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Blue Mullet Bluegrass
May
22
6:00 PM18:00

Blue Mullet Bluegrass

Joel Reagan, fiddle; Cheryl Gilbert, bass; Mark Gilbert, banjo/guitar; David Thier, dobro/guitar and John Young, mandolin/guitar

Joel Reagan, fiddle; Cheryl Gilbert, bass; Mark Gilbert, banjo/guitar; David Thier, dobro/guitar and John Young, mandolin/guitar

Blue Mullet is a Fairhope, Alabama based bluegrass band, steeped in traditional, contemporary and Gospel bluegrass.

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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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Johnny Sansone & John Milham
May
24
6:30 PM18:30

Johnny Sansone & John Milham

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Friday May 23rd

Johnny Sansone & John Milham

Johnny Sansone has become a legend in the New Orleans music scene for his Harmonica, Accordian, Guitar playing and songwriting. His music is a blend of Blues, Cajun Zydeco, and Rock and Roll. Johnny Sansone continues to be recognized by 

The Blues Foundation in numerous categories for his outstanding talent. He's been nominated at the 2012 BLUES MUSIC AWARDS:

Song of the Year: The Lord is Waiting (winner)

Contemporary Blues Male Artist

Contemporary Blues Album

Album of the Year.

Nominated in 2013 for Song of the Year:

The Night the Pie Factory Burned Down

and Best Contemporary Blues Artist.

Nominated for 2013 Offbeat BEST OF THE BEAT Awards: 

Best Harmonica Player, Best Blues Artist, Best Blues Release for the album Once It Gets Started, and Song of the Year for The Night the Pie Factory Burned Down.

Johnny also recently won for:

Best Other Instrument (Harmonica)"

2017 and 2018 BEST of the BEAT Music Award

John Milham John Milham has been a professional musician since 1997 touring the world and playing drums with many artist. Twenty years into his career, John has established himself as an in demand touring and studio drummer while recently adding composer to the list with his record debut "Arden's Garden" released on  February 2, 2018 on Skate Mountain Records which just won the award for "Best Contemporary Album" from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.  John has played, recorded, and shared the stage many artist through the years.  At the present moment, John performs with his own band, The Inner Mission Band, Molly Thomas and The Rare Birds, Grayson Capps, Johnny Sansone, and The Bodhi Trio and More.

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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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Abe Partridge
May
31
6:30 PM18:30

Abe Partridge

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Friday May 31st

Abe Partridge

6:30

Abe Partridge is one of the most respected songwriters in Mobile; he is rapidly gaining national and international attention for his second full-length recording, Cotton Fields and Blood For Days.  Ranging from the earthy to the surreal, from the spiritual light to the depths of depression, Partridge draws listeners in with a combination of southern gothic storytelling, dark humor and gripping intensity. The album received rave reviews and landed Partridge a lengthy feature in The Bitter Southerner.

Partridge is also gaining recognition for his folk art, which are primarily acrylic paintings on tar board. He was recently featured in Creative Loafing, saying "The artwork, acrylics on tar board, illustrate the discrepancies Partridge has observed in life, two-dimensional parables of a three-dimensional world. Rudimentary in execution, with phrases like 'Colors are all that matter when you are already outside the lines' (also a line from the first song on his new album) or 'Some songs put a devil in your flowers,' the paintings are dark... "

Partridge is a passionate, engaging performer.  He performed at the legendary Bluebird Cafe in July of 2018 and brought the house down.  He toured the Netherlands in October of 2018 and performed at the prestigious 30A Songwriter Festival in Santa Rosa, Florida, in January of 2019.

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Joe Cuhaj - Best Dog Hikes: Alabama
Jun
1
3:00 PM15:00

Joe Cuhaj - Best Dog Hikes: Alabama

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Best Dog Hikes Alabama details the best dog friendly hiking trails in the Heart of Dixie. From mountain views to the coveted coast, there’s a trail for you and your trusty companions. Throughout are full-color photos and maps, helpful tips, and tailored hike specs with information on leash requirements, trail surface, other trail users, and more. You’ll also find important advice about hiking with dogs and preparation before you hit the trail. Grab the leash, don your pack, and get ready for an adventure that will have tails wagging for days to come.

Guests are invited to bring well behaved dogs that get along with other dogs.

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Artist in Residence: Eric Erdman (Monday Night Music)
Jun
3
5:00 PM17:00

Artist in Residence: Eric Erdman (Monday Night Music)

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June Monday Night Artist in Residence:

Eric Erdman

June 3, 10, 17 & 24

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“Erdman’s trademark lyrical poetry slides across his warm, friendly acoustic guitar, which is 

embraced by Milham’s cool, suave brushes and Sciple’s deep baritone upright bass. Some of 

Erdman’s longtime fans might consider this album his best studio material to date.” - Lagniappe 

(Jan 17, 2018)


“(this album) reminds me of James Taylor during his ‘Gorilla’ and ‘In the Pocket’ phase of the 

late 70’s.” -Rodney Crowell


“This album is so damn rich and clean. And whoever did the mixes should be knighted” - Sally 

Taylor

“Eric Erdman paints pictures and tells stories that put you in his grandma's kitchen eating biscuits and gravy at sunset, knowing you are biding your time to

stir up trouble in the hot rod hiding in the back yard under a tarp later that night.”

-Radney Foster

www.ericerdmanmusic.com

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Rupert Wates
Jun
5
6:00 PM18:00

Rupert Wates

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Rupert Wates

WED, JUNE 5TH at 6:00pm

Since coming to the US he’s won more than 40 songwriting and performing awards. In 2018 he performed as a finalist at the Kerrville New Folk Song Contest, and an Emerging Artist at Falconridge Folk Festival. 

“Terrific hooks, deep lyrics, awesome voice and nearly astonishing fingerpicking chops – the real deal” (Monterey County Weekly CA) 

“I'd put Rupert near the top of the list of singer-songwriters I've heard in my 50+ years in music. He's a truly fine lyricist, singer and player who has an enormously positive relationship with his audience. As the former manager of the late Harry Chapin, I've heard my share of story songs. Rupert's are right up there with the best" (Bob Hinkle, White Horse Black Mountain, NC)

"Lyrically, these songs combine the economy of a Woody Guthrie ballad with the intricacies of contemporary singer-songwriter Richard Thompson" (Jim Abbott, Orlando Sentinel, May 21, 2013)

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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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Wynona Rogers - First Friday Signing
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Wynona Rogers - First Friday Signing

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Wynona Rogers is a name that most people that know it would associate with integrity and insurance. Thirty-one years in the insurance business and a number of awards couldn't prepare her for the events that unfolded in 2007. Now she uses her unique storytelling skills in Riches to Rags: One Woman's Story of Betrayal and Redemption, the true-life story of her experience with a certain Baptist missionary and bookkeeper. Wynona grew up in the Baptist church where she was fortified with God's teachings, especially the Ten Commandments. Those teachings would be tested when a rogue missionary devastated her life. Wynona takes you through the harrowing events she experienced firsthand. The story has mystery, a bit of humor, but mostly inspiration. She puts you there with her as she recounts the events that spanned the globe from Istanbul, Turkey, to the smallest island in Hawaii. Wynona Rogers shares her story so that the horrible things that happened to her may never happen to you. Truly a riches-to-rags story you won't soon forget.

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Artist in Residence: Eric Erdman (Monday Night Music)
Jun
10
5:00 PM17:00

Artist in Residence: Eric Erdman (Monday Night Music)

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June Monday Night Artist in Residence:

Eric Erdman

June 3, 10, 17 & 24

5-7

“Erdman’s trademark lyrical poetry slides across his warm, friendly acoustic guitar, which is 

embraced by Milham’s cool, suave brushes and Sciple’s deep baritone upright bass. Some of 

Erdman’s longtime fans might consider this album his best studio material to date.” - Lagniappe 

(Jan 17, 2018)


“(this album) reminds me of James Taylor during his ‘Gorilla’ and ‘In the Pocket’ phase of the 

late 70’s.” -Rodney Crowell


“This album is so damn rich and clean. And whoever did the mixes should be knighted” - Sally 

Taylor

“Eric Erdman paints pictures and tells stories that put you in his grandma's kitchen eating biscuits and gravy at sunset, knowing you are biding your time to

stir up trouble in the hot rod hiding in the back yard under a tarp later that night.”

-Radney Foster

www.ericerdmanmusic.com

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David Sedaris (Tickets Available Now!)
Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

David Sedaris (Tickets Available Now!)

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GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! (Only available by calling our store or purchasing in-store at check out.)

David Sedaris tickets will go on sale on Thursday, May 23rd.
Sedaris event is Wednesday, June 12th at 6pm.

*Wentzell's is providing a complimentary Pre-Sedaris party from 4pm-6pm with seafood bites.

Ticket Information:

There will be limited SEATED TICKETS available for $50.00.
Ticket amount goes toward purchase of a copy of Calypso (hardback or paperback) and 1 additional paperback.
Guarantees a seat in Book Cellar.
Must have wristband to enter seated area.
Purchase only in store or by calling store at 251-928-5295.
Wristband number is place in line.

UNSEATED TICKETS
Includes a paperback copy of "Calypso".
Can be purchased in the store or by calling store at 251-928-5295.
Ticket will allow you a place in line.
Patrons can hear Sedaris speak throughout the store and outside.

*Only books purchased in store are eligible for signing.
*NO VIDEOS OR PHOTOS ARE ALLOWED. (Please keep this in mind.)

ABOUT THE BOOK:

This summer brings the paperback publication of David Sedaris’s first book of stories in five years: CALYPSO (Back Bay Books/Little, Brown and Company; ISBN: 9780316392426; June 4, 2019).

As you know, if you read David’s writing, see him on his epic tours, or hear him on the radio – there’s no better storyteller. David has a knack for making us cringe, laugh-out-loud and cry, all in the span of a few lines. This particular collection seems to take an even deeper and darker, more introspective, turn, and surpasses his best writing yet.

With a keen eye toward the loss of his mother, and sister Tiffany, and as he and his father age and find new ways to communicate in an increasingly politicized climate, David delivers the very best of his talents here. You will love these stories, and find them to be a wonderful addition to his varied and beloved backlist.

“It seemed that this entrancing collection of essays, and my fascination with its author, had sucked me into some nerdy netherworld where real life becomes weirder and funnier and darker and bleaker than, well, real life...The brilliance of David Sedaris’s writing is that his very essence, his aura, seeps through the pages of his books like an intoxicating cloud, mesmerizing us so that his logic becomes ours.” —Alan Cumming, New York Times book Review

“Sedaris demonstrates yet again what makes him the best American humorist writing today: A remarkable ability to combine the personal with the political, the mundane with the profane, slime with the sublime, and hilarity with heart. Reading Sedaris' family stories is like tuning into a spectacularly well-written sit-com.”—NPR.org

More incredible praise for CALYPSO

Calypso is the most family-centered of his books yet and, although much of it is very funny, it’s also his most melancholy as it addresses aging and loss... [it] ranges across a number of other subjects as well, often with Sedaris’ trademark off-center, self-deprecating humor.” —Tampa Bay Times

“Unusually poignant...there’s a touching sense here of a man becoming aware of his own mortality, in his own quirky way, and cherishing his good luck and his loved ones.” —Seattle Times

“Though middle age may have made his shades of gray blacker, the wit and incisiveness that make Sedaris much-adored remain.”—Harper’s Bazaar

“Firmly grounded in the present, but with the same sense of twisted nostalgia that has always marked his best work.”—The Associated Press

“Laugh-out-loud funny, true and introspective.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“It has fewer laugh-out-loud moments, but feels more substantial and rewarding than some of

his earlier efforts.”—USA Today
“The most shocking thing David Sedaris can do is reveal that he’s been holding things back.”

Washington Post

“[CALYPSO] reveals the later-day Mr. Sedaris to be more ruminative, more serious, and a little less inclined to play everything for laughs” and praises, “one of his gifts as a writer is his ability to slip so easily between the profound and the mundane.”—The New York Times

“Sedaris dissects mortality and aging with great humor in this intriguing new collection.”

—Parade
“Sedaris is as funny as ever but also delves into serious topics...with sensitivity.”—Real Simple

“David Sedaris’ biggest strength as an essayist and humorist lies in his remarkable power of observation, of detecting the humor and pathos in the everyday conversations most of us don’t register. His attention and wit are as incisive as ever, but Sedaris brings a stronger sense of self to the pages of Calypso...It’s both warmer and bleaker than any Sedaris that’s come before.” —The AV Club

“As usual, Sedaris tackles some of life's biggest (and to be honest, smallest) mysteries with his trademark sense of humor.”—Bustle

“The beauty of David Sedaris’ personality — and what keeps his readers come back for best- selling book after best-selling book — is his unwavering dedication to a helter-skelter train of thought.”—Entertainment Weekly

“These essays are less zany than his earlier work (although you’ll still laugh out loud). Instead, he has mastered the art of modulation, weaving together grief with silliness, the joys of life with the fact of death.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“David Sedaris’s new essay collection is the sharpest retort to anyone who thinks they know what our favorite curmudgeonly humorist will be up to next. His charming observational humor is still the engine, but there’s nothing frivolous about... Sedaris grapples poignantly and satisfyingly (and yes, often hilariously) with death, the aging body, and just how far the bonds of family can stretch.”—Conde Nast Traveler

“Eloquent and silly, Sedaris’ collection could probably find unshakable life even in the dust kitties under the bed. It’s impossible...not to want him to be your best friend, because like all best friends, he gets you laughing even as he gently turns you toward the darkness we all must face.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“The sharpness and exaggerated pettiness of his earliest books are all but gone, replaced with a gentler sort of wryness that, one assumes, comes with the wisdom of middle age and experience. When a David Sedaris story made you feel wistful, it used to be the exception; in Calypso, it's the rule.”—POPMatters

“If Calypso is concerned about anything, it is slowing us down to notice how ridiculous life can be, but also how it is very worth the many chuckles and tears.”—The Rumpus

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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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Artist in Residence: Eric Erdman (Monday Night Music)
Jun
17
5:00 PM17:00

Artist in Residence: Eric Erdman (Monday Night Music)

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June Monday Night Artist in Residence:

Eric Erdman

June 3, 10, 17 & 24

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“Erdman’s trademark lyrical poetry slides across his warm, friendly acoustic guitar, which is 

embraced by Milham’s cool, suave brushes and Sciple’s deep baritone upright bass. Some of 

Erdman’s longtime fans might consider this album his best studio material to date.” - Lagniappe 

(Jan 17, 2018)


“(this album) reminds me of James Taylor during his ‘Gorilla’ and ‘In the Pocket’ phase of the 

late 70’s.” -Rodney Crowell


“This album is so damn rich and clean. And whoever did the mixes should be knighted” - Sally 

Taylor

“Eric Erdman paints pictures and tells stories that put you in his grandma's kitchen eating biscuits and gravy at sunset, knowing you are biding your time to

stir up trouble in the hot rod hiding in the back yard under a tarp later that night.”

-Radney Foster

www.ericerdmanmusic.com

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Andy Andrews
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Andy Andrews

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This is how it’s done. This is why it’s done this way. This is the result you can expect if you do it.

These three pieces of information inform a conclusion about every part of each of our lives. Yet it is these three pieces of information that most often set an insidious trap—a trap that has held the imaginations of generations captive to the belief that because they are doing the best they can do, they are accomplishing the best that can be done. And while each of these three statements are true, not one of them is the truth.

Dive deeper with bestselling author Andy Andrews as he shares his unique philosophy regarding foundational thinking. Through his unique and captivating storytelling, Andy helps you search for the reality that lies beyond the boundaries established in the name of “best practices,” “industry standards,” or “the way things are done.” For it’s at the bottom of the pool that you discover a pathway to extraordinary results that most people in your position do not even know are possible.

We’ve learned to trust Andy Andrews to bring words of inspiration, practical instruction, and wise counsel. This volume promises to bring the same to all who are blessed to read it. - Max Lucado, pastor and New York Times bestselling author

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Missy Buchanan
Jun
24
3:00 PM15:00

Missy Buchanan

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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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Artist in Residence: Eric Erdman (Monday Night Music)
Jun
24
5:00 PM17:00

Artist in Residence: Eric Erdman (Monday Night Music)

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June Monday Night Artist in Residence:

Eric Erdman

June 3, 10, 17 & 24

5-7

“Erdman’s trademark lyrical poetry slides across his warm, friendly acoustic guitar, which is 

embraced by Milham’s cool, suave brushes and Sciple’s deep baritone upright bass. Some of 

Erdman’s longtime fans might consider this album his best studio material to date.” - Lagniappe 

(Jan 17, 2018)


“(this album) reminds me of James Taylor during his ‘Gorilla’ and ‘In the Pocket’ phase of the 

late 70’s.” -Rodney Crowell


“This album is so damn rich and clean. And whoever did the mixes should be knighted” - Sally 

Taylor

“Eric Erdman paints pictures and tells stories that put you in his grandma's kitchen eating biscuits and gravy at sunset, knowing you are biding your time to

stir up trouble in the hot rod hiding in the back yard under a tarp later that night.”

-Radney Foster

www.ericerdmanmusic.com

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Larry T. Wilson & Jon Cook
Jun
28
6:30 PM18:30

Larry T. Wilson & Jon Cook

Friday June 28th 

6:30

Larry T. Wilson & Jon Cook

Larry T. Wilson – harmonica and vocals: Larry T. is a songwriter whose songs have been recorded by platinum recording artist, Sammy Kershaw “Too Far Gone To Leave”, vocal group 4-Runner “The House at the End of the Road”, Cherie Austin “No More Chasing Rainbows” Marty Raybon of Shenandoah “Take Jesus as Your Lawyer”, Larry Cordle “The House at the End of the Road” and David Frizell “Charlie Loves Hazel”. As an artist, Larry T. has performed shows with Guy Clark, Billie Joe Shavers, Mickey Newbury, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Delbert McClinton, Doc Watson, Livingston Taylor, The Dave Grisman Quintet and Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time. 

Jon Cook

Jon Cook, is a singer songwriter and muliti-instrumentalist that has a deep sense of telling a story in a voice that carries strength and has no boundaries.  He weaves his stories into his music with a style that is unique and beautiful.

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Rick Speight
Jul
5
6:00 PM18:00

Rick Speight

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This is an inspiring, often soul searching collection of true stories, featuring the adventures and mishaps of six lifetime friends; The Boys From Hicks Drive. Follow along as they find clever ways to entertain themselves, frequently with disastrous results, in those nostalgic times before video games, cable television, mobile phones, and the internet. And what better place for childhood adventure than Vienna, the town on nearly every Top Ten list of Best Places to Live, and located near the power center of the universe: Washington DC? The Boys began their odyssey on the day they met, and it has continued for nearly sixty years. Their friendships have grown stronger through the years, as they continue to accept the faults and frailties of each other—just like they did when they were kids. Vintage photographs, as well as song lyrics from the Golden Age of Rock and Roll, are used to capture, illustrate, and enhance the exciting tales everyone will wish they had experienced in their youth…but, perhaps, are relieved they didn’t.

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Sean Dietrich
Jul
13
6:00 PM18:00

Sean Dietrich

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From Sean Dietrich—also known as Sean of the South—comes a poignant tale of the stars that shine all around us . . . if only we’re willing to look.

When she becomes pregnant at fifteen, Marigold is rejected by her family and forced to fend for herself. And when she loses her baby in the forest, her whole world turns upside down. She’s even more distraught upon discovering she has an inexplicable power that makes her both beautiful and terrifying—and something of a local legend.

Meanwhile, migrant workers Vern and Paul discover a violet-eyed baby and take it upon themselves to care for her. The men soon pair up with a widow and her two children, and the untraditional family finds their way in fits and starts toward taking care of each other.

As survival brings one family together, a young boy finds himself with nary a friend to his name amid the dust storms still raging across Kansas. Fourteen-year-old Coot, a child preacher with a prodigy’s memory, is on the run with thousands of stolen dollars—and the only thing he’s sure of is that Mobile, Alabama, is his destination.

As the years pass and a world war looms, their stories intertwine in surprising ways. With a voice both humorous and heartfelt, Sean Dietrich weaves together a tale about the dignity of humanity and the value of enduring hope—reminding us that when the dust clears, we can still see the stars.

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Kendall Klym
Jul
22
3:00 PM15:00

Kendall Klym

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Former Professional Ballet Dancer Invites Readers to Put Their Best 

Feet Forward and Experience Different Sides of Dance! 

Fifteen Short Stories That Focus on the Various Meanings of Movement and 

How They All Shape Who We Are As Individuals

Step Lightly

By Award-Winning Writer

Kendall Klym

When Kendall Klym’s dad drove him 2 1/2 hours each way, four days a week—back and forth to NYC to study at the New York City Ballet, little did Kendall (or his family) realize that he would not only perform in 8 ballet companies around the country, but morph into a Phd, professor, and award-winning fiction writer.  This summer, Dr. Kendall Klym will release his homage to dance with Step Lightly (June 2019; Livingston Press), a vast exploration into the exciting world of dance that both challenges and expands on existing definitions of the subject.

Step Lightly contains fifteen short stories that centers on physical movement as a driving force, placing characters in precarious situations and leading to unusual outcomes.  The collection sports a diverse repertory, including a classic yet tragic tribute to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, a dance narrative designed as a multiple-choice quiz, and a recipe incantation that brings back the ghost of a famous ballerina.  

Additionally, Step Lightly grapples with the various meanings behind movement, explaining the ways in which they define who we are and what we do with our lives.

Dr. Kendall Klym has won numerous awards for his short stories, which have been published in literary journals including Puerto del Sol, Hunger Mountain, and the Tampa Review. Klym is a three-time honorable mention winner of the Great American Fiction Contest, sponsored by the Saturday Evening Post. Recently, he was awarded a two-month fellowship at the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts, where he completed the first draft of The Man with an Amber Halo, a novel of grief and redemption based on the sudden death of his partner. A former professional ballet dancer and newspaper journalist, Klym incorporates elements of dance and journalism in his writing. He holds a Ph.D. in English, with a concentration in Fiction Writing, from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and taught creative writing, composition, and literature full time at Kennesaw State University from 2011-18.

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Andrew Lawler
Jul
30
6:00 PM18:00

Andrew Lawler

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*National Bestseller*

A sweeping account of America's oldest unsolved mystery, the people racing to unearth its answer, and the sobering truths--about race, gender, and immigration--exposed by the Lost Colony of Roanoke


In 1587, 115 men, women, and children arrived at Roanoke Island on the coast of North Carolina. Chartered by Queen Elizabeth I, their colony was to establish England's first foothold in the New World. But when the colony's leader, John White, returned to Roanoke from a resupply mission, his settlers were nowhere to be found. They left behind only a single clue--a "secret token" carved into a tree. Neither White nor any other European laid eyes on the colonists again.

What happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke? For four hundred years, that question has consumed historians and amateur sleuths, leading only to dead ends and hoaxes. But after a chance encounter with a British archaeologist, journalist Andrew Lawler discovered that solid answers to the mystery were within reach. He set out to unravel the enigma of the lost settlers, accompanying competing researchers, each hoping to be the first to solve its riddle. In the course of his journey, Lawler encounters a host of characters obsessed with the colonists and their fate, and he determines why the Lost Colony continues to haunt our national consciousness.

Thrilling and absorbing, The Secret Token offers a new understanding not just of the first English settlement in the New World but of how its disappearance continues to define--and divide--America.

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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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Katherine Center
Aug
20
6:00 PM18:00

Katherine Center

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

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

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

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

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John L. Stump
Aug
24
2:00 PM14:00

John L. Stump

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

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Alex Kershaw in Conversation with Winston Groom
May
18
6:00 PM18:00

Alex Kershaw in Conversation with Winston Groom

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Eastern Shore’s  own Winston Groom, author of The Allies, will join Alex Kershaw for a conversation about Alex new book, The New Wave.

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

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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Barstow Revival
May
17
6:30 PM18:30

Barstow Revival

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Friday May 17th

Barstow Revival

6:30

Barstow Revival is Jay Megginson and Drew Howard who started playing and writing together six months ago. Their style is eclectic, soulful, psychedelic Americana played from the heart every time.  Their songs cover everything from life in the south to relationships to tractors and pulpits.  Come out and let them take you on a journey through their original songs.

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Nancy Owen Nelson (Signing)
May
17
2:00 PM14:00

Nancy Owen Nelson (Signing)

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My Heart Wears No Colors

“Elegiacally channeling these ghosts, Nelson’s poems achieve a borderless color of ‘peace’and healing ‘for lives lost in a cause that still divides us.’”

About the Book:

How does a progressive woman with southern roots confront the racial tension that exists in our country today? In these poems, Nancy Owen Nelson grapples with how to embrace her ancestry while resisting, as Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray states, “the social sins that drench the soil of that beloved ground” on which her ancestors are buried. The poems move from the violence of the 2017 Charlottesville incident though Nelson’s family history, focusing on women who loved and sustained their families and men who, farmers, fought for the Confederacy, narrative accounts of former slaves, and finally, to the 20th century Civil Rights Movement. Author Judith Hillman Paterson calls My Heart Wears No Colors “a cycle of poems portraying four generations [including the author] trying to come to terms with their roots in a sometimes violent, often racist, Deep South.”

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Come Welcome the Pulpwood Queento Fairhope!
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Come Welcome the Pulpwood Queento Fairhope!

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Kathy L. Murphy is the founder of the Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys book club reading Nation, a largest "meeting and discussion" book club in the world. Murphy is author of the Pulpwood Queen's Tiara wearing book sharing Guide to Life and its sequel the Pulpwood Queen goes back to School. Dream Works optioned her first book to film to be called the Pulpwood Queen. She was host of the online Talk Show featuring her authors, the Beauty and the book Show, sponsored by Random House publishing. Filmmaker William Torgerson did a documentary of her annual Pulpwood Queens Girlfriends Weekend Book Club Convention For the Love of Books that won the audience Choice Award at the Phenom International Film Festival in Shreveport/Bossier City Louisiana. She is the two-time winner of the Lucille Michelle Pannell award, given to a Bookseller for outstanding childhood programming. She's been featured along with her book club on Oprah's Oxygen Network the Oprah Winfrey Show, and kicked off of the Read This book club on Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson has been featured in the Newsweek, time, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. In December 2017 Kathy L Murphy graduated from the University of Texas and Tyler to receive her BFA in Fine Arts and a minor in art history.

Blue Bicycle will also be playing. "Suzanne and Susie met singing Harmony in a Moonbeam, Daydream, sailboat, siren Melody and they've been singing together ever since."

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Also Joining Kathy L. Murphy is Beverly Marshall!

“Back Home: A Vietnam War Veterans Wife’s Short Memoir About a Long War.”

A military wife for twenty-two years, Bev Marshall, a Vietnam veteran’s wife writes a deeply personal story of her struggles during the chaotic years of the war. As we travel with her through the turbulent years, of body counts and protests, the story expands to include other young wives and their stories. Back Home is a panoramic view of those women who served back home, some of them with astonishing resilience, others who fail to endure the hardships of separations. Marshall allows the readers an intimate glimpse into the fluctuating relationship of her marriage as she navigates the ebb and flow of her husband’s military career. Through numerous uprooting’s, disappointments, and emotional upheavals, the memoir nears conclusion when Marshall’s husband is assigned to an isolated base on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Here she writes of her neighbors whose damaged lives devolve into unexpected behaviors. There’s humor along the way but, as the war ends, there’s one more battle to fight. Finally, Back Home is a paean to the thousands of military wives both past and present whose sacrifices and service to our country is invaluable.

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Marjorie Searcy's Vocal Studio: 12th Annual Singer's Showcase
May
15
6:30 PM18:30

Marjorie Searcy's Vocal Studio: 12th Annual Singer's Showcase

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Marjorie Searcy is a vocal coach and the creator of the Middle Voice Method. She has been singing professionally and coaching singers for over 25 years. Marjorie has helped thousands of singers learn simple, practical techniques for overcoming vocal difficulties. Her method helps singers increase their range, improve their tone, flexibility and control while eliminating strain.

Marjorie’s clients include pop, country and contemporary Christian music artists as well as professional musical theatre performers, actors, and radio, and TV personalities. She has coached singers who have been featured on The Voice, American Idol, awarded college scholarships and vocal performance awards. Her clients have included CMA performers, Dove award winners and Grammy nominees. Marjorie is especially proud of her 3 children’s accomplishments as performers, songwriters, and director. Her children have been featured on NBC’s the Voice and in numerous professional musical theatre productions.

Intrigued with the pedagogy of modern music styles, Marjorie has continued to study techniques from the top coaches and programs around the world. She synthesized ideas of speech level singing with the style and communication techniques she learned from Belmont University’s commercial voice program and from classical voice study. Her vocal teaching courses The Singer’s Workshop and Rx for Your Voice have been sold world-wide. Marjorie’s coaching has been influential with performers of pop, musical theatre, singer-songwriters, jazz, folk, rock, R&B, gospel and worship music. She has served as vocal coach and clinician at Camp Electric for 11 years.

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Michael Knight
May
14
6:00 PM18:00

Michael Knight

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“From veteran Knight, a deft, charming Southern coming-of-age novel—one that pays both attention and tribute to the legacy of the million-pound behemoth in that genre, To Kill a Mockingbird. . . . A quick-paced, sharp, cleverly designed book by a talented writer.”

–Kirkus Reviews

From the award-winning writer of Eveningland and The Typist, Michael Knight, AT BRIARWOOD SCHOOL FOR GIRLS is an incisive, witty, beautifully written novel set at a boarding school in the Virginia countryside.

It’s 1994 and Lenore Littlefield is a junior at Briarwood School for Girls. She plays basketball. She hates her roommate. History is her favorite subject. She has told no one that she’s pregnant. Everything, in other words, is under control.

Meanwhile, Disney has announced plans to build a new theme park just up the road, a “Technicolor simulacrum of American History” right in the middle of one of the most history-rich regions of the country. If successful, the development will forever alter the character of Prince William County, VA, and have unforeseeable consequences for the school.

When the threat of the theme park begins to intrude on the lives of the faculty and students at Briarwood, secrets will be revealed and unexpected alliances will form. Lenore must decide whom she can trust—will it be a middle-aged history teacher struggling to find purpose in his humdrum life? A lonely basketball coach tasked with directing the school play? A reclusive playwright still grappling with her own Briarwood legacy? Or a teenage ghost equally adept at communicating with the living via telephone or Ouija board?

Following a cast of memorable characters as they reckon with questions about fate, history, and the possibility of happiness, AT BRIARWOOD SCHOOL FOR GIRLS is a stunning and inventive new work from a master storyteller.

Praise for Michael Knight

“Michael Knight has that rare power . . . to make a setting breathe, to invest it with a vitality that seems as authentic and intense as the pulse beats of his characters.”

—New York Times Book Review on Goodnight, Nobody

“Knight blends pathos and humor for a read that is simply hard to put down.”

—Seattle Times

“Knight’s talent is in the details, all the wonderful little moments he hands us along the way.”

—USA Today

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Afternoon Cocktails with Mary Kay Andrews
May
11
2:00 PM14:00

Afternoon Cocktails with Mary Kay Andrews

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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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Casey Cep
May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Casey Cep

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As seen on CBS Sunday Morning

See the interview here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/harper-lee-true-crime-writer-furious-hours-by-casey-cep/

In Furious Hours, Casey Cep unravels the mystery surrounding Harper Lee's first and only work of nonfiction, and the shocking true crimes at the center of it

"A triumph on every level . . . Casey Cep has excavated this mesmerizing story and tells it with grace and insight and a fierce fidelity to the truth." --David Grann, best-selling author of Killers of the Flower Moon


Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell's murderer was acquitted--thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend.

Sitting in the audience during the vigilante's trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research seventeen years earlier. Lee spent a year in town reporting, and many more years working on her own version of the case.

Now Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country's most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity.

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Book Club Night with Stephanie Crowe and Anderson McKean!
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

Book Club Night with Stephanie Crowe and Anderson McKean!

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Don’t miss Book Club Night, where all are free to join for great book recommentdation by our very own Stephanie Crowe and Anderson McKean! Come join us for a cocktail, and enjoy a night of literature, books, and good friends!

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Rick Bragg: Thacker Mountain Radio Hour
May
4
6:00 PM18:00

Rick Bragg: Thacker Mountain Radio Hour

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Bestselling author Rick Bragg will appear in Mobile, AL on Saturday, May 4 at 7 pm as part of an award-winning, Mississippi-based music and literature radio show.

The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, from Oxford, Mississippi, will bring its mix of author readings and eclectic musical performances to Alabama for the first time at the Cedar Street Social Club. Along with Bragg, the show will feature Mobile native, multi-instrumentalist Will Kimbrough plus Birmingham songwriter Love Moor (Erica Andrew). The show is hosted by Thacker Mountain’s house band and Mississippi writer, Jim Dees. Admission is free though seating will be limited and offered on a first-come, first serve basis.

The Cedar Street Social Club is located at 4, 2106 N Cedar Street in Mobile.

“We're really excited about hosting the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour's Alabama debut at our venue,” said Ben Jernigan, spokesman for the Cedar Street Social Club. “We look forward to showcasing some of this state’s best talent: literary titan Rick Bragg and musician/renaissance man, Will Kimbrough and up-and-comer Love Moor. This should be a great evening.”

Underwriters for the event include JLL, Downtown Mobile Alliance and the Alabama Bicentennial Commission.

Rick Bragg’s latest book is The Best Cook in the World: Tales From My Mama’s Table (Knopf) a rollicking food memoir, cookbook, and loving tribute to the author’s native region and family, and, especially, his mother. The book includes many Bragg family recipes recorded for the first time and “handed down skillet by skillet, from one generation of Braggs to the next.”

Bragg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, journalist, and author of two bestselling memoirs, All Over But the Shoutin' and Ava's Man. He lives in Fairhope.

Copies of The Best Cook in the World will be available for purchase and signing by Bragg.

Will Kimbrough is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. A Mobile native, he’s now based in Nashville. His latest album, I Like It Down Here will be released on April 19. Kimbrough has produced albums for Shemekia Copeland, Radney Foster and Jimmy Buffett and toured with Todd Snider, Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris, among others.

Love Moor (Erica Andrew) is a neo soul singer-songwriter based in Birmingham. Her latest album is Simp Girl. AL.com included Love Moor on its 2018 list of “25 essential Alabama musicians to know.”

The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour airs on Alabama Public Radio (APR) on radio and online every Saturday night at 9 pm.

David Duff, music director for APR believes the show is good fit for Alabama listeners. “We’re very happy to have The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour as part of our weekend line-up. The combination of regional music and the focus on authors from the area makes the program perfect for our audience.”

The Mobile show on May 4 will not be carried live but will be recorded for future air on APR.

The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour celebrated 20 years on the air in 2017. The program has booked a wide array of authors over two decades, including bestsellers such as Bragg, Elizabeth Gilbert, John Grisham, Donna Tartt and Jesmyn Ward as well as regional favorites Michael Knight, Ron Rash and Ace Atkins. Past musical guests have included Elvis Costello, Drive-By Tuckers, Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls and Oscar winner Paul Williams.

The show’s producer is Mobile native is Kate Teague. She looks forward to the homecoming.

“Being broadcast across the state of Alabama helps us strengthen our mission to celebrate the literature and music of the South,” Teague notes. “Mobile's robust live music scene and cultural heritage makes it the perfect place to debut the show in Alabama. I look forward to seeing my hometown embrace this show as fervently as our Mississippi audience.”

Following the one-hour live recording of the show, Kimbrough and his band will play a one hour set beginning at 8:20 pm.

More information is available at the show’s website: http://thackermountain.com/.

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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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Gypsy Spark Band
May
3
6:30 PM18:30

Gypsy Spark Band

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Friday May 3rd

Gypsy Spark

6:30

This new lower Alabama group will tantalize your senses with both original and familiar tunes, crafted by front man Jimmy Lumpkin and Brenda Bledsoe.  Jimmy is an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist with an intoxicating voice and a stirring, soulful bend to his own brand of southern-roots folk music.  His recent album titled "Home", was released in 2017.  Talia Lumpkin adds rhythmic percussion and sweet harmonies to give this group an uplifting tribal sound.  Brenda Bledsoe is a talented multi-instrumentalist who delights listeners with her crystal clear voice, thoughtful lyrics and captivating flute sounds. Throughout the Gulf Coast area she is often found sitting in with other songwriters, singing harmony and sharing her latest songs.  At The Listening Room of Mobile, Brenda was a featured artist in the 2018 South Sounds Music Festival.

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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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Jack Stephens - First Friday Signing
May
3
3:00 PM15:00

Jack Stephens - First Friday Signing

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About “Andalusian Legacy”

Can a man escape the sins of his violent past in the arms of a beautiful woman?
Juan Carlos was abandoned as a child and living on the cobblestone streets when he was pulled into the criminal underworld of La Paz. They trained him, controlled him, and used him in the business of corruption and murder. Being a feared street soldier was all he ever knew, until the crime boss bought the beautiful young girl, Gisele, from the Franciscans. To the boss, she’s property. To Juan Carlos, she is magical. She brings him a vision of love and family, and a life that Juan Carlos could have never imagined. But to have that life, they will have to betray the crime lord, and risk everything in a thrilling escape. It sets the stage for revenge, and a deadly variety of justice that exists outside the boundaries of law and order.
But this story doesn’t end here for the young lovers. Their desperate escape will take them a thousand miles away to the far reaches of Argentina, and dreams of a new life. A life of home and family, and living in the great expanse of the Patagonian Andes. Can they, and their children, escape the sins of their past? Or will the world hunt them down and collect the heavy debt they ran so far to leave behind? This is a must-read tale that spans several generations in one of the most romantic destinations of the world. Click the Buy button Now.

About “Where the Green Star Falls”

Barely a Whisper Separates the Living from the Lost... 
Blending wisdom and real-life drama into an inspirational family saga, Where The Green Star Falls is quickly becoming a modern classic, and transforming the lives of readers around the world. 
It's the heartrending tale of Nicholas Azzará, who must face the trials of love, life, and death. Utterly alone, he lives with his guilt and grief and fights to survive; facing a spiritual battle that will take him to the edge of sanity or salvation.  
And the ghosts of the dead it seems, are never far away. 
Where The Green Star Falls is a visceral tale of survival, with the soul of a love story. And along the way, it paints the most eloquent vision of Argentina ever written. 

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Helen Ellis
May
2
6:00 PM18:00

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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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Mark Karan
May
1
6:30 PM18:30

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Wednesday May 1st

Mark Karan

6:30

Mark Karan is best known for his extended time both as lead guitarist w/ Bob Weir & Ratdog, and for touring in the first "post-jerry" version of the Grateful Dead (the Other Ones).

Mark will be in the Fairhope/Mobile area this Spring Producing the new "Lauren Murphy & The Psychedelics" album at Dauphin Street Sound. 

"Karan has a warm, comfortable, Americana vibe, like lazy West Coast rock and roll with a little NOLA shuffle underneath; Most remarkable is Karan’s excellent vocal work, rich sound and inventive phrasing". - Relix magazine

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Harrison McInnis
Apr
29
5:00 PM17:00

Harrison McInnis

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April Monday Night Artist in Residence:

Harrison McInnis

April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

5PM-7PM

“Over the past 20 years, Harrison McInnis has performed in the very recognizable music scene of Mobile, Alabama. As lead singer of the Harrison McInnis Trio, he has had the opportunity to focus on songwriting, which offers listeners a raw and unapologetic depiction of love and life as he's experienced it. 

Harrison’s original music pairs his soulful rasp with his signature guitar and harmonica riffs that create a sound listeners immediately recognize as his own.”

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Chris Bell Author Signing
Apr
28
4:00 PM16:00

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About the Book:

In “Broken Crown,” Bell gives readers a fresh look at the ancient biblical account of King Saul's tragic reign and the valuable lessons it holds for us today.

No one looked the part of a valiant leader and courageous warrior more than Israel's first King. But Saul's impressive facade masked a dark inner reality that would ultimately lead to a tragic downfallAlthough chosen and transformed by God to lead the nation, Saul refused over and over again to allow God to mold him into a man worthy to wear the crown.

In his first book, Bell examines the often-neglected story of King Saul and reveals how the inner struggles that led to his broken crown and kingdom are the very issues that threaten to destroy our lives today.

In “Broken Crown,” discover how to confront your ownbrokenness and embrace the life of wholeness and freedom found only in the One True King.

About the Author:

Chris Bell is a dynamic pastor, visionary leader, and passionate teacher, with over 20 years of ministry experience. He is the lead pastor of 3Circle Church, a multi-site church along the Gulf Coast of Alabama, named one of the fastest-growing churches in America. Chris loves helping people understand and treasure the Bible, leading them to tangibly impact the world for Christ. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and coaching other pastors and leaders through the Courage to Lead network. Chris studied Theology and Communications at the University of Mobile and Luther Rice Seminary, and is honored to serve as a part of Leadership Alabama, an influential group of community leaders across the state. He and his wife, Nan, have three children: Gabe, Cooper, and Gracie, and love living in beautiful Fairhope, Alabama.

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Independent Bookstore Day 2019!
Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

Independent Bookstore Day 2019!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 27th, 2019!

We will be having festivities all day, join us!

What is Independent Bookstore Day?

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.

Why are we celebrating independent bookstores?

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.

In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism.  They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.

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To learn more about Independent Bookstore Day visit http://www.indiebookstoreday.com/

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Lisa Sanders
Apr
26
6:30 PM18:30

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Friday, April 26th

Lisa Sanders

6:30pm

Lisa Sanders is an electrifying harmonizer. Her heartfelt songs are genuine with deep meaning and conviction.  A musical style that can only be described as a soulful country blues, her genres include folk pop, gospel, rock and jazz. Writing, singing and producing from her heart in nearly every genre for over three decades, Sanders continues to make an impact in the musical world.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she began singing with her older brother Ty at an early age. The family relocated to Argentia Newfoundland, Canada where her parents encouraged music daily. Artists from Motown Records, Johnny Cash and others with a mixture of rock and classical music were key influencers in Sanders’ upbringing. Upon moving to Southern California, she signed to Cargo Earth Records and released her first album Isn’t Life Fine. After her second album Life Takes You Flying was released in 1999, Sanders went on to establish her own label Maya Jade Records in 2004. She has since released five albums from her own label:

Sanders has worked with musical legends including the Truckee Brothers, Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Rait, Al Green, BB King and Babyface. Sanders continues to songwrite, produce and collaborate with artists from all over. She currently resides in San Diego as the founder of Star Woodwork by Lisa. Star Woodwork by Lisa specializes in handcrafted wooden materials into beautiful objects, structures and garden pieces.

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Harrison McInnis
Apr
22
5:00 PM17:00

Harrison McInnis

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April Monday Night Artist in Residence:

Harrison McInnis

April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

5PM-7PM

“Over the past 20 years, Harrison McInnis has performed in the very recognizable music scene of Mobile, Alabama. As lead singer of the Harrison McInnis Trio, he has had the opportunity to focus on songwriting, which offers listeners a raw and unapologetic depiction of love and life as he's experienced it. 

Harrison’s original music pairs his soulful rasp with his signature guitar and harmonica riffs that create a sound listeners immediately recognize as his own.”

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Emily Stuckey
Apr
19
6:30 PM18:30

Emily Stuckey

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Friday, April 19th

Emily Stuckey

6:30pm

The soulful sounds of Emily Stuckey have been delighting the Southeast region for the past few years. Born and raised in Fairhope, Alabama, Emily’s Southern attributes fill her sound with charm and style. This artist’s originals are from the heart, and her covers are food for the soul.

Fairhope native Emily Stuckey’s musical journey most recently includes her 2014 CD release of four heartfelt original songs.

Should you find yourself along the Gulf Coast, downtown Fairhope, or one of the local favorite spots in Mobile, taking the time to catch any of her shows is time well spent.

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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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Harrison McInnis
Apr
15
5:00 PM17:00

Harrison McInnis

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April Monday Night Artist in Residence:

Harrison McInnis

April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

5PM-7PM

“Over the past 20 years, Harrison McInnis has performed in the very recognizable music scene of Mobile, Alabama. As lead singer of the Harrison McInnis Trio, he has had the opportunity to focus on songwriting, which offers listeners a raw and unapologetic depiction of love and life as he's experienced it. 

Harrison’s original music pairs his soulful rasp with his signature guitar and harmonica riffs that create a sound listeners immediately recognize as his own.”

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