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Beatriz Williams
Jul
19
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Beatriz Williams

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“The Summer Wives is an exquisitely rendered novel that tackles two of my favorite topics: love and money. The glorious setting and drama are enriched by Williams’s signature vintage touch. It’s at the top of my picks for the beach this summer.”—Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Perfect Couple

New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams brings us the blockbuster novel of the season—an electrifying postwar fable of love, class, power, and redemption set among the inhabitants of an island off the New England coast . . .

In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island as a schoolgirl from the margins of high society, still reeling from the loss of her father in the Second World War. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, whose summer house on Winthrop overlooks the famous lighthouse, Miranda’s catapulted into a heady new world of pedigrees and cocktails, status and swimming pools. Isobel Fisher, Miranda’s new stepsister—all long legs and world-weary bravado, engaged to a wealthy Island scion—is eager to draw Miranda into the arcane customs of Winthrop society.

But beneath the island’s patrician surface, there are really two clans: the summer families with their steadfast ways and quiet obsessions, and the working class of Portuguese fishermen and domestic workers who earn their living on the water and in the laundries of the summer houses. Uneasy among Isobel’s privileged friends, Miranda finds herself drawn to Joseph Vargas, whose father keeps the lighthouse with his mysterious wife. In summer, Joseph helps his father in the lobster boats, but in the autumn he returns to Brown University, where he’s determined to make something of himself. Since childhood, Joseph’s enjoyed an intense, complex friendship with Isobel Fisher, and as the summer winds to its end, Miranda’s caught in a catastrophe that will shatter Winthrop’s hard-won tranquility and banish Miranda from the island for nearly two decades.

Now, in the landmark summer of 1969, Miranda returns at last, as a renowned Shakespearean actress hiding a terrible heartbreak. On its surface, the Island remains the same—determined to keep the outside world from its shores, fiercely loyal to those who belong. But the formerly powerful Fisher family is a shadow of itself, and Joseph Vargas has recently escaped the prison where he was incarcerated for the murder of Miranda’s stepfather eighteen years earlier. What’s more, Miranda herself is no longer a naïve teenager, and she begins a fierce, inexorable quest for justice for the man she once loved . . . even if it means uncovering every last one of the secrets that bind together the families of Winthrop Island.

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Jonathan F. Putnam
Jul
21
4:00 PM16:00

Jonathan F. Putnam

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“Putnam's third period mystery is gracefully written, nicely balancing sleuthing with courtroom drama, and should especially please history buffs.”  —Kirkus Reviews

“Entertaining… [Putnam] demonstrate[s] his expertise as a Lincoln scholar.” —Bookliston Perish from the Earth

 “One of the most enjoyable works of fiction I have read in a long time." —Doris Kearns Goodwin on These Honored Dead

Former trial lawyer Jonathan F. Putnam continues to impress fans of the Civil War era and historical mysteries with his expertise on Abraham Lincoln. The young Lincoln spent many years running from the embarrassments of his impoverished childhood.  Now, in Putnam’s third mystery, FINAL RESTING PLACE (Crooked Lane Books/July 10, 2018/$26.99), Lincoln’s past is coming back to haunt him. 

It is the summer of 1838, and Springfield is embroiled in a tumultuous, violent political season. All of Springfield’s elite have gathered at a grand party to celebrate the Fourth of July. Spirits are high―until a prominent local politician is assassinated in the midst of fireworks. When his political rival is arrested, young lawyer Lincoln and his best friend Joshua Speed are back on the case to investigate. 

It’s no ordinary trial, however, as Lincoln and Speed soon face unwelcome complications. Lincoln’s ne’er-do-well father and stepbrother appear in town and threaten Lincoln’s good name and political future. And before long, anonymous letters start appearing in the local newspapers, with ominous threats that make Lincoln fear for himself and his loved ones. As the day of reckoning arrives, the threats against Lincoln continue to escalate. Lincoln and Speed must identify the culprit and fast, before Lincoln loses the race to outrun his past.

Jonathan F. Putnam is a writer and attorney. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he is a nationally renowned trial lawyer and recognized Lincoln scholar. He currently lives with his family in London, England. This is his third Lincoln and Speed mystery.

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Phyllis Pittman
Jul
26
6:00 PM18:00

Phyllis Pittman

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Reading The Trouble with Gritsis like having author Phyllis Pittman join you on the front porch to sip lemonade and hear about one of her dear friends. Through the hilariously honest voice of a young girl, we experience Evangeline Tanner’s trials and victories as she matures, loves, and sets out on grand adventures. Expertly weaving Southern humor and the struggles of life together, Pittman has you anxiously awaiting the next trip to the old candy box. 

—Leslie Anne Tarabella, author,

 The Majorettes are Back in Town

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Gary Krist
Aug
21
6:00 PM18:00

Gary Krist

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“An entertaining, intertwined tale of triumph, hubris, and Manifest Destiny in the city of angels.” —Kirkus Reviews

os Angeles is the second largest city in the United States, home to millions; it looms in the American imagination as a glittering metropolis of celebrity, wealth, and sprawl. It is also, as bestselling author Gary Krist details in THE MIRAGE FACTORY: Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles(Crown; May 15, 2018), a city that never should have existed. For decades, only a few hardy farmers and ranchers dared settle the region. Isolated from the rest of the country by mountain and desert, lacking a major river or harbor, it was an inhospitable environment for any sort of growth. But in just a few short years, the implausible would become actual—and Los Angeles would take its place as one of the world’s iconic cities.  

As in his acclaimed works City of Scoundrels and Empire of Sin, Krist invites readers inside a city as it comes of age, as the foundations of its modern identity are laid—not without conflict—and built upon. Krist traces Los Angeles’s origins to a pivotal period from 1900 to 1930, and to the lives of three singular individuals who both embodied and, to a unique extent, drove the forces that would forever shape L.A.’s fortunes: William Mulholland, a self-taught engineer and L.A.’s “water czar” who would undertake the largest (and most controversial) public works project of its time to supply Los Angeles with the water that would be its life’s blood; D. W. Griffith, a film pioneer who would virtually invent a new industry and establish Los Angeles as its epicenter; and Aimee Semple McPherson, a celebrity evangelist who would inspire Los Angeles with the quest for spiritual reinvention that would become a defining ethos. 

As Krist writes of his three L.A. icons, “The images they conjured up—of a blossoming city in the desert, of a thriving factory of celluloid dreamworks, of a community of seekers finding personal salvation under God’s good sunshine—all had elements of the swindle about them, like mirages whose heady promises could evaporate on closer inspection.” Yet when the dust settled—and after all three figures paid a steep price for their outsized dreams—the mirage that was L.A. remained. Combining impeccable research with the brilliant, elegant flourish of a natural storyteller, Krist has crafted a vivid, wonderfully rich narrative that examines Los Angeles through a new lens; I look forward to discussing THE MIRAGE FACTORY with you further. 

About the Author

Gary Krist has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal,EsquireSalon, the Washington Post Book World, and elsewhere. He is the author of the bestselling City of Scoundrelsand Empire of Sin and the acclaimed The White Cascade, as well as several works of fiction. He has been the recipient of the Stephen Crane Award, the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Lowell Thomas Gold Medal for Travel Journalism, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Frye Gaillard
Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

Frye Gaillard

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Frye Gaillard has given us a deeply personal history, bringing his keen storyteller’s eye to this pivotal time in American life. He explores the competing story arcs of tragedy and hope through the political and social movements of the times ― civil rights, black power, women’s liberation, the War in Vietnam, and the protests against it. But he also examines the cultural manifestations of change ― music, literature, art, religion, and science ― and so we meet not only the Brothers Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X, but also Gloria Steinem, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Harper Lee, Mister Rogers, Rachel Carson, James Baldwin, Andy Warhol, Billy Graham, Thomas Merton, George Wallace, Richard Nixon, Angela Davis, Barry Goldwater, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the Berrigan Brothers. 

“There are many different ways to remember the sixties,” Gaillard writes, “and this is mine. There was in these years the sense of a steady unfolding of time, as if history were on a forced march, and the changes spread to every corner of our lives. As future generations debate the meaning of the decade, I hope to offer a sense of how it felt to have lived it. A Hard Rain is one writer’s reconstruction and remembrance of a transcendent era ― one that, for better or worse, lives with us still.”

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Sonny Brewer presents William Gay's "The Lost Country"
Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Sonny Brewer presents William Gay's "The Lost Country"

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Ten years after it was first announced, Dzanc is proud to deliver the lost novel from a master of the Southern Gothic―the work William Gay fans have anticipated for a decade.

Billy Edgewater is a harbinger of doom. Estranged from his family, discharged from the Navy, and touched by a rising desperation, he sets out hitchhiking home to East Tennessee, where his father is slowly dying.

On the road, separately, are Sudy and Bradshaw, brother and sister, and a one-armed con man named Roosterfish. All, in one way or another, have their pasts and futures embroiled with D.L. Harkness, a predator in all the ways there are. Hounded at every turn by scams, vigilantes, grievous loss, and unspeakable violence, Edgewater navigates the long road home, searching for a place that may be nothing but memory.

Hailed as “a seemingly effortless storyteller” by the New York Times Book Review and “a writer of striking talent” by the Chicago Tribune, William Gay, with this long-awaited novel, secures his place alongside Faulkner, O’Connor, and McCarthy as one of the greatest novelists in the Southern Gothic tradition.

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Jo Watson Hackl - Middle Grade Novel
Jul
15
3:00 PM15:00

Jo Watson Hackl - Middle Grade Novel

A Mississippi ghost town and an art mystery combine in this gorgeously written debut just right for fans of Three Times Lucky and A Snicker of Magic!

How far would you go to find something that might not even exist?

All her life, Cricket’s mama has told her stories about a secret room painted by a mysterious artist. Now Mama’s run off, and Cricket thinks the room might be the answer to getting her to come back. If it exists. And if she can find it.

Cricket’s only clue is a coin from a grown-over ghost town in the woods. So with her daddy’s old guidebook and a coat full of snacks stolen from the Cash ’n’ Carry, Cricket runs away to find the room. Surviving in the woods isn’t easy. While Cricket camps out in an old tree house and looks for clues, she meets the last resident of the ghost town, encounters a poetry-loving dog (who just might hold a key to part of the puzzle), and discovers that sometimes you have to get a little lost…to really find your way.

* “Told in the easy, laconic tone of good, Southern storytelling, Hackl’s debut rolls off the tongue and into the heart easy as warm butter on a biscuit. Lyrical and endearing, this debut is a genuine adventure tale.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“A tale of adventure, full of mystery.”—Robert Beatty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Serafina and the Black Cloak

“Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe is part treasure hunt, part wilderness adventure, and all heart.”—Alan Gratz, New York Times Bestselling author of Refugee

“A heartwarming coming-of-age story.”—Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor-winning author of Hattie Big Sky

“A masterful debut. Cricket is my new hero, brave and funny and full of heart. I couldn’t put it down.”—Augusta Scattergood, author of Glory Be

“A brilliant, utterly absorbing debut. I couldn’t get enough of Cricket’s adventures. Totally unputdownable.”—Carrie Ryan, New York TImes Bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth

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Kent Wascom
Jul
14
4:00 PM16:00

Kent Wascom

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The third novel from “one of the most exhilarating historical novelists in the country” (Washington Post), set in New Orleans, the Mississippi coast, Cuba, and Nicaragua in the early decades of the twentieth century, The New Inheritors is a masterful portrait of young love and a family driven apart by greed, anger, and matters of the heart 

Kent Wascom is one of the most exciting and ambitious emerging voices in American fiction. Envisaging a quartet of books telling the story of America through a single family and region, the Gulf Coast of the United States, Wascom began with his much-lauded debut, The Blood of Heaven, published when he was just twenty-six and praised as “stunning” by the Miami Herald, and “like the sermon of a revivalist preacher” by the Wall Street Journal. His second novel, Secessia, continues the story of the Woolsack family in Civil War New Orleans, and in The New Inheritors, he has written his most powerful and poignant novel yet.

In 1914, with the world on the brink of war, Isaac, a nature-loving artist whose past is mysterious to all, including himself, meets Kemper, a defiant heiress caught in the rivalry between her brothers. Kemper’s older brother Angel is hiding a terrible secret about his sexuality, and her younger brother Red possesses a capacity for violence that frightens even the members of his own brutal family. Together Isaac and Kemper build a refuge on their beloved, wild, Gulf Coast. But their paradise is short-lived; as the coast is rocked by the storms of summer, the country is gripped by the furor preceding World War I, and the Woolsack family’s rivalries come to a bloody head. From the breathtaking beauty of the Gulf to the bloody havoc wreaked by the United States in Latin America, The New Inheritorsexplores the beauty and burden of what is handed down to us all. At once a love story and a family drama, a novel of nature and a novel of war, The New Inheritors traces a family whose life is intimately tied to the Gulf, that most disputed, threatened, and haunted part of this country we call America.

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Jul
13
2:00 PM14:00

Jess Moore - The Guilt of a Sparrow

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Magnolia Porter has spent the entirety of her twenty-four years satisfying her mother’s guilt. She was the good girl to her trouble making brother, Lucian – the one left behind to hold her mother together after he died. She is an invisible girl in a small town carrying the burden of her family’s loss and pain. Maggie was nobody trying desperately to be somebody. 

Cotton MacKenna is the one with the temper. Of the five MacKenna boys, he’s the one most likely to throw the first punch. Never mind all those fights were a decade ago, all in an attempt to save a sweet girl from her bullying older brother. Now, Cotton has grown up, with his own photography business, yet as the fourth in the line of MacKennas, he would only ever be known for his past. Time for a change. 

Maggie and Cotton are more than the labels placed on them, put there by their families, the town, and themselves. 
A meddling best friend. Bluegrass jams. Small town gossiping. Love, loss, and family ties. Learning how to be who you are outside of who you were told to be. With humor and plenty of romance, of course.

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Margaret Cunningham -  One Peculiar Summer
Jul
11
2:00 PM14:00

Margaret Cunningham - One Peculiar Summer

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Deep in the Alabama woods sits Primm House, straight out of fairy tales and the heart of a child. Now an adult, Franny Primm looks back, unweaving the threads of a certain summer in this southern coming-of-age tale.

From the boy known as Zorro who roams the area on horseback, to the orphans in the woods and the Catholic hierarchy down the road, Franny recalls a series of characters and events that come together in a mystery—and the haunting answers to it.

Margaret P. Cunningham’s short stories have won several national contests and appeared in magazines and anthologies including eight Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She grew up on her father’s nursery in Mobile, Alabama, where she lives with her husband, Tom. She enjoys writing, reading, gardening and “beaching it” with her friends and family.

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Special Book/Music Event at Page & Palette’s Book Cellar
Jul
8
2:00 PM14:00

Special Book/Music Event at Page & Palette’s Book Cellar

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“Murder, Murder Creek, and the KKK” with live music by Chris Clifton, Gove Scrivenor, and Larry T. Wilson

Featured Books:

In a Temple of Treesby Suzanne Hudson, multiple literary prize winner

Murder Creekby Joe Formichella, multiple literary prize winner, including national finalist for Best True Crime Book of the Year (Murder Creek)

Main Event/Book:

The Wrong Side of Murder Creekby Bob Zellner (movie, “Sonof the South”—in development by 2018 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix Winner, Barry Brown)

“Reviled by some but admired and revered by many, Bob Zellner describes how he began protesting on behalf of social change and equal rights, and how decades later he still continues to struggle.”    --New South Books

“Bob Zellner was jailed, beaten, slashed, shot at by police, and taken on a terrifying night ride by Klansmen as they debated whether to lynch him. He’s also a canny observer of major figures in the struggle, from SNCC legend Robert Moses to segregationist stalwart George Wallace . . . when Zellner survives to see white and black workers come together for a wildcat strike, it seems almost miraculous.”   

---Publishers Weekly

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First Friday Author Round Up - Jenny Smith
Jul
6
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Author Round Up - Jenny Smith

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Jenny Smith

The boy was born in 1938, under the majestic Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, to a strong mother and an absent father. The boy was known by his nick-name, Tokkie.  This memoir makes one laugh at Tokkie’s antics and the trouble they get him into.  At other times, one cries with the boy who is often cold and hungry, and has to grow up too quickly in post war South Africa.  To add insult to injury, his step-father buys a baboon that Tokkie has to feed, even though the baboon often bites him and never allows him to win the tree-scaling races.                                                                                                                      

When Tokkie is grown, he has an encounter with God that changes his life and his name as he becomes Pastor Theodor Jerry Hewett.  Miracles take place and his heartfelt cry of ‘God can do it again’, resonates throughout this narrative.  The story includes the funny, yet sometimes heartbreaking journey of the ministry in South Africa, all the while capturing the heartbeat of Africa.

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Lauren Denton
Jun
28
2:00 PM14:00

Lauren Denton

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From the author of the USA TODAY bestseller The Hideaway comes a new story about families and mending the past.

Betsy and Ty Franklin, owners of Franklin Dairy Farm in southern Alabama, have long since buried their desire for children of their own. While Ty manages their herd of dairy cows, Betsy busies herself with the farm’s day-to-day operations and tries to forget her dream of motherhood. But when her free-spirited sister, Jenna, drops off her two young daughters for “just two weeks,” Betsy’s carefully constructed wall of self-protection begins to crumble.

As the two weeks stretch deeper into the Alabama summer, Betsy and Ty learn to navigate the new additions in their world—and revel in the laughter that now fills their home. Meanwhile, record temperatures promise to usher in the most active hurricane season in decades.

Attending an art retreat four hundred miles away, Jenna is fighting her own battles. She finally has time and energy to focus on her photography, a lifelong ambition. But she wonders how her rediscovered passion can fit in with the life she’s made back home as a single mom.

When Hurricane Ingrid aims a steady eye at the Alabama coast, Jenna must make a decision that will change her family’s future, even as Betsy and Ty try to protect their beloved farm and their hearts. Hurricane Season is the story of one family’s unconventional journey to healing—and the relationships that must be mended along the way.

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Andy Andrews - The Traveler's Summit
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Andy Andrews - The Traveler's Summit

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Doors Open at 5 pm!

The follow-up to New York Times bestselling Traveler’s Gift is now available for the first time in paperback and includes brand new content from beloved author Andy Andrews.

David Ponder is back?and this time, the fate of mankind may be in his hands. With New Bonus Content.

This is humanity's last chance. Centuries of greed, pride, and hate have sent humankind hurtling toward disaster, far from our original purpose. There is only one solution that can reset the compass and right the ship?and that answer is only two words.

With time running out, it's up to David Ponder and a cast of history's best and brightest minds to uncover this solution before it is too late. The catch? They are allowed only five tries to solve the ominous challenge.

Readers first encountered David Ponder in the New York Times bestseller The Traveler's Gift. Now, in The Traveler's Summit, Andrews combines a riveting narrative with astounding history to show us the one thing we must do when we don't know what to do.

"Every generation or so, God produces a person who can communicate like no one else. His words are like cool water to a thirsty civilization. Andy Andrews is one of the best I have ever seen." ? Zig Ziglar, America's #1 Motivator and Best-Selling Author

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RACHEL NOBLE - Children's Picture Book
Jun
22
11:00 AM11:00

RACHEL NOBLE - Children's Picture Book

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Finn knows his brother is gone. But he also knows that Hamish sent the beautiful white feather on his doorstep. 

Finn knows his brother is gone. But he also knows that Hamish sent the beautiful white feather on his doorstep.
Finn runs to show his mother the feather from Hamish, but she only gives him a big hug. In school, Finn’s teacher responds similarly. Why isn’t anyone as excited as he is? Finn sits quietly, cradling the beautiful, amazing feather. “Why did Hamish give it to you?” asks his friend, Lucas. “Maybe he wanted to say hi?” wonders Finn. “Maybe,” Lucas says, “Hamish wanted you to have fun with it.” Finn’s Feather is a story about resilience and memory—about a child, his brother, and a friend who meets him where he is.

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Caleb Johnson
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Caleb Johnson

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"I can’t remember the last time I read a book I wish so much I’d written. Treeborne is beautiful, and mythic in ways I would never have been able to imagine...I can’t say enough about this book."―Daniel Wallace, national bestselling author of Extraordinary Adventures and Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions

Janie Treeborne lives on an orchard at the edge of Elberta, Alabama, and in time, she has become its keeper. A place where conquistadors once walked, and where the peaches they left behind now grow, Elberta has seen fierce battles, violent storms, and frantic change―and when the town is once again threatened from without, Janie realizes it won’t withstand much more. So she tells the story of its people: of Hugh, her granddaddy, determined to preserve Elberta’s legacy at any cost; of his wife, Maybelle, the postmaster, whose sudden death throws the town into chaos; of her lover, Lee Malone, a black orchardist harvesting from a land where he is less than welcome; of the time when Janie kidnapped her own Hollywood-obsessed aunt and tore the wrong people apart.

As the world closes in on Elberta, Caleb Johnson’s debut novel lifts the veil and offers one last glimpse. Treeborne is a celebration and a reminder: of how the past gets mixed up in thoughts of the future; of how home is a story as much as a place.

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Rupert Thomson
Jun
16
4:00 PM16:00

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The true story of a love affair between two extraordinary women becomes a literary tour deforce in this novel that recreates the surrealist movement in Paris and the horrors of the two world wars with a singular incandescence and intimacy.

ABOUT RUPERT THOMSON:

Rupert Thomson is the author of nine highly acclaimed novels, including Secrecy; The Insult, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and selected by David Bowie as one of his 100 Must-Read Books of All Time; The Book of Revelation, which was made into a feature film by Ana Kokkinos; and Death of a Murderer, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award. His memoir, This Party’s Got to Stop, was named Writers’ Guild Non-Fiction Book of the Year. He lives in London.


ABOUT THE BOOK:

In the years preceding World War I, two young women meet, by chance, in a provincial town in France. Suzanne Malherbe, a shy seventeen-year-old with a talent for drawing, is completely entranced by the brilliant but troubled Lucie Schwob, who comes from a family of wealthy Jewish intellectuals. They embark on a clandestine love affair, terrified they will be discovered, but then, in an astonishing twist of fate, the mother of one marries the father of the other. As “sisters” they are finally free of suspicion, and, hungry for a more stimulating milieu, they move to Paris at a moment when art, literature, and politics blend in an explosive cocktail. Having reinvented themselves as Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, they move in the most glamorous social circles, meeting everyone from Hemingway and Dalí to André Breton, and produce provocative photographs that still seem avant-garde today. In the 1930s, with the rise of anti-Semitism and threat of fascism, they leave Paris for Jersey, and it is on this idyllic island that they confront their destiny, creating a campaign of propaganda against Hitler’s occupying forces that will put their lives in jeopardy. Brilliantly imagined, profoundly thought-provoking, and ultimately heartbreaking, Never Anyone But You infuses life into a forgotten history as only great literature can.

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:

One of Nylon’s “46 Great Books To Read This Summer”

“Sleek, lush…an extraordinary and rollicking tale…Cahun and Moore’s is a beautiful love story that deserves to be better known.” —Harper’s

“Though knowing that Cahun and Moore were real people adds a keen edge to the novel’s power, it is Thomson’s brilliant writing and ability to evoke the love and commitment these two women had toward each other and toward their principles that will stay with you…[an] extraordinary, inspiring, heart-breaking tale.” —Nylon
 
“A dazzlingly gifted writer…David Bowie was a big Thomson fan and you get a feeling he’d have loved this atmospheric tale of an affair between two young women in 1920s and 30s Paris.” —The Guardian

“Evocative…In this seamless and comprehensive tale, Thomson shines a light on two impressive and memorable life stories.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“An intense clandestine love affair between two Frenchwomen during the first half of the twentieth century spans art and literature, war and imprisonment, madness and devotion…beguiling.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“With a dash of Midnight in Paris and a hint of Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, this part love story, part thriller is sure to captivate.” —Library Journal
 
“Readers enamored of Paris in its artistic and literary heyday and curious about overlooked historical women and members of the LGBT community will be moved by Thomson’s lovely, quietly powerful novel of reinvention in many forms.” —Booklist
 
“A richly imagined work of historical fiction that succeeds in capturing the essence of each distinct period…captivating and heartfelt.” —Shelf Awareness

“Wrought with deft beauty…the novel bears witness to the power to effect change through love.” —Kenyon Review
 
“A beautiful and extraordinary book, strange and moving and (as always with Rupert Thomson) quite unlike anything else…It’s a long time since I read a love story quite so convincing and truthful, and the background of the artistic avant-garde in the twenties and thirties is brilliantly evoked. But the fragrance (I can only think of it as a fragrance, like some old perfume such as Mitsouko) of the love affair emerges from the pages as if the very paper is suffused with it…A great novel.” —Philip Pullman, author of the bestselling His Dark Materials trilogy

“In prose so sharp it glitters, Rupert Thomson reveals in fiction what inevitably remains hidden in nonfiction—lived experience. Through the measured but incisive voice of Suzanne Malherbe, the reader enters the intimate world of two life-long lovers, artistic collaborators, and anti-Nazi rebels who left behind a haunting photographic legacy. After I finished this acute and tender book, I felt that two fascinating ghosts had become real.” —Siri Hustvedt, author of The Blazing World
 
“In this novel about Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, Rupert Thomson tells the thrilling story of how, fusing love and art, one of the great collaborative partnerships of the twentieth century mounted an unthinkably brave, largely unsung campaign of political witness and resistance. The voice Thomson gives Marcel is a brilliant invention: flashes of poetry trouble the patina of its self-control, intimations of the wildness and terror of genius.” —Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

“Hands down, Rupert Thomson is one of my favorite writers of all time. I impatiently wait for his new novels and he never disappoints. The atmospheric Never Anyone But You is exquisitely crafted and pulls you deep into the love affair of two extraordinary women. Magnificent. As always.” —Andrea Wulf, author of The Invention of Nature

“Never Anyone But You puts a hidden piece of history into its long-overdue place in the spotlight. Rupert Thomson deftly weaves a story that spans several decades—the Paris Surrealists, Nazi-occupied Jersey, heroic acts of resistance, and intense and enduring (and forbidden) love—into one seamless whole. Nail-bitingly tense and incredibly moving.” —Monica Ali, author of Brick Lane

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Johnnie Bernhard
Jun
16
2:00 PM14:00

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Fifty-year-old Karen Anders, a high school English teacher and the adoptive mother of Tiffany, comes to terms with being a single-parent and a clumsy drunk in the multicultural melting pot of Houston, Texas, as she forges an unlikely friendship with Leona Supak, a WWII Hungarian refugee, who inspires Karen to change her views on motherhood, drinking, and men.

Karen’s teaching job provides an ongoing challenge with low scoring students and a lack of support from school administrators. Meanwhile, Tiffany moves to Austin to attend the University of Texas, but soon neglects her academic life when she meets a gamer boyfriend and begins a job at the Ink & Juice, a tattoo parlor-juicing bar. Tiffany hides the truth of her new life from Karen through a text-only relationship. Feeling rejected, Karen explores the paradox of romance for the middle-aged. Despite the challenges, a family unit comes together inspired by strangers and second chances in How We Came to Be.

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Robert Bailey
Jun
14
6:00 PM18:00

Robert Bailey

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Former law professor Tom McMurtrie has brought killers to justice, and taken on some of the most infamous cases in Alabama’s history. Now he’s tackling his greatest challenge.

McMurtrie’s old nemesis, Jack Willistone, is found dead on the banks of the Black Warrior River. Willistone had his share of enemies, but all evidence points to a forgotten, broken woman as the killer. At the urging of the suspect’s desperate fourteen-year-old daughter, McMurtrie agrees to take the case.

But as seasoned as McMurtrie is, even he isn’t prepared for how personal and dangerous this case is going to get. With the trial drawing near and his sharp young partner, Rick Drake, dealing with a family tragedy, he recruits his best friend, Bocephus Haynes, to help investigate.

As key witnesses disappear and old demons return, time becomes McMurtrie’s most fearsome opponent. Soon loyalties will be tested and the boundaries of law will be broken as McMurtrie fights to save his legacy—and his client’s life—before the truth is buried forever in the muddy waters of the Black Warrior.

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Elaine Neil Orr
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Elaine Neil Orr

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From the critically acclaimed writer of A Different Sun, a Southern coming-of-age novel that sets three very different young people against the tumultuous years of the American civil rights movement...

Tacker Hart left his home in North Carolina as a local high school football hero, but returns in disgrace after being fired from a prestigious architectural assignment in West Africa. Yet the culture and people he grew to admire have left their mark on him. Adrift, he manages his father's grocery store and becomes reacquainted with a girl he barely knew growing up. 

Kate Monroe's parents have died, leaving her the family home and the right connections in her Southern town. But a trove of disturbing letters sends her searching for the truth behind the comfortable life she's been bequeathed.

On the same morning but at different moments, Tacker and Kate encounter a young African-American, Gaines Townson, and their stories converge with his. As Winston-Salem is pulled into the tumultuous 1960s, these three Americans find themselves at the center of the civil rights struggle, coming to terms with the legacies of their pasts as they search for an ennobling future.

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Marcelo Antinori
Jun
5
6:00 PM18:00

Marcelo Antinori

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“With every year that goes by, I feel more relaxed doing what I do. Choosing who deserves to die is still what takes the most time. The actual execution, however, seems to get easier with each one. The danger is getting careless. The bus driver’s death last year was perfect; nobody saw it or suspected that I was on the bus. I could feel him dying when his blood came gushing out on my hand. I need to control myself. The pleasure of destroying a useless life can cause me to stop being rational, and that could be my downfall.”
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Always in August, when cold rain numbs desires, someone dies without explanation. The dread spreads and drives away tourists. Everyone wants to help: the retired police chief who has been delegated, the lawyer who admires Machado de Assis, the Old Atheist drunk, the Frenchwomen couple in the restaurant, the Czech who photographs doors and windows and even the woman who sells churros, but the secret is saved. Only one person is able to decipher the clues that can lead to the killer.

Marcelo Antinori is a Brazilian author currently living in Washington, DC. He has traveled all over the world overseeing social and economic projects. His experiences with different people and cultures are what allows him to create such unique and exotic characters.

Antinori is the author of The Last Flight of the Condor, The Hungarian Who Left Without Warning, Nine Stories of the Glass Mermaid, and The Bride of Paraty. He writes in English,
Spanish, and Portuguese.

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June Artist in Residence: Brenda Bledsoe
Jun
4
5:00 PM17:00

June Artist in Residence: Brenda Bledsoe

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Our artist in residence for the month of June is Brenda Bledsoe. She will preforming every Monday night between 5-7pm.

 “Brenda Bledsoe is a Daphne-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She has a crystal clear voice with an Americana/folk style, and sings with heart-felt intensity. Brenda performs throughout the Gulf Coast area, and is often found sitting in with songwriter friends, singing harmony or playing the flute.”

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Lottie Boggan
May
24
2:00 PM14:00

Lottie Boggan

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TERROR HAS A NAME—MR. HONEYCUT Psychologist Merritt Bond believes she buried her troubled past when she left Mississippi and opened a practice out West. She thrives in her new life until she receives a disturbing call from her younger sister, Lilli Ann, who fears for her life. Merritt has no choice but to close her office and return home. Back in the place where her nightmares began, she not only rescues Lilli Ann, but is forced to confront her personal demons. The old Bond homestead reeks with the stifling odor of roses. Their scent stirs Merritt's memories of a dark figure she calls Mr. Honeycut, and how he slid down the hall into her bedroom night after night. The words to "Sweet Rose of Sharon" and the cloying scent of rose water perfume invades her brain, and she remembers the time he left behind a trophy, a pair of dirty panties belonging to someone else. Not realizing what she had, Merritt stuffed the panties into the pouch of her teddy bear, Foffy Bear, and stashed him in her secret place. Returning to Mississippi, she retrieves evidence of her molestation and risks her life to unravel the secrets hidden deep inside her own broken psyche.

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