coming Thursday! June 6th at 6:00pm!

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Rupert Wates
Jun
5
6:00 PM18:00

Rupert Wates

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Rupert Wates

WED, JUNE 5TH at 6:00pm

Since coming to the US he’s won more than 40 songwriting and performing awards. In 2018 he performed as a finalist at the Kerrville New Folk Song Contest, and an Emerging Artist at Falconridge Folk Festival. 

“Terrific hooks, deep lyrics, awesome voice and nearly astonishing fingerpicking chops – the real deal” (Monterey County Weekly CA) 

“I'd put Rupert near the top of the list of singer-songwriters I've heard in my 50+ years in music. He's a truly fine lyricist, singer and player who has an enormously positive relationship with his audience. As the former manager of the late Harry Chapin, I've heard my share of story songs. Rupert's are right up there with the best" (Bob Hinkle, White Horse Black Mountain, NC)

"Lyrically, these songs combine the economy of a Woody Guthrie ballad with the intricacies of contemporary singer-songwriter Richard Thompson" (Jim Abbott, Orlando Sentinel, May 21, 2013)

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Artist in Residence: Eric Erdman (Monday Night Music)
Jun
3
5:00 PM17:00

Artist in Residence: Eric Erdman (Monday Night Music)

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June Monday Night Artist in Residence:

Eric Erdman

June 3, 10, 17 & 24

5-7

“Erdman’s trademark lyrical poetry slides across his warm, friendly acoustic guitar, which is 

embraced by Milham’s cool, suave brushes and Sciple’s deep baritone upright bass. Some of 

Erdman’s longtime fans might consider this album his best studio material to date.” - Lagniappe 

(Jan 17, 2018)


“(this album) reminds me of James Taylor during his ‘Gorilla’ and ‘In the Pocket’ phase of the 

late 70’s.” -Rodney Crowell


“This album is so damn rich and clean. And whoever did the mixes should be knighted” - Sally 

Taylor

“Eric Erdman paints pictures and tells stories that put you in his grandma's kitchen eating biscuits and gravy at sunset, knowing you are biding your time to

stir up trouble in the hot rod hiding in the back yard under a tarp later that night.”

-Radney Foster

www.ericerdmanmusic.com

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Joe Cuhaj - Best Dog Hikes: Alabama
Jun
1
3:00 PM15:00

Joe Cuhaj - Best Dog Hikes: Alabama

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Best Dog Hikes Alabama details the best dog friendly hiking trails in the Heart of Dixie. From mountain views to the coveted coast, there’s a trail for you and your trusty companions. Throughout are full-color photos and maps, helpful tips, and tailored hike specs with information on leash requirements, trail surface, other trail users, and more. You’ll also find important advice about hiking with dogs and preparation before you hit the trail. Grab the leash, don your pack, and get ready for an adventure that will have tails wagging for days to come.

Guests are invited to bring well behaved dogs that get along with other dogs.

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Abe Partridge
May
31
6:30 PM18:30

Abe Partridge

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Friday May 31st

Abe Partridge

6:30

Abe Partridge is one of the most respected songwriters in Mobile; he is rapidly gaining national and international attention for his second full-length recording, Cotton Fields and Blood For Days.  Ranging from the earthy to the surreal, from the spiritual light to the depths of depression, Partridge draws listeners in with a combination of southern gothic storytelling, dark humor and gripping intensity. The album received rave reviews and landed Partridge a lengthy feature in The Bitter Southerner.

Partridge is also gaining recognition for his folk art, which are primarily acrylic paintings on tar board. He was recently featured in Creative Loafing, saying "The artwork, acrylics on tar board, illustrate the discrepancies Partridge has observed in life, two-dimensional parables of a three-dimensional world. Rudimentary in execution, with phrases like 'Colors are all that matter when you are already outside the lines' (also a line from the first song on his new album) or 'Some songs put a devil in your flowers,' the paintings are dark... "

Partridge is a passionate, engaging performer.  He performed at the legendary Bluebird Cafe in July of 2018 and brought the house down.  He toured the Netherlands in October of 2018 and performed at the prestigious 30A Songwriter Festival in Santa Rosa, Florida, in January of 2019.

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