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Genna Rose
Nov
21
4:00 PM16:00

Genna Rose

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

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

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

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

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Gypsy Spark Band
Nov
21
6:30 PM18:30

Gypsy Spark Band

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Wednesday November 21st 6:30

Gypsy Spark

This new lower Alabama trio will tantalize your senses with both familiar tunes and original music, crafted by Jimmy Lumpkin and Brenda Bledsoe. Jimmy is a singer, songwriter and guitarist with an intoxicating voice and a stirring, soulful bend to his own brand of music. His 2017 album, “Home,” was recorded under the Skate Mountain Records label. While Brenda delights listeners with her beautiful flute music, Talia adds rhythmic percussion and sweet harmonies to give this group an uplifting acoustic vibe.

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Michael Hewes and Sarah Hewes
Nov
24
4:00 PM16:00

Michael Hewes and Sarah Hewes

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The Tempestuous Trial of Maybelline Meriweather Written by Michael Hewes and Illustrated by Sarah Hewes

*SIGNING ONLY*

Maybelline Meriweather has been put on trial for the most heinous of crimes—stealing an egg from another bird’s nest.

Maybelline, without a doubt one of the most colorful citizens of the town of Avian Mile, finds herself in a difficult spot as the accused and, after consulting with the Mockingbirds, retains the renowned Atticus Peck to take her case. A riveting courtroom drama ensues, rich with revelations, cross-examinations, and flighty admissions. In the end, justice is served, and Maybelline is finally—with much joy and fanfare—able to explain the curious behavior that first marked her as a suspect.

Told in alliterative style and referencing more than fifty fascinating and beautifully illustrated bird species, Maybelline’s tale is one to be enjoyed by readers of all ages—feathered or not.

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Scott Campbell, Publisher River Road Press
New Orleans, Louisiana (504) 722-8139

Email: scott@riverroadpress.com

The Tempestuous

Trial of Maybelline

Meriweather

New book Written by Michael Hewes Illustrated by Sarah Hewes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

River Road Press – The Tempestuous Trial of Maybelline Meriweather August 21, 2018
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THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR

Michael Hewes

As an undergraduate at the University of Southern Mississippi, Michael Hewes shared the hallways of his dorm with a chicken named Maybelline. Ever since, memories of the old banty have popped up now and then. Michael went on to pursue a career in law, and on the way home from a deposition he began to wonder what would happen if a chicken were put on trial for stealing another bird’s egg. By the time he got home, the first two stanzas of this book were written. Michael is the author of the novel Watermark and has been featured in numerous journals and periodicals. A retired JAG officer, Michael practices law in Gulfport, Mississippi, where he lives with his wife, three boys, two dogs, and a cat. No chickens though.

Sarah Hewes

Her mama used to say that Sarah Hewes picked up a pencil when she was three and never put it down. Sarah received her first art award in first grade and has never looked back. Her love for nature is reflected in her work and she has spent the majority of her career painting birds, although this is the first time she has adorned them with pants. Sarah’s work hangs in corporate and private collections throughout Mississippi and Louisiana, and her art has been published in two books. She is the mother to three sons, has nine grandchildren, and has fostered twenty-one dogs – so far.

River Road Press, New Orleans

River Road Press LLC was founded in 2014 by Scott Campbell in New Orleans, Louisiana with a focus on Southern culture, history, food, and children’s books. River Road Press is a boutique publisher, committed to publishing the highest quality books, and encourages collaboration and artistic partnership with its authors, illustrators, photographers, and artists. Fall 2018 titles include: Bayou Ballet; Gumbo; Jack & Remy’s Bayou Band; Mardi Gras in Alabama!; One, Two, Rougarou; The Tempestuous Trial of Maybelline Merriweather; Who Got the Baby in the King Cake?; Little Laveau – Bayou Beware; and Little Laveau - A Magical Bedtime Story. Also by River Road Press: The Incomparable Magazine Street; Simon of New Orleans; Cajun ABC; The Unhuggables; Fred the New Orleans Drummer Boy; The Majorettes are Back in Town and Other Things to Love About the South; A Tree in the Sea; The Little Float That Could;, Ten Gators in the Bed; Bugs on the Rug; Gumbo Ya Ya; Strange True Stories of Louisiana; Three Little Shrimp; Goodnight to da Parish; Rio Grande Valley ABC; and USS Alabama: Hooray for the Mighty A!

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Community Guitar and Uke lessons at the Book Cellar!
Nov
25
2:00 PM14:00

Community Guitar and Uke lessons at the Book Cellar!

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Community Guitar and Uke lessons at the Book Cellar!

Sundays at 2pm-3pm

  • Group Lesson, (Like a class)

  • Open to Public

  • All Ages Welcome

  • Bring your own guitar or uke!

Taught by Drew Howard, of the local duo Barstow Revival. Drew has enjoyed teaching music in formal and informal settings to people of all ages for two decades, as well as writing, performing and producing music with many artists covering a wide variety of styles and genres, including recording and touring with Josh Halverson (The Voice 2017) and having his music used on Dancing With the Stars.

The community lessons are free, open to all and without commitment! Come when you can, bring your guitar or uke and have a great time learning how to play it!

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Molly Thomas and Rick Hirsch
Nov
26
5:00 PM17:00

Molly Thomas and Rick Hirsch

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Molly Thomas & Rick Hirsch will cover Lisa's last Monday, November 26th. 5-7

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

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

 

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Elizabeth Heiskell
Nov
27
6:00 PM18:00

Elizabeth Heiskell

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Elizabeth Heiskell - "The Southern Living Party Cookbook"

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

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Gabe Willis and Joe Langley
Nov
30
6:30 PM18:30

Gabe Willis and Joe Langley

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Friday November 30th 6:30

Gabe Willis & Joe Langley


Gabe Willis has been a mainstay of the gulf coast music scene for the last decade. As both a solo artist and a singer songwriter for Paw Paw's Medicine Cabinet, his music is known for striking a balance between complexity and accessibility. Lyrically thoughtful and melodically contagious, Nappie award winning artist Gabriel Willis is one you won't want to miss this month at The Book Cellar at Page and Palette. Joe Langley, of The Marlo Boys, was Artist in Residence at The Book Cellar in July and was received with great applause and admiration. Joe's songs and voice are beautiful, and he gifted instrumentally, playing guitar, harmonica, pedal steel & banjo. You definitely don't want to miss these 2 guys as they are featured playing together for the first time at The Book Cellar. 

 

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Community Guitar and Uke lessons at the Book Cellar!
Dec
2
2:00 PM14:00

Community Guitar and Uke lessons at the Book Cellar!

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Community Guitar and Uke lessons at the Book Cellar!

Sundays at 2pm-3pm

  • Group Lesson, (Like a class)

  • Open to Public

  • All Ages Welcome

  • Bring your own guitar or uke!

Taught by Drew Howard, of the local duo Barstow Revival. Drew has enjoyed teaching music in formal and informal settings to people of all ages for two decades, as well as writing, performing and producing music with many artists covering a wide variety of styles and genres, including recording and touring with Josh Halverson (The Voice 2017) and having his music used on Dancing With the Stars.

The community lessons are free, open to all and without commitment! Come when you can, bring your guitar or uke and have a great time learning how to play it!

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Patti Callahan
Dec
4
6:00 PM18:00

Patti Callahan

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Patti Callahan - "Becoming Mrs. Lewis"

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Sonny Brewer - Our Prince of Scribes
Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

Sonny Brewer - Our Prince of Scribes

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Sonny Brewer will be speaking for the book "Our Prince of Scribes", a book that is a collection of memories and stories from several authors and friends of Pat Conroy's.

(Anthology of authors discussing Pat Conroy.)

New York Times best-selling writer Pat Conroy (1945–2016) inspired a worldwide legion of devoted fans numbering in the millions, but none are more loyal to him and more committed to sustaining his literary legacy than the many writers he nurtured over the course of his fifty-year writing life. In sharing their stories of Conroy, his fellow writers honor his memory and advance our shared understanding of his lasting impact on twentieth- and twenty-first-century literary life in and well beyond the American South.

Conroy’s was a messy fellowship of people from all walks of life. His relationships were complicated, and people and places he thought he’d left behind often circled back to him at crucial moments. The pantheon of contributors includes Pulitzer Prize winners Rick Bragg and Kathleen Parker; Grammy winners Barbra Streisand and Janis Ian; Lillian Smith Award winners Anthony Grooms and Mary Hood; National Book Award winner Nikky Finney; James Beard Foundation Award winners Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart; a corps of New York Times best-selling authors, including Ron Rash, Sandra Brown, and Mary Alice Monroe; Conroy biographers Katherine Clark and Catherine Seltzer; longtime Conroy friends Bernie Schein, Cliff Graubart, John Warley, and Walter Edgar; Pat’s students Sallie Ann Robinson and Valerie Sayers; members of the Conroy family; and many more.

Each author in this collection shares a slightly different view of Conroy. Through their voices, a vibrant, multifaceted portrait of him comes to life and sheds new light on the writer and the man. Loosely following Conroy’s own chronology, the essays in Our Prince of Scribes wind through his river of a story, stopping at important ports of call. Cities he called home and longed to visit, along with each book he birthed, become characters that are as equally important as the people he touched and loved along the way.

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Community Guitar and Uke lessons at the Book Cellar!
Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

Community Guitar and Uke lessons at the Book Cellar!

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Community Guitar and Uke lessons at the Book Cellar!

Sundays at 2pm-3pm

  • Group Lesson, (Like a class)

  • Open to Public

  • All Ages Welcome

  • Bring your own guitar or uke!

Taught by Drew Howard, of the local duo Barstow Revival. Drew has enjoyed teaching music in formal and informal settings to people of all ages for two decades, as well as writing, performing and producing music with many artists covering a wide variety of styles and genres, including recording and touring with Josh Halverson (The Voice 2017) and having his music used on Dancing With the Stars.

The community lessons are free, open to all and without commitment! Come when you can, bring your guitar or uke and have a great time learning how to play it!

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Roy Hoffman
Dec
11
6:00 PM18:00

Roy Hoffman

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Almost Family:

The complex friendship between a black housekeeper and her Jewish employer is at the heart of Hoffman’s prize-winning novel about life in the civil rights era South–now in a 35th Anniversary Edition.

Winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award and Alabama Library Association Award for fiction

Nebraska Waters is black. Vivian Gold is Jewish. In an Alabama kitchen where, for nearly thirty years, they share cups of coffee, fret over their children, and watch the civil rights movement unfold out their window, and into their homes, they are like family—almost.

As Nebraska makes her way, day in and out, to Vivian’s house to cook and help tend the Gold children, the “almost” threatens to widen into a great divide. The two women’s husbands affect their relationship, as do their children, Viv Waters and Benjamin Gold, born the same year and coming of age in a changing South. The bond between the women both strengthens and frays.

Roy Hoffman’s Almost Family (University of Alabama Press) explores the relationship that begins when one person goes to work for another, and their friendship—across lines of race, income, and religion—develops degrees of understanding yet growing misunderstanding. This edition (2018) commemorates the 35th anniversary of the book’s publication and features a foreword by the author and includes a discussion guide for readers and book clubs.

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Searcy Family Writer’s Round
Dec
15
7:00 PM19:00

Searcy Family Writer’s Round

 George Searcy

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 Jordy Searcy

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 Liam Searcy

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Come and Join us for musical evening with the Searcy Family!

  • Jordy Searcy is a 24 year old singer/songwriter from NBC’s The Voice, raised in Fairhope AL and residing in Nashville TN. Coming off of the release of his 2018 album Dark In The City, Jordy has played his songs across the country in bars, churches, and everything in between. 

  • Liam Searcy is a stage and film actor as well as a lyricist and composer. His recent credits include Kenickie in Studio Tenns Grease, a featured role in Harriet (in theaters 2019), and co-writer of the song cycle Any Reason, which is moving to its second workshop in the spring. He is glad to be back performing in the eastern shore for the holidays before continuing as a musical theatre major at Belmont University in the spring. 

  • George Searcy is a prolific worship music songwriter who worked as staff writer for Integrity Music. Originally from Louisiana, he is currently director of worship and arts at Eastern Shore Pres in Fairhope. He new recording project Renovated Hymns will be released in early 2019. 

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Lt. Col. Allen B. West (Ret.)
Jan
10
6:00 PM18:00

Lt. Col. Allen B. West (Ret.)

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Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death

 Texas is booming. In recent years, the Lone Star State has experienced some of the most rapid growth in the country, both in its economy and in its population. This is thanks to an influx of businesses relocating to Texas to take advantage of all its benefits. But this increase in population has also brought about a shift in the political dialogue within Texas's borders.

As more people pour into Texas, they bring with them liberal and socialist ideologies as they try to swing the state from red to blue. These plans for changing policies will suffocate the highly successful capitalist state and its residents, and according to Lt. Col. Allen West (Ret.), allowing these liberal ideals to creep into the legislative branch will be the death of Texas. In Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, West explains how the longstanding conservative capitalist policies within the state's government have allowed it to flourish over the years, providing hard-to-ignore evidence and allowing his experience in Congress to support his argument. He makes his stand, asserting that Texas must hold fast to its conservative ways and resist succumbing to liberal mindsets, or else cease to prosper, and begin to perish.

Texas is a sustaining force for America, truly embodying the founding principles of America: those unalienable individual rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In Texas, it's ''Victory or Death.''


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Marie Benedict
Jan
18
6:00 PM18:00

Marie Benedict

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We’re excited to announce that Marie Benedict will be on tour in January 2019 to celebrate her new release The Only Woman in the Room

Her most anticipated novel yet, The Only Woman in the Room (9781492666868; January 15, 2019)is a powerful, illuminating historical fiction about Hedy Lamarr. Hedy Lamarr’s marriage to an Austrian arms dealer, her escape from the rising Nazi party, and her rise to fame as a screen star are just the beginning. She kept a secret more shocking than her heritage or her marriage: she was a scientist. And she knew a few secrets about the enemy. She had an idea that might help the country fight the Nazis…if anyone would listen to her. 

A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication, The Only Woman in the Room is a masterpiece. Marie herself is a dynamic, engaging speaker, touching on her thorough research on Hedy Lamarr and painting a vivid portrait of the historical period.

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Chris Cander
Jan
29
6:00 PM18:00

Chris Cander

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

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

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

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

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Julie Williams
Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

Julie Williams

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New book traces the founding of Southern literature back to three Joes: Joseph Addison,
Joseph Addison Turner, and Joel Chandler Harris

Montgomery, Ala.: A new book by Julie Hedgepeth Williams traces an extraordinary tale concerning the founding of Southern literature. Three Not-So-Ordinary Joes: A Plantation Newspaperman, a Printer’s Devil, an English Wit, and the Founding of Southern Literature focuses on the curious intersection of the lives of Joseph Addison, Joseph Addison (J.A.) Turner, and Joel Chandler Harris, and the circumstances leading to the publication of Harris's Uncle Remus stories, which achieved for him and his work national literary status.

Julie Williams's lively story credits Joseph Addison, an eighteenth-century English wit and essayist, for inspiring Joseph Addison Turner, his namesake, to destablish a weekly newspaper, which he ran during the Civil War from his working plantation in Eatonton, Georgia. The Countryman failed after the end of the war, but not without Turner's young "printer’s devil," Joel Chandler Harris, taking up his legacy. While working for Turner, Harris often joined Turner’s children at dusk in the slave cabins, listening to the fantastical animal stories told. Harris recognized the subversive theme of the stories, of the downtrodden outwitting the powerful. Later collected and published, his Uncle Remus tales found a widely popular audience, influencing such diverse writers as Mark Twain and Beatrix Potter. Significantly, the stories also knocked New England off its perch as the center of American belles-lettres, thus fulfilling J.A. Turner’s dream of establishing for Southern literature a rightful place of its own.

Culpepper Clark, Professor Emeritus, University of Georgia, enthuses, "Williams writes with Addisonian wit and wisdom. What a story, and none better to tell it than Julie Hedgepeth Williams." Henry W. Grady III adds, "Williams's book is a fascinating chronicle of a historic moment in the making of the South, told through the lens of her three Joes. Dive in and enjoy her story."

Julie Hedgepeth Williams is a journalism professor at Samford University with a speciality in media history. She is the author of A Rare Titanic Family, winner of the 2014 Ella Dickey Literacy Award, and Wings of Opportunity: The Wright Brothers in Montgomery, Alabama, 1910.

 

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Jeffrey W. Massey
Feb
1
6:00 PM18:00

Jeffrey W. Massey

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After enjoying years of success in the real estate and construction business, Carter Flemings life takes a sudden turn for the worse after the death of his oldest son and the public exposure of an affair with an employee. In an effort to escape his troubles and clear his thinking, Carter retreats to his farm in rural Alabama, but instead of peace, Carter finds only conflict, as simmering family resentments develop into an all-out feud. To Live Again is the story of suffering and redemption and the role of forgiveness in troubled times.

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Tara Conklin-Read it and Eat it!
Mar
1
12:00 PM12:00

Tara Conklin-Read it and Eat it!

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Optional Lunch:

A wonderful and special luncheon spread will be provided by Andree’s Cheese, Wine, and Things of Downtown Fairhope for only $10. Lunch Ticket can be purchased through Eventbrite (scroll to bottom of page for link to purchase) or call our store at (251) 928-5295

The New York Times bestselling author of The House Girl explores the lives of four siblings in this ambitious and absorbing novel in the vein of Commonwealth and The Interestings.

“The greatest works of poetry, what makes each of us a poet, are the stories we tell about ourselves. We create them out of family and blood and friends and love and hate and what we’ve read and watched and witnessed. Longing and regret, illness, broken bones, broken hearts, achievements, money won and lost, palm readings and visions. We tell these stories until we believe them.”

When the renowned poet Fiona Skinner is asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work, The Love Poem, she tells her audience a story about her family and a betrayal that reverberates through time.

It begins in a big yellow house with a funeral, an iron poker, and a brief variation forever known as the Pause: a free and feral summer in a middle-class Connecticut town. Caught between the predictable life they once led and an uncertain future that stretches before them, the Skinner siblings—fierce Renee, sensitive Caroline, golden boy Joe and watchful Fiona—emerge from the Pause staunchly loyal and deeply connected.  Two decades later, the siblings find themselves once again confronted with a family crisis that tests the strength of these bonds and forces them to question the life choices they’ve made and ask what, exactly, they will do for love. 

A sweeping yet intimate epic about one American family, The Last Romantics is an unforgettable exploration of the ties that bind us together, the responsibilities we embrace and the duties we resent, and how we can lose—and sometimes rescue—the ones we love. A novel that pierces the heart and lingers in the mind, it is also a beautiful meditation on the power of stories—how they navigate us through difficult times, help us understand the past, and point the way toward our future.

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Ariel Lawhon
Mar
5
6:00 PM18:00

Ariel Lawhon

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

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

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

 

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Jason Berry
Nov
20
6:00 PM18:00

Jason Berry

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

 

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

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Lisa Mills, Monday Night Music
Nov
19
5:00 PM17:00

Lisa Mills, Monday Night Music

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November Monday Night Artist in Residence: 5-7

Lisa Mills

SOUTHERN SOUL AMERICANA GOSPEL & BLUES

Lisa Mills takes her audiences on a musical, and often humorous, emotional journey with charm and panache that is melodic, raw, unfettered and, most important, searingly honest: expect blues, country, gospel and soul influences…

November 5, 12, 19

 

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Frye Gaillard & Anne Rush Kent-Holiday Open House!
Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

Frye Gaillard & Anne Rush Kent-Holiday Open House!

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Open House Book Signings!

Christmas Open House kicks off Christmas shopping in Fairhope, it’s a fun Sunday afternoon and a good time to get a head start for Christmas!

FRYE GAILLARD, A Hard Rain

Anne Rush Kent, (illustrated) Go South to Freedom

About the Book:

More than twenty years ago, Robert Croshon, an elderly friend of Frye Gaillard's, told him the story of Croshon's ancestor, Gilbert Fields, an African-born slave in Georgia who led his family on a daring flight to freedom. Fields and his family ran away intending to travel north, but clouds obscured the stars and when morning came Fields discovered they had been running south instead. They had no choice but to seek sanctuary with the Seminole Indians of Florida and later a community of free blacks in Mobile.

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

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Alan Samry-Open House!
Nov
18
1:00 PM13:00

Alan Samry-Open House!

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

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Xaris Waltman
Nov
16
6:30 PM18:30

Xaris Waltman

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Friday November 16th 6:30

Xaris Waltman

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

 

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

 

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Winston Groom
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Winston Groom

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

 

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

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Natasha Solomons-Tea Luncheon and Champange!
Nov
14
12:00 PM12:00

Natasha Solomons-Tea Luncheon and Champange!

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"Andree's Wine, Cheese & Things" in downtown Fairhope will be providing our wonderful optional lunch for $10.00 and we will also be having champagne! Tickets are available on Eventbrite, or call the store at (251) 928-5295! Don't miss out on this New York Best Selling Author!

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

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

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Harrison Scott Key
Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

Harrison Scott Key

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

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

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

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

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

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Lisa Mills, Monday Night Music
Nov
12
5:00 PM17:00

Lisa Mills, Monday Night Music

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November Monday Night Artist in Residence: 5-7

Lisa Mills

SOUTHERN SOUL AMERICANA GOSPEL & BLUES

Lisa Mills takes her audiences on a musical, and often humorous, emotional journey with charm and panache that is melodic, raw, unfettered and, most important, searingly honest: expect blues, country, gospel and soul influences…

November 5, 12, 19

 

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Roger Johns
Nov
11
2:00 PM14:00

Roger Johns

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When a controversial politician is murdered in cold blood, Baton Rouge Police Detective Wallace Hartman struggles to find the killer amid conspiracies and corruption in River of Secrets, a gripping new mystery from Roger Johns.

Herbert Marioneaux, a Louisiana politician infamous for changing his mind on hot-button issues, has been murdered and his body posed to send a message. Baton Rouge homicide detective Wallace Hartman has to figure out who’s sending that message. DNA points to Eddie Pitkin, a social justice activist who also happens to be the half-brother of Wallace’s childhood best friend. But even with the combative history between Pitkin and Marioneaux, murder seems out of character for Pitkin, whose usual MO is to confront the wealthy and powerful with their inconvenient past. As Wallace digs deeper, she unearths a possible alibi witness, along with evidence of a deeply troubled relationship that points the finger of suspicion at Marioneaux’s son.

While Eddie’s supporters are convinced of his innocence, his enemies are equally certain of his guilt. Under pressure from all directions, Wallace pursues her investigation into the dark heart of the political establishment as Baton Rouge falls under the shadow of escalating violence. When it appears a police department insider may be sabotaging her efforts by leaking information about the case, and after menacing messages are left for her and her loved ones, Wallace is forced to untangle a trail of old and disturbing secrets unaided by those she most needs to trust.

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

Karyn W. Tunks

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

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

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

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

 

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Harrison McInnis
Nov
9
6:30 PM18:30

Harrison McInnis

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Friday November 9th 6:30

Harrison McInnis

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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Therese Anne Fowler-CANCELED
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Therese Anne Fowler-CANCELED

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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO SICKNESS. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE!

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

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

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

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Michel Stone
Nov
3
2:00 PM14:00

Michel Stone

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

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

__________Praise for Border Child

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

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

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

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

 

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Tif McDevitt
Nov
2
6:00 PM18:00

Tif McDevitt

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Having lived through the traumatic deaths of her older brother and sister, author Tif McDevitt suffered another traumatic loss when her firstborn son, eighteen-year-old Grant, was killed in November of 2016. In Grieving Grant, she shares her grief in the first year following his death and how she was sustained by the power of her redeemer, Jesus Christ.

In this memoir, McDevitt chronicles the first year of shock, sorrow, and grief and the comfort she received from others and through the Spirit of God. She tells how she found purpose and hope after unspeakable tragedy, and how she grew closer to God after Grants tragic death.

Praise for Grieving Grant

In her debut book, Grieving Grant: Growing Closer to God through the Death of My Son, Tif McDevitt holds nothing back as she chronicles the months leading up to and following the tragic loss of her firstborn shortly after his eighteenth birthday McDevitt courageously and unapologetically shares the depth of her grief through a collection of original narratives, letters, artifacts, and poetry. But in the midst of unimaginable pain, the author faithfully watches for signs of the promises made by an all-powerful God. As these are revealed, McDevitt records divinely delivered messages of assurance. 

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About the Author

Tif McDevitt is the mother of two sons who has served in both womens and jail ministries to encourage others to rely on Christ in all things. Having lived through the traumatic deaths of both her older brother and sister, she now shares her story of the traumatic death of her firstborn son in November 2016. Tif shares her grief in the first year following her son Grants death and how she has been sustained by the power of her redeemer, Jesus Christ. Tif resides in Pensacola, Florida, where she enjoys being a mom and sharing life with dear friends she calls family.

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Patti Jane Golden
Nov
2
6:00 PM18:00

Patti Jane Golden

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Adriatic Allure

An International Mystery

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

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

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

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Music Artist in Residence: John Keuler 5
Oct
29
5:00 PM17:00

Music Artist in Residence: John Keuler 5

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Monday Nights in October (1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th)

JOHN KEULER

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

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Nathaniel Philbrick
Oct
27
6:00 PM18:00

Nathaniel Philbrick

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Nathaniel Philbrick - "In The Hurricane's Eye"

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

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

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

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

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

Suzanne Hudson - Music, Books, and Fundraiser Event

ONE COUNTY/THREE BOOKS

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

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

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

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

Page & Palette’s Book Cellar

32 South Section St./Fairhope 36532

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

District Hall at The Warehouse

759 Nichols/Fairhope 36532

Saturday, October 27th at 6-10 pm

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

Loxley Civic Center

4198 Municipal Park Drive/Loxley 36551

FREE CONCERT

Sunday, October 28th at 2-5 pm

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

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

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

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

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Joel Osteen CANCELED
Oct
24
12:00 PM12:00

Joel Osteen CANCELED

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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES.

Joel Osteen, #1 bestselling author and pastor of Lakewood Church, invites you to set aside the shortcomings of the past and step into a new level of victory and favor.

Many of us have let our minds become conditioned to thinking we've reached our limits, we've made too many mistakes, we'll never do anything great. What's happened? Instead of moving forward, we've adapted to our environment. Instead of pushing beyond our bounds, we've allowed a bad break, how we were raised, living with insecurity, or what someone did or didn't do to hold us back.

The good news is that people don't determine our destiny-God does. And He has already taken into account every detail of our lives and factored them all into His plan. In his new book, NEXT LEVEL THINKING, Joel Osteen writes that we weren't created to go through life weighed down by the past. God has destined us to rise higher-to the next level. When we leave behind the negative mind-sets, the scarcity mentality, and the limits others have put on us, we'll experience the life of victory, favor, and abundance that was meant for us all along.

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Book Club Night with Stephanie and Anderson!
Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

Book Club Night with Stephanie and Anderson!

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Stephanie Crowe and Anderson McKean have a great night planned for Book Club Night this month! Come join us for cocktails, craft beers and a list of FANTASTIC reading recommendations from two avid book worms! It’s bound to be a good time with these two wonderful ladies! Don’t miss out on finding your next new book to read!

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Music Artist in Residence: John Keuler 4
Oct
22
5:00 PM17:00

Music Artist in Residence: John Keuler 4

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Monday Nights in October (1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th)

JOHN KEULER

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

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Blue Bicycle
Oct
20
6:30 PM18:30

Blue Bicycle

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Saturday October 20th

Blue Bicycle

6:30

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

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John Cochran and Chris Severin
Oct
19
6:30 PM18:30

John Cochran and Chris Severin

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About

John Cochran is a guitarist/musician and music teacher.
Cochran is an Adjunct Professor of Music at the both the University of Mobile and Faulkner State.

Biography

Born in Mobile, Alabama John Cochran started playing guitar at the age of 9. The house he grew up in was constantly filled with the music from Motown. He was heavily influenced by Smokey Robinson, The Temptation, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye, amongst others. This soon developed into a love for blues music.
He began gigging at 18 around Mobile and Tuscaloosa. John can be seen around playing with The Brett LaGrave Band, Rondale and The Kit Katz, Amy True, Harrison McInnis, Ross Newell and John Hayes.
As well as being a full time musician he has studied music at Faulkner State and The University of Southern Mississippi where, he completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies. He was recently accepted to Middle Tennessee State University for the Master of Arts program to study Jazz Guitar Performance and is now based out of Nashville, Tennessee.

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

Jack E. Davis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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James Pate
Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

James Pate

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

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Music Artist in Residence: John Keuler 3
Oct
15
5:00 PM17:00

Music Artist in Residence: John Keuler 3

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Monday Nights in October (1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th)

JOHN KEULER

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

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Eric Stracener
Oct
12
6:30 PM18:30

Eric Stracener

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Friday October 12th

Eric Stracener 

6:30pm

Eric Stracener is a Mississippi based singer/songwriter with three studio albums to his credit, including “Levee” due for a September 29 release, and produced by Will Kimbrough.  Eric has twice been named “Jackson’s Best Singer-Songwriter” by the Jackson Free Press, and has been featured on Thacker Mountain Radio, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, The Frog Pond Concert Series and many festivals, halls, dive bars and coffee houses.

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

Ghost Rider Workshop for Creative Minds

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

About:

STEVEN SCAFFIDI

Writer - Producer - Director

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

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

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Kelly Harrington - Aspiring Writer

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

Rick Guy - Published Writer

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

Stella Page - Teacher

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

Rose Sparrow - Resource Specialist, Arkansas Economic Development

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

Joey Scaffidi- Principal, Christian Brothers School

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

Randy Bonneval - Christian Brothers Workshop Student

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

Kevin Shipp - Program Coordinator, Girl Scouts

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

June Marshall – Film Industry Accountant and Production Assistant

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

Spud McConnell – Television, Radio and Stage Personality

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

Georgia Scott - Student

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

Ed Pavur – Student

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

J. Wiltz – Law Firm Assistant

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

Steve Palm - U.S. Air Force

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

Dennis Tardo – MBA Student

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

Nancy LoCoCo - Flim & Television Production Coordinator

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

Dr. Thomas Poothullil - Medical Doctor

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

Beverly Blasingame - Writer

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

Sonia Johnson – Business Owner

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

Daniel Brewster – Student

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

Patrick Cullen - Businessman

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

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