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Fannie Flagg
Dec
6
6:00 pm18:00

Fannie Flagg

  • Fairhope Civic Center

The bestselling author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is at her superb best in this fun-loving, moving novel about what it means to be truly alive. With her wild imagination, great storytelling, and deep understanding of folly and the human heart, the beloved Fannie Flagg tells an unforgettable story of life, afterlife, and the remarkable goings-on of ordinary people. In The Whole Town’s Talking, she reminds us that community is vital, life is a gift, and love never dies.

Annie Hallinan "The Sweetest Christmas Eve" Storytime
Dec
12
4:00 pm16:00

Annie Hallinan "The Sweetest Christmas Eve" Storytime

"The Sweetest Christmas Eve" is read-along picture book by Scottish-American author Annie Hallinan that relates the gentle tale of the Mouse family and their lovely new home, Mouse Manor. Mama and Papa Mouse are getting their home ready for their first Christmas Eve whilst the kids, Willie and Baby Zoie, race through the house hugely excited about the upcoming holiday. None of the wee mice could predict the adventure that will unfold when humans discover where they are living.

The plot unfolds in a muted tone, graceful and gentle, without stress or worries that might alarm younger readers. One can easily imagine a youngster in your lap, after a busy day, reading this story together and enjoying the nearly-endless detail in the colorful illustrations. It's an excellent choice for adults who read with children because it is a uniquely charming story with family-oriented tone. In general, the story is aimed at younger readers not quite ready for chapter books; generally the 4-7 year range. The book includes the web-based "Read It Again Kids" feature that enables younger readers to enjoy the story with pre-recorded readers.

Watt Key
Jan
10
6:00 pm18:00

Watt Key

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In this riveting middle-grade adventure, the son of a Mississippi policeman finds a boy living on his own in the wilderness. Twelve-year-old Sam has been given a fishing boat by his father, but he hates fishing. Instead he uses the boat to disappear for hours at a time, exploring the forbidden swampy surroundings of his bayou home. Then he discovers a strange kid named Davey, mysteriously alone, repairing an abandoned cabin deep in the woods. Not fooled by the boy’s evasive explanation as to why he’s on his own, Sam becomes entangled in his own efforts to help Davey. But this leads him to telling small lies that only get bigger as the danger increases for both boys and hidden truths become harder to conceal.

Susan Rivers
Jan
26
12:00 pm12:00

Susan Rivers

Award-winning playwright Susan Rivers makes a singularly impressive debut with her accomplished novel, The Second Mrs. Hockaday about a teenage bride who must do whatever it takes to survive during the Civil War.  Through a narrative that unfolds in letters, diary entries, and inquest reports, The Second Mrs. Hockaday vividly brings to life the story of seventeen-year-old Placidia, who marries a Confederate soldier in haste and is, only days later, left alone to care for his two-year-old child, manage his slaves, and run and defend his isolated three-hundred-acre farm in rural South Carolina. In a starred review, Booklist calls the novel a "white-knuckle tale of survival" and raves, “With language evocative of the South and taut, almost unbearable suspense, dramatized by characters readers will swear they know, this galvanizing historical portrait of courage, determination, and abiding love mesmerizes and shocks.”

Inspired by a true incident, this saga unfolds with gripping intensity, conjuring the era with uncanny immediacy. Amid the desperation of wartime, Placidia sees the social order of her Southern homeland unravel. As she comes to understand how her own history is linked to one runaway slave, her perspective on race and family are upended. A love story, a story of racial divide, and a story of the South as it fell in the war, The Second Mrs. Hockaday reveals how this generation--and the next--began to see their world anew.

Beatriz Williams
Feb
2
12:00 pm12:00

Beatriz Williams

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Bestselling author Beatriz Williams brings together two generations of women inside a Greenwich Village apartment—a flapper hiding an extraordinary past, and a modern-day Manhattanite forced to start her life anew. 


 Frye Gaillard and Kathryn Scheldt
Dec
1
6:00 pm18:00

Frye Gaillard and Kathryn Scheldt

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With a combination of song lyrics and reflective essays, Alabama author Frye Gaillard and recording artist Kathryn Scheldt pay tribute to the literary legacy of Alabama songwriters. Included here are reflections on the works of Hank Williams, Emmylou Harris, and W. C. Handy, among many others. Scheldt and Gaillard share Emmylou's view that the Americana music coming out of Alabama has been "the literature of the people." In addition to writing about this tradition, these two authors are part of it. In these pages and on an accompanying CD are songs co-written by Scheldt and Gaillard.

Katherine Clark
Nov
20
2:00 pm14:00

Katherine Clark

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“Katherine Clark’s power as a novelist is on full display in her comic, shrewd, and unflagging interrogation of the South on the cusp of reluctant but nonetheless metamorphic change.”
—Pat Conroy

Katherine Clark, winner of the 2015 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction
for her first novel The Headmaster’s Darlings, has published her third book in
the Mountain Brook series. The Harvard Bride begins with the lavish wedding of
Daniel Dobbs and Caroline Elmore, college sweethearts introduced in Clark’s
second novel, All the Governor’s Men. Picking up where the previous novel
ended, The Harvard Bride is a wry comedy of manners and portrait of a marriage
unfolding against the backdrop of the return of native southerners, with their
newly completed Ivy League educations, to the self-contained world of Mountain
Brook’s “Tiny Kingdom.”

 

Troy Gilbert
Nov
20
1:00 pm13:00

Troy Gilbert

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The Mississippi Gulf Coast has long been a place where people and water are intertwined: the residents live, breathe, and eat the bounty of the Gulf. This collection of recipes from local chefs and essays showing the intimate relationship between people, industry, and environment provides a compelling portrait of one of the Gulf Coast’s most dynamic regions. Snacks such as Atomic Pelican Beaks, starters including Biloxi Doughnuts, seafood entrees like Shrimp-Stuffed Mirlitons, and more bring the Coast into your kitchen, wherever that may be. Local resources, including marinas, are listed. Accompanied by stunning images and intimate stories, On the Coast: Mississippi Tales and Recipes will transport you to a land that breathes with the rhythm of the Gulf.

Liz Williams
Nov
20
1:00 pm13:00

Liz Williams

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The Sazerac, the Hurricane, and the absinthe glass of Herbsaint are among the many well-known creations native to New Orleans’s longstanding drinking culture. But more than vehicles for alcohol, the cocktails and spirits that complement the city’s culinary prowess are each a token of its history. In every bar-side toast or street-corner daiquiri you can find evidence of the people, politics, and convergence of ethnicities that drive the story of the Crescent City.
 
In Lift Your Spirits: A Celebratory History of Cocktail Culture in New Orleans, Elizabeth M. Williams, founder and director of the Southern Food and Beverage Institute, and world-renowned bartender Chris McMillian illuminate the city’s open embrace of alcohol, both in religious and secular life, while delving into the myths, traditions, and personalities that have made New Orleans a destination for imbibing tourists and a mecca for mixologists.
 
With over 40 cocktail recipes interspersed among nearly three hundred years of history, a sampling of premier cocktail bars in New Orleans, and a glossary of terms to aid drink making and mixing, Lift Your Spirits honors the art of a good drink in the city of good times.

Paula Lenor Webb
Nov
19
1:00 pm13:00

Paula Lenor Webb

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On August 5, 1864, the Civil War arrived at Mobile’s doorstep. The Union navy blockaded Mobile Bay and the city for eight months. Confederate general Dabney Maury fought to protect the city and its citizens who refused to leave, such as Octavia LeVert and Augusta Evans. Union admiral Farragut and General Canby slowly starved the city, knowing that the fall of Mobile could end the war. Author Paula Webb details the experiences of the ordeal and the defeat of a Confederate city that echoed through the entire country.

Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson
Nov
18
5:00 pm17:00

Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson

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From the Duck Dynasty star and #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a rollicking popular history of fishing in America. American Fisherman traces the impact fishing has had in shaping America’s history, and reveals the influential role it has played in defining our lives. Willie Robertson persuasively argues that America became what it is today in no small part because of the anglers that call it home. Told in Robertson’s charming down-home voice, American Fisherman is a spirited and unique look at America and its people.

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James B. McClintock
Nov
17
6:00 pm18:00

James B. McClintock

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In the tradition of fishing classics, A Naturalist Goes Fishing combines elements of the triumph between fisher and fish, humor and wit, and a passionate concern for the natural environment. James McClintock takes us to some of the most breathtaking waters the world has to offer while capturing the drama and serendipity in the beloved sport of fishing. This strikingly beautiful narrative is a must read for anglers and nature lovers alike.

Ti Adelaide Martin
Nov
15
6:00 pm18:00

Ti Adelaide Martin

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"I don’t want a restaurant where a jazz band can’t come marching through."

Meet Ella Brennan: mother, mentor, blunt-talking fireball, and matriarch of a New Orleans restaurant empire, famous for bringing national attention to Creole cuisine. In this candid autobiography, she shares her life. From childhood in the Great Depression to opening esteemed eateries, it’s quite a story to tell.

When she and her family launched Commander’s Palace, it became the city’s most popular restaurant, where famous chefs such as Paul Prudhomme, Emeril Lagasse, and James Beard Award winner Troy McPhail got their start.

Miss Ella of Commander’s Palace describes the drama, the disasters, and the abundance of love, sweat, and grit it takes to become the matriarch of New Orleans’ finest restaurant empire.

James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award winner Ella Brennan was born in 1925 in New Orleans, Louisiana. From her first job at the age of eighteen working in her brother’s bar, she has spent her entire professional life in the restaurant business, with her crowning achievement being the Commander’s Palace restaurant. She has two children, Ti and Alex, and still lives in New Orleans.

Ti Adelaide Martin is the daughter of Ella Brennan. Raised in New Orleans, she has followed in her mother’s footsteps and is now co-proprietor of Commander’s Palace. She remembers her mother “always hosting these lavish parties at our house,” she recalls. “There were always lots of interesting people there from around the country, many from the culinary world.”

Roger Bull, Karen Bull & Sal Perricone
Nov
10
6:00 pm18:00

Roger Bull, Karen Bull & Sal Perricone

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The Shadows of Nazareth by S.R. Perricone
15.00

About the Book:

In the weeks following the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina, thousands of runaways descended on ravaged New Orleans with the hopes of finding jobs to help rebuild one of America's most intriguing city—New Orleans. Young, naive, and ready for adventure, they unknowingly walked into the jaws of homicidal predators. When the storm-weary police discovered the naked and abused bodies of runaways, they called the FBI. In turn, the FBI requested their Behavioral Science Unit (BSU) from Quantico, Virginia. What revelations did the BSU uncover in their investigation? Who was involved? Why were these deviants pursuing these victims? When and where were these crazed characters performing their acts of atrocity? The task force needed to lure the degenerates from their lair. What did the agents do? Did the plan work..., and at what cost? In the midst of this ungodly investigation, there was more than physical evidence involved. Were there spirits? And, who is Father O'Malley? New Orleans, the city that care forgot. The Big Easy. Not for these victims. An old European state of mind in an American city with Napoleonic influences. The crusty but vivacious establishment driven by order and chaos. Where legality resides with corruption. This is New Orleans..., the unbridled example of life.

About the Author:

S.R. Perricone, for nearly forty years, served in most aspects of law enforcement. He was as a deputy sheriff, a police detective, an FBI agent and, for twenty-one years, a federal prosecutor. He was the Chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force. Before his retirement in 2012, Perricone served as the Senior Litigation Counsel for the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans. He was an attorney for 35 years. During his career he specialized in public corruption and organized crime investigations and prosecutions. 

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Tenuem-The Thin Line by Roger Bull
20.00

TWO BOOKS IN ONE: Detective Sergeant August “Gus” De Noux proposes that priorities rule Life. People base their choices upon those orders of importance. He knows that Life presents him with his next choice. How will he decide? What will result from his choice? His detective partner, Dante Nuzzollilo, faces his next consideration, based upon Gus’ choice. Dante confronts the fork in the road. BOOK I Join Gus, Dante and their new partner, Detective Marianela Laconcha, in solving the Dapper Dan serial murder case. When you think that all is done, Life slams the next choice in your face. BOOK II Life throws a Crescent City wrench into the NOPD. Radical Islamic extremists strike The City That Care Forgot: The Big Easy. Spies, terrorists, moles mixed with ancient battles between religions, cultures. It’s a bloody conflict that the NOPD Homicide Task Force was ill-prepared to fight..., but, who’s stopping them? AUTHOR: Roger C. Bull is the author of several books: a collection of over fifty years of poetry, “Within the Heart and Soul;” a controversial legal thriller, “Legalized Crime;” an international spy thriller, “El Rey del Tiempo: It’s Not What You Think;” and a serial murder story set in the Irish Channel of New Orleans, “The Thin Line of Good and Evil.” Those precede "Within the Temples: Bloodletting." His eclectic life is a foundation of resources that he uses to craft his stories.

About the Author:

Roger C. Bull's experiences include studies in biology, chemistry, physics, criminology, psychology and sociology; a decade of law enforcement, most of those years in greater New Orleans; forty years of computer services; writing poetry since 1957, terrorist novels since 2007, a legal novel in 2012, a terrorist/spy thriller in 2013, and a serial murder mystery in 2014. And, now, he has added a second episode of the series, "The Thin Line of Good and Evil." It is a terrorist novel about Islamic radicals committing jihad in New Orleans.

Roger and his beautiful wife, Karen Bonvillain Bull, have two sons, Mat and Paul. (Sorry ladies. They're both married to intelligent, beautiful ladies, Michelle and Camille.) Roger and Karen share a FaceBook page: https://www.FaceBook.com/BooksByBull/.

He is the founder of the FaceBook group, Metro New Orleans Law Enforcement Officers (Metro NO LEOs)

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Crescent City Crime: The Trilogy by Karen Bonvillain Bull
10.00

Reworked. Re-edited. Moving. Flowing. Like the river that bends around this old city, I flow with the changes in my stories to make them new again.
An old fashioned city with distinctly old cultures, a gumbo of Spanish, French, English, Creole, Irish, and other international influences, that is New Orleans. For all of her charm, architecture, art, music, culinary tastes, she is a lady filled with humanity... Human beings with choices..., to do good or evil.
Climb the clef notes and fly... or fall.
Eat to your heart's delight... or crawl under a bridge and try to survive.
Paint yourself into the world's museums... or into a corner with no escape.
Build a new world..., or collapse with the ruin of the derelicts.
The Big Easy is..., or it will be the crescent around your neck, dragging you under the eddies of the mighty Mississippi.
There are unmistakable charms and characters in this city. New Orleaneans have no match. Se la vie, cher! (That's life, precious!)
Karen Bonvillain Bull, author of three murder mysteries: "Who Is Benny Looter?," "La Soulier Rouge / The Red Shoe," and "Keys, Clef and Redemption, and a bonus short story, "Good Night My Angel." Stories tied by characters with bonds to a city like no other. New Orleans.

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First Friday Author Round Up - Anne Bailey, Jerry Blacklaw, Dimitri Flynn & Beverly Pace
Nov
4
6:00 pm18:00

First Friday Author Round Up - Anne Bailey, Jerry Blacklaw, Dimitri Flynn & Beverly Pace

  • 32 South Section Street Fairhope, AL, 36532 United States
Nancy Marguerite’s Chopin by Anne Bailey (Signed Copy)
15.00

About the Book:

This single poem was written over a period of years and is risen from the childhood of the poet and her relationship with her mother, crafted from solitude and longing of the Chopin Preludes that her mother played regularly in a wood rental house in Birmingham, Alabama in the mid1960's.

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Hot Coffee, Mississippi by Jerry Blacklaw
9.95

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In 1932, the author’s Uncle Weldon, who was 10 years-old at the time, lived in Hot Coffee, Mississippi. According to the local joke, the town was so small that the “Welcome” sign and the “Ya’ll Come Back” sign were nailed on opposite sides of the same post. This is a story about that town as related to the author by his Uncle Weldon long after he was grown and living in Texas. This is both a love story and a murder mystery that unfolds over a period of seven days in July, 1932, that Uncle Weldon insisted was the most memorable week of his life. Within the pages of this book, the reader will discover why. During this time, Uncle Weldon breaks his nose for the third time, falls in love with a married woman, hears all about the tragic murder of a local colored child, and has a ringside view of a World Championship wrestling match that comes to town. Settle back in your favorite easy chair with a glass of sweet tea and enjoy Jerry Blacklaw’s first novel set almost a century ago in Hot Coffee, Mississippi.

About the Author:

Jerry Blacklaw was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas.He is a graduate of Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas (B.A.); Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, California (M.A.); and Columbia Seminary, Decatur, Georgia (D. Min.). Professionally he has been a plant nursery attendant, youth minister, jeep driver, migrant farm worker, guitar teacher, baseball umpire, lounge pianist, music store manager, recording artist, published composer, and Presbyterian minister. This is his first novel. Jerry and his wife, Cynthia, live in Fairhope, Alabama.

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Song of Alabama by Beverly Pace
15.95

Anna Newsom had led a quiet life until World War II German POWs were brought to her small Alabama town to a work camp to spend the duration of the war. With no money for college, Anna needs a job and she is picked to take books to the prisoners. With her own brother off at war, and fighting her family's disapproval, Anna struggles with feelings of disloyalty but finds herself relishing her visits to the prison camp as she takes on the role of teacher, sharing her love of history and literature, and even her faith with the prisoners. As the war drags on, Anna takes comfort in the fact that she, like her brother, is making a difference in the war effort. She slowly begins to see the prisoners as young men who are also tired of war and want to start a new life. Anna becomes close to one prisoner in particular, a man named Klaus, who is a leader to the men but he has lost his way spiritually. Due to circumstances from his youth, Klaus no longer believes in God, and although he is drawn to Anna, he cannot share her faith. Anna begins to question her judgment, her feelings, and her faith as she falls in love with Klaus. Knowing that no one close to her would accept a relationship with the enemy, Anna finds herself isolated and afraid of what the future will bring.

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Money, Money, Who Got the Money by Dimitri Flynn
20.00

Two young Americans doing research in the Vatican piece together new information about the Knights Templar leading them to conclusions placing them in the cross hairs of dangerous Global Socialists. They flee to Malta for protection from the Peregrine Order, enemies of the Globalists, are recruited to carry on their battle for freedom and sovereignty in the United States.

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Cassandra King
Oct
30
2:00 pm14:00

Cassandra King

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A Lowcountry Heart by Pat Conroy
25.00

Final words and heartfelt remembrances from bestselling author Pat Conroy take center stage in this winning nonfiction collection, supplemented by touching pieces from Conroy’s many friends.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
This new volume of Pat Conroy’s nonfiction brings together some of the most charming interviews, magazine articles, speeches, and letters from his long literary career, many of them addressed directly to his readers with his habitual greeting, “Hey, out there.” Ranging across diverse subjects, such as favorite recent reads, the challenge of staying motivated to exercise, and processing the loss of dear friends, Conroy’s eminently memorable pieces offer a unique window into the life of a true titan of Southern writing.

With a beautiful introduction from his widow, novelist Cassandra King, A Lowcountry Heart also honors Conroy’s legacy and the innumerable lives he touched. Finally, the collection turns to remembrances of “The Great Conroy,” as he is lovingly titled by friends, and concludes with a eulogy. The inarguable power of Conroy’s work resonates throughout A Lowcountry Heart, and his influence promises to endure.

This moving tribute is sure to be a cherished keepsake for any true Conroy fan and remain a lasting monument to one of the best-loved masters of contemporary American letters.

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Frye Gaillard
Oct
29
3:00 pm15:00

Frye Gaillard

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More than twenty years ago, Robert Croshon, an elderly friend of Frye Gaillard’s, told him the story of Croshon’s ancestor, Gilbert Fields, an African-born slave in Georgia who led his family on a daring flight to freedom. According to the story, Fields and his family ran away one stormy night, intending to travel north under cover of darkness. But the thunderstorm blotted out the stars, and when morning came Fields and the others discovered they had been running south. They had no choice but to keep going, seeking sanctuary with the Seminole Indians of Florida and later a community of free blacks in Mobile.

With Croshon’s blessing, Gaillard has expanded this oral history into a novel for young readers, weaving the story of Gilbert Fields through the nearly forgotten history of the Seminoles and their alliance with runaway slaves. As Gaillard’s narrative makes clear, the Seminole Wars of the 1830s, in which Indians fought side by side with former slaves, represents the largest slave uprising in American history. Gaillard also puts a human face on the story of free blacks before the Civil War and the lives they painfully built for themselves in Mobile. Hauntingly illustrated by Alabama artist Anne Kent Rush, Go South to Freedom is a gripping story for readers of any age. 

Frye Gaillard, writer in residence at the University of South Alabama, is author of more than 20 books, including Journey to the Wilderness : War, Memory, and a Southern Family’s Civil War Letters. This is his second book for young readers.

Tom Shroder
Oct
20
6:00 pm18:00

Tom Shroder

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A veteran of the Washington Post and Miami Herald among others, Shroder has made a career of investigative journalism and human-interest stories, from interviewing South American children who claim to have memories of past lives for his book Old Souls, to a former Marine suffering from debilitating PTSD and his doctor who is pioneering a successful psychedelic drug treatment in Acid Test. Shroder's most fascinating reporting, however, comes from within his own family: his grandfather, MacKinlay Kantor, was the world-famous author of Andersonville, the seminal novel of the Civil War. As a child, Shroder was in awe of the larger-than-life character. Kantor's friends included Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandberg, Gregory Peck and James Cagney. He was an early mentor to John D. MacDonald, and is credited with discovering the singer Burl Ives. He wrote the novel Glory for Me, which became the multi-Oscar-winning film The Best Years of Our Lives. He ghostwrote General Curtis LeMay's memoirs, penning the infamous words "we're going to bomb them back to the Stone Age" regarding North Vietnam.  Kantor also suffered from alcoholism, an outsized ego, and an overbearing, abusive, and publically embarrassing personality where his family was concerned; he blew through a small fortune in his lifetime, dying nearly destitute and alone. In The Most Famous Writer Who Ever Lived, Shroder revisits the past--Kantor's upbringing, his early life, and career trajectory--and writes not just the life story of one man but a meditation on fame, family secrets and legacies, and what is remembered after we are gone.

Robert Olen Butler
Oct
10
6:00 pm18:00

Robert Olen Butler

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From one of America’s most important writers, Perfume River is an exquisite novel that examines family ties and the legacy of the Vietnam War through the portrait of a single North Florida family. Perfume River is a lyrical and emotional exploration of one family’s drama that echoes the lives of so many who are affected by the aftermath of war. It is a profound and poignant book written by an author at the height of his powers, a portrait of family, personal choice, and how war resonates through the American experience.

First Friday Author Round Up - Michael Hewes, Jenny Tilbury & Ann Warner
Oct
7
6:00 pm18:00

First Friday Author Round Up - Michael Hewes, Jenny Tilbury & Ann Warner

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Watermark by Michael Hewes (Signed Copy)
14.99

About the Book:
In the days after Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi attorney and author Michael Hewes returned to his former home only to find it destroyed. Sitting amongst the wreckage was a binder that contained intimate photos of a couple he didn't know, doing things that clearly weren't meant for sharing.

This discovery got Hewes thinking about what would have happened if he had discovered something that wasn’t just embarrassing, but that had actual legal, criminal - or potentially fatal - implications.

He turned that idea into Watermark, an intelligent, fast-paced legal thriller that will delight fans of Grisham, Turow, and Baldacci.

When Matt Frazier returns to his home in Gulfport, Mississippi in the wake of the largest hurricane to ever come ashore in the United States, he expects a disaster. What he finds is a catastrophe.

But it’s not what the storm took away that gets Matt’s attention—it’s what it left behind. Deep in the debris under what remains of his house, something has washed up that makes Matt the central target in a deadly conspiracy involving some very high-profile players.

Not knowing who to trust, Matt must turn to his eccentric neighbor, his best friend, and ultimately his estranged wife to try and help him stay one step ahead—and alive—long enough to bring some order back into his life.

About the Author:
Michael Hewes earned his undergraduate degree from University of Southern Mississippi and his law degree from Ole Miss. A retired JAG officer, Hewes currently practices law in Gulfport, Mississippi, where he lives with his wife and their three sons, two dogs, and one cat.

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Welcome to the Garden Club: A Novel by Jenny B. Tilbury (Signed Copy)
20.95

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Opening day of the Fleur-de-Lis Ladies Garden Club of the French Quarter gives fifty lucky women a chance to express their inner southern divas. As longtime member Stephanie Lewis steps into a luxurious condo to begin a new season of the garden club, she has no idea of the drama and life changes that await her.
Stephanie, a community volunteer and socialite, is convinced that proper civilization ends at the New Orleans city limits. Her friends and fellow members consist of Gloria Vincent, a wealthy widow who manages two international businesses, and Dolores Delacroix, a successful business owner and master gardener who drinks like a sailor. As the roots of improbable friendships grow deeper, the women discover there is more to every life than what appears on the surface. When a chain of events transforms Stephanie's life and the existence of the garden club forever, each of the women learns that she must first examine the past and face the present before she can ever embrace future possibilities.
In this heartwarming story, the ladies of a French Quarter garden club depend upon reliance, grace, and the bonds of their sisterhood to courageously deal with life's unexpected twists and turns.

About the Author:

Jenny B. Tilbury is a freelance writer and an artist advocate. She is a member of the Women's National Book Association and National Writers Association, and founder and past president of the nonprofit, Young Artists of Texas. Jenny currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana. This is her debut novel.

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The Rodney Letters: Love and Sacrifice in World War II by Ann Warner (Signed Copy)
24.95

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The Rodney Letters is a historical account of the life of a B 24 nose gunner in World War II. Letters over 70 years old written by John Rodney Williams and family reveal a time historians have rarely touched, the air war in the Pacific.

Drafted in 1943 Rodney leaves his pregnant wife and work at Williams Lumber Company to become an aerial nose gunner with the Long Rangers, the 307th Bombardment Group, 424th Squadron of the 13th Air Force.

The letters tell of great love and sacrifice in service and at home. September and October of 1944 were especially difficult times for the Long Rangers in New Guinea. In the Yamato Mission of October 26, 1944, Rodney and Lt. Sutphin's crew help play a key role in turning the Japanese fleet away from the oil rich fields and bases near the Philippines.

About the Author:

Ann Warner, a graduate of Louisiana State University, has a great love of history, having taught American history for a number of years. She became a Louisiana artist in the 1980s and teaches classes in painting. She is represented by Taylor Clark Gallery in Baton Rouge. She and husband, JJ, live on Warner family farm in Warnerton near Franklinton, Louisiana. In effort to avoid a potential negative customer experience please consider updating at the earliest.

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Nathan Weathington
Oct
7
2:00 pm14:00

Nathan Weathington

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What would cause a man to leave his sheltered and conservative home in the rural South to move to the hippie-infested left coast of Canada? A woman, obviously. 

In his second comic memoir, Nathan realizes that although he could make a homemade grenade as a ten-year-old, he is ill-equipped to handle a personal hygiene debate with cannibals, nude strippers on horseback, giant-scrotumed men in loincloths, or Ewoks who aggressively try to stick coffee up his rectum for no apparent reason. Follow Nathan s offbeat and absurd musings as he struggles to make sense of the world outside of Bremen, Georgia.

Amelia Martens
Oct
6
6:00 pm18:00

Amelia Martens

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The Spoons in the Grass Are There to Dig a Moat by Amelia Martens (Signed Copy)
14.95

Amelia Martens's prose poems reveal expansive ideas in compressed language. From the domestic to the geopolitical, from the mundane to the miraculous, these brief vignettes take the form of prayers, parables, confessions, and revelations. Intimate and urgent, Martens's poems are strange, darkly funny, and utterly beguiling.

Amelia Martens is the author of the chapbooks Purgatory (Black Lawrence Press, 2012), Clatter (Floating Wolf Quarterly, 2013), and A Series of Faults (Finishing Line Press, 2014). She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University, and lives in Paducah, Kentucky, where she teaches at West Kentucky Community & Technical College.

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Winston Groom at The Book Cellar
Oct
5
6:00 pm18:00

Winston Groom at The Book Cellar

  • The Book Cellar at Page & Palette

Three decades after the first publication of Forrest Gump, Winston Groom returns to fiction with this sweeping American epic. 

Long fascinated with the Mexican Revolution and the vicious border wars of the early twentieth century, Winston Groom brings to life a much-forgotten period of history in this sprawling saga of heroism, injustice, and love. An episodic novel set in six parts, El Paso pits the legendary Pancho Villa, a much-feared outlaw and revolutionary, against a thrill-seeking railroad tycoon known as the Colonel, whose fading fortune is tied up in a colossal ranch in Chihuahua, Mexico. But when Villa kidnaps the Colonel’s grandchildren in the midst of a cattle drive, and absconds into the Sierra Madre, the aging New England patriarch and his adopted son head to El Paso, hoping to find a group of cowboys brave enough to hunt the Generalissimo down.

Replete with gunfights, daring escapes, and an unforgettable bullfight, El Paso, with its textured blend of history and legend, becomes an indelible portrait of the American Southwest in the waning days of the frontier.

Tickets to the event are $38 and include a signed first edition of El Paso. Tickets may be purchased at Page & Palette or on Eventbrite. 

Winston Groom at The Steeple
Oct
4
6:00 pm18:00

Winston Groom at The Steeple

  • The Steeple

Three decades after the first publication of Forrest Gump, Winston Groom returns to fiction with this sweeping American epic. 

Long fascinated with the Mexican Revolution and the vicious border wars of the early twentieth century, Winston Groom brings to life a much-forgotten period of history in this sprawling saga of heroism, injustice, and love. An episodic novel set in six parts, El Paso pits the legendary Pancho Villa, a much-feared outlaw and revolutionary, against a thrill-seeking railroad tycoon known as the Colonel, whose fading fortune is tied up in a colossal ranch in Chihuahua, Mexico. But when Villa kidnaps the Colonel’s grandchildren in the midst of a cattle drive, and absconds into the Sierra Madre, the aging New England patriarch and his adopted son head to El Paso, hoping to find a group of cowboys brave enough to hunt the Generalissimo down.

Replete with gunfights, daring escapes, and an unforgettable bullfight, El Paso, with its textured blend of history and legend, becomes an indelible portrait of the American Southwest in the waning days of the frontier.

Tickets to the event are $38 and include a signed first edition of El Paso. Tickets may be purchased at Page & Palette or on Eventbrite. 

James & Kimberly Dean
Oct
4
4:30 pm16:30

James & Kimberly Dean

  • The Book Cellar at Page & Palette

Join Pete the Cat in a brand-new story and help him and his friends find the missing cupcakes! Pete the Cat and his friends are busy as can be baking cupcakes for a cupcake party, and Pete can’t wait to perform with his groovy band. But some of the cupcakes have gone missing. Who could have taken them? In this latest Pete the Cat picture book adventure, by New York Times bestselling authors James and Kimberly Dean, Pete and the gang solve the mystery of the missing cupcakes and learn that it’s cool to be kind.