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Richard Jay Hutto at Page & Palette
Sep
20
2:00 PM14:00

Richard Jay Hutto at Page & Palette

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Richard Jay Hutto will be joining us at Page & Palette at 2:00pm to talk about his book. Then later he will be in Mobile at the Cox-Deasy House at 6:00pm as well to talk about his book. (Same Day Event)

Richard Jay Hutto, "A Poisoned Life"

EVENT LOCATION IS IN MOBILE @ 6:00PM on September 20th, at the historic Cox-Deasy House at 115 Palmetto Street on the grounds of Oakleigh. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Mobile, Alabama, presentation and book signing for A Poisoned Life

After a late-August book launch at the Carter Presidential Center for A Poisoned Life: Florence Chandler Maybrick, the First American Woman Sentenced to Death in England, the first book presentation and signing will take place in Mobile, Alabama, where the protagonist of the story was born. The Historic Mobile Preservation Society, whose archives were instrumental in researching the book, will host a 6:00 pm presentation on Thursday, September 20th, at the historic Cox-Deasy House at 115 Palmetto Street on the grounds of Oakleigh. The author, Rick Hutto, will be featured as the Society’s monthly speaker and his book will be available for purchase and signing.

Florence Maybrick, born in Mobile, Alabama, was the first American woman to be sentenced to death in England - for murdering her husband, a crime she almost certainly did not commit. Her 1889 trial was presided over by an openly misogynist judge who was later declared incompetent and died in an asylum. Hours before Maybrick was to be hanged, Queen Victoria reluctantly commuted her sentence to life in prison - in her opinion a woman who would commit adultery, as Maybrick had admitted, would also kill her husband. So long as the Widow of Windsor was alive, Florence would not be released from prison for fifteen long years.

Her mother, who had married the scion of one of Mobile’s leading families, was vilified and made an easy target when her daughter was arrested and tried for murder. Widowed just before her daughter was born, her mother soon re-married in Macon, Georgia, to a dashing Confederate officer and was a widow again within months. She worked tirelessly, enlisting the president of the United States and successive ambassadors, including Robert Todd Lincoln, and spent her substantial fortune in an effort to have her daughter released. Florence’s children were taken from her and she never saw them again. Both she and her mother would die in poverty. Decades later, a gruesome diary was discovered that made Maybrick's husband a prime suspect as Jack the Ripper.

For inquiries, the Historic Mobile Preservation Society can be reached at (251) 432-6161.

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Richard Jay Hutto At Cox-Deasy House in Mobile
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Richard Jay Hutto At Cox-Deasy House in Mobile

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Richard Jay Hutto, "A Poisoned Life"

EVENT LOCATION IS IN MOBILE @ 6:00PM on September 20th, at the historic Cox-Deasy House at 115 Palmetto Street on the grounds of Oakleigh. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Mobile, Alabama, presentation and book signing for A Poisoned Life

After a late-August book launch at the Carter Presidential Center for A Poisoned Life: Florence Chandler Maybrick, the First American Woman Sentenced to Death in England, the first book presentation and signing will take place in Mobile, Alabama, where the protagonist of the story was born. The Historic Mobile Preservation Society, whose archives were instrumental in researching the book, will host a 6:00 pm presentation on Thursday, September 20th, at the historic Cox-Deasy House at 115 Palmetto Street on the grounds of Oakleigh. The author, Rick Hutto, will be featured as the Society’s monthly speaker and his book will be available for purchase and signing.

Florence Maybrick, born in Mobile, Alabama, was the first American woman to be sentenced to death in England - for murdering her husband, a crime she almost certainly did not commit. Her 1889 trial was presided over by an openly misogynist judge who was later declared incompetent and died in an asylum. Hours before Maybrick was to be hanged, Queen Victoria reluctantly commuted her sentence to life in prison - in her opinion a woman who would commit adultery, as Maybrick had admitted, would also kill her husband. So long as the Widow of Windsor was alive, Florence would not be released from prison for fifteen long years.

Her mother, who had married the scion of one of Mobile’s leading families, was vilified and made an easy target when her daughter was arrested and tried for murder. Widowed just before her daughter was born, her mother soon re-married in Macon, Georgia, to a dashing Confederate officer and was a widow again within months. She worked tirelessly, enlisting the president of the United States and successive ambassadors, including Robert Todd Lincoln, and spent her substantial fortune in an effort to have her daughter released. Florence’s children were taken from her and she never saw them again. Both she and her mother would die in poverty. Decades later, a gruesome diary was discovered that made Maybrick's husband a prime suspect as Jack the Ripper.

For inquiries, the Historic Mobile Preservation Society can be reached at (251) 432-6161.

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Blue Bicycle
Sep
21
6:30 PM18:30

Blue Bicycle

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“Suzanne and Suzi met singing harmony in a moonbeam, daydream, sailboat, siren melody and they've been singing together ever since.”

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Terre Harris Book Signing
Sep
22
2:00 PM14:00

Terre Harris Book Signing

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Early childhood educator Terre Harris has seen children connect with wonderful animal stories. This is the first in her series of the adventures of Doodle!

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Grayson Capps: September Artist in Residence
Sep
24
5:00 PM17:00

Grayson Capps: September Artist in Residence

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September Artist in Residence: Grayson Capps

Sept. 3, 10, 17 & 24

5pm-7pm

"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

www.graysoncapps.com

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Lauren and Lyba Murphy
Sep
28
6:30 PM18:30

Lauren and Lyba Murphy

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Lauren & Lyba Murphy

National Touring Artist, Fairhope resident , Singer/Songwriter Lauren Murphy brings her Soulful Americana to the Book Cellar. Very special guest Lauren's daughter, Lyba Leona, will also showcase some of her originals & join Mom with genetically gorgeous harmonies.

"Lady Willpower" Relix Magazine

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Drew Williams
Sep
29
2:00 PM14:00

Drew Williams

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Drew Williams's The Stars Now Unclaimed is a fun, adventure-filled space opera set in a far-future galaxy.

Jane Kamali is an agent for the Justified. Her mission: to recruit children with miraculous gifts in the hope that they might prevent the Pulse from once again sending countless worlds back to the dark ages.

Hot on her trail is the Pax--a collection of fascist zealots who believe they are the rightful rulers of the galaxy and who remain untouched by the Pulse.

Now Jane, a handful of comrades from her past, and a telekinetic girl called Esa must fight their way through a galaxy full of dangerous conflicts, remnants of ancient technology, and other hidden dangers.

And that's just the beginning . . .

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Lisa Patton
Oct
5
4:00 PM16:00

Lisa Patton

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Book Talk is at 4:00pm and First Friday Author Round up at 6:00pm!

“There’s not a better Southern author writing today than Lisa Patton. Funny, touching, and full of twists and turns. I couldn’t have loved it more.” – Fannie Flagg, New York Times bestselling author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café

Rush is recommended by...

Atlanta Journal Constitution as a Southern Beach Book
SouthernLiving.com as a 2018 Beach Read
Deep South Magazine's Summer Reading List
Southern Independent Bookseller's Alliance as a SUMMER 2018 OKRA PICK
Modern Mrs. Darcy Fall Lineup

Set in modern day Oxford, Mississippi, on the Ole Miss campus, bestselling author Lisa Patton’s RUSH is a story about women―from both ends of the social ladder―discovering their voices and their empowerment.

Cali Watkins possesses all the qualities sororities are looking for in a potential new member. She’s kind and intelligent, makes friends easily, even plans to someday run for governor. But her resume lacks a vital ingredient. Pedigree. Without family money Cali's chances of sorority membership are already thin, but she has an even bigger problem. If anyone discovers the dark family secrets she's hiding, she’ll be dropped from Rush in an instant.

When Lilith Whitmore, the well-heeled House Corp President of Alpha Delta Beta, one of the premiere sororities on campus, appoints recent empty-nester Wilda to the Rush Advisory Board, Wilda can hardly believe her luck. What’s more, Lilith suggests their daughters, both incoming freshman, room together. What Wilda doesn’t know is that it's all part of Lilith’s plan to ensure her own daughter receives an Alpha Delt bid―no matter what.

For twenty-five years, Miss Pearl―as her “babies” like to call her―has been housekeeper and a second mother to the Alpha Delt girls, even though it reminds her of a painful part of her past she’ll never forget. When an opportunity for promotion arises, it seems a natural fit. But Lilith Whitmore slams her Prada heel down fast, crushing Miss Pearl’s hopes of a better future. When Wilda and the girls find out, they devise a plan destined to change Alpha Delta Beta―and maybe the entire Greek system―forever.

Achingly poignant, yet laugh-out-loud funny, RUSH takes a sharp nuanced look at a centuries-old tradition while exploring the complex, intimate relationships between mothers and daughters and female friends. Brimming with heart and hope for a better tomorrow, RUSH is an uplifting novel universal to us all.

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Dr. McCullough
Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

Dr. McCullough

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THE BRYANT AWARD:
A Process for Victory in the Game of Life
 The “Paul W. Bryant Alumni-Athlete Award” is not just any award. It is viewed by those familiar with the history of the man in whose honor it is named as the epitome of awards presented by the coach’s alma mater.
    As a grateful 2017 Bryant Award recipient, Dr. E. Gaylon McCollough addresses each of the criteria considered by the University of Alabama’s National Alumni Association in the selection process. The list of recipients comprises a virtual Who’s Who in U. of A. Athletics, as well as those who achieved success in various fields of endeavor. Some of whom succeeded, in spite of physical challenges and/or those imposed upon society.
    Readers will come away with a broader understanding of how: “character, contributions to society, professional achievement and service to fellowman” not only lead to championship performances in athletics; but in The Game of Life.
    Sports enthusiasts will come to understand how Coach Nick Saban’s “Process” is a modern-day reflection of Coach Bryant’s “Winning Theory and Methodology”. Why these two legends are tied for the most National Champions in NCAA history. Entrepreneurs, administrators and educators are given access to a methodology by which to rise above the forces of Mediocrity.
    About Dr. McCollough’s memoirs and musings, a former White House correspondent wrote: “You won’t find many books that range from Elvis (Presley) to Helen Keller to Bear Bryant to Sir Isaac Newton and more. And you won’t find many that can change your life. This one could”.

 

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Tess Wacker
Oct
8
2:00 PM14:00

Tess Wacker

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What if womankind came together to bring in something wonderful and new for humanity? Would you like to be part of it? In this book, you may discover your woman-self with all the other women around the world who are praying for peace. Join us as we unlock the doors to a kinder and gentler world. The author's intention is to ignite passion in women to come together to pray for peace. The book is easily readable and designed for group discussion with compelling questions at the end. Be prepared to be set on fire!

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Ghost Rider Workshop for Creative Minds
Oct
11
2:00 PM14:00

Ghost Rider Workshop for Creative Minds

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THIS CREATIVE WORKSHOP WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO TAKE AN IDEA AND DEVELOP IT INTO A STORY FOR FILM, TELEVISION, A BOOK & MORE USING THE UNIQUE "SIX WEEKS TO FINAL DRAFT" PROCESS.

About:

STEVEN SCAFFIDI

Writer - Producer - Director

Over the past 10 years or so, I've written a dozen screenplays, a book which was published and then turned into a stageplay, plus projects for television, online and more.  Many of these stories and ideas were conceived and written in coffee shops.  For some reason, my creative juices seem to flow while enjoying a cup of java at one of my favorite coffee shops around New Orleans.
What I love about writing in a coffee shop is that when I get writer's block I can just look around and I will see something that will kickstart the creative part of my brain and I'm back in the groove again.  Yes, it can get a bit noisy at times with coffee grinding or customers chatting, but it works for me and other writers who have written some amazing stories sitting in a coffee shop.

So, you must be asking yourself, "How does the Coffee Shop Creative Workshop work, and what makes it so unique?"  First of all, we're going to have a great time in a relaxed atmosphere, and I'm going to show you how to write a great story using my unique "Six Weeks to Final Draft" process.  I'll teach you some cool ways to lay out your story before you start writing so you don't get lost in the weeds when working on your project.  Next, I'll lay out a simple yet powerful plan to finish your screenplay, book, or whatever you decide to write in just six weeks or less if you follow my step by step guide.  
At the end of the day, it really doesn't matter if you decide to write in a coffee shop like me, or in the privacy of your own home.  And who cares if you finish you work in 6 weeks or 6 days?  The fact is, that you will finish and you will have the opportunity to put your name on your work and shop it, sell it, produce it or just admire it.  It's your story and anything is possible if you are passionate about it.  In just one session, you will be amazed how much you will learn about the writing process and what to do with your work once it's finishedI'm really excited to offer this great workshop to you that won't take up a lot of your time or cost you a lot of money.  Workshop dates and session times will be posted on this page and our social media channels as soon as they are scheduled.  Each Coffee Shop Session is limited to only a small group of people in most cases or you can choose a customized workshop if you prefer.  I look forward to meeting you and can't wait to help you create a great story that has a real shot at going somewhere.
Let's roll!

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Kelly Harrington - Aspiring Writer

"Steve made what has seemed very intimidating seem far more accessible.  Mainly the workshop was a good first step for me in getting out of the 'someday' mode."

Rick Guy - Published Writer

"Steve's breakdown of the writing process makes putting my ideas to work in order to create a finished project on a deadline much easier."

Stella Page - Teacher

"I enjoyed the small group discussion and the well thought out tools you gave us.  The ideas are steadily bubbling up.  Overall, your enthusiasm and experience were delightfully inspiring."

Rose Sparrow - Resource Specialist, Arkansas Economic Development

“Sharing my views on your teaching style, the opportunities we got as a class was second to NONE!!! I will forever be thankful for your willingness to offer the program and to work with the community colleges. The friendships and partnerships that were developed will forever be special to each of us. Now, years later, that training will go to good use.  You can’t get any better than that."

Joey Scaffidi- Principal, Christian Brothers School

"The Ghost Rider Creative Workshop was well received by those who participated. The feedback from these students and parents has been positive. Many were surprisingly pleased by what they learned during the workshop. Your workshop motivated the participants to write."

Randy Bonneval - Christian Brothers Workshop Student

"The Ghost Rider Workshop was very helpful, and I learned a lot in a short time. I came home and started rewriting my story. I registered it with the Writer's Guild just and you suggested. I know I have along way to go, but you definitely have put me on the right path."

Kevin Shipp - Program Coordinator, Girl Scouts

"It was a great opportunity and those who were able to participate in it recieved valuable insight into the world of cinema and how ideas become books, screenplays and even movies." 

June Marshall – Film Industry Accountant and Production Assistant

"My introduction to Louisiana’s film industry came as the result of a 7-week training program offered jointly by Ghost Rider Pictures & the Urban League of New Orleans.  At the end of the training program, I felt confident that I was equipped with enough knowledge to enter the film industry as a bonafide trainee/intern to further develop the skills necessary to work in the film industry.  I was able to start working on the film “RAY” as soon as I completed the training program, and I have been working continuously ever since. I owe my new career to the Ghost Rider Pictures & Urban League of New Orleans film industry training program." 

Spud McConnell – Television, Radio and Stage Personality

“You can take what you learn in the workshops and apply it to many other things. Even if you don't become a filmmaker you're going to get a lot out of this.”

Georgia Scott - Student

"I thought your workshop was excellent, and if I don't have a finished product by the end of this year, its certainly not due to your workshop not providing me with the knowledge on how to do so.  I would definitely recommend your workshop to anyone with potential interest."

Ed Pavur – Student

“My girlfriend and I took the workshop and enjoyed the laid back atmosphere. She said she wanted to attend another session and gave it a rating of 11 on a 1-10 scale.”

J. Wiltz – Law Firm Assistant

“The most interesting thing for me was learning the discipline of structuring the story. I’ve had a good bit of writing experience before taking the class so this was a welcome change. Everything was perfect!”

Steve Palm - U.S. Air Force

"What I found interesting was learning the process of making a film from an original script. This was a great reality check on what I've been reading and planning. Everything was great!"

Dennis Tardo – MBA Student

“The workshop was perfect. I really liked the Conceptualizer process which showed me how to break down and organize my ideas before writing.”

Nancy LoCoCo - Flim & Television Production Coordinator

"EXPERIENCE - there is no better way to learn. That's how Ghost Rider Pictures presents their workshop. Steve Scaffidi believes in taking the class out of the classroom setting. If not in the physical realm, certainly in the mental realm. He explains that everyone has a story and no story is insignificant. He will teach you to take a thought and expound on it. Brainstorm, he calls it. There is nothing like setting your mind free. Nothing like seeing your idea on paper, take shape and form into a scene, an act and yes, even a script. You'll learn to put feeling in your writing and your words will come alive. His workshop should only be the beginning. From there the whole world opens up to you. Each opportunity that is placed in front of you presents a challenge that is easily conquered by going back to the basics that are never forgotten from Ghost Rider Pictures Workshop."

Dr. Thomas Poothullil - Medical Doctor

"The Ghost Rider Workshop was very interesting and helpful to me. Everything was really good from the location, to the Interactive sessions that give the students an opportunity to participate in writing the first act of an original screenplay.”

Beverly Blasingame - Writer

"I was ready for this. I took it in like a sponge. I didn't know how inspired I was until I was driving home after the workshop. Now I have an idea, and I'm ready to run with it! You did a great job teaching and encouraging without anxiety." 

Sonia Johnson – Business Owner

"The film production course was a tremendous success. I learned so much. The instructors taught me very important values and valuable aspects of the film industry. A few of them would include believing in yourself and following your dreams, dreaming BIG no matter your age, and how not to give up on those dreams. The lesson which impacted my life the most was how to dream big. By doing so, I've written a book and started my own business."

Daniel Brewster – Student

“Everything was great. I found everything covered in the Ghost Rider Workshop to be extremely helpful.” 

Patrick Cullen - Businessman

“I’ve written before and have attended other screenwriting workshops. Your personal experience as filmmakers and the possibilities open to writers is what interested me. I loved it, and enjoyed both the business aspect and the literary guidance.” 

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James Pate
Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

James Pate

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Albert James Pickett’s two-volume History of Alabama, and Incidentally of Georgia and Mississippi, from the Earliest Period first appeared in September 1851. Demand for the $3 set caused Charleston publisher Walker and James to issue a second and third edition before year’s end. William Gilmore Simms, the South’s most prolific writer, called it “one of the prettiest specimens of book making ever done in America.” Newspapers and literary journals commended Pickett’s “absolutely enchanting” fresh style and “his important service to his state.”
Volume one covered De Soto’s explorations from Florida to Arkansas, encounters with native people, and discovery of the Mississippi River. The narrative shifts from the early chiefdoms of the protohistoric period to the Natchez and smaller tribes in the coastal plain and then to the major Indian nations of the interior into the late eighteenth century. While the struggles of French Louisiana with the Natchez dominate the first volume, Pickett establishes the English presence with the founding of Oglethorpe’s Georgia colony and ends with the surrender of the French forts Tombecbé and Toulouse. In volume two, Pickett follows the English into present-day Alabama and Mississippi and the Revolutionary War era, the Spanish occupation of East and West Florida, the intrigues of Alexander McGillivray and William Bowles, and Georgia’s Yazoo land sales. He devotes several chapters to the Mississippi Territory, Aaron Burr, and the Indian unrest that led to the massacre at Fort Mims, the Creek War of 1813–14, and Andrew Jackson’s campaigns to destroy the Red Sticks and defeat the British. Pickett concentrates his final chapters on the emergence of Alabama as a territory and state, including biographical sketches of early state leaders, the state constitutional convention, and Alabama’s first governor, William Wyatt Bibb, who died in 1820.
Pickett’s History continues to be a relevant study of the state’s protohistory, colonial, territorial, and early foundations. His work and his papers in the state archives are cited by all serious scholars who study Alabama’s colonial and territorial eras. While he sought all the available printed primary sources and manuscripts for volume one, his second volume was principally informed by the memoirs, reminiscences, letters, and oral interviews of the participants in the events that shaped the development of Alabama from the pre-Revolutionary era through the 1840s.
This new edition is the first to provide general readers and scholars with a readily available hardbound, fully indexed, and annotated version of Pickett’s History.

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Jack E. Davis
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Jack E. Davis

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Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for History
Winner of the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction
A National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Finalist
A New York Times Notable Book of 2017
One of the Washington Post's Best Books of the Year

In this “cri de coeur about the Gulf’s environmental ruin” (New York Times), “Davis has written a beautiful homage to a neglected sea” (front page, New York Times Book Review).

Hailed as a “nonfiction epic . . . in the tradition of Jared Diamond’s best-seller Collapse, and Simon Winchester’s Atlantic” (Dallas Morning News), Jack E. Davis’s The Gulf is “by turns informative, lyrical, inspiring and chilling for anyone who cares about the future of ‘America’s Sea’ ” (Wall Street Journal). Illuminating America’s political and economic relationship with the environment from the age of the conquistadors to the present, Davis demonstrates how the Gulf’s fruitful ecosystems and exceptional beauty empowered a growing nation. Filled with vivid, untold stories from the sportfish that launched Gulfside vacationing to Hollywood’s role in the country’s first offshore oil wells, this “vast and welltold story shows how we made the Gulf . . . [into] a ‘national sacrifice zone’ ” (Bill McKibben). The first and only study of its kind, The Gulf offers “a unique and illuminating history of the American Southern coast and sea as it should be written” (Edward O. Wilson). 26 illustrations

“A sensitive and sturdy work of environmental history. . . . [Davis] has a well-stocked mind, and frequently views the history of the Gulf through the prism of artists and writers including Winslow Homer, Wallace Stevens, Ernest Hemingway and John D. MacDonald. His prose is supple and clear. . . . A cri de coeur about the Gulf’s environmental ruin.”
- Dwight Garner, New York Times

“A wide-ranging, well-told story, by turns informative, lyrical, inspiring and chilling for anyone who cares about the future of ‘America’s Sea.’”
- Gerard Helferich, Wall Street Journal

“In the tradition of Jared Diamond's best-seller Collapse and Simon Winchester's Atlantic comes Jack E. Davis' nonfiction epic, The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, which strives both to celebrate and defend its subject―the Gulf of Mexico. . . . Detailed and exhaustive, written in lucid, impeccable prose, The Gulf is a fine work of information and insight, destined to be admired and cited.”
- William J. Cobb, Dallas Morning News

“Splendid . . . . Davis is a historian, and this book is packed with research, but The Gulf does not read like a textbook. He is a graceful, clear, often lyrical writer who makes sometimes surprising, always illuminating connections―it's not a stretch to compare him to John McPhee. And he is telling an important story, especially for those of us who live around what he calls the American Sea. What happens to it happens to us, and the more we know, the better equipped we'll be to deal with a future on its shores.”
- Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times

“An incisive, comprehensive and entertaining portrait of the world’s most diverse and productive marine ecosystems―from its lusty birth in the chaos of shifting continental plates to its slow and agonizing death of a million cuts inflicted by oil and gas extractors, dredge-and-fill operators, ‘condo-canyon’ developers, industrial-scale fishers, fertilizer-dependent farmers, chemical plant entrepreneurs, love-it-to-death snow birds and so many more. . . . Amid all of the pollution and exploitation, this could easily have been a grim history of ‘Paradise Lost.’ But in Davis’ skilled hands it as much love story as tragedy.”
- Ron Cunningham, Gainesville Sun

“Jack Davis has delivered a unique and illuminating history of the American Southern coast and sea as it should be written: how humanity and the environment evolved over ten millennia as a single system.”
- Edward O. Wilson, author of The Social Conquest of Earth

“This vast and well-told story shows how we made the Gulf of Mexico, in particular, into what local activists have begun to call a 'national sacrifice zone,' at enormous cost to its residents of all species. It’s a sobering tale, and one hopes that reading it will help us hit bottom and acknowledge the need to change.”
- Bill McKibben, author Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

“A tremendous book. Davis is not only one of our preeminent environmental historians, but also a first-rate storyteller and prose stylist. Lay readers and scholars alike will be delighted by The Gulf, a lovely evocation of the natural world and the problematic ways our nation has profited from it.”
- Blake Bailey, author of Cheever

The Gulf takes on troubling environmental issues with a lyrical voice and a steady appreciation of history.”
- Mark Kurlansky, author of Paper: Paging Through History

“Like its subject, The Gulf is big, beautiful, and beguiling. Meticulously researched and sparklingly written, it is also a cautionary tale about a paradise ill-served by humankind.”
- William Souder, author of On a Farther Shore

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Suzanne Hudson - Music, Books, and Fundraiser Event
Oct
26
5:00 PM17:00

Suzanne Hudson - Music, Books, and Fundraiser Event

ONE COUNTY/THREE BOOKS

COME OUT AND SUPPORT OUR COUNTY-WIDE READ/FUNDRAISER!

Rollout weekend for the “Read Local” campaign commemorating the AL 200 Bicentennial/Baldwin County: Oct. 26, 27, 28

PROCEEDS FROM BOOK SALES AND TIPS TO BENEFIT THE BALDWIN COUNTY LIBRARY CO-OP COURIER SYSTEM!

World Class Musicians to perform for the “Read Local” campaign at:

Page & Palette’s Book Cellar

32 South Section St./Fairhope 36532

Friday, October 26th at 5-8 pm/for every one of the three featured books sold, a $5.00 donation will be made to the co-op

District Hall at The Warehouse

759 Nichols/Fairhope 36532

Saturday, October 27th at 6-10 pm

For the $15 cover charge, you get a book and a $5.00 made to the co-op on your behalf

Loxley Civic Center

4198 Municipal Park Drive/Loxley 36551

FREE CONCERT

Sunday, October 28th at 2-5 pm

Tips for musicians and alcohol, along with proceeds from book sales, will be donated to the co-op

CHRIS CLIFTON: One of the great guitar stylists playing rock, blues, jazz, and country with an artist's soul and a scholar's dedication/has performed with: Texas master Delbert McClinton; every member of the Taylor family from Alex, Hugh, JAMES, Kate, to Livingston; Mississippi songwriting legend Mac McAnally; Mason Ruffner, on tour, opening for such performers as: U2; Crosby, Stills, and Nash; The Firm (with Jimmy Page and Paul Rogers); The Beach Boys/ Interesting facts: He was in the only music video ever filmed on top of the Twin Towers in New York City; he is one of the few musicians who has the [Jimi] Hendrix family’s permission to record “Little Wing”

GOVE SCRIVENOR: An autoharp legend who plays “high energy folk blues,” with inventive slide work along with beautiful ballads of his own writing/has recorded with: Maybelle Carter and the Carter family; Doc Watson; Neil Young; Hank Williams, Jr.; Dolly Parton; Iris DeMent; Glen Campbell/has toured with: Delbert McClinton; Jimmy Buffett and the Original Coral Reefer Band/has appeared with The Amazing Rhythm Aces, among many others/Interesting fact: On his current release, Shine On, he joined with such legendary performers as John Prine, Lari White, and Nanci Griffith

LARRY T. WILSON: Versatile harmonica player, singer, and songwriter whose work ranges from blues, Southern rock, reggae, to pop to gospel; and whose work has been praised by the legendary Mickey Newbury, Red Lane, Hank Cochran, and many other country music legends/Regularly performs with the regional bands: Big Muddy; The King Sized Boogie Men; The Paxton Norris Band/his songs have been recorded by: Sammy Kershaw; 4-Runner; Cherie Austin; Marty Raybun of Shenandoah; Larry Cordle; David Frizzell/has performed shows with: Guy Clark; Billie Joe Shavers; Mickey Newbury; The Amazing Rhythm Aces; Delbert McClinton; Doc Watson; Livingston Taylor; The Dave Grisham quintet; Lonesome Standard Time/Interesting fact: Larry T. is probably the most loveable man on the planet

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Nathaniel Philbrick
Oct
27
6:00 PM18:00

Nathaniel Philbrick

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Nathaniel Philbrick - "In The Hurricane's Eye"

The thrilling story of the Revolutionary War finale from the New York Times bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Valiant Ambition.

Here is the story of the remarkable year leading up to the siege of Yorktown. It sets Washington against his traitorous nemesis Benedict Arnold and places him in impossible situations and constant acrimonious negotiation with his French allies, along with his young protégé, the Marquis de Lafayette and his energetic general Nathanael Greene. In a narrative that moves from the ship-crowded waters off Newport, Rhode Island, to a wooded hillside near North Carolina’s Guilford Courthouse, to the Dutch storehouses on the Caribbean island of St. Eustatius, Philbrick narrates the pivotal naval battle that brought the end of America’s long, elusive path to independence. It was an improbable triumph made possible by Washington’s brilliant strategy, leadership, and revolutionary use of sea power.

In the Hurricane’s Eye opens in the fall of 1780. For five years, American and British forces had clashed along the edge of a vast continent and were now at a stalemate. The Royal Navy, with its fleet of powerful warships (just one of which mounted more cannons than possessed by the entire rebel army), could attack the rebels’ seaside cities at will. The Rebels could just fall back inland and wait. Neither side could inflict the killing blow. As Washington knew better than anyone, only the French navy could break Britain’s stranglehold on the eastern seaboard and thus ensure an American victory.

In the Battle of the Chesapeake (1781 – called the most important naval engagement in the history of the world), a French admiral foiled British attempts to rescue the army led by General Cornwallis. By making the subsequent victory at Yorktown a virtual inevitability, this naval battle–masterminded by Washington but waged without a single American ship–was largely responsible for the independence of the United States. A riveting and wide-ranging narrative, full of dramatic, unexpected turns, In the Hurricane’s Eye reveals that the fate of the American Revolution depended, in the end, on Washington and the sea.

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Patti Jane Golden
Nov
2
6:00 PM18:00

Patti Jane Golden

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Adriatic Allure

An International Mystery

It has been over a year since Jeni abandoned her career as an attorney outside New Orleans to accompany her husband to Romania. While he has been settling into his role as a diplomat with the Department of Justice, she has been embracing being a new American expat. But all of that changes when her impulsive college-age niece, Candi, unexpectedly comes to stay with them.

The situation, although awkward, is manageable—until Candi disappears shortly after a young woman is found dead in a neighboring park. Against her husband’s advice, Jeni boards a yacht in the Adriatic in the middle of Yacht Week to delve into the disappearance. But as she races against time to nd and extract Candi from a potentially dangerous situation, Jeni has no idea if her plan will end in mutiny or even worse, murder.

Adriatic Allure shares the roily adventure of an American expat turned sleuth as she sets out on a fast-paced search to nd her niece after she is lured into the murky waters of international yachting.

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Michel Stone
Nov
3
2:00 PM14:00

Michel Stone

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For Héctor and Lilia, pursuit of the American Dream became every parent's worst fear when their infant daughter vanished as they crossed from Mexico to the United States—now they must try to get her back. With great empathy and a keen awareness of current events, Michel Stone delivers a novel of surpassing sensitivity and heart.

Young lovers Héctor and Lilia dreamed of a brighter future for their family in the United States. Héctor left Mexico first, to secure work and housing, but when Lilia, desperate to be with Héctor, impetuously crossed the border with their infant daughter, Alejandra, mother and child were separated. Alejandra disappeared. Now, four years later, the family has a chance to reunite, but the trauma of the past may well be permanent.
     Back in their sleepy hometown of Oaxaca, the couple enjoys a semblance of normal life, with a toddler son and another baby on the way. Then they receive an unexpected tip that might lead them to Alejandra, and both agree they must seize this chance, whatever the cost. Working increasingly illegal jobs to earn money for his journey north, Héctor seeks more information about his long-absent daughter. Meanwhile, a bedridden Lilia awaits the birth of their third child, but cannot keep herself from reliving the worst mistakes of her past. In luminous, compassionate prose, Michel Stone drops readers into the whirlwind of the contemporary immigrant experience, where a marriage is strained to the breaking point by the consequences of wanting more for the next generation.

__________Praise for Border Child

Stone writes with care and compassion, with close attention to the ambiguities built into U.S. Policy toward undocumented workers from south of the border. Her story is powerful, its melancholy truths hard to ignore or forget."—C. Michael Curtis, Senior editor of The Atlantic

"Stone's beautiful debut... manages to deftly address a serious political and humanitarian issue without seeming heavy-handed. Well-written, expertly paced, and timely."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"... tightly written and wildfire-paced plot... In an utterly unsentimental and non-exploitativemanner, the author manages to dramatize a sensational topic in a way that seems utterly relatable and peculiarly normal."—The Texas Observer

"A story told with tremendous grace... humanity courses through The Iguana Tree."—The Atlanta Journal Constitution

 

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Therese Anne Fowler
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Therese Anne Fowler

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The riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family as they rule Gilded-Age New York, from the New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.

Alva Smith, her southern family destitute after the Civil War, married into one of America’s great Gilded Age dynasties: the newly wealthy but socially shunned Vanderbilts. Ignored by New York’s old-money circles and determined to win respect, she designed and built 9 mansions, hosted grand balls, and arranged for her daughter to marry a duke. But Alva also defied convention for women of her time, asserting power within her marriage and becoming a leader in the women's suffrage movement.

With a nod to Jane Austen and Edith Wharton, in A Well-Behaved Woman Therese Anne Fowler paints a glittering world of enormous wealth contrasted against desperate poverty, of social ambition and social scorn, of friendship and betrayal, and an unforgettable story of a remarkable woman. Meet Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont, living proof that history is made by those who know the rules―and how to break them.

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Karyn W. Tunks
Nov
10
10:30 AM10:30

Karyn W. Tunks

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Mardi Gras in Alabama!
Written by Karen W. Tunks and Illustrated by Alexis Braud

Funny little Folly loves Mardi Gras
It’s his favorite time of year.
He wants to go to every parade;
There’s so much to see, do, and hear.

Follow Folly as he celebrates Mardi Gras in Alabama!  Hang on tight because he wants to see every parade in Mobile and Baldwin Counties.  Folly has a front-row seat as he rides with kings and queens and tags along with Joe Cain.  From catching throws with the crowd to joining right in with the marching bands, Folly is a part of all the festivities.

Through bouncing rhyme and lively illustrations, Karyn Tunks and Alexis Braud capture the unique flavor of Carnival season along Alabama’s Gulf Coast.  Highlighting the best of the local revelry, Folly brings young readers along as he explores favorite Mobile-area traditions.  A glossary of people, places and things completes Carnival fans’ introduction to the most colorful season of the year.  So come along and join the fun as we celebrate Mardi Gras in Alabama!

 

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Elizabeth Heiskell
Nov
10
2:00 PM14:00

Elizabeth Heiskell

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Elizabeth Heiskell - "The Southern Living Party Cookbook"

This new essential guide to entertaining is divided by occasion, offering a fresh lineup of menus and ideas from Oxford, Mississippi’s go-to caterer for every celebratory scenario life serves up. In this update to the best-selling book of our mothers’ and grandmothers’ era, Elizabeth’s tell-it-like-it-is voice provides a twist to the classic Southern advice that is a refresher for entertainers of any age or experience. Packed with delicious recipes from the original book like Smoked Salmon Canapes, Hot Cheese Squares, and Brandy Alexanders, the book also includes popular picks from the current pages of Southern Living as well as Elizabeth’s treasured recipe box.
The Southern Living Party Cookbook is an entertaining handbook loaded with lifestyle tips and hilarious Heiskell stories, along with lush photography to help you get the look from table setting to plated dish.

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Harrison Scott Key
Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

Harrison Scott Key

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This funny and wise new memoir from Harrison Scott Key, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, will inspire laughter and hope for anyone who’s ever been possessed by a dream of what they want to be when they grow up.

Little-known author Mark Twain once said that the two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why. He's talking about dreams here, the destiny that calls every living soul to some kind of greatness. What Mr. Twain doesn't say is: A dream is also a monster that wants to eat you. Nobody tells you this part of the American Dream — until now. In this new memoir, Congratulations Who Are You Again, readers join Harrison Scott Key on his outrageous journey to becoming a great American writer.

As a young boy in Mississippi, Harrison possessed many special gifts, such as the ability to read and complete college applications. And yet, throughout young adulthood, he failed at many vocations, until one day, after drinking perhaps too many beers and dusting off his King James Bible, he stumbled across a passage about a lonely pelican, which burst into flame inside him. In a mad blaze of holy illumination, Harrison realized his dream: to set the world afire with the light inside him. He would write a funny book. This was his dream.

With unforgettable wit and tenderness, Congratulations Who Are You Again is Harrison’s instructive tale of pursuing his destiny with relentless and often misguided devotion, transforming his life beyond all comprehension: He becomes a signer of autographs, a doer of interviews, a casher of checks that are "worth more money than my father had ever imagined any of us might see, this side of a drug-related felony."

On this journey, Harrison finds that as he gains the world, he stands on the precipice of losing everything that means the most: his family, his mind, his soul. Hilarious, honest, and absolutely practical, Congratulations Who Are You Again is a no-holds-barred look at the life of every ambitious human creature, whether you want to write books or make music, start a business or start a revolution. This is a book for the dreamers.

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Natasha Solomons
Nov
14
12:00 PM12:00

Natasha Solomons

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HOUSE OF GOLD introduces the Goldbaums, a fictional composite of the famed Rothschilds and a handful of other wealthy Jewish families that rose to prominence in Europe before the original Brexit—the first time Europe split at the seams during the First World War, and centers on headstrong young heiress Greta Goldbaum, at odds with society’s and her family’s expectations of her.

In its lightest moments, Solomons expertly captures pre-war opulence, from luxurious trains to expansive estates and English gardens to cutting-edge fashion of the times. But Solomons also probes issues of identity and assimilation; offers revealing insight into the real causes of WWI and why America entered the fray; and takes a fresh approach to the war, focusing not on the Western Front but on the brutal Eastern Front, where the injuries were devastating and Jewish soldiers were relegated to second-class citizens, as well as women’s lives on the home front, where makeshift hospitals were opened in lavish estates and the maternal death rate rose as doctors and nurses tended to wounded soldiers returning home. The result is a deeply moving novel about universal themes of compromise, loyalty, isolation and allegiance, while offering startling—and dangerous—parallels for the twenty-first century.

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Winston Groom
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Winston Groom

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This Fall marks not only the 25th anniversary of Winston Groom’s iconic Forrest Gump, but it’s also the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. In THE ALLIES, Groom, the beloved author of 19 previous books of both fiction and non-fiction, and a Vietnam Veteran himself, returns to tell one of the biggest stories of the 20th Century. 

 

By the end of WWII, 59 nations were arrayed against the Axis powers, but three great Allied leaders—Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin—had emerged to control the war in Europe and the Pacific. Vastly different in upbringing, political beliefs, and character, the three men were not always in agreement—or even on good terms. But in the end, often led by Churchill’s enduring spirit, they changed the course of history. Using correspondence between the three, enriching details of their personal lives, and riveting tales of battles won and lost, Groom weaves together the remarkable story of three leaders who fought the largest war in history—and shaped the future political landscape of our world. What really stands out for a reader today is how these leaders were able to put aside their differences and come together to defeat a common enemy. With photos throughout, THE ALLIES is sure to attract a strong audience of history and WWII buffs as well as fans of Winston Groom and be a great holiday gift. 

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Alan Samry
Nov
18
1:00 PM13:00

Alan Samry

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Stump the Librarian: A Writer’s Book of Legs is a diverse collection of creative writing that explores Alan Samry’s life as a congenital below-knee amputee and a public librarian. Alan’s cross-genre writing in creative nonfiction, poetry, essays, satire, and experimental writing weaves fascinating mythical, historical, and literary figures into his own absorbing story of being a “born amputee.” In the book, with chapters organized as though the reader were exploring a public library, Alan writes about his experiences in an open, insightful, and humorous way. In his search for other leg amputees, Alan finds a new way of seeing himself, and the world around him.

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Jason Berry
Nov
20
6:00 PM18:00

Jason Berry

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In 2015, the beautiful jazz funeral in New Orleans for composer Allen Toussaint coincided with a debate over removing four Confederate monuments. Mayor Mitch Landrieu led the ceremony, attended by living legends of jazz, music aficionados, politicians, and everyday people. The scene captured the history and culture of the city in microcosm--a city legendary for its noisy, complicated, tradition-rich splendor. In City of a Million Dreams, Jason Berry delivers a character-driven history of New Orleans at its tricentennial. Chronicling cycles of invention, struggle, death, and rebirth, Berry reveals the city's survival as a triumph of diversity, its map-of-the-world neighborhoods marked by resilience despite hurricanes, epidemics, fires, and floods.

 

Berry orchestrates a parade of vibrant personalities, from the founder Bienville, a warrior emblazoned with snake tattoos; to Governor William C. C. Claiborne, General Andrew Jackson, and Pere Antoine, an influential priest and secret agent of the Inquisition; Sister Gertrude Morgan, a street evangelist and visionary artist of the 1960s; and Michael White, the famous clarinetist who remade his life after losing everything in Hurricane Katrina. The textured profiles of this extraordinary cast furnish a dramatic narrative of the beloved city, famous the world over for mysterious rituals as people dance when they bury their dead.

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Genna Rose
Nov
21
4:00 PM16:00

Genna Rose

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“Serious art does not need to be weighty or explicitly topical. It can be, as it is here, apparently as light as a feather: The Lumberjack’s Dove is, in its manner, a folktale; it is also a meditation on attachment, on loss, on transformation. Like its less humble relatives, myth and parable, it is pithy, magical, its many insights, its cautions and clarifications, unfolding in a chain of brief scenes and koan-like revelations. This is a book of unexpected lightness and buoyancy, as necessary in our tense period as the more urgent confrontations.” --Louise Gluck

A boldly original and visceral debut collection from the winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series Competition, selected by Louise Gluck

In the ingenious and vividly imagined narrative poem The Lumberjack’s Dove, GennaRose Nethercott describes a lumberjack who cuts his hand off with an axe—however, instead of merely being severed, the hand shapeshifts into a dove. Far from representing just an event of pain and loss in the body, this incident spirals outward to explore countless facets of being human, prompting profound reflections on sacrifice and longing, time and memory, and—finally—considering the act of storytelling itself. The lumberjack, his hand, and the axe that separated the two all become participants in the story, with unique perspectives to share and lessons to impart. “I taught your fathers how to love,” Axe says to the acorns and leaves around her. “I mean to be felled, sliced to lumber, & reassembled into a new body.”

Inflected with the uncanny enchantment of modern folklore and animated by the sly shifting of points-of-view, The Lumberjack’s Dove is wise, richly textured poetry from a boundlessly creative new voice.

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Patti Callahan
Dec
4
6:00 PM18:00

Patti Callahan

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Patti Callahan - "Becoming Mrs. Lewis"

 

“Patti Callahan seems to have found the story she was born to tell in this tale of unlikely friendship turned true love between Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis, that tests the bounds of faith and radically alters both of their lives. Their connection comes to life in Callahan’s expert hands, revealing a connection so persuasive and affecting, we wonder if there’s another like it in history. Luminous and penetrating.” —Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife

In a most improbable friendship, she found love. In a world where women were silenced, she found her voice. 

From New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan comes an exquisite novel of Joy Davidman, the woman C. S. Lewis called “my whole world.” When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis—known as Jack—she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Love, after all, wasn’t holding together her crumbling marriage. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill-matched for an Oxford don and the beloved writer of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters. Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, finding a love that even the threat of death couldn’t destroy. 

In this masterful exploration of one of the greatest love stories of modern times, we meet a brilliant writer, a fiercely independent mother, and a passionate woman who changed the life of this respected author and inspired books that still enchant us and change us. Joy lived at a time when women weren’t meant to have a voice—and yet her love for Jack gave them both voices they didn’t know they had. 

At once a fascinating historical novel and a glimpse into a writer’s life, Becoming Mrs. Lewis is above all a love story—a love of literature and ideas and a love between a husband and wife that, in the end, was not impossible at all.

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Robin Throne
Dec
22
2:00 PM14:00

Robin Throne

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Come and join as Robin Throne signs her books "The Cotton Breath" and "Her Kind" at 2:00pm!

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Chris Cander
Jan
29
6:00 PM18:00

Chris Cander

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ABOUT THE WEIGHT OF A PIANO
A tour-de-force about two women and the piano that inexorably ties their lives together through time and across continents, for better and for worse.

In 1962, in the Soviet Union, eight-year-old Katya is bequeathed what will become the love of her life: a Blüthner piano, built at the turn of the century in Germany, on which she discovers everything that she herself can do with music and what music, in turn, does for her. Yet after marrying, she emigrates with her young family from Russia to America, at her husband's frantic insistence, and her piano is lost in the shuffle.

In 2012, in Bakersfield, California, twenty-six-year-old Clara Lundy loses another boyfriend and again has to find a new apartment, which is complicated by the gift her father had given her for her twelfth birthday, shortly before he and her mother died in a fire that burned their house down: a Blüthner upright she has never learned to play. Orphaned, she was raised by her aunt and uncle, who in his car-repair shop trained her to become a first-rate mechanic, much to the surprise of her subsequent customers. But this work, her true mainstay in a scattered life, is put on hold when her hand gets broken while the piano's being moved--and in sudden frustration she chooses to sell it. And what becomes crucial is who the most interested party turns out to be. . .

ABOUT CHRIS CANDER
Chris Cander graduated from the Honors College at the University of Houston, in the city where she was raised and still lives, with her husband, daughter, and son. For seven years she has been a writer-in-residence for Writers in the Schools there. She serves on the Inprint advisory board and stewards several Little Free Libraries in her community. Her first novel,11 Stories, won the Independent Publisher Gold Medal for Popular Fiction, and her most recent, Whisper Hollow, was long-listed for the Great Santini Fiction Prize by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. She is also the author of The Word Burglar, which won the 2014 Moonbeam Children's Book Award (silver).

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Mark J. Hainds
Sep
18
6:00 PM18:00

Mark J. Hainds

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Praise for Border Walk

 

The U.S.-Mexico border is one of the most politically contentious regions of North America, and potentially one of the most dangerous. Mark Hainds quit his job and set out in the fall of 2014 to walk the border between Texas and Mexico. And he did it – all 1,010 miles, mostly on his own. This is his story of that remarkable journey, replete with engaging narrative about the places, flora, fauna, and people he experienced. One finds many life lessons here.

 

Reed Noss, Conservation Biologist and author of many books including Forgotten Grasslands of the South.

 

BORDER WALK takes readers on a remarkable journey along the front lines of a misunderstood and misrepresented frontier. Check your border hype at the door and discover, as Mark Hainds does, the rich tapestry of life along our border with Mexico.

Keith Bowden, Author of The Tecate Journals: Seventy Days on the Rio Grande

Mark Hainds is a road warrior of an altogether new variety. You won’t find many books that mix observations of the local flora and fauna with drug smugglers. I’ve hiked through much of the same desolate stretches of Texas, yet Mark even had me guessing what would happen next. An entertaining read, authentic, and very hard to put down. 

S. Matt Read, the Texas Perimeter Hiker

Bio: Mark J. Hainds is a published author (Year of the Pig - 2011, Univ. of Alabama Press), who worked two decades as a Research Associate (Auburn Univ. School of Forest & Wildlife Resources) and as the first employee of The Longleaf Alliance - a nonprofit promoting the restoration of longleaf pine ecosystems. Mark is the first and only person to have walked the 2,000-mile US-Mexico Border. The Texas portion of his walk is featured in the film La Frontera, which played on PBS stations across the US. His second book, Border Walk, details his trek along the Rio Grande, where he walked the length of the Texas-Mexico border in the fall & winter of 2014. Mark lives with his family in Andalusia, Alabama, where he is an instructor of Forest Technology at LBW Community College. Mark is also the owner/operator of Sweetbill’s Enterprises, producing mushrooms, smoking woods, and specialty lumber that they carry on a weekly basis to the Palafox Market in Pensacola, Florida.

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Grayson Capps: September Artist in Residence
Sep
17
5:00 PM17:00

Grayson Capps: September Artist in Residence

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September Artist in Residence: Grayson Capps

Sept. 3, 10, 17 & 24

5pm-7pm

"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

www.graysoncapps.com

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Heather Montgomery
Sep
17
4:00 PM16:00

Heather Montgomery

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Bugs don’t hug! Or do they?

Mama and papa bugs can often be found cleaning up after their messy little ones, catering to their picky eaters, and even hugging their baby bugs. Readers learn just how similar people are to the insects around us, down to rituals like finding food, snuggling babies, and even creating birthday cakes made from poop!

A fun and clever nonfiction look at the inner workings of the insect world and perfect for backyard scientists. The funny cartoon illustrations are sure to make bug-crazed people of all ages laugh out loud as they learn all about six-legged parents and their kids.

Heather L. Montgomery is passionate about bugs, discovery, and the scientific process. An author and master teacher, she uses curiosity and yuck-appeal to engage young minds. Her most recent books are Unsolved Mysteries of Nature and Unsolved How Rude! Real Bugs Who Won't Mind Their Manners. Heather has a BS in biology and an MS in environmental education, and she lives in Ardmore, Tennessee.

Stephen Stone has illustrated more than twenty-five children's books, including The Hairy Flip- Flops and Other Fulani Folktales. A s a kid, he was inspired by the illustrations in his brother's Asterix books. His dynamic mix of traditional and digital techniques celebrates personality, humor, and characterization. Stephen lives in Derbyshire, England.

  

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Stephen Sylvester
Sep
14
6:30 PM18:30

Stephen Sylvester

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Friday September 14th

6:30pm

Stephen Sylvester

“Stephen Sylvester is a singer-songwriter from Fairhope, Alabama, with a powerful voice and a talent for writing songs that are both deeply moving and relevant. His trademark instrument is a green composite acoustic guitar, and he is known for having rock solid rhythm and a you've-got-to-see-it-to-believe-it stage presence.

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Anthony Sisco
Sep
14
5:30 PM17:30

Anthony Sisco

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THE STORY BEHIND 'CRIMSON TIKES' In the summer of 2013, Anthony Sisco and his wife spent four days in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and bopped around the campus. Anthony's head and heart were spinning with excitement, nostalgia and a long-delayed giddiness. As a 49-year-old father of two, knee-deep in various careers, raising children and enjoying a spunky marriage, this was the cherry on top!
Anthony was enrolled in an orientation class that allowed him to fulfill a lifelong dream of finishing his degree at the University of Alabama. It had taken him a long time to get there. Finally, here he was, sitting in T-Town, finishing his degree in Writing and Literature.
So one morning, as he jogged around the Capstone, he came across the campus newspaper, The Crimson White. Picking up a copy, he was struck with how well done it was and noticed that they had an opinion page showcasing a political cartoon.
Anthony had dabbled in cartooning and even published a couple of books, so right there, his eyes were opened. He had just about given up on his eligibility to play football, but this he could still do!
Upon returning home, he whipped out his first cartoon and sent it to them -- and they accepted it. So followed dozens and dozens of accepted cartoons, most dealing with Alabama football in a fun way, but some just dealing with life and politics.
For this project, Anthony compiled many other cartoons to share with his rabid Alabama brothers and sisters. Sprinkled with spiritual insights and philosophical musings, the Crimson Tikes provides an ongoing chronicle of the zest and excitement only found in the Alabama faithful. In short, there's fun for the whole, fanatical Alabama-loving family!

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Timothy Alexander
Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

Timothy Alexander

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Timothy Alexander speaking at Fairhope United Methodist Church on Tim Stephen's Book "Ever Faithful, Ever Loyal"

After a horrific car accident in 2006, during the fall of his senior year in high school when he was fast becoming one of the best football players in the state of Alabama, Timothy Alexander was paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair. His life could have ended then, but to think that means you don't know Timothy Alexander. "Ever Faithful, Ever Loyal'' is Timothy Alexander's emotional and inspirational story. It will make you laugh -- and it will make you cry a lot. A rough childhood, a horrible accident, years of excruciating rehabilitation -- all with a smile on his face. He has three degrees now, is an accomplished nationwide speaker and a huge part of the renewed UAB football program. Enjoy Timothy's story, beautifully told along with longtime sports journalist Tim Stephens.

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Joe Johnson
Sep
12
6:30 PM18:30

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Wednesday September 12th

6:30pm

Joe Johnson

Raised an hour drive from New Orleans in Mississippi, a state that has produced the very core of American music, Johnson grew up with a great respect for the blues, gospel, and country sound that has defined the area’s artistic heritage. Joe’s own family has contributed to that great legacy. His Grandfather, noted early Nashville Country artist B.J. “the D.J.” Johnson, was a recording engineer, dis jockey and Grand Ole Opry performer and many in his family were and are well known Gospel performers.

Joe began his own career in the music rich city of Hattiesburg, Mississippi in the 90’s and for the last 15 years, Joe has called Manitou Springs, Colorado home. 

 

“Melodic and untamed, pure country style…” Tim Wenger, Colorado Music Buzz

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Grayson Capps: September Artist in Residence
Sep
10
5:00 PM17:00

Grayson Capps: September Artist in Residence

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September Artist in Residence: Grayson Capps

Sept. 3, 10, 17 & 24

5pm-7pm

"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

www.graysoncapps.com

 

 

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Janice Law
Sep
10
1:30 PM13:30

Janice Law

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Janice Law Book Signing, "Capitol Cat & Watch Dog Hunt Thomas Jefferson's Hair in the Library of Congress"

In this fun, history-based adventure of magical realism, wherein puns abound, Capitol Cat & Watch Dog team to find a missing Library of Congress (LOC) exhibit: a lock of President Thomas Jefferson's hair. Thinking that the hair exhibit may have been misfiled, character Cat-alog, who lives at LOC, guides the daring duo through LOC's vibrant collections which relate to President Jefferson's interests and hobbies. In their quest as detectives, the trio visits exciting showcase departments and holdings at LOC such as Stradivarius violins, comic books, America's classic films, Wilbur and Orville Wright papers--and more--until they arrive at the spectacular, cavernous LOC Main Reading Room.

Capitol Cat & Watch Dog Hunt Thomas Jefferson's Hair in the Library of Congress is Judge Janice Law's third book in her children's series including Capitol Cat & Watch Dog Unite Lady Freedoms, and Capitol Cat & Watch Dog Outwit the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Molly Thomas & Rick Hirsch
Sep
7
6:30 PM18:30

Molly Thomas & Rick Hirsch

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Friday September 7th

6:30pm

Molly Thomas & Rick Hirsch

“Thomas “She’s also a roots-pop singer-songwriter with a strong point-of-view and a way of expressing it that leaves the sharp edges on, often to exhilarating result. There are moments on her new album – Make Everything Bright, which she co-produced with Robert Plant drummer Marco Giovino — when she comes off like a southern Sam Phillips.”

“Hirsch is a songwriter and former guitarist for Joan Armatrading, Cher, Gregg Allman, Billy and the Beaters and a founder of the band Wet Willie. He also had a hit song on Bonnie Raitt's record Luck of the Draw.”

www.mollythomas.com

www.rickhirsch.com

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First Friday - Paul Brueske & Sharon Harkness
Sep
7
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday - Paul Brueske & Sharon Harkness

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First Friday Author Line Up - Paul Brueske "The Last Siege" & Sharon Harkness "Reflections of God's Grace"

Reflection's of God's Grace - Sharon Harkness

This book reveals so many miracles that God has shown me and my family during the passing of our parents .The miracle that stands out the most, is the morning when my mother went to Heaven. At that moment, the room was filled with the radiant sunlight and loving warmth, which I have never experienced before. The room seemed to be in grandeur, so much that I fell to my knees in praise. I felt, as if I were in the presence of God, Almighty. I was filled with great joy and horrific sorrow, at the same time. I wanted to share with my family the beautiful sun shining in the room, so I took a photo of the window. A few days later, I saw what looked to be God, opening the Heavenly realms, for us to see .What we saw took us by amazement. It was an angel by my mother's side, comforting her, and little glowing beings above her, as to protect her from evil that was in the atmosphere. Luke16:22 tells us, how God sends the angels to escort us to Heaven. To this day, God has placed his grace on me and my family that is, beyond all understanding. . We know that it is not good-bye, but see you soon .We know mom and dad are in paradise today. To God be the glory!

The Last Siege - Paul Brueske

It has long been acknowledged that General Robert E. Lee's surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia ended the civil war at the Battle of Appomattox in April 1865.

However, the often overlooked last siege of the war was the Mobile campaign, crucial to securing a complete victory and the final surrender of the last Confederate force east of the Mississippi River.

The Last Siege explores the events surrounding this siege and capture of Mobile, Alabama. The Union victory at the battle of Mobile Bay in 1864 ended blockade running from the port of Mobile. Uncaptured, the city remained a priority for the Confederates to defend and the Federals to attack. This book gives a new perspective on the strategic importance of Mobile as a logistical center which had access to vital rail lines and two major river systems, essential in moving forces and supplies. Included are the most detailed accounts ever written on Union and Confederate camp life in the weeks prior to the invasion, cavalry operations of both sides during the expedition, the Federal feint movement at Cedar Point, the crippling effect of torpedoes on U.S. naval operations in Mobile Bay, the tread-way escape from Spanish Fort, and the evacuation of Mobile. The entrance of Federals into the city and the reaction of the citizenry are featured. In doing so evidence is presented that contradicts the popular notion that Mobile wholeheartedly welcomed the Federals and was a predominately pro-Union town.

Using a variety of primary sources, this book highlights the bravery of the men who were still trying to win by utilizing evolved military tactics against the strong defensive fortifications at Mobile. Many acts of heroism occurred in this, the Confederacy's last campaign which ended in the final surrender at Citronelle, Alabama in May.

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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.”

 

http://www.mobilebaymag.com/Mobile-Bay/July-2018/The-Amazing-Life-of-Frye-Gaillard/

http://www.mobilebaymag.com/Mobile-Bay/July-2018/Book-Excerpt-A-Hard-Rain-by-Frye-Gaillard/

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Live Music with Mark Habib from University of South Alabama
Sep
4
5:30 PM17:30

Live Music with Mark Habib from University of South Alabama

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Classical guitarist Mark Habib began playing progressive rock and jazz in his teens. After being influenced by the beauty of classical guitar, he went on to study under a guitar scholarship at the University of South Alabama where he received his B.M. in Guitar Performance in 1988. He later went on to study at the University of Southern Mississippi, receiving his Masters in Guitar Performance in 1994. While a student there, he won both the MTNA and Pine Belt competition judged by internationally acclaimed guitarist/composer Jorge Morel from Argentina. Since then Mark has studied in master classes with some of the world's top guitarists including such names as Eliot Fisk, David Russell, Abel Carlevaro, and Benjamin Verdery. He currently teaches the Elementary Guitar class and the Introduction to Music class at USA. Mark has dedicated himself to diligent teaching and performing for 30 years. In January 2015, Mark performed a solo concert to launch the now annual GUITARFEST, which features a competition, concerts, and workshops for guitarists of all levels, a first of its kind in guitar education for the Mobile area. His philosophy of teaching each student as a unique individual has him sought out as a highly regarded teacher and artist.

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Grayson Capps - Artist in Residence Monday Nights
Sep
3
5:00 PM17:00

Grayson Capps - Artist in Residence Monday Nights

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September Artist in Residence: Grayson Capps

Sept. 3, 10, 17 & 24

5pm-7pm

"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

www.graysoncapps.com

 

 

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Jim Lewis - Alabama Founders
Aug
30
6:00 PM18:00

Jim Lewis - Alabama Founders

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Jim Lewis - "Alabama Founders."

A biographical history of the forefathers who shaped the identity of Alabama politically, legally, economically, militarily, and geographically.
 
While much has been written about the significant events in the history of early Alabama, there has been little information available about the people who participated in those events. In Alabama Founders:Fourteen Political and Military Leaders Who Shaped the State Herbert James Lewis provides an important examination of the lives of fourteen political and military leaders. These were the men who opened Alabama for settlement, secured Alabama’s status as a territory in 1817 and as a state in 1819, and helped lay the foundation for the political and economic infrastructure of Alabama in its early years as a state.
 
While well researched and thorough, this book does not purport to be a definitive history of Alabama’s founding. Lewis has instead narrowed his focus to only those he believes to be key figures—in clearing the territory for settlement, serving in the territorial government, working to achieve statehood, playing a key role at the Constitutional Convention of 1819, or being elected to important offices in the first years of statehood.
 
The founders who readied the Alabama Territory for statehood include Judge Harry Toulmin, Henry Hitchcock, and Reuben Saffold II. William Wyatt Bibb and his brother Thomas Bibb respectively served as the first two governors of the state, and Charles Tait, known as the “Patron of Alabama,” shepherded Alabama’s admission bill through the US Senate. Military figures who played roles in surveying and clearing the territory for further settlement and development include General John Coffee, Andrew Jackson’s aide and land surveyor, and Samuel Dale, frontiersman and hero of the “Canoe Fight.” Those who were instrumental to the outcome of the Constitutional Convention of 1819 and served the state well in its early days include John W. Walker, Clement Comer Clay, Gabriel Moore, Israel Pickens, and William Rufus King.

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William Barnwell - Angels in the Wilderness
Aug
26
3:00 PM15:00

William Barnwell - Angels in the Wilderness

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William Barnwell - "Angels in the Wilderness"

From the Foreword: This marvelous book is about life-changing stories, mostly by young black people who have seldom gotten a fair shake in life, let alone much of a second chance. They are poignant tales, often gripping. Some will amaze you, others grab you by the gut and refuse to let go. Most of the stories are about coming of age in New Orleans, a city that has learned to live with tragedy. New Orleans has been cast in several different lights over the years—as painted lady or sportsman’s paradox; as the murder-rate capital of these United States, or the central conveyor belt for Louisiana’s overstuffed jails and prisons. But one characteristic is easily overlooked: its irrepressibility. Resilience is practically tattooed on New Orleans’s soul. That stiff upper lip comes across in the stories William Barnwell persuaded his book’s interviewees to share with its readers . . . .What’s so remarkable about this anthology is the willful banishment of anger. Rejection of revenge goes against the grain. The urge to strike back against violence, whether witnessed or experienced, can be all consuming. But these are remarkable people—mostly young, but some old; generally black, but a few white. And all of them have elected to bend their energies toward mitigating violence rather than fanning its flames. For all of the tragedy that has befallen New Orleans over the years (and since Katrina there has been a gracious plenty), Angels in the Wilderness is an indispensable reminder that light can still pierce the darkness. It’s a book worth reading then contemplating. –Lawrence N. Powell

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Blue Bicycle - Live Music
Aug
24
6:30 PM18:30

Blue Bicycle - Live Music

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Join us for drinks and music with Blue Bicycle.

“Suzanne and Suzi met singing harmony in a moonbeam, daydream, sailboat, siren melody and they've been singing together ever since.”

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Tim Stephens
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Tim Stephens

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“Ever Faithful, Ever Loyal: The Timothy Alexander Story” by Timothy Stephens
After a horrific car accident in 2006, during the fall of his senior year in high school when he was fast becoming one of the best football players in the state of Alabama, Timothy Alexander was paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair. His life could have ended then, but to think that means you don't know Timothy Alexander. Since then, he has refused to take no for an answer. Be it large or small, he has taken on every challenge – and taken on the most powerful people in Alabama – when he feels he needs to cure a wrong. That's just the way he's wired. In his wheelchair, he became part of the football program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. And when the state power brokers decided to shut down the program, it was this young man in a wheelchair who rallied a campus, a city and a state to bring the football program back. He won, because he doesn't know any other way to live.
 "Ever Faithful, Ever Loyal'' is Timothy Alexander's emotional and inspirational story. It will make you laugh, and it will make you cry – a lot. A rough childhood, a horrible accident, years of excruciating rehabilitation – all with a smile on his face. He has three degrees now, is an accomplished nationwide speaker and a huge part of the renewed UAB football program. Enjoy Timothy's story, beautifully told along with longtime sports journalist Tim Stephens.

Tim Stephens: Fort Payne, Ala., native Tim Stephens has led some of the nation’s most innovative news organizations into the digital age during a media career that began as a sports reporter at his hometown newspaper while still in high school. As Vice President at SportsManias, Stephens helped a startup company become the fastest-growing sports news app in the United States. 

Before joining SportsManias, Stephens led news organizations that captured journalism and broadcast awards and pioneered digital and social-media strategy. He served as Deputy Managing Editor at CBSSports.com and sports editor of the Orlando Sentinel, South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Birmingham Post-Herald, where he was named the nation’s top sports columnist in 2003 in the newspaper’s circulation division. Stephens was elected president of the Associated Press Sports Editors in 2013-14. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and active lifetime member of the UAB National Alumni Society as well as a two-time winner of the UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 award. In 2017, he was elected to the alumni board of the UAB College of Arts and Sciences

Stephens also has served as a sports talk-show host on WJOX 690 AM and WERC 960 AM in Birmingham and WQTM 740 AM in Orlando and was the color analyst for broadcasts of UAB football games from 1993-95. He is founder and CEO of Tim Stephens Media LLC, providing consulting and services in publishing, digital content marketing and strategic communications.  
“Ever Faithful, Ever Loyal: The Timothy Alexander Story” is his first book.

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Gary Krist
Aug
21
6:00 PM18:00

Gary Krist

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From bestselling author Gary Krist, the story of the metropolis that never should have been and the visionaries who dreamed it into reality
 
Little more than a century ago, the southern coast of California—bone-dry, harbor-less, isolated by deserts and mountain ranges—seemed destined to remain scrappy farmland. Then, as if overnight, one of the world’s iconic cities emerged. At the heart of Los Angeles’ meteoric rise were three flawed visionaries: William Mulholland, an immigrant ditch-digger turned self-taught engineer, designed the massive aqueduct that would make urban life here possible. D.W. Griffith, who transformed the motion picture from a vaudeville-house novelty into a cornerstone of American culture, gave L.A. its signature industry. And Aimee Semple McPherson, a charismatic evangelist who founded a religion, cemented the city’s identity as a center for spiritual exploration.

All were masters of their craft, but also illusionists, of a kind. The images they conjured up—of a blossoming city in the desert, of a factory of celluloid dreamworks, of a community of seekers finding personal salvation under the California sun—were like mirages liable to evaporate on closer inspection. All three would pay a steep price to realize these dreams, in a crescendo of hubris, scandal, and catastrophic failure of design that threatened to topple each of their personal empires. Yet when the dust settled, the mirage that was LA remained.

Spanning the years from 1900 to 1930, The Mirage Factory is the enthralling tale of an improbable city and the people who willed it into existence by pushing the limits of human engineering and imagination.

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Oh, Jeremiah
Aug
17
6:30 PM18:30

Oh, Jeremiah

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Friday August 17th

6:30-8:30pm

From Hattiesburg, MS

Oh, Jeremiah

“...hauntingly beautiful music.” -AXS

 

 

 

 

 

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Ching's Portrait
Aug
11
2:00 PM14:00

Ching's Portrait

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Ching and Bob Walters - "The Tale Of Pelican Bob" and "Howie The Great Blue Heron"

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Mary Walters, born in Memphis Tennessee and raised on a farm, is an accomplished artist and illustrator. Known professionally by her childhood nickname "Ching", she received her first professional commission when she was 12 years old. Ching is known for her large detailed watercolor paintings and acrylics on canvas. Over the years she has been involved in numerous art categories other than fine art including more than two thousand postage stamp designs for more than 30 foreign countries, countless rubber stamps, food container designs, and illustrations for many hundreds of greeting cards. Ching has also illustrated 14 children’s books. Ching conceived the story, wrote the text, and drew the illustrations for The Tale of Pelican Bob. Her husband Bob is an ex-Navy Fighter Pilot decorated for heroism. He flew 153 combat missions in North Viet Nam operating from the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany. He retired from Trans World Airlines as an International Captain. Bob collaborated with Ching on the text, he photographed and digitized Ching’s images, and he prepared the layout of this book. Ching and Bob have lived in numerous places during their 46-year marriage. Most recently they were permanent residents of Italy for many years, but they always return to the Gulf Coast area. Currently they live just outside the small town of Loxley, Alabama with their two Labrador Retrievers. Ching sells her paintings in a number of galleries in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

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Blue Mother Tupelo - Live Music
Aug
4
6:30 PM18:30

Blue Mother Tupelo - Live Music

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All the way from Nashville, TN. 

Join us for live music with Blue Mother Tupelo. 

"...Their Southern Fried blues/Outlaw Gospel and Southern soul sound will go down well in the Derby City, with a Mississippi Delta feel and tight vocal harmonies. Micol Davis grew up with her preacher daddy singing Jimmy Reed songs for lullabies; Ricky Davis had a family that played country and rock 'n' roll. Both waded through the American musical canon on their way to the current group, so you might hear echos of anything from the last hundred years."

-Louisville Music News

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First Friday - Authors & Live Music
Aug
3
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday - Authors & Live Music

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Our author round up will be Susan Rouillier and Tim Stephens.

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Tim Stephens will sign Ever Faithful, Ever Loyal and he will be back on August 23 at 6pm to talk about his book. Tim Stephens will be back again to accompany speaker Timothy Alexander at the Fairhope United Methodist Church's Christian Life Center on September 6pm. 

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Join us for live music with Kate Englemeyer.

“Kate Engelmeyer is a passionate 20-year-old singer/songwriter from Pensacola, Florida. Through her heartfelt lyrics and the blending of rock, pop, and folk influences, she creates a unique sound in every song.”

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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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