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John Milham & Friends - September Monday Nights - Live Music
Sep
16
5:00 PM17:00

John Milham & Friends - September Monday Nights - Live Music

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Lisa Mills - Live Music
Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

Lisa Mills - Live Music

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Meg McCrummen Fowler - Speaking about Notre Dame De Paris
Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

Meg McCrummen Fowler - Speaking about Notre Dame De Paris

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About the Director: Meg McCrummen Fowler comes to the Museum from the University of South Alabama, where she has served as a Visiting Scholar in the Center for the Study of War and Memory and as an instructor in Department of Art and Art History. Meg is currently a doctoral candidate at Tulane University, completing an interdisciplinary PhD in Art History & Society. She holds a BA in History and French from The University of Alabama and an MA in History of Art from Tulane University. Her extensive museum experience includes, most recently, a fellowship at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

A note from the Director: "As an historian who believes in public service, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve my community in this way. The Museum is an exciting place to experience all the vibrant stories of Mobile’s history. It is my goal that, in the coming years, the Museum will become increasingly engaged in the community and engaging to our visitors.”

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Blue Bicycle - Live Music
Sep
20
6:30 PM18:30

Blue Bicycle - Live Music

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 Greg Waselkov - Old Federal Road in Alabama - University of Alabama Press
Sep
22
3:00 PM15:00

Greg Waselkov - Old Federal Road in Alabama - University of Alabama Press

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A concise illustrated guidebook for those wishing to explore and know more about the storied gateway that made possible Alabama's development

Forged through the territory of the Creek Nation by the United States federal government, the Federal Road was developed as a communication artery linking the east coast of the United States with Louisiana. Its creation amplified already tense relationships between the government, settlers, and the Creek Nation, culminating in the devastating Creek War of 1813–1814, and thereafter it became the primary avenue of immigration for thousands of Alabama settlers.

Central to understanding Alabama’s territorial and early statehood years, the Federal Road was both a physical and symbolic thoroughfare that cut a swath of shattering change through the land and cultures it traversed. The road revolutionized Alabama’s expansion, altering the course of its development by playing a significant role in sparking a cataclysmic war, facilitating unprecedented American immigration, and enabling an associated radical transformation of the land itself.

The first half of The Old Federal Road in Alabama: An Illustrated Guide offers a narrative history that includes brief accounts of the construction of the road, the experiences of historic travelers, and descriptions of major changes to the road over time. The authors vividly reconstruct the course of the road in detail and make use of a wealth of well-chosen illustrations. Along the way they give attention to the very terrain it traversed, bringing to life what traveling the road must have been like and illuminating its story in a way few others have ever attempted.

The second half of the volume is divided into three parts—Eastern, Central, and Southern—and serves as a modern traveler’s guide to the Federal Road. This section includes driving tours and maps, highlighting historical sites and surviving portions of the old road and how to visit them.

Kathryn H. Braund is Hollifield Professor of Southern History at Auburn University. She is author of Deerskins and Duffels: The Creek Indian Trade with Anglo-America, 1685–1815, editor of Tohopeka: Rethinking the Creek War and the War of 1812, and coeditor of Fields of Vision: Essays on the Travels of William Bartram, and William Bartram on the Southeastern Indians.

Gregory A. Waselkov is professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of South Alabama. He has written, edited, and contributed to many books on southern archaeology and history, including Old Mobile Archaeology and A Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813–1814.

Raven M. Christopher is chief curator at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. She is coauthor with Gregory A. Waselkov of the Archaeological Survey of the Old Federal Road in Alabama, Final Report, prepared for the Alabama Department of Transportation.

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John Milham & Friends - September Monday Nights - Live Music
Sep
23
5:00 PM17:00

John Milham & Friends - September Monday Nights - Live Music

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Hello, Worl

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Elliot Ackerman - Waiting for Eden
Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

Elliot Ackerman - Waiting for Eden

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About the Book

From the National Book Award finalist, a breathtakingly spare and shattering new novel that traces the intersection of three star-crossed lives.

Eden Malcom lies in a bed, unable to move or to speak, imprisoned in his own mind. His wife Mary spends every day on the sofa in his hospital room. He has never even met their young daughter. And he will never again see the friend and fellow soldier who didn't make it back home--and who narrates the novel. But on Christmas, the one day Mary is not at his bedside, Eden's re-ordered consciousness comes flickering alive. As he begins to find a way to communicate, some troubling truths about his marriage--and about his life before he went to war--come to the surface. Is Eden the same man he once was: a husband, a friend, a father-to-be? What makes a life worth living? A piercingly insightful, deeply felt meditation on loyalty and betrayal, love and fear, Waiting for Eden is a tour de force of profound humanity.

About Elliot Ackerman

ELLIOT ACKERMAN is the author of the novels Waiting for Eden, Dark at the Crossing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Green on Blue. His writings have appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Travel Writing. He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. He divides his time between New York City and Washington, D.C.

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Max Brallier - Activities & Party "The Last Kids on Earth"
Sep
27
4:00 PM16:00

Max Brallier - Activities & Party "The Last Kids on Earth"

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Max Brallier's "The Last Kids on Earth" interactive event at Page and Palette will be the BEST DAY EVER and the kids will be talking about it for a long time afterwards!


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Event’s activities will include the following:

Tic-Tac BOO!

  • Zombie zone photo booth!

  • Monster-mouth Putt-Putt!

  • Outside activities, Scavenger hunt, Trivia!

  • Pin the eyeball on the Zombie!

  • Monster Secret Code!

  • Zombie face painting!

  • BIG MAMA JEEP PHOTO OP!

  • Zombie themed Food and Drinks!


About the book:

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

About the author:

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

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The Leavin' Brothers
Sep
27
6:30 PM18:30

The Leavin' Brothers

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Hello, Wor

ld!

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

Dana Ridenour - Below the Radar

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

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

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

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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

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

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

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

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John Milham & Friends - September Monday Nights - Live Music
Sep
30
5:00 PM17:00

John Milham & Friends - September Monday Nights - Live Music

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Patti Callahan - "Becoming Mrs. Lewis" - @ The Steeple in MOB
Oct
3
6:00 PM18:00

Patti Callahan - "Becoming Mrs. Lewis" - @ The Steeple in MOB

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Callahan (The Bookshop at Water’s End) vividly enters the life of a woman searching for both God and romantic love in this pleasing historical novel about writer and poet Joy Davidman. In 1946, Joy lives in Ossining, N.Y., with her alcoholic husband, Bill Gresham, and her two small sons. In a moment of desperation, she prays to a God she doesn’t believe in and experiences feeling “fully known and loved.” Three years later, now deeply considering Christianity, she writes to Christian apologist C.S. Lewis with her questions about God. He responds, beginning a long-term correspondence in which Joy finds “peace, connection, and intellectual intimacy.” By 1952, she wants to leave her unfaithful, abusive husband, but sees no way out. She does manage to take a much-needed physical and mental respite, heading to England for six months and falling in love with both England and Lewis; her only regret is leaving behind her sons. But, even after Bill and Joy divorce, Lewis at first keeps their relationship platonic, and Joy must search for true love and fulfillment through her relationship with God. Making full use of historical documentation, Callahan has created an incredible portrait of a complex woman. (Oct.)

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Kristin Hannah in conversation with Patti Callahan about "The Great Alone"
Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

Kristin Hannah in conversation with Patti Callahan about "The Great Alone"

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(Patti Callahan Henry will be interviewing Krisin Hannah.)

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown.

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.

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Mike Bunn - "Early Alabama"
Oct
15
6:00 PM18:00

Mike Bunn - "Early Alabama"

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Alabama's territorial and early statehood years represent a crucial formative period in its past, a time in which the state both literally and figuratively took shape. The story of the remarkable changes that occurred within Alabama as it transitioned from frontier territory to a vital part of the American union in less than a quarter century is one of the most compelling in the state's past. This history is rich with stories of charismatic leaders, rugged frontiersmen, a dramatic and pivotal war that shaped the state's trajectory, raging political intrigue, and pervasive sectional rivalry.

Many of Alabama's modern cities, counties, and religious, educational, and governmental institutions first took shape within this time period. It also gave way to the creation of sophisticated trade and communication networks, the first large-scale cultivation of cotton, and the advent of the steamboat. Contained within this story of growth and innovation is a parallel story, the dispossession of Native groups of their lands and the forced labor of slaves, which fueled much of Alabama's early development.

Early Alabama: An Illustrated Guide to the Formative Years, 1798-1826 serves as a traveler's guidebook with a fast-paced narrative that traces Alabama's developmental years. Despite the great significance of this era in the state's overall growth, these years are perhaps the least understood in all of the state's history and have received relatively scant attention from historians. Mike Bunn has created a detailed guide--appealing to historians and the general public--for touring historic sites and structures including selected homes, churches, businesses, government buildings, battlefields, cemeteries, and museums..

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Elliot A. Knight - "Alabama Creates" 200 Years of Art and Artists
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

Elliot A. Knight - "Alabama Creates" 200 Years of Art and Artists

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A visually rich survey of two hundred years of Alabama fine arts and artists

Alabama artists have been an integral part of the story of the state, reflecting a wide-ranging and multihued sense of place through images of the land and its people. Quilts, pottery, visionary paintings, sculpture, photography, folk art, and abstract art have all contributed to diverse visions of Alabama’s culture and environment. The works of art included in this volume have all emerged from a distinctive milieu that has nourished the creation of powerful visual expressions, statements that are both universal and indigenous.

Published to coincide with the state’s bicentennial, Alabama Creates: 200 Years of Art and Artists features ninety-four of Alabama’s most accomplished, noteworthy, and influential practitioners of the fine arts from 1819 to the present. The book highlights a broad spectrum of artists who worked in the state, from its early days to its current and contemporary scene, exhibiting the full scope and breadth of Alabama art.

This retrospective volume features biographical sketches and representative examples of each artist’s most masterful works. Alabamians like Gay Burke, William Christenberry, Roger Brown, Thornton Dial, Frank Fleming, the Gee’s Bend Quilters, Lonnie Holley, Dale Kennington, Charlie Lucas, Kerry James Marshall, David Parrish, and Bill Traylor are compared and considered with other nationally significant artists.

Alabama Creates is divided into four historical periods, each spanning roughly fifty years and introduced by editor Elliot A. Knight. Knight contextualizes each era with information about the development of Alabama art museums and institutions and the evolution of college and university art departments. The book also contains an overview of the state’s artistic heritage by Gail C. Andrews, director emerita of the Birmingham Museum of Art. Alabama Creates conveys in a sweeping and captivating way the depth of talent, the range of creativity, and the lasting contributions these artists have made to Alabama’s extraordinarily rich visual and artistic heritage.

About the Authors:

Elliot A. Knight is the executive director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts. He previously served there as the visual arts program manager, the deputy director, and the director of the Georgine Clarke Alabama Artists Gallery.

Al Head is executive director emeritus of the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Gail C. Andrews is director emerita of the Birmingham Museum of Art.

REVIEWS:

“Alabama artists have helped contextualize the state as a place that is embracing its past while visualizing its future. Artists such as the internationally hailed quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend, public artist Rick Lowe, painters Jack Whitten and Thornton Dial, and photographer Carolyn Sherer have portrayed a richer understanding of Alabama that is appreciated not only by those of us who live here but also by the nation in general. Alabama would not have the exposure or the expanded worldview that are so apparent without the work of the visual artists who have helped us reveal the complexity, diversity, and multifaceted nature of our populations and our state. Alabama artists help us define who we are and what home is.”
—from the introduction by Gail C. Andrews

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Louise Mason - Signing Only - Life Lessons for Little Learners
Oct
19
2:00 PM14:00

Louise Mason - Signing Only - Life Lessons for Little Learners

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About the Book:

If you are considering reading this book, you are probably seeking a successful future for your child or a special child in your life. The early formative years of a child's life are critical in learning to be thoughtful, respectful, and self-reliant. These behaviors are learned, for the most part, from you, the parent, the guardian, or other primary role model.

About Louise N. Mason:

Louise Mason is the author of Life Lessons for Little Learners: Beginning Steps Toward Academic Success and its accompanying workbook (Tate Publishing, 2013.) She has written Madie’s Memoirs, (2018) a detailed history of one woman’s courageous experiences of World War II. Ms. Mason was invited to Fairhope, Alabama as a Writer-in-Residence at the Wolff Writer’s Cottage (June/July 2015.) She has been invited to read her poetry on the local WABFRadio, 1480AM (September 2018.) She has worked in education for more than 30 years. She is a former high school English teacher, Counselor and Principal. She holds both a Bachelor’s degree in Education/English and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Youngstown State University, Ohio, and a Counseling degree from Westminster College, Pennsylvania.

Ms. Mason traveled to Beijing, China (2011) with the China Initiative Exchange Group where she studied China’s educational system.

She has written three other children’s books, not yet published: Frick, Frack, Freckles, and Connor and The Backyard Dragon; Frick, Frack, Freckles, and Connor and The Candy Shop Squirrels; and Frick, Frack, Freckles, and Connor and The Hiding Horses (2018.) She is an aspiring novelist, song writer and poet.

More information concerning Ms.Mason can be found at her two websites:

www.socialandacademicsuccess.com and www.ghostwriter77.com.

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Alan Brown - "Eerie Alabama"
Oct
22
6:00 PM18:00

Alan Brown - "Eerie Alabama"

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BY: ALAN BROWN

Illustrations by Kari Schultz

ABOUT THE BOOK

Known for antebellum mansions and sunny beaches, Alabama also claims an abundance of fascinating mysteries and legends. The White Thang is a Sasquatch-like creature that has terrorized Alabamians for generations. For a brief period in the 1980s, Needham gained national attention because of its “crying pecan tree.” In 1854, a farmer named Orion Williamson simply vanished in a field in Selma. From the aquatic beast known as the Coosa River Monster to the story of the Leprechaun of Mobile, these stories have evolved over generations. Author Alan Brown presents some of the strangest stories from this collective tradition.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Alan Brown has been a professor of English at the University of West Alabama since 1986. For the past few years, Dr. Brown’s interest in southern folklore has manifested itself in over seventeen publications of southern ghost stories. He has served as president of the Alabama Folklife Association and as a member of the American Ghost Society, Ghost Chasers of Mississippi and of the Mississippi Writers’ Guild.

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Joe Taylor - Theoretics of Love
Oct
29
6:00 PM18:00

Joe Taylor - Theoretics of Love

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In The Theoretics of Love, Joe Taylor turns his fierce wit and storytelling talents to love, death and murder in the Bluegrass state. Fresh out of school, anthropoligist Dr. Clarissa Circle finds herself thrust into a mysterious forensics investigation after exposing what was thought to be a Native American burial ground as a mass grave of not-so-recently murdered bodies. Is a cult behind the killings? Were these ritual murders? Hired as a consultant to the local police department, Circle spends half of her time dusting bones and the other half knocking boots with homicide detective Willy Cox and an aging hippie who goes by the name of Methuselah. A double suicide is discovered. And the plot thickens from there as other disturbing events unfold and people of questionable character surface and collide in this kaleidoscopic murder mystery/love story that is also madcap fun. Part Hunter S. Thompson, part Woody Allen, Joe Taylor's tilted realism and quirky humor combine in this fast-paced novel that gleefully exposes our human foibles and heart. In The Theoretics of Love the motives behind the ritual murders rocking Kentucky are obscure and difficult to identify. Intimacy and love, as it turns out, prove to be every bit as theoretical. Joe Taylor gives love and passion a workout in the Bluegrass state in this new novel, which may be his best. Charles McNair, award-winning author of Pickett's Charge and other novels, asks "Why isn't Joe Taylor famous? I laughed out loud three times in the first chapter of Theoretics of Love. A few chapters later, I felt my heart would break. There's nothing theoretical about Taylor's talent. You'll love this love story."

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

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

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About the book:

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

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

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

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

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

Now is the time to start.

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

About Charles Crumpton:

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

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

About Daniel Dolgin, Ph.D:

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

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Joshilyn Jackson
Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

Joshilyn Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Susan Cushman - Friends of the Library
Nov
13
3:00 PM15:00

Susan Cushman - Friends of the Library

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About the book:

". . . a beautifully wrought hymn of praise to readers and book-lovers in the most sacred of places, the libraries where we find both." --Cassandra King, author of the best-selling novels The Sunday Wife

WHEN ADELE COVINGTON becomes an author in her sixties, she goes on a book tour to speak to the Friends of the Library groups in ten small towns in her home state of Mississippi. Chasing her personal demons through the Christ-haunted South of her childhood, Adele befriends an eclectic group of wounded people and decides to tell their stories. From Eupora to Meridian, from a budding artist with an abusive husband to a seven-year-old with a rare form of cancer, each story contains elements of hope and healing and honors the heart, soul, and history of the Magnolia State.

Author Bio

Susan Cushman is author of three books: Friends of the Library (short stories), Cherry Bomb (novel), and Tangles and Plaques: A Mother and Daughter Face Alzheimer’s (memoir). She is editor of three anthologies: Southern Writers on Writing, A Second Blooming: Becoming the Women We Are Meant to Be, and The Pulpwood Queens Celebrate 20 Years! (coming fall 2019) Her essays have appeared in four anthologies and numerous journals and magazines. She was co-director of the 2010 and 2013 Creative Nonfiction Conferences in Oxford, Mississippi, and director of the 2011 Memphis Creative Nonfiction Workshop. She has served as speaker or panelist at over a dozen literary festivals, conferences, workshops, and retreats over the past ten years. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Susan has lived in Memphis since 1988. Visit her website: www.susancushman.com.

Friend her on Facebook, and follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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

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

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

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

R. J. McDowell - Fraser the Fir

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

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Bacon, Books, Beer, and Badass Oysters!  Ghost Train Tap Take-over & Blue Mullet Bluegrass Music!
Sep
14
4:00 PM16:00

Bacon, Books, Beer, and Badass Oysters! Ghost Train Tap Take-over & Blue Mullet Bluegrass Music!

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What’s better than a football on the big screen, specialty beer from Ghost Train, Gulf Coast Oysters inspired by Irv Miller, Billy’s Bacon, and live music from Fairhope’s favorite bluegrass band?

Best part? You don’t need a ticket to participate!

About the Book:

It’s been said Gulf Coast oysters have the cleanest taste of any oyster: “…it tastes of the sea and not much else, and for that reason they should be the oysters against which all others should be measured.”

Gulf Coast Oysters: Classic & Modern Recipes for a Southern Renaissance is the latest cookbook from acclaimed and award-winning chef, Irv Miller.  Beautifully photographed and replete with mouth-watering recipes, Gulf Coast Oysters is a joyful and thorough exploration of Gulf oyster culture that honors the many oyster classics of the Gulf foodways while also putting a fresh, modern spin on preparing “panhandle pearls.”

Going beyond its delicious recipes and stunning photos, Gulf Coast Oysters also focuses on preserving the Gulf’s cross-cultural, Southern traditions and a goal of creating new interest in seafood-sustainable products. Miller’s years of hands-on experience of modernizing the way the Florida Panhandle thinks about food, as well as his support of sustainable food-producing practices, has provided him the unique and credentialed perspective for telling the story of the ever-changing food scene along the Gulf Coast.

Whether you’re a native of the Gulf Coast, a passionate epicurean, or simply part of the growing population of oyster fans that’s booming from coast-to-coast, Gulf Coast Oysters: Classic & Modern Recipes for a Southern Renaissance is an bountiful book of diverse Gulf oyster recipes, striking photography, and an engaging look at the culture surrounding the ancient mollusk’s place on Gulf coast.


Bill-e’s Bacon

Hungry For A Good Time?

“I opened my restaurant (some call it a dive, but whatever) back in 2011 for two reasons. I wanted the good people of Fairhope, Alabama to have a no frills place where they could kick back and enjoy an afternoon or evening of live music, lively conversation, and killer grub. Also, I needed a place to smoke and serenade my delicious bacon. Located on Highway 181—formerly Highway 27, hence my original name, Old 27 Grill—Bill-E’s is where locals and vacationers alike come to throw their cares and their diets to the wind. I welcome you to do the same.”
— Bill E

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Pensacola Bay Oyster Company

Premium Fl. Oysters

Pensacola Bay Oyster Company was established in 2013 by Donnie McMahon and is located in Pensacola, Florida. Our oysters come from the Escambia Bay water system and are farmed in off bottom cages, allowing for optimal growth and access to a wide variety of food. The cup is deep, the oyster is clean, and the shells are unique. They have a soft texture with a perfect amount of salt and a clean after taste. Our mission is to provide the Gulf coast with top quality oysters while also cleaning up our local water ways.

You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, and online at www.pensacolabayoyster.com.

Navy Cove Oysters: Our Story

Navy Cove Oysters LLC was founded in 2011; it was born out of a long-term friendship and working relationship between marine science researchers Dr. John Supan and Dr. Charles Wilson. Eric Bradley, raised on a crawfish farm in south Louisiana, joined the partnership in 2016. The partners sought to join a growing movement along the coastal regions of the Southern US and Gulf of Mexico to produce boutique, prized oysters for the half-shell market.

Our farm is located along the northern shore of Fort Morgan, Alabama near the body of water called Navy Cove, which was frequented by Indians, an anchorage for pirates, and then the U.S. Navy during the War of 1812 and WWII. The site rests at the intersection of the productive waters of Mobile Bay and the salty waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Navy Cove Oysters are constantly bathed by tidal exchanges between the gulf and bay.

Navy Cove Oysters are characterized by an umami of moderate brine, a rich, creamy, buttery texture and sweet, cucumber-like finish. Our oysters carry the signature of a prominent "racing stripe" across the shell surface. They are easy to shuck with a bill or hinge oyster knife.

We target production of a medium-size oyster of moderate salinity. Smaller and larger sizes and higher or lower salt content are available. Oysters can be ordered through Bon Secour Fisheries in Bon Secour (251.949.5054), Alabama and/or Revere Meats in Atlanta (404.363.0630). If you have any comments or questions, please free to email us at Navycoveoysters@gmail.com. You can visit our website (Navycoveoysters.com) and follow/friend us at Facebook@Navycoveoysters and share your thoughts at Instatgram@navycoveoysters and Twitter@navycoveoysters.


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Joining us in Ghost Train’s Tap Take Over is Brew-master and Owner of Ghost Train, Taylor DeBoer. Taylor and his crew have devised a special brew just for us! Three-month fermented Marzen October Fest style beer! We will be the only ones south of Birmingham to have it! Come hang out with Taylor DeBoer and try these one of a kind Alabama brews!

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We will also have live music from Blue Mullet Bluegrass beginning at 6:00pm!

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Emily Stuckey & John Cochran
Sep
13
6:30 PM18:30

Emily Stuckey & John Cochran

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About Emily Stuckey

Emily Stuckey is a singer/songwriter hailing from her beloved hometown of Fairhope, AL. Mrs. Stuckey has established herself in the Gulf Coast music community both as a solo performer and as a member of the "swamp folk," harmony driven band, The Krickets. Emily cut her musical teeth singing along with every namable Disney princess and further down the rabbit hole she discovered such influences as Etta James and Sam Cooke to Brandi Carlisle and Taylor Goldsmith. Mrs. Stuckey is continuing to hone her craft while stringing together accomplishments and accolades with her band including IMA awards and nominations; an IMEA award for Folk Artist of the Year; and articles and reviews featured in publications such as No Depression & Paste Magazine. Her songwriting style is highlighted by her vocal abilities and melodic preferences. Emily currently has one solo self titled EP and two full length albums with her band The Krickets. These works include fan favorites "Sweet Home;" 2019 IMA Alt Country Song of the Year and title track of The Krickets' sophomore album "Redbird;" and the 2016 IMA Folk Song of the Year "Cool, Cool Water."

About John Cochran

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Dersham - "My Alabama"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joe Johnson - Live Music
Sep
11
6:00 PM18:00

Joe Johnson - Live Music

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Phil and Foster - Live Music
Sep
10
6:00 PM18:00

Phil and Foster - Live Music

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John Milham & Friends - September Monday Nights - Live Music
Sep
9
5:00 PM17:00

John Milham & Friends - September Monday Nights - Live Music

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The Bailiwick Brothers
Sep
6
6:30 PM18:30

The Bailiwick Brothers

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Glenn Isaacs - Death and Deceit
Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

Glenn Isaacs - Death and Deceit

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About the Author

Glenn Isaacs is a twenty-four year veteran of the United States Coast Guard and Marine Corps, and served an additional twenty-six years as a Coast Guard Licensed Merchant Marine Officer with the Navy’s Military Sealift Command. He currently serves with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary in Fairhope, Alabama.

He was a college and university professor for fteen years and faculty member for three years at the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo. Besides writing historical ction, he is a lecturer on military and naval ction and non- ction.

He and his wife Jacqueline reside on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay, Alabama.

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Elmon Dean Todd
Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

Elmon Dean Todd

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

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Ira Nirenberg - 'Alabama Whistle'
Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

Ira Nirenberg - 'Alabama Whistle'

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A one of kind gold whistle topped with a pink diamond that was rumored to have belonged to legendary Coach Bear Bryant, sets the stage for this offbeat murder mystery that takes place in November of 2003.

Harness Luken and George Williams escape from Grand Pointe Psychiatric Facility only to find themselves suspects in a murder investigation. Complications arise when they hitch a ride with an eccentric woman named Becky Kay, whose traveling companions are two blind cats and one very clever chicken.

The boys tag along with Becky Kay and meet Brother Billy, a man with a Gift, who preaches under the Big Tent. Things take a peculiar turn when Harness, George, and Brother Billy discover they have a common acquaintance: Dr. Whitney Frank, who was once a quarterback for the University of Alabama and is currently the Medical Director of Grand Pointe.

The diamond topped whistle is no secret to Dr. Frank; he’s been searching for it for years. A recommendation on a blog the doctor follows convinces him to hire a “detective” to do a bit of leg work for him. The results prove deadly.

"An irreligious satire rolled up into a murder mystery."
" Good God! It's the Maltese Falcon meets of Mice and Men."

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Lars Anderson - Chasing the Bear
Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

Lars Anderson - Chasing the Bear

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A dual biography of two coaching legends -- Bear Bryant and Nick Saban -- who built the Alabama Crimson Tide into a true football dynasty.


Both Bear Bryant and Nick Saban are undeniable kings of college football, two coaches at Alabama who have each won more national championships-six apiece-than anyone else in the history of the game. Chasing the Bear examines how they did it, revealing along the way their similarities in style, background, football philosophy, and recruiting methods, while providing readers a rare inside look at two of the greatest leaders in the history of sports.

Bear Bryant and Nick Saban never met, but they have more in common than either of them realize. Both grew up in small towns-Bryant in Moro Bottom, Arkansas, a dot on the map, and Saban from Monongah, West Virginia, population five hundred. As a child, Saban pumped gas at his father's service station, washing and waxing cars and doing anything he could to help the business. Bryant's father suffered from multiple physical ailments, which forced Bryant to work to keep the family farm going. Both men knew the value of hard work from the time they were young boys, and both understood that there were no shortcuts to success. But both dreamed of escaping their hometowns, and both used football as the means to do so.

Separated by two generations, Bear Bryant and Nick Saban are mythic figures linked by a school, a town, and a barroom debate centering on one question: Which is the greatest college coach of all time?

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

Emily Blejwas - The Story of Alabama in Fourteen Foods

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

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

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

Editorial Reviews:

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



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

About the Author:

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

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John Milham & Friends - September Monday Nights - Live Music
Sep
2
5:00 PM17:00

John Milham & Friends - September Monday Nights - Live Music

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Josh Foreman and Ryan Starrett - Hidden History of the Mississippi Sound
Aug
31
3:00 PM15:00

Josh Foreman and Ryan Starrett - Hidden History of the Mississippi Sound

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About the Book

Sail into the Mississippi Sound with Bienville, the Frenchman covered in serpentine tattoos. Meet the heroes of the Sound: fearless Father LeDuc, who faced down Yankee pillagers; the wild woman of Horn Island, who could shoot as well as any man; Joseph T. Jones, the baron who willed Gulfport into existence; and Ray Nosaka, who fed his body to the dogs of war, all in service of his country. Glimpse a school of the Sound's own patron fish, the striped mullet, Biloxi's bacon. But don't get too comfortable on the beach--a hurricane is always on the horizon. Inside are thirteen little-known tales from the Gulf Coast from Lake Borgne to Mobile. Join authors Josh Foreman and Ryan Starrett on this journey into the hidden history of the Mississippi Sound.

About the Authors

Ryan Starrett was birthed and reared in Jackson, Mississippi. After receiving degrees from the University of Dallas, Adams State University and Spring Hill College, as well as spending a ten-year hiatus in Texas, he has returned home to continue his teaching career. He lives in Madison with his wife, Jackie, and two children, Joseph Padraic and Penelope Rose. Josh Foreman was born and raised in the Jackson Metro Area. He is a sixth-generation Mississippian and an eleventh-generation southerner. He lived, taught and wrote in South Korea from 2005 to 2014. He holds degrees from Mississippi State University and the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, with his wife, Melissa, and his two children, Keeland and Genevieve.

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

Ansley Prescott - "Fairhope Ophelia"

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

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

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

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Light Travelers
Aug
30
6:30 PM18:30

Light Travelers

Friday August 30th

Light Travelers

6:30pm

The Light Travelers are John Keuler and Karl Langley. 

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

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

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

Charles Salzberg - Swann's Down

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About Swann’s Down:

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

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

Advanced Praise for Swann’s Down:

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

Alex Segura, author of Blackout and Dangerous Ends

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Charles Salzberg:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ryan Balthrop - Artist in Residence - Monday Nights

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Monday Aug. 12, 19 & 26

Ryan Balthrop

5pm-7pm

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

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

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

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

John L. Stump - One Wild and Precious Life

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

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

Joe & Karl Langley

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Friday August 23rd

Joe & Karl Langley

6:30pm

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

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

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

Romp, Stomp, and Roar Day!

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Romp, Stomp, and Roar Day!

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

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

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

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

Katherine Center - Things You Save in a Fire

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

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

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

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

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

Ryan Balthrop - Artist in Residence - Monday Nights

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Monday Aug. 12, 19 & 26

Ryan Balthrop

5pm-7pm

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

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

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

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Kym Klass - One More Day
Aug
18
3:00 PM15:00

Kym Klass - One More Day

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“One More Day: A powerful true story of suicide, loss, and a woman’s newfound faith”

About the Book:

Imagine feeling you are the only one who has ever felt this way. Imagine feeling that lost. Imagine sitting in church just two weeks after your sister commits suicide, and falling into a heap of tears because as you watch others sing praises to God, you simply can’t understand how they believe the words they sing. This is one of many troubling hurdles that author Kym Klass has tried to clear in the past three years since her sister Katie died from suicide. It has forced her to question her faith and fight through her own battles with depression and thoughts of suicide. That's how hard it is to go through a suicide by someone you're so close to. And in vivid detail, Kym Klass explains all those feelings and emotions in "One More Day.'' It's a must read for anyone who has ever dealt with depression and suicide. As strongly as Kym had pushed God out of her life, she continued attending church only because she knew if she stopped, returning would take forever. And as forcefully as Kym pushed God away, she still questioned how people lived life without Him. That was the only way Kym knew she still had hope of inviting Him back into her life. She had seen pain before, seen the hurt. Kym felt it when she lost her brother in a hiking accident, when she lost her mother to breast cancer, when she was raped at knifepoint and her life was threatened while out on a morning run. This was different, though. This was first imagining how much pain Kym's sister must have been in to take her own life, and that’s enough to cut you to your core. Enough to make you question time and again what you could have done differently. Enough to make you cry out and whimper into your pillow late into the night. Enough to make you fall to your knees in your bedroom closet in anguish. Because you feel that deeply. Because you are that devastated. Because you are that lost. And you have chosen to push yourself away from the one thing that can help restore all belief. This story "One More Day'' is about returning to that. To God. It is about loss, life, love. Hope.It is about living one more day.

Author biography:

Kym Klass is a former award-winning journalist who has covered a 10-year-old’s heart transplant, murder trials, and who has driven up and down streets talking to prostitutes and the homeless. For two decades, her passion rested in the printed word, and she has reported from Texas, England, Louisiana, Mississippi, Virginia, and Alabama.

Kym is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University with a degree in Mass Communication, Print Journalism and a minor in Psychology.

She serves on the National Alliance on Mental Illness–Alabama board of directors, and is the Media of the Year 2017 winner for NAMI-Alabama for her work covering mental health in the Yellowhammer State.

Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, Kym was an Army brat  who attended two elementary schools, two middle schools and five high schools, graduating from Novato (Calif.)  High School in 1989.

She has lived in Alabama with her now-teenage  daughter since 2007. They share their home with their rescued American Pitbull Terrier, Sadie. She is married to Ronnie Ramos, and they split their time between Indianapolis and central Alabama.

This is Kym’s first book.

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

Myths, Magic, and Mayhem! #Demigodgoals Event!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROB HICKMAN

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

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

STEPHEN LEE VEAL

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

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

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

Steve Cavanagh - Thirteen

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

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

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

The 13 Most Thrilling Blurbs for THIRTEEN

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

climax.

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

author

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

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

author

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

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

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

Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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

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

Express (UK)

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

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

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

Mail

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

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

thriller!”—Mary O’Malley, Anderson Bookshop

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

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

American dream.”—The Glasgow Herald

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

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

bestselling author

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

—Ian Rankin

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

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

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

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

Ryan Balthrop - Artist in Residence - Monday Nights

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Monday Aug. 12, 19 & 26

Ryan Balthrop

5pm-7pm

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

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

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

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The Simpson's Mike Reiss is Here!
Aug
11
3:00 PM15:00

The Simpson's Mike Reiss is Here!

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“SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL: JOKES, SECRETS AND OUTRIGHT LIES FROM A LIFETIME WRITING FOR THE SIMPSONS”

About the Book:

Semi-Finalist for the 2019 James Thurber Award * One of Vulture's Top-10 Comedy Books of 2018 * A "Must" pick by Entertainment Weekly * An A.V. Club Best Books selection * A "New and Noteworthy" selection by USA Today

In celebration of The Simpsons thirtieth anniversary, the show’s longest-serving writer and producer offers a humorous look at the writing and making of the legendary Fox series that has become one of the most revered artistic achievements in television history.

Four-time Emmy winner Mike Reiss—who has worked on The Simpsons continuously since episode one in 1989—shares stories, scandals, and gossip about working with America’s most iconic cartoon family ever. Reiss explains how the episodes are created, and provides an inside look at the show’s writers, animators, actors and celebrity guests. He answers a range of questions from Simpsons fans and die-hards, and reminisces about the making of perennially favorite episodes.

In his freewheeling, irreverent comic style, Reiss reflects on his lifetime inside The Simpsons—a personal highlights reel of his achievements, observations, and favorite stories. Springfield Confidential exposes why Matt Groening decided to make all of the characters yellow; dishes on what it’s like to be crammed in a room full of funny writers sixty hours a week; and tells what Reiss learned after traveling to seventy-one countries where The Simpsons is watched (ironic note: there’s no electricity in many of these places); and even reveals where Springfield is located! He features unique interviews with Judd Apatow, who also provided the foreword, and Conan O'Brien, as well as with Simpsons legends Al Jean, Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, and more.

Like Cary Elwes’ As You Wish, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s Seinfeldia, and Chris Smith’s The Daily Show: An Oral History, Springfield Confidential is a funny, informational, and exclusive look at one of the most beloved programs in all of television land.

Mike Reiss Bio

Mike Reiss has won four Emmys and a Peabody Award during his twenty-eight years writing for “The Simpsons”. He ran the show in Season 4, which Entertainment Weekly called “the greatest season of the greatest show in history.” In 2006, Reiss received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus.

Reiss has written nineteen children’s books, as well as “Springfield Confidential”, a best-selling memoir of his three decades at “The Simpsons’.

Reiss has written jokes for such comedy legends as Johnny Carson, Joan Rivers, Garry Shandling… and Pope Francis! For his comedic contributions to the charitable group Joke with the Pope, in 2015 Pope Francis declared Reiss “A Missionary of Joy”.

Reiss co-created the animated series “The Critic” and created Showtime’s hit cartoon “Queer Duck” (about a gay duck). “Queer Duck” was named one of “The 100 Greatest Cartoons of All Time” by the BBC. “Queer Duck: the Movie” was released to rave reviews in July 2006, winning awards in New York, Chicago, San Diego, Sweden, Germany and Wales.

Mike Reiss has been a contributing writer to more than two dozen animated films -- including four ICE AGEs, two DESPICABLE MEs, THE LORAX, RIO, KUNG FU PANDA 3, and THE SIMPSONS MOVIE – with a worldwide gross of $14 billion.

Reiss’ first play, “I’m Connecticut” set box-office records for Connecticut Repertory Theater. The Hartford Courant called it “sweet and hysterically funny” and named it one of the year’s Ten Best Plays. Broadway World Connecticut voted it Best Play of 2012.

His caveman detective story “Cro-Magnon P.I.” won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. His nineteen children’s books include the best-seller “How Murray Saved Christmas” and the award-winning “Late for School”. Reiss also composes puzzles for “NPR”, and “Games Magazine”.

As a professional speaker, Reiss has lectured at over four hundred colleges and institutions, on six continents. His topics include “The Simpsons”, comedy and Judaism, and the sorry state of television. Reiss is a former president of “The Harvard Lampoon” and editor of “The National Lampoon”.

He has been happily married for thirty years. Like most children’s book authors, he has no children.

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