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R.J. Lee
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

R.J. Lee

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In R. J. Lee’s cozy mystery debut GRAND SLAM MURDERS: A Bridge to Death Mystery, members of an exclusive Mississippi bridge club are being killed off one by one, and it’s up to newspaper reporter Wendy Winchester to find out the truth.

When the four wealthy widows who make up the venerable Rosalie Bridge Club never get up from their card table, this quiet Mississippi town has its first quadruple homicide. Who put cyanide in their sugar bowl? An aspiring member and kibitzer with the exclusive club, Wendy takes a personal interest in finding justice for the ladies.

She also has a professional motivation. A frustrated society columnist for the Rosalie Citizen, she's ready to deal herself a better hand as an investigative reporter. This could be her big break. Plus, she has a card or two up her sleeve: her sometimes boyfriend is a detective and her dad is the local chief of police.

Partnering up with the men in her life, Wendy starts shuffling through suspects and turning over secrets long held close to the chest by the ladies. But when a wild card tries to take her out of the game, Wendy decides it's time to up the ante before she's the next one to go down...

With its Mississippi setting and its cast of zany characters, GRAND SLAM MURDERS will appeal to fans of Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, Barbara Ross, and fans of quirky Southern cozies.

About The Author:

R.J. LEE is the second generation of his family to write mysteries for a New York publisher. He follows in the footsteps of his father, R. Keene Lee, who wrote fighter pilot and detective stories for Fiction House, publishers of Wings Magazine and other ‘pulp fiction’ periodicals in the late ‘40’s and ‘50’s. Lee was born and grew up in the Mississippi River port of Natchez but also spent thirty years living in the Crescent City of New Orleans. A graduate of the University of the South (Sewanee) where he studied creative writing under Sewanee Review editor, Andrew Lytle, Lee now resides in Oxford, Mississippi, truly a writer-friendly, college town.

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Ken Wells and Wine Tasting
Mar
26
6:00 PM18:00

Ken Wells and Wine Tasting

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We will also be having a wine tasting with International Wines & Craft Beer! Free of Charge!

A sprightly, deeply personal narrative about how gumbo—for 250 years a Cajun and Creole secret—has become one of the world’s most beloved dishes.

Ask any self-respecting Louisianan who makes the best gumbo and the answer is universal: “Momma.” The product of a melting pot of culinary influences, gumbo, in fact, reflects the diversity of the people who cooked it up: French aristocrats, West Africans in bondage, Cajun refugees, German settlers, Native Americans—all had a hand in the pot. What is it about gumbo that continues to delight and nourish so many? And what explains its spread around the world?

A seasoned journalist, Ken Wells sleuths out the answers. His obsession goes back to his childhood in the Cajun bastion of Bayou Black, where his French-speaking mother’s gumbo often began with a chicken chased down in the yard. Back then, gumbo was a humble soup little known beyond the boundaries of Louisiana. So when a homesick young Ken, at college in Missouri, realized there wasn’t a restaurant that could satisfy his gumbo cravings, he called his momma for the recipe. That phone-taught gumbo was a disaster. The second, cooked at his mother’s side, fueled a lifelong quest to explore gumbo’s roots and mysteries.

In Gumbo Life: Tales from the Roux Bayou, Wells does just that. He spends time with octogenarian chefs who turn the lowly coot into gourmet gumbo; joins a team at a highly competitive gumbo contest; visits a factory that churns out gumbo by the ton; observes the gumbo-making rituals of an iconic New Orleans restaurant where high-end Creole cooking and Cajun cuisine first merged.

Gumbo Life, rendered in Wells’ affable prose, makes clear that gumbo is more than simply a delicious dish: it’s an attitude, a way of seeing the world. For all who read its pages, this is a tasty culinary memoir—to be enjoyed and shared like a simmering pot of gumbo.

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Stuart McNair
Mar
29
6:30 PM18:30

Stuart McNair

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Friday, March 29th

6:30pm

Stuart McNair

"From piano to accordion, McNair’s musical knowledge and experience make him one of Alabama’s most unique and talented musicians. With an extensive repertoire of originals, he has a little something for everyone.” - The Lagniappe

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Dick Walls
Apr
2
2:00 PM14:00

Dick Walls

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Dick walls with be at Page and Palette early in the day at 2:00pm on March 1st speaking.

  • Dick Walls will ALSO be at the Mobile Historical Society at 6pm speaking!

  • Mobile Historical Society address: 300 Oakleigh Pl, Mobile, AL 36604

Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening with Dick Wall

Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening is told from Carol Walls’ perspective at a crossroads in her life. One day she notices a dark-skinned man tending her neighbor’s yard. She soon discovers his name is Giles Owita and he bags groceries at the supermarket, but he is also very good at gardening. Before long Giles is transforming not only Carol’s yard, but her life as well. Though they each are seemingly quite different, a caring bond grows between them.

When Carol died just one week before it was named USA Today’s Best Book of 2014, she had not made a single promotional appearance for her book. Now, her husband Dick Wall has made over 200 appearances to promote the book’s life-affirming message.

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Heather Montgomery
Apr
3
3:30 PM15:30

Heather Montgomery

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“Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill” (Ages 9-11)

A completely gross and totally compelling book about the author’s journey to understand roadkill—perfect for fans of Georgia Bragg

ABOUT THE BOOK:

When Heather L. Montgomery sees a rattlesnake flattened on the side of the road, her first instinct is to pick it up and dissect it--she's always wanted to see how a snake's fangs retract when they close their mouths, and it's not exactly safe to poke around in a live reptile's mouth. A wildlife researcher with a special penchant for the animals that litter the roadways, Heather isn't satisfied with dissecting just one snake. Her fascination with roadkill sets her off on a journey from her own backyard and the roadways of the American South to scientists and kids in labs and homes across the globe. From biologists who use the corpses of Tasmanian devils to investigate cures for a contagious cancer, to a scientist who discovered a whole new species of bird from a single wing left behind, to a boy rebuilding animal bodies from the bones up, to a restaurant that serves up animal remnants, Heather discovers that death is just the beginning for these creatures.

This engaging narrative nonfiction is an eye-opening and irreverent look at the dead and dying animals that we pass by without a second thought--as well as a fascinating insight to the scientific research process.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Heather L. Montgomery has taught for over 20 years (both inside and outside the classroom) as well as directed a school-based environmental center. She has written curriculum; trained hundreds of teachers, naturalists, and librarians; and, helped thousands of children to make friends with the natural world. Each year, she works directly with over ten thousand children at festivals, school visits, and at environmental centers. During a typical presentation, petrified body parts and tree guts encourage scientific thinking and inspire reluctant readers. Her professional development programs for teachers have won awards and rave reviews. She lives in Ardmore, Alabama.

REVIEWS:

“The discoveries that arise from our flattened fauna will amaze you!..For all the literal blood and guts…There's nothing rotten about this book—it's a keeper.”—Kirkus Reviews

“With wry humor, gory detail, and great enthusiasm… [T]his book is not for the faint of heart, but be prepared to laugh along the way and to learn a lot. Sure to be a hit among students. A top addition to STEM collections.”—School Library Journal

“[A}n extremely interesting treatise about roadkill and how it affects all our lives…Montgomery inspires curiosity, asks excellent questions, and makes science and investigating roadkill fascinating to learn.”—School Library Connection

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Lauren Denton
Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

Lauren Denton

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Written in Lauren Denton’s signature Southern style, Glory Road tells the story of three generations of women navigating the uncertain pathways of their hearts during a summer that promises to bring change—whether they’re ready for it or not.

Glory Road brims with faith and family, second chances, and new horizons.” —LISA WINGATE, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

The only thing certain is change—even in a place as steady as Perry, Alabama, on a street as old as Glory Road.

Nearly a decade after her husband’s affair drove her back home to South Alabama, Jessie McBride has the stable life she wants—operating her garden shop, Twig, next door to her house on Glory Road, and keeping up with her teenage daughter and spunky mother. But the unexpected arrival of two men makes Jessie question whether she’s really happy with the status quo.

When handsome, wealthy businessman Sumner Tate asks her to arrange flowers for his daughter’s lavish wedding, Jessie finds herself drawn to his continued attention. Then Ben Bradley, her lingering what-could-have-been from high school, moves back to the red dirt road, and she feels her heart pulled in directions she never expected.

Meanwhile, Jessie’s fourteen-year-old daughter, Evan, is approaching the start of high school and navigating a new world of emotions—particularly as they relate to the cute new guy who’s moved in just down the road. At the same time, Jessie’s mother, Gus, is suffering increasingly frequent memory lapses and faces a frightening, uncertain future.

In one summer, everything will change. But for these three strong Southern women, the roots they’ve planted on Glory Road will give life to the adventures waiting just around the curve.

“Rich colorful characters capturing my heart, combined with a story that kept me up till the wee hours, Glory Road is a perfect read. Lauren Denton has done it again!” —Lisa Patton, bestselling author of Rush and Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter

“Once again Lauren Denton brings her lyrical writing and compelling characters to a story that will enthrall readers from page one.” —Marybeth Mayhew Whalen, author of Only Ever Her and co-founder of She Reads, for Glory Road

“From the opening of The Hideaway, the reader is captured by the voice of a woman who has for too long kept a story that must be told, one the reader wants to hear. Denton has crafted a story both powerful and enchanting: a don’t-miss novel in the greatest southern traditions of storytelling.” —Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author

“A poignant and heartfelt tale of sisterhood, motherhood, and marriage, Hurricane Season deftly examines the role that coming to terms with the past plays in creating a hopeful future. Readers will devour this story of the hurricanes—both literal and figurative—that shape our lives.” —Kristy Woodson Harvey, national bestselling author of Slightly South of Simple

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Curtis Maynard
Apr
5
6:00 PM18:00

Curtis Maynard

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A young girl dies mysteriously from what can only be explained as a rare illness. Her younger sister finds a diary in her room that has never been written in. Day by day the book reveals a new writing that urges the young girl to investigate the death. From encounters to the writings, there is a story to be heard, a mystery to be solved.

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Rod Cate
Apr
6
2:00 PM14:00

Rod Cate

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GET BACK UP is a motivational book about my life. At age 15, I suffered a broken neck playing high school football that left me paralyzed from the neck down. I went from athlete to quadriplegic in the blink of an eye. Following surgery and extended rehabilitation, and against all odds, I was fortunate enough to walk again but have gone through life with an extreme disability, including partial paralysis. I've been a practicing trial lawyer for over 25 years. The book gives you a look into trying cases through the eyes of a handicapped lawyer. Actually, the book begins with my most disappointing trial result when I lost a $140 million verdict. The book has several humorous moments, including how I respond when a total stranger asks me if I have cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis and how to best handle a "bless your heart." I explain how to fall to minimize injury but more importantly, how and why to keep getting back up. The book's purpose is to motivate and inspire you to put aside life's sometimes devastating twists and turns and stay focused on your quest for an incredible life. I hope you enjoy it.

Article on Rod Cate’s Story:

https://www.journalnow.com/news/local/after-devastating-football-injury-stokes-county-native-learned-to-get/article_6a12c905-82f6-5786-8be8-b76fe9e5dff2.html

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CANCELED: Stacey Little
Apr
13
3:00 PM15:00

CANCELED: Stacey Little

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CANCELED. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCES.

Stacey Little will also be sharing a few of his recipes with us! So come for the food, stay for the great company, and learn from a fantastic chef! Cocktails, Wine, and Craft Beer also sold by our Book Cellar Bar!

About the Cookbook:

In the South, a conversation among home cooks can be just about as illuminating as any culinary education. Luckily for Stacey Little, home cooks run in the family.

Whether it’s fried chicken or pimento cheese, fruit salad or meatloaf, everybody’s family does it a little differently. The Southern Bite is a celebration of those traditions and recipes every Southern family is proud to own. It’s the Pecan Chicken Salad that’s mandatory for every family reunion and the hearty Goulash, so comforting after a long day. It’s the Glazed Ham that makes its way to the Easter table every year.

If you’re lucky enough to hail from the South, you’ll no doubt find some familiar favorites from your own family recipe archives, along with a whole slew of surprises from Southern families a lot like yours! There’s Turnip Green Dip for your next party, Chicken Corn Chowder for those chilly fall nights, and Cornbread Salad for when you really need to make an impression.

No matter what’s cooking, Little’s goal is the same: to revel in the culinary tradition all Southerners share. These are the recipes that bring us together and the meals our families will cherish for generations to come.

About the Author:

Blogger and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Stacey Little is committed to getting folks back to the table for dinner.  His quick and easy recipes are allowing families to get a home-cooked meal on the table without a lot of hassle or expense.  He has appeared on The Today Show and Fox and Friends and has lent his talents to national brands like Betty Crocker, White Lily, Martha White, Kraft, and celebrities like Queen Latifah and Reese Witherspoon.  He's been featured in print publications like Southern Living, Taste of the South, Family Circle, and Better Homes and Gardens.  Today, his easy, delicious recipes and heartfelt stories have brought millions to his blog, SouthernBite.com, since he created it in 2008.  Stacey's cookbook, The Southern Bite Cookbook, is available at book retailers across the country and online.  Stacey's deep Southern roots have him firmly planted in central Alabama where he lives with his wife, little boy, dog, and his collection of cast iron skillets.

Examples of Recipes from the Cookbook

Examples of Recipes from the Cookbook

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River Jordan
Apr
16
6:00 PM18:00

River Jordan

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From the author of Praying for Strangers and four Southern gothic novels comes a chronicle of faith and spirituality that is personal, raw, wise, revelatory - and very funny.

With a unique mix of passionate revelation and quirky humor, River Jordan takes us on a journey through her Southern childhood to her present-day life as a novelist. Her stories run the gamut from dancing disco nights and midnight desert rides to surprise visitations with the Divine. Included are comforting letters to personal friends and loved ones about faith, death, heartbreaks and their futures. Confessions of a Christian Mystic is a highly original work about an extraordinary faith that never loses touch with current culture or everyday realities. Jordan invites us to join in on her wild ride searching for the holy mysteries of God. This haunting work will leave you deeply comforted and full of hope.

Hailed as "a book for our times," Confessions gently leads us closer to that Divine mystery that shapes us and gives us life.

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Helen Ellis
May
2
6:00 PM18:00

Helen Ellis

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"I loved it." —Ann Patchett 

The bestselling author of American Housewife ("Dark, deadpan and truly inventive." --The New York Times Book Review) is back with a fiercely funny collection of essays on marriage and manners, thank-you notes and three-ways, ghosts, gunshots, gynecology, and the Calgon-scented, onion-dipped, monogrammed art of living as a Southern Lady.


Helen Ellis has a mantra: "If you don't have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way." Say "weathered" instead of "she looks like a cake left out in the rain." Say "early-developed" instead of "brace face and B cups." And for the love of Coke Salad, always say "Sorry you saw something that offended you" instead of "Get that stick out of your butt, Miss Prissy Pants." In these twenty-three raucous essays Ellis transforms herself into a dominatrix Donna Reed to save her marriage, inadvertently steals a $795 Burberry trench coat, witnesses a man fake his own death at a party, avoids a neck lift, and finds a black-tie gown that gives her the confidence of a drag queen. While she may have left her home in Alabama, married a New Yorker, forgotten how to drive, and abandoned the puffy headbands of her youth, Helen Ellis is clinging to her Southern accent like mayonnaise to white bread, and offering readers a hilarious, completely singular view on womanhood for both sides of the Mason-Dixon.

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Philip Shirley
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Philip Shirley

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About the book:

The Graceland Conspiracy delivers a coming-of-age story wrapped in a crime thriller. A rebellious young man becomes caught in a 1990s conspiracy in which the government will stop at nothing to prevent the release of sensitive information about a 1970s crime that could still bring down many powerful government figures and rewrite American pop-culture history.

Matt Boykin had left Birmingham as a young college student and had gained seven years of street savvy working blue collar jobs on the West Coast and Texas. Then one night, a stranger in a suit helps Matt out of a tight spot in a Texas bar fight and whisks Matt away. The stranger hands Matt a card and tells him to call home. Matt’s father is in a coma and near death. Estranged all those years from family and friends, Matt arrives home a different person. His father dies soon after Matt’s return but not before whispering clues for Matt to locate evidence that will later reveal the truth behind the death of an American music icon. When Matt comes home from the store and discovers his mother’s staged suicide, he suspects both deaths were hits.

Matt soon locates the items his father hid for him, and the facts are revealed layer by layer. As a child, Matt thought his father was a low-level clerk in the National Security Enforcement Organization, but that story had been a cover. As Matt draws closer to the truth, an old school friend helping Matt is murdered, and Matt barely escapes. When government agents close to the case die, Matt is blamed for their deaths.

With nowhere else to turn, Matt pairs up with former high school girlfriend Kristine who soon discovers her reunion with Matt has irrevocably altered her life. Using his street savvy, Matt drags Kristine first to Mexico, then to Belgium and Germany, and finally to Venice where the couple is tracked down. They escape death when a powerful new ally takes them into deep cover. Not realizing an enemy is among them, the couple struggles to regain control of their lives by exposing the truth about what really happened to America’s most beloved entertainer.


About the author:

Mississippi writer Philip Shirley was born in Alabama and has lived in Texas and Florida. He currently resides on Barnett Reservoir in Mississippi near Madison with his wife, painter Virginia Shirley. He has published more than 100 works, including a novel called The White Lie and a collection of short literary fiction entitled Oh Don’t You Cry For Me. He has also written two books of poetry; and with author David Magee, a non-fiction work about professional baseball and its relationship to the Louisville Slugger called Sweet Spot: 125 Years of Baseball and the Louisville Slugger.

Shirley’s book Oh Don’t You Cry for Me was a finalist for the Jefferson Prize. He has received numerous awards for his fiction, speech writing, poetry and feature writing. He was a contributing author of Opportunity in Adversity: How Colleges Succeed in Hard Times, and has been published in Stories from the Blue Moon Café, an anthology of short stories edited by Mississippian Sonny Brewer. In addition to his writing, Shirley is also CEO of the ad agency GodwinGroup in Jackson, Mississippi.

Shirley was the keynote speaker at the 10th Anniversary Conference of the Mississippi Writer’s Guild in 2016 in Natchez.

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Jim Dees
May
4
3:00 PM15:00

Jim Dees

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About the book:

In 1997, Oxford, Mississippi sought to build a statue to honor the 100th birthday of native Nobel laureate, William Faulkner. In this funny and heartfelt memoir, Thacker Mountain Radio Hour host Jim Dees, chronicles the year-long civic contretemps that erupted over a magnolia tree that was cut down to make room for the sculpture. The same year, Oxford became embroiled in a “trees versus development” dispute that saw citizens arrested for blocking bulldozers. Meanwhile, the University of Mississippi pursued plans to discourage use of the Confederate flag, the song “Dixie” and the Col. Rebel mascot setting off protests and death threats. Dees brings his signature wit and insight that his radio listeners enjoy to the page to describe these pivotal events and includes interviews with James Meredith, Shelby Foote, Willie Morris, Myrlie Evers and… Willie Nelson.

Praise for The Statue and the Fury:

“The Statue and the Fury reads like a fever-dream. The writing of Jim Dees turns out to be just as gonzo as his shirts, and that’s saying a lot. For those of us who wish we could live year-round in Oxford, this wild book is as close as you can get without having to pay property taxes.”

Harrison Scott Key, Author of The World’s Largest Man

Winner of the Thurber Prize in American Humor

“At times profound, at times deeply insightful and often hilarious, Jim Dees’ The Statue and the Fury is a loving look at small-town life, journalism and politics. I’ve been a fan of Dees’ writing for years, and this is the book I’ve been waiting for.”

Tom Franklin, Edgar Award-winning author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

“This book may be the best thing I’ve read out of Mississippi in a long while. Dees knows where the bodies are buried and takes great glee in exhuming them. Throw in his deadpan humor, and you have a rollicking, informed and erudite read about everything from James Brown to the Hale-Bopp comet.”

Rheta Grimsley Johnson, syndicated columnist and Pulitzer Prize finalist

About the author:

Jim Dees’ The Statue and the Fury was awarded the Bronze Award for Best Non-Fiction in the South by the Independent Publishers Book Awards. The book was nominated for “Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year” by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Dees is also the author of Lies and Other Truths: Rants, Raves, Low-Lifes and Highballs and the editor of They Write Among Us: New Stories and Essays From the Best of Oxford Writers. Since 2000, he has been the host of The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, a music and literature program heard weekly on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and Alabama Public Radio.

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Mary Kay Andrews - Mother's Day Luncheon
May
11
12:00 PM12:00

Mary Kay Andrews - Mother's Day Luncheon

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Pull up a lounge chair and have a cocktail at Sunset Beach – it comes with a twist.

Drue Campbell’s life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn’t seem to be getting any better when her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up at her mother’s funeral after a twenty-year absence. Worse, he’s remarried – to Drue’s eighth grade frenemy, Wendy, now his office manager. And they’re offering her a job.

It seems like the job from hell, but the offer is sweetened by the news of her inheritance – her grandparents’ beach bungalow in the sleepy town of Sunset Beach, a charming but storm-damaged eyesore now surrounded by waterfront McMansions.

With no other prospects, Drue begrudgingly joins the firm, spending her days screening out the grifters whose phone calls flood the law office. Working with Wendy is no picnic either. But when a suspicious death at an exclusive beach resort nearby exposes possible corruption at her father’s firm, she goes from unwilling cubicle rat to unwitting investigator, and is drawn into a case that may – or may not – involve her father. With an office romance building, a decades-old missing persons case re-opened, and a cottage in rehab, one thing is for sure at Sunset Beach: there’s a storm on the horizon.

Sunset Beach is a compelling ride, full of Mary Kay Andrews' signature wit, heart, and charm.

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Alex Kershaw
May
18
6:00 PM18:00

Alex Kershaw

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New York Times bestselling author and pre-eminent writer on World War II, Alex Kershaw provides a new take on the most important day of the twentieth century in his new book THE FIRST WAVE: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II

An utterly immersive and deeply affecting drama, THE FIRST WAVE is the perfect book to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of WWII’s longest and most celebrated day. I hope you will consider it for your spring coverage. Please be in touch if you would like to speak with Alex Kershaw.

No popular historian captures the grit and heroism of WWII like Alex Kershaw, and THE FIRST WAVE is a culmination of over twenty years of passionate research, built on close friendships with D-Day survivors and his intimate understanding of the Normandy battlefield. Beginning in the predawn darkness of June 6, 1944, THE FIRST WAVE follows the men who carried out D-Day’s most perilous missions. The charismatic, unforgettable cast includes the first American paratrooper to touch down on Normandy soil; the first US soldier to wade ashore on D-Day; the first officer to lead men off bloody Omaha; the young lieutenant whose unsung heroics made all the difference at Pointe du Hoc; and others among the Allied forces who fought hardest when it mattered most, when the stakes were highest and the odds longest. These were the extraordinary warriors who determined the fate of the invasion of Hitler’s Fortress Europe—and the very history of the twentieth century.

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Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic

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Praise for INDIANAPOLIS:

“Gripping….This yarn has it all.” —USA TODAY

“Simply outstanding.… Sea battles, adventures, the secret mission to deliver materials for the assemblage of the atomic bomb to the Pacific Islands, tragedy, disaster, an epic ordeal—sharks included—in the open ocean, courtroom drama, political intrigue, and the uphill battle by the band of survivors to exonerate the ship’s captain will all have readers unable to put this book down…. A tour de force of true human drama….

A must-read.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Enthralling, thrillerlike."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A wonderful book….It is a gripping and engaging tale that features grievous mistakes, extraordinary courage, unimaginable horror, and a cover-up. . . . Vincent and Vladic spent years talking to the dwindling band of survivors and giving voice to their stories....This exhaustive and comprehensive assessment is as complete an account of this tragic tale as we are likely to have. It is compelling history.”” —Christian Science Monitor

“Simultaneously a gripping narrative, a convincing analysis, and a pitiless exposure of institutional mendacity….

This exposé will be valuable for scholars and general readers alike.” —Publishers Weekly

"With diligent reporting and sharp writing, Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic have accomplished a daunting chore facing writers of historic nonfiction: take a story whose outline is known to the public and craft an account that is compelling yet comprehensive.... vividly detailed." —Los Angeles Times

"Their tale has almost everything. There’s a secret mission, an honorable enemy and a scapegoated captain. There’s madmen, heroes and cannibals. There’s enough in this tale for several movies.”—U-T SAN DIEGO

 “Valuable and illuminating. Vladic and Vincent’s work brings to life the history of this valorous and extraordinary ship.”—Doug Stanton, # 1 New York Times bestselling author of In Harm’s Way and Horse Soldiers

“Vincent and Vladic have rendered this long-overdue story in a way few writers of narrative nonfiction could ever achieve. They are consummate storytellers, and their research is impeccable, including accounts not only from the sailors and officers who survived, but also from the Japanese kamikaze and submarine commanders who were there. The authors reveal all that is good and all that is bad about humanity: the destruction and the courage, the selfishness and selflessness, and ultimately the shared respect and dignity of those who were once enemies. Few other books will satisfy a reader’s longing for a true and truly great story more than Indianapolis.”
—Gary Kinder, New York Times bestselling author of Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea

“This is an absorbing book. The attention to detail is superb, the clear result of lots of plain hard work. Yet the detail doesn’t get in the way, but rather serves, along with a driving narrative, to get the reader as close to experiencing this most tragic episode of World War II as is possible without living through it.”
—Karl Marlantes, New York Times bestselling author of Matterhorn

“This is a brilliant, highly readable, and ultimately groundbreaking account of a proud ship’s life and times, not simply a rendering of her tragic ending. Absolutely superb.”
—James Stavridis, U.S. Navy Admiral (Ret.), Supreme Allied Commander at NATO (2009-2013), and Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

“The voices of the Greatest Generation come alive in Indianapolis. Through first-person accounts we hear horrific stories of fear, pain, and anger but also of resilience, hope, and courage. Stories of the friendships the sailors forged with each other on board and the sacrifices they made for each other in their darkest hours are inspirational. Ultimately, Indianapolis is about the sacrifice these men made for our country at a time of unparalleled risk and of their lifelong search for justice for the captain of their ship. It’s a beautifully told and incredibly detailed narrative that brings this famous disaster to life.”

—Kate Andersen Brower, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Residence and First Women

In INDIANAPOLIS: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man (Paperback; on sale May 21, 2019) authors Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic draw upon years of original research and extensive interviews to unearth vivid, raw details that turn a distant WWII tale into an urgent, heart-stopping drama. The result is a “gripping, thrillerlike” (Kirkus Reviews) work of popular history that debuted in hardcover at No. 5 on the New York Times bestseller list and earned extensive praise.

Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, days after delivering the components of the atomic bomb from California to the Pacific Islands in the most highly classified naval mission of the war, the USS Indianapolis –the flagship of the WWII Pacific fleet – is sailing alone in the center of the Philippine Sea when she is struck by two Japanese torpedoes. The ship is instantly transformed into a fiery cauldron and sinks within minutes. Some 300 men go down with the ship. Nearly 900 make it into the water alive. For the next five nights and four days, almost three hundred miles from the nearest land, the men battle injuries, sharks, dehydration, insanity, and eventually each other. Only 316 will survive.

Because of meticulous research and survivor relationships cultivated over the last 17 years, Vincent and Vladic are able to take the reader into the action like never before. They give a visceral, heart-rending, moment-by-moment account of the chaos on board the sinking ship and the first moments of shock as the crew plunge into the sea. They reveal the untold stories of the crew left adrift for five days in the Philippine Sea, as terror and hunger morph into delusion and desperation, as well as those of the heroic rescuers, many of whom were only teenagers. Vincent and Vladic also chronicle the top-secret mission by an Army spy to shepherd the core of the first atomic bomb, Little Boy, aboard the Indianapolis; and the hidden history of the Top Secret ULTRA program that could have saved the ship.

Finally, the authors go beyond the men’s rescue to tell the story of the Indianapolis’s extraordinary final mission: the survivors’ 50-year fight for justice on behalf of their skipper, Captain Charles McVay III, who is wrongly court-martialed for the sinking and later commits suicide.

A sweeping saga of survival, sacrifice, justice, and love—unfolding against the larger war and the historic actions of titans of the era—INDIANAPOLIS stands as both groundbreaking naval history and spellbinding narrative. It is the definitive account of one of the most remarkable episodes in American history.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Lynn Vincent, a US Navy veteran, is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and coauthor of eleven nonfiction books with more than sixteen million copies in print. Her best-known titles are Same of Kind of Different as Me (with Ron Hall and Denver Moore) and Heaven Is for Real (with Todd Burpo). A veteran journalist and author of more than 1,000 articles, her investigative pieces have been cited before Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. She lives in the mountains east of San Diego with her husband and their three Labrador retrievers.

Sara Vladic, an acclaimed documentary filmmaker, is one of the world’s leading experts on the USS Indianapolis, having become obsessed with the story at the age of thirteen. Over the next two decades, Vladic met and interviewed 108 of the ship’s survivors, and in 2016 she released an award-winning documentary film on the disaster, USS Indianapolis: The Legacy. She has published new research on Indianapolis in Proceedings, the official journal of the US Navy, and appeared as an expert commentator on PBS’s USS Indianapolis: Live from the Deep, which explored the ship’s wreckage. She and her husband, Ben, live in San Marcos, California.

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Tim Hollis
May
25
2:00 PM14:00

Tim Hollis

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Alabama has had an enviable success rate when it comes to tourist attractions, with some that date back to the 1930s still drawing crowds today. But many others have come and gone, sometimes leaving little evidence of their existence. Join Alabama native Tim Hollis as he revisits iconic attractions such as Canyon Land Park and Sequoyah Caverns, the floral clock at Birmingham's Botanical Gardens and the traffic safety torch held aloft by Vulcan, the iron man. Many Gulf Coast attractions are gone, including Styx River Water World and Spooky Golf, but the memories remain.

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Eli & Bill Perras-Concert and Book Signing
May
27
2:00 PM14:00

Eli & Bill Perras-Concert and Book Signing

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Bio:
Bill & Eli Perras are a Florida based duo, who tied the knot over 29 years ago. Performing as singing-songwriting-storytellers, they have put a dent in the Florida folk music scene as an act to take note of.
The many inspired lyrics given to and interpreted by Eli, combined with Bill's bluesy finger-style guitar playing create a very uniquely modern take on true Americana music in its purest form. Receiving much recognition for their tightly woven musical creativity, they humbly remain true to their personal values. They speak out with strong heartfelt lyrics, accompanied with a soulful genuine pentatonic voicing, against social injustices, corporate greed, and daily follies in everyday life. They can grip your heart, search your soul, change a mindset, or softly strike a funny bone, all the while leaving the audience with a sentiment for the common good we desire in all mankind.
Bill & Eli have opened or shared the stage with many nationally recognized entertainers and are regulars at many Florida folk music venues and festivals while frequently traveling beyond the Sunshine State with their songs and stories.




As an accomplished performing singer/songwriter in Florida for the past 20+ years, an interesting change of events has come about in Eli's life over the years. Her trademark song titled "Mama’s Bank Account", that she wrote in 1998 was the inspiration for a book that she recently wrote, titled “Raising Adam – In the Face of Adversity”. The story line is about the trials and tribulations that she faced while raising her premature, multi-handicapped son, Adam, who was unexpectedly born at home. Due to his prematurity, and extreme health issues, it required Eli to raise Adam at home under intensive 24/7 care until he was nearly 15 years old, at which time Eli began to have some serious medical issues of her own. As her options ran out for the care that Adam needed, her only choice was to have him moved to a group home where he could get the needed care in order to survive in this world the best that he could.
This real life song & story has touched many of our audience members in a very deep way, so it was with no surprise that after several years many people prompted Eli to write a book on this particular subject, especially to explain how she dealt with the red tape that the medical and educational institutions can present. So, after digging deep into her soul, Eli completed this project in July of 2017, and now in the process of sharing this story with as many people as she can, especially the parents of disabled children, and those who know of parents who could use help raising handicapped children.

Visit Eli & Bill’s website for more information: http://www.perrasmusic.com/photos/

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Robert Bailey
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Robert Bailey

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His last challenge: live long enough to save the lives of those he loves.

Cold-blooded killer JimBone Wheeler blames Tom McMurtrie for putting him on death row. He once vowed that he’d bring “a reckoning” on Tom and everyone the southern lawyer holds dear. When Wheeler escapes from prison, he aims to fulfill his promise. Victim by victim, he’s getting closer to his ultimate target. But for Tom, who’s dying of cancer, the role of savior and protector is a struggle that is becoming more desperate by the hour.

As the body count mounts, Tom, his partner, Rick Drake, and his best friend, Bocephus Haynes, brace for a confrontation like nothing they have ever faced before. This battle will be waged not in a courthouse but on the streets and fields of north Alabama. With all those he loves at risk, Tom must save his family, his friends, and his legacy from a killer whose hunger for retribution knows no bounds.

Now, as time ticks down and fate and vengeance close in, who will survive Wheeler’s final reckoning?

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Janet Wiggins
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Janet Wiggins

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

About the Author

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

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Stephen Hayes - Signing First Friday
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Stephen Hayes - Signing First Friday

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Long-time bachelor, Mortimer Boozer has been drifting comfortably––perhaps too comfortably––through his aimless life in south Alabama. His time is spent working as little as possible, fishing and drinking. Mort needs a purpose in life, a loving wife and a relationship with the Almighty, whom he alternatively fears and ridicules. He and his sister, divorcee Weenie Boozer, move in with their elderly Aunt Magnolia Boozer Paxton. The oddly matched trio rumble around her antebellum home, sparring and spatting. While the dementia-laden aunt grows to dislike her oddball nephew, Weenie, the only responsible adult in the old home, struggles to care for the crusty aunt and hold things together. While fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, a terrifying storm, seemingly brought on by the punishing Hand of the Almighty, motivates Mort to attend the Ladies’ Bible Study. From Mort’s perspective, God was a no-show at the meeting, but someone else was present who would change his life. Further calamitous events, including two deaths and three unpredicted marriages, totally upend and rearrange the Boozer clan. Through it all, there is the ephemeral, mysterious presence of the Dance Man.

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Christopher Shade
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Christopher Shade

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Praise for The Good Mother of Marseille:

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

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

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

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

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

More Praise at christopherxshade.com.


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

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

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

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

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Mary Alice Monroe
Jun
15
6:00 PM18:00

Mary Alice Monroe

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRAISE FOR THE SUMMER GUESTS:

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

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Missy Buchanan at the First United Methodist Church
Jun
24
3:00 PM15:00

Missy Buchanan at the First United Methodist Church

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EVENT WILL BE: UPPER ROOM SOCIAL, sponsored by Page and Palette and Fairhope United Methodist Church .

Location: 155 S Section St, Fairhope, AL 36532

Come have snacks, enjoy socializing and hear Missy discuss her new devotional journal.


About the book:

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

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

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

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

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Laura Lippman
Aug
5
6:00 PM18:00

Laura Lippman

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

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

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

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

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

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George E. Krietemeyer
Mar
19
6:00 PM18:00

George E. Krietemeyer

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Guardians of the Gulf follows US Coast Guard in the city of Mobile, Alabama, through its two hundred year history. The First Federal unit sent to Alabama following the states and mission to the Union in 1819 was the 52-foot Topsail schooner the United States Revenue cutter Alabama its eight crew members. For decades the small sailing vessel and its replacement with the federal government's only representatives in the area. These Cutters engaged in law enforcement capturing Pirates and slave Traders, Revenue collection ensuring collection of customs taxes, Nations Health prevention yellow fever entry, and seemed to the safety of mariners at sea. As the port of mobile grew so did the coast guard's presence. Mobile and Baldwin's counties are now home to over 600,000 citizens with its Port now one of the 10 busiest in the country. More than 1,000 active-duty men and women along with 500 retired Coast Guard families live and work in the area. The history leading to the three current major Coast Guard commands in Mobile sector mobile, Aviation Training Center Mobile and Gulf Strike Team are reviewed. Guardians of the gulf trace major events occurring at these commands through first-person accounts and many citations. This 330-page book contains over 100 photographs along with descriptions of every operational cutter, tender, and aircraft ever assigned. For every Coast Guardsmen, family member, those whose lives were touched by the US Coast Guard in the Southern Alabama & Gulf Coast region, and devotees to Alabama history, Guardians of the gulf is a must in your library. This book is available at both Coast Guard exchanges in Mobile, AL and at the battleship Alabama Memorial Park store.

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Amelia White & Lachlan Bryan
Mar
16
6:30 PM18:30

Amelia White & Lachlan Bryan

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Saturday, March 16th

6:30pm

Amelia White & Lachlan Bryan

“A gifted songwriter, White is like Anthony Bourdain with a guitar instead of food”  - Extended Play at the Fallout Shelter 

“Rhythm of the Rain” Jan.2019  “Top Ten Country Songs” - Rolling Stone Country

“Every choice White makes on this album is in service of the song,- no matter into what uncomfortable territory it might take her and…., it further cements her legacy as an East Nashville treasure worth following down any rabbit trail she chooses to explore” - No Depression Magazine

Over the past decade Lachlan Bryan has built a reputation a captivating storyteller, whether

solo or fronting Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes. His songs range from hard hitting social commentary to deeply personal musings, but each contains a unique turn of phrase, dark humour and an ever-present sense of romance.

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Joyce Vath (Signing)
Mar
16
2:00 PM14:00

Joyce Vath (Signing)

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Joyce Vath will be signing during art show on March 16 from 2-5pm.

“Two Weeks to Kill is a true story that almost consumed me while I was living in Mexico. There is quite of Spanish used but a glossary in the back. It gets a bit wild and tacky. People die. Why? How? You'll have fun and many surprises finding out! All I can tell you is... I lived through it... barely.”

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Chris Champ Napier Book Signing
Mar
16
2:00 PM14:00

Chris Champ Napier Book Signing

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Chris "Champ" Napier was only four years old when he witnessed his father's murder. By the time he was thirteen, Napier had lived in seven different homes in seven different ghettos. Biologically and socially, he was raised in a pool of piranhas, barbarians, and sharks. At eighteen, Napier was convicted of killing a man and was sent to prison. This memoir narrates Napier's story as he navigates a childhood of poverty in Prichard, Alabama; serves more than a decade and a half in prison; and transforms his life by becoming Muslim and devoting his life to Allah. We were so broke I had to eat dry saltine crackers or ketchup sandwiches with the end parts of the bread and drink sugar water, when we didn't have kool-aid. These times were hard for us. ... I can recall a lot of times on the weekend that someone from the club or from somewhere would burglarize our house and we would have to play like we were asleep until they left. The only thing they could not steal was a small black and white TV and portable radio.

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Lauren Clark
Mar
16
1:00 PM13:00

Lauren Clark

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Every day, I wake up certain of only three things:

I am responsible for my mother’s death.
My father has vanished.
Someone wants me dead.

I’m on the run. It’s me against the world.

I cannot let it break me.

When sixteen-year-old Olivia Jacobs and her celebrity chef father are brutally attacked after his French Quarter restaurant opening, the shell-shocked Olivia finds herself on the run on the streets of New Orleans.

Who wants her dead? And why?

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Karyn Tunks
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Karyn Tunks

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

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

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Alan Samry Book Signing
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Alan Samry Book Signing

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

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Devon Morrisette
Mar
15
6:30 PM18:30

Devon Morrisette

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Friday, March 15th

6:30

Devon Morrisette

“Born and raised right here on the gulf coast, Devon’s sound blends genres from pop, jazz, RnB, and blues with a hint of gospel.  His gospel influence is apparent in his melismatic vocals and southern blues piano stylings. And though not beholden to gospel, Devon’s music will take you to church every time.”

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Bill Hegg and Bill Andre Book Signings
Mar
15
12:00 PM12:00

Bill Hegg and Bill Andre Book Signings

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William Hogg’s book ‘Rabbit – a Southern Summer.’

The book is fiction with a hint of non-fiction, based on Bill’s growing up in the 1960’s and spending summers with his grandparent in Georgia. With no other children his age, he befriends an elderly black man living on the property named Virge, a wise beyond even his years man who becomes an integral part of Boll’s life on his grandparent’s farm.

From learning how to hunt, to his first crush, Bill shares with us the stories that shaped his life in a humorous and touching way.

Reviews:

Enjoyable story of growing up in different times. Brings to mind memories of my own childhood…-C.W.

In this semi-autobiographical novel, author Bill Hogg takes us back to his summer on the Hardy Farm where he learns the importance of family. If you do nothing else, allow the author to transport you back in time to educate and entertain you.-N.K. W.

Author Bill Hogg intertwined memories from his childhood with historical situations, teaching moments and laughter. Can’t wait for my daughter to read as well as my oldest grandchildren.-C.P.

A delightful read. Made me smile, cry, laugh and think. Fell in love with the characters.-J.C.

This was such a joy to read. The author has a gift for telling stories and his main character is an old black man full of wisdom.-D.W.

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Bill Andre’s book “A Greater Vengence”

Author Bill Andres releases through Intellect Publishing, LLC, A Greater Vengeance. his first in a three-part series of books set in the civil war era. The book is a fast-paced story of intrigue, adventure, and romance:

While the curtain of sorrow and treachery fall on a country soon to be divided against itself, a wealthy Georgia planter foresees the collapse of the southern way of life and takes steps to preserve his plantation at the cost of even his life. His wife will do absolutely anything, striking out at all those who threaten her and their lifestyle. A young couple in the border state to the confederacy of Maryland find themselves caught in the middle of diverging traditions and cultures, while a family of negroes has run away from their masters on an Alabama plantation, escaping the treachery of slavery.

While so many struggle to find a place in their disappearing society, there are also those who take advantage of opportunities to profit in gun and slave trade, often destroying the lives of those in their way.

A courageous federal agent attempts to pierce the wall of corruption while representing a federal government who many observe as an institution dissolving at its foundation.

A Greater Vengeance is available now in paperback, ebook and hardback though Amazon and selected book stores.

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Greg Iles
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Greg Iles

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THERE IS NO TICKET NESSASARY FOR THIS EVENT. (The only reason we have ticket’s available is because the event in on Eventbrite.com (You must create a free ticket on their website.) Even is if it says “TICKETS HAVE ENDED”, they have NOT. You don’t need a ticket, please feel free to join us WITH or WITHOUT a ticket. Thank you!

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Natchez Burning trilogy returns with an electrifying tale of friendship, betrayal, and shattering secrets that threaten to destroy a small Mississippi town.

When Marshall McEwan left his hometown at age eighteen, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away ultimately spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington D.C. But just as the political chaos in the nation’s capital lifts him to new heights, Marshall is forced to return home in spite of his boyhood vow.

His father is dying, his mother is struggling to keep the family newspaper from failing, and the town is in the midst of an economic rebirth that might be built upon crimes that reach into the state capitol—and perhaps even to Washington. More disturbing still, Marshall’s high school sweetheart, Jet, has married into the family of Max Matheson, patriarch of one of the families that rule Bienville through a shadow organization called the Bienville Poker Club.

When archeologist Buck McKibben is murdered at a construction site, Bienville is thrown into chaos. The ensuing homicide investigation is soon derailed by a second crime that rocks the community to its core. Power broker Max Matheson’s wife has been shot dead in her own bed, and the only other person in it at the time was her husband, Max. Stranger still, Max demands that his daughter-on-law, Jet, defend him in court.

As a journalist, Marshall knows all too well how the corrosive power of money and politics can sabotage investigations. Without telling a soul, he joins forces with Jet, who has lived for fifteen years at the heart of Max Matheson’s family, and begins digging into both murders. With Jet walking the dangerous road of an inside informer, they soon uncover a web of criminal schemes that undergird the town’s recent success. But these crimes pale in comparison to the secret at the heart of the Matheson family. When those who have remained silent for years dare to speak to Marshall, pressure begins to build like water against a crumbling dam.

Marshall loses friends, family members, and finally even Jet, for no one in Bienville seems willing to endure the reckoning that the Poker Club has long deserved. And by the time Marshall grasps the long-buried truth, he would give almost anything not to have to face it.

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Xaris Waltman
Mar
8
6:30 PM18:30

Xaris Waltman

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Friday, March 8th

6:30pm

Xaris Waltman is an eighteen year old folksinger born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. There, Waltman picked up a guitar for the first time; at the young age of eight. She started writing songs not long after that. Waltman has been referred to as an old soul because her love for folk songs started in only junior high. The love began with a "Peter, Paul, and Mary" album. Not soon afterwards Xaris began looking up to many folk groups from the folk-revolution of the 1960s and traditional American folk ballads of the late 1800s. 

        Waltman mostly performs solo. Just a young girl and her guitar playing a mix of traditional folk songs and original tunes. People have compared her voice to Allison Krauss, Abigail Washburn, and Joni Mitchell. Adam Levine compared Xaris to Dolly Parton during her time on NBC's "The Voice" Season 13 in 2017. Since "The Voice" Xaris has spent time traveling and touring the country (prominently the midwest) solo, playing festivals and small venues, clubs, and listening rooms. Traveling and playing music is Xaris's biggest dream next to keeping folk music alive. She hopes to share love through music with everyone she meets.

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Jack Morton
Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

Jack Morton

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About the Book:

Award-winning celebrity stylist Jack Morton, owner of Indulgence Salon, serves up a festive book of taste-tempting recipes, gathered from a star-studded cast of Buckhead clientele, celebrities and media personalities in his new book, Salon Dish. Including recipes served at the Governor’s mansion for state dinners, family recipes handed down through the generations, and everyday personal favorites, Salon Dish celebrates the best recipes ever eaten by Morton’s good-looking and good-cooking clients. Frequently called The Celeb Salon, Indulgence Salon services a clientele list packed with well known celebrities including Jane Fonda, President Jimmy Carter, Senator John McCain, Peter Jennings, Charlton Heston, Sally Fields, Miss Georgia, Joan Lunden, Jack Ford and scores of other famous local and national personalities.

About the Author:

Jack Morton, a well-known media personality, has gained local and national praise for his Indulgence Salon, one of the nation’s leading salons. With more than 20 years of hair styling and make-up experience, Morton has brought Indulgence to the industry forefront. A four-time Emmy award-winning stylist for hair, make-up and wardrobe, skilled cook and seasoned how-to expert, Jack Morton has a huge following for his lifestyle advice on decorating and entertaining. Featured weekly on NBC-Affiliate WXIA TV with his "Jack Of All Trades" noon broadcast segment, Morton is also seen monthly with his popular enter-to-win "Changing Faces." Previously he appeared for 14 years with makeover appearances on Noonday, NBC’s daytime talk show. Morton has done hair and make-up for the Emmy Awards, ABC (Official Stylist during 1996 Olympic Games), Disney, Paramount, Orion, HGTV, local NBC affiliates, as well as an extensive line-up of major theater productions. Morton has also appeared on other Atlanta affiliates including ABC, FOX, WTBS, CNN, HGTV and CBS.

Reviews:

"Break our the culinary weapons: Jack Morton's new cookbook is a real treasure." -- William Diehl, author, Primal Fear

"Feast your eyes on Salon Dish! It's the ultimate cookbook for everyone on your gift list! -- Robyn Freedman Spizman, television and radio personality

"Talented in so many ways, Jack Morton is a modern day Renaissance man..." -- Senator Zell Miller

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Eliot Schrefer - Book Talk/School Visits
Mar
7
9:30 AM09:30

Eliot Schrefer - Book Talk/School Visits

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“The Lost Rainforest” by Eliot Schrefer Book Talk visit dates and locations:

  • Eliot Schrefer will be visiting Fairhope Intermediate School on March 7th at 9:30am!

  • Eliot Schrefer will also be visiting Newton Elementary School on March 7th at 1:00pm!

Page and Palette will have signed copies available for “The Lost Rainforest” Series (“Gogi’s Gambit” and “Mez’s Magic”)

About the Books:

THE LOST RAINFOREST:Mez's Magic

The Lion King meets Wings of Fire in the magical rainforest kingdom of Caldera in this new middle grade animal fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Eliot Schrefer.

Caldera has forever been divided into those animals who walk by night and those who walk by day. Nightwalker panthers, like young Mez and her beloved sister, have always feared daywalkers as creatures of myth and legend. Until the eclipse.

Now Mez has discovered that she can cross the Veil and enter the daylight world. Her magical power has unknown depths, but she must rush to discover it after a mysterious stranger arrives at her family’s den, bearing warnings of a reawakened evil.

Saving Caldera means Mez must leave her sister behind and unite an unlikely group of animal friends to unravel an ancient mystery and protect their rainforest home.

About the Books:

The Lost Rainforest #2:Gogi's Gambit

The second book in New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Eliot Schrefer’s Lost Rainforest series will thrill fans of Warriors and Spirit Animals with action and humor as the shadowwalkers battle to save their magical rainforest home.

Caldera always existed in harmony between the creatures who walk by day and those who walk by night—until an ancient evil awakened. In the year since the shadowwalkers’ narrow escape from the Ant Queen, the ants’ destruction has only spread.

Gogi, a shadowwalker monkey still learning to wield his fire powers, embarks on a quest with his friends—including a healing bat, an invisible panther, and a tree frog who controls the winds—for a powerful object that can harness the magic of the eclipse to defeat the Ant Queen.

But with just weeks before the next eclipse, Gogi must race to prove that he can control the mighty depths of his talent if he is to protect his friends, save the rainforest, and return home unsinged.

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Ariel Lawhon
Mar
5
6:00 PM18:00

Ariel Lawhon

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“Compelling and utterly fascinating…drifts far into the mysterious lives of Anastasia Romanov and Anna Anderson.”—Lisa Wingate, author of Before We Were Yours

In an enthralling new feat of historical suspense, Ariel Lawhon unravels the extraordinary twists and turns in Anna Anderson's 50-year battle to be recognized as Anastasia Romanov. Is she the Russian Grand Duchess or the thief of another woman's legacy?
 
             Countless others have rendered their verdict. Now it is your turn.
 
Russia, July 17, 1918: Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least that is what the executioners have always claimed. 

Germany, February 17, 1920
: A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal in Berlin. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless, horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious woman claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia. 
     
Her detractors, convinced that the young woman is only after the immense Romanov fortune, insist on calling her by a different name: Anna Anderson. 
     As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre, old enemies and new threats are awakened. With a brilliantly crafted dual narrative structure, Lawhon wades into the most psychologically complex and emotionally compelling territory yet: the nature of identity itself.
     The question of who Anna Anderson is and what actually happened to Anastasia Romanov creates a saga that spans fifty years and touches three continents. This thrilling story is every bit as moving and momentous as it is harrowing and twisted.

 

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T.K. Thorne Book Signing
Mar
3
2:00 PM14:00

T.K. Thorne Book Signing

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T.K Thorne coming to Sign her Book “House of Rose” on Sunday, March 3 at 2 pm.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Rookie patrol officer Rose Brighton chases a suspect down an alley. Without warning, her vision wavers, and the lone suspect appears to divide into two men--the real suspect, frozen in time, and a shadow version with a gun. Confused by what she's just seen, but with no time to second guess it's meaning, Rose shoots the real suspect in the back.

Forced to lie to detectives, she risks her job and her life to discover the shocking truth of who she really is--a witch of an ancient House, the prey of one powerful enemy, and the pawn of another.

House of Rose, set in the Deep South city of Birmingham, Alabama, is the first book of the Magic City Stories.

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Come see "The Cat in the Hat"!
Mar
2
11:00 AM11:00

Come see "The Cat in the Hat"!

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The Cat in the Hat is coming to visit us, now’s your chance to meet him and get photos with him!

There will be a childrens event on Saturday, March 2nd at 11am. Children can come and participate in activities, reading and photo opportunity with Cat in the Hat!

Steph Ross will lead the activities!

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The Leavin' Brothers
Mar
1
6:30 PM18:30

The Leavin' Brothers

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First Friday, March 1st

6:30pm

The Leavin’ Brothers

Evans & Charles Davis moved to Nashville back in the mid 90’s to pursue their writing career. It wasn’t long before they were the front men for a well known rockin’ country band known all over the Southeast as ‘The Leavin’ Brothers’. A six piece harmony band that invaded Music City with what the industry leaders landmarked as the start of Nashville’s Rockin’ Country that everyone had felt was long overdue. 

With a production deal under Javelina Studios and HoriPro Entertainment they finally had a chance to put some of that long-awaited southern-funk on vinyl. After five years touring in the South, Evans and Charles slipped off the boots for more comfortable beachware in Point Clear, Alabama where they enjoy a slightly quieter life on the Mobile Bay.

With several Indy cuts under their belt, they continue to grow in the spirit of southern punctuality ringing throughout their blistful lyrics. With songs like ‘Here Comes The Farm’, ‘Caroline’, Amnesia’ and ‘Love Budget’, they continue to ship songs to Nashville like cotton bails up the Mississippi. Look forward, look back and look out for The Leavins’ to captivate you with sibling harmonies entrenched in ‘Good Clean Fun’.

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Robert Ellis Haynes - First Friday Author
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

Robert Ellis Haynes - First Friday Author

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Short-term mission trips are commonplace in American church life. Yet their growth and practice have largely been divorced from theological education, seminary training, and mission studies. Consuming Mission takes important steps in offering a theological assessment of the practice of STM and tools for subsequent mission training. Using relevant academic studies and original focus-group interviews, Haynes offers important insights into this ubiquitous practice. While carefully examining the biblical and historical foundations for mission, Consuming Mission engages more contemporary movements like the Missio Dei, Fresh Expressions, the Emergent Church, and Third-Wave Mission movements that have helped shape mission. The unique role of United Methodist mission is illustrated through its historical roots and contemporary expression in the ubiquitous STM movement in the United States. Haynes uses original field research data to gather the implicit and explicit theologies of lay and clergy participants. Cultural influences are significantly influencing STM participants as they use their time, money, sacrifice, and service, applied in the name of mission, to purchase a personal growth experience commonly sought by pilgrims. The resulting tensions from mixing mission, pilgrimage, and tourism creates are explored. Haynes offers important steps to move the practice away from using mission for personal edification.

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Rick Stanfield
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

Rick Stanfield

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"It was 2 o’clock in the morning. The darkness was powerfully frightening, and I saw the fear in my wife’s face with every flash. We had $19.70 to our names with no where to live and no where to go."This is a story about hard-learned lessons, a family's survival, and the goodness of God that changes lives.

To see more of his books and about “I Can and I Will” go visit his website at https://rickstanfield.com/books/

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Jonathan F. Putnam
Mar
1
2:00 PM14:00

Jonathan F. Putnam

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About the book:

Final Resting Place: A Lincoln and Speed Mystery

Twenty-nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln has spent his entire adult life running from his past―from the poverty of the dirt-floor log cabin where he was raised, from the dominion of his uneducated father, and from a failed early courtship. But now, Lincoln’s past is racing back to haunt him.

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

It’s no ordinary trial, however, as Lincoln and Speed soon face unwelcome complications. Lincoln’s ne’er-do-well father and stepbrother appear in town and threaten Lincoln’s good name and political future. And before long, anonymous letters start appearing in the local newspapers, with ominous threats that make Lincoln fear for himself and his loved ones.

As the day of reckoning arrives, the threats against Lincoln continue to escalate. Lincoln and Speed must identify the culprit and fast, before Lincoln loses the race to outrun his past in Final Resting Place, the brilliant third installment of Jonathan F. Putnam’s acclaimed Lincoln and Speed mysteries.

About the Author:

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

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James F. Cash
Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

James F. Cash

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

KIRKUS REVIEW:

Cash achieves a realistic, if occasionally monotonous, account of life at sea in this travel memoir.

Nearly two years after working in a high-pressure career, where he struggled to relax, the author finds himself at sea, sailing almost halfway around the world with his crew. The journey takes him to the coastline of South Africa, the Panama Canal and the Western Seaboard of America. The memoir opens with the author recalling his first experiences of sailing as a 10-year-old, when his uncle offered him a sailing-rigged kayak, which led to a lifetime love of the ocean. As the years passed, the author convinced himself that his retirement boat would be a cruising catamaran. This book is about the realization of that dream and the exhilarating journey that followed. Each stage of preparation is carefully detailed, from initial dealings with the catamaran factory to swinging the compass, the process of pointing a boat at various landmarks to determine “the deviation from an accurate reading of the magnetic compass created by metal and electronics on board.” Once at sea, every aspect of life on the waves is examined. The author describes the dogwatch and the perils of nodding off and colliding with a tanker ship. He also details an alarming incident off the coast of Africa, when a crack appeared where the ship’s keel attached to its hull. However, he’s keen to point out that many books concerning the sea deal with disaster, whereas in reality, life-threatening events prove rare. Here, the joys of circumnavigating the globe are paramount. The author recalls glorious mornings waking in paradise, seeing native fishermen sailing by in canoes. He also revels in the cuisine experienced on the cruise, including a selection of his favorite recipes at the end of the book. His glossary of nautical terminology is concise without relying heavily on jargon. Extended discussions of spinnakers and suchlike may prove monotonous, but it’s a valuable education nonetheless.

The pleasures of ocean adventure captured eloquently, affably and without bravado, perfect for long-distance sailors and those hoping to find their sea legs.

REVIEWS:

“This is an inspirational, entertaining and very readable book. The author has a fine writing style and paints a vivid picture of his adventures. Sailors will find lots of useful ideas about preparing for and completing an extended voyage. Experienced and aspiring travelers will be inspired by the fascinating descriptions of exotic places. The author did his homework and gives the reader lots of good background information about the interesting stops along the way. The book contains some great recipes too. I highly recommend this book.” -J.P. Martin

“In this book Jim takes us with him for a trans-oceanic adventure from South Africa to the Los Angeles. The ports of call along the way are fascinating with historical information. The descriptions of life aboard the Kat Atomic let you experience a lengthy sea voyage on personal level. You get a sailors view of the weather, currents, fishing and the rhythms of daily life. A good read!” -Don P

“The author simply and factually states how it is possible to follow that "dream," and whether or not it is sailing across an ocean, it gives promise to other endeavors a reader may wish to pursue during their lifetime. No traumatic sequences here, but a real-life account of the journey for others to enjoy and learn from. And the recipes are good too!” -Valerie

THIS IS A FREE EVENT, YOU DO NOT NEED A TICKET! Just come join us!

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Chocolates and A Book
Feb
28
2:00 PM14:00

Chocolates and A Book

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ABOUT THE EVENT:

Jule Buckley and Stephanie Crowe will host a “Chocolates and A Book”. Stephanie will discuss Pieces of Happiness , a novel of friendship, hope and chocolate and Jules Buckley, owner of The Frenchman’s Corner, will show us a chocolate delight and regale us about some fun facts of chocolate on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 2pm.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A novel of five lifelong friends who, in their sixties, decide to live together on a cocoa farm in Fiji, where they not only start a chocolate business but strengthen their friendships and rediscover themselves. "I've planted my feet on Fijian earth and I intend to stay here until the last sunset. Why don't you join me? Leave behind everything that didn't work out!"When Sina, Maya, Ingrid, and Lisbeth each receive a letter in the mail posing the same question, the answer is obvious. Their old high school friend Kat—Kat the adventurer, Kat who spread her wings and took off as soon as they graduated—has extended the invitation of a lifetime: Come live with me on my cocoa farm in Fiji. Come spend the days eating chocolate and gabbing like teenagers once again, free from men, worries, and cold. Come grow old in paradise, together, as sisters. Who could say no? Now in their sixties, the friends have all but resigned themselves to the cards they've been dealt. There's Sina, a single mom with financial woes; gentle Maya who feels the world slipping away from her; Ingrid, the perennial loner; Lisbeth, a woman with a seemingly picture-perfect life; and then Kat, who is recently widowed. As they adjust to their new lives together, the friends are watched over by Ateca, Kat's longtime housekeeper, who oftentimes knows the women better than they know themselves and recognizes them for what they are: like "a necklace made of shells: from the same beach but all of them different." Surrounded by an azure-blue ocean, cocoa trees, and a local culture that is fascinatingly, joyfully alien, the friends find a new purpose in starting a business making chocolate: bittersweet, succulent pieces of happiness.      A story of love, hope, and chocolate, PIECES OF HAPPINESS will reaffirm your faith in friendship, second chances, and the importance of indulging one's sweet tooth.

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Adam Makos
Feb
26
6:00 PM18:00

Adam Makos

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ABOUT SPEARHEAD:

When Clarence Smoyer is assigned to the gunner’s seat of his Sherman tank, his crewmates discover that the gentle giant from Pennsylvania has a hidden talent: He’s a natural born shooter. At first, Clarence and his fellow crews in the legendary 3rd Armored Division—“Spearhead”—thought their tanks were invincible. Then they met the German Panther, with a gun so murderous it could shoot through one Sherman and into the next. Soon a pattern emerged: The lead tank always gets hit.

 

After Clarence sees his friends cut down breaching the West Wall and holding the line in the Battle of the Bulge, he and his crew are given a weapon with the power to avenge their fallen brothers: the Pershing, a state-of-the-art “super tank,” one of twenty in the European theater. But with it came a harrowing new responsibility: Now they will spearhead every attack. That’s how Clarence, the corporal from coal country, finds himself leading the U.S. Army into its largest urban battle of the European war, the fight for Cologne, the “Fortress City” of Germany.


Battling through the ruins, Clarence will engage the fearsome Panther in a duel immortalized by an army cameraman. And he will square off with Gustav Schaefer, a teenager behind the trigger in a Panzer IV tank, whose crew has been sent on a suicide mission to stop the Americans. As Clarence and Gustav trade fire down a long boulevard, they are taken by surprise by a tragic mistake of war. What happens next will haunt Clarence into modern day, drawing him back to Cologne to do the unthinkable: To face his enemy, one last time.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Hailed as “a masterful storyteller” by the Associated Press, ADAM MAKOS is the author of the New York Times bestseller A Higher Call, and the critically-acclaimed Devotion. Inspired by his grandfathers’ service, Adam chronicles the stories of American veterans in his trademark fusion of intense human drama and fast-paced military action, securing his place "in the top ranks of military writers," according to the Los Angeles Times. In the course of his research, Adam has flown a WWII bomber, accompanied a Special Forces raid in Iraq, and journeyed into North Korea in search of an MIA American airman.

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Last Show as Artist in Residence: Grayson Capps
Feb
25
5:00 PM17:00

Last Show as Artist in Residence: Grayson Capps

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February Monday Night Artist in Residence

Grayson Capps

February 4, 11, 18 & 25

5pm-7pm

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



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Andre Gallant
Feb
23
4:30 PM16:30

Andre Gallant

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Andre Gallant

“A High Low Tide”

Oysters are a narrative food: in each shuck and slurp, an eater tastes the place where the animal was raised. But that’s just the beginning. André Joseph Gallant uses the bivalve as a jumping of point to tell the story of a changing southeastern coast, the bounty within its waters, and what the future may hold for the area and its fishers. With A High Low Tide he places Georgia, as well as the South, in the national conversation about aquaculture, addressing its potential as well as its challenges.

The Georgia oyster industry dominated in the field of oysters for canning until it was slowed by environmental and economic shifts. To build it back and to make the Georgia oyster competitive on the national stage, a bit of scientific cosmetic work must be done, performed through aquaculture. The business of oyster farming combines physical labor and science, creating an atmosphere where disparate groups must work together to ensure its future. Employing months of field research in coastal waters and countless hours interviewing scholars and fishermen, Gallant documents both the hiccups and the successes that occur when university researchers work alongside blue-collar laborers on a shared obsession.

The dawn of aquaculture in Georgia promises a sea change in the livelihoods of wild-harvest shellfishermen, should they choose to adapt to new methods. Gallant documents how these traditional harvesters are affected by innovation and uncertain tides and asks how threatened they really are.

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Karyn Tunks (Reading & Signing)
Feb
23
1:30 PM13:30

Karyn Tunks (Reading & Signing)

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Karyn Tunks is coming to Page and Palette on Feb. 23 at 1:30 to sign “Mardi Gras in Alabama”. She will read her story at 2:00pm before the parade starts at 3:00pm.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Follow Folly as he celebrates Mardi Gras in Alabama! Hang on tight because he wants to see every parade in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Folly has a front-row seat as he rides with kings and queens and tags along with Joe Cain. From catching throws with the crowd to joining right in with the marching bands, Folly is a part of all the festivities. Through bouncing rhyme and lively illustrations, Karyn Tunks and Alexis Braud capture the unique flavor of Carnival season along Alabama's Gulf Coast. Highlighting the best of the local revelry, Folly brings young readers along as he explores favorite Mobile-area traditions. A glossary of people, places and things completes Carnival fans' introduction to the most colorful season of the year. So come along and join the fun as we celebrate Mardi Gras in Alabama! Written by Karyn W. Tunks PhD and Illustrated by Alexis Braud.

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Blue Mother Tupelo
Feb
22
6:30 PM18:30

Blue Mother Tupelo

Friday, February 22nd

6:30pm

Blue Mother Tupelo

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

"Super songs played by super musicians. It's soulful/bluesy with Southern Rock, classic country, gospel and even a bit of adult album alternative (AAA) influences. This album will win them awards." - Planet Weekly 

"I can honestly say it's been a while since I have been as entertained with an album." - Music News Nashville 

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