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Gary Krist
Aug
21
6:00 PM18:00

Gary Krist

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From bestselling author Gary Krist, the story of the metropolis that never should have been and the visionaries who dreamed it into reality
 
Little more than a century ago, the southern coast of California—bone-dry, harbor-less, isolated by deserts and mountain ranges—seemed destined to remain scrappy farmland. Then, as if overnight, one of the world’s iconic cities emerged. At the heart of Los Angeles’ meteoric rise were three flawed visionaries: William Mulholland, an immigrant ditch-digger turned self-taught engineer, designed the massive aqueduct that would make urban life here possible. D.W. Griffith, who transformed the motion picture from a vaudeville-house novelty into a cornerstone of American culture, gave L.A. its signature industry. And Aimee Semple McPherson, a charismatic evangelist who founded a religion, cemented the city’s identity as a center for spiritual exploration.

All were masters of their craft, but also illusionists, of a kind. The images they conjured up—of a blossoming city in the desert, of a factory of celluloid dreamworks, of a community of seekers finding personal salvation under the California sun—were like mirages liable to evaporate on closer inspection. All three would pay a steep price to realize these dreams, in a crescendo of hubris, scandal, and catastrophic failure of design that threatened to topple each of their personal empires. Yet when the dust settled, the mirage that was LA remained.

Spanning the years from 1900 to 1930, The Mirage Factory is the enthralling tale of an improbable city and the people who willed it into existence by pushing the limits of human engineering and imagination.

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Tim Stephens
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Tim Stephens

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“Ever Faithful, Ever Loyal: The Timothy Alexander Story” by Timothy Stephens
After a horrific car accident in 2006, during the fall of his senior year in high school when he was fast becoming one of the best football players in the state of Alabama, Timothy Alexander was paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair. His life could have ended then, but to think that means you don't know Timothy Alexander. Since then, he has refused to take no for an answer. Be it large or small, he has taken on every challenge – and taken on the most powerful people in Alabama – when he feels he needs to cure a wrong. That's just the way he's wired. In his wheelchair, he became part of the football program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. And when the state power brokers decided to shut down the program, it was this young man in a wheelchair who rallied a campus, a city and a state to bring the football program back. He won, because he doesn't know any other way to live.
 "Ever Faithful, Ever Loyal'' is Timothy Alexander's emotional and inspirational story. It will make you laugh, and it will make you cry – a lot. A rough childhood, a horrible accident, years of excruciating rehabilitation – all with a smile on his face. He has three degrees now, is an accomplished nationwide speaker and a huge part of the renewed UAB football program. Enjoy Timothy's story, beautifully told along with longtime sports journalist Tim Stephens.

Tim Stephens: Fort Payne, Ala., native Tim Stephens has led some of the nation’s most innovative news organizations into the digital age during a media career that began as a sports reporter at his hometown newspaper while still in high school. As Vice President at SportsManias, Stephens helped a startup company become the fastest-growing sports news app in the United States. 

Before joining SportsManias, Stephens led news organizations that captured journalism and broadcast awards and pioneered digital and social-media strategy. He served as Deputy Managing Editor at CBSSports.com and sports editor of the Orlando Sentinel, South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Birmingham Post-Herald, where he was named the nation’s top sports columnist in 2003 in the newspaper’s circulation division. Stephens was elected president of the Associated Press Sports Editors in 2013-14. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and active lifetime member of the UAB National Alumni Society as well as a two-time winner of the UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 award. In 2017, he was elected to the alumni board of the UAB College of Arts and Sciences

Stephens also has served as a sports talk-show host on WJOX 690 AM and WERC 960 AM in Birmingham and WQTM 740 AM in Orlando and was the color analyst for broadcasts of UAB football games from 1993-95. He is founder and CEO of Tim Stephens Media LLC, providing consulting and services in publishing, digital content marketing and strategic communications.  
“Ever Faithful, Ever Loyal: The Timothy Alexander Story” is his first book.

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Blue Bicycle - Live Music
Aug
24
6:30 PM18:30

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Join us for drinks and music with Blue Bicycle.

“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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William Barnwell - Angels in the Wilderness
Aug
26
3:00 PM15:00

William Barnwell - Angels in the Wilderness

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William Barnwell - "Angels in the Wilderness"

From the Foreword: This marvelous book is about life-changing stories, mostly by young black people who have seldom gotten a fair shake in life, let alone much of a second chance. They are poignant tales, often gripping. Some will amaze you, others grab you by the gut and refuse to let go. Most of the stories are about coming of age in New Orleans, a city that has learned to live with tragedy. New Orleans has been cast in several different lights over the years—as painted lady or sportsman’s paradox; as the murder-rate capital of these United States, or the central conveyor belt for Louisiana’s overstuffed jails and prisons. But one characteristic is easily overlooked: its irrepressibility. Resilience is practically tattooed on New Orleans’s soul. That stiff upper lip comes across in the stories William Barnwell persuaded his book’s interviewees to share with its readers . . . .What’s so remarkable about this anthology is the willful banishment of anger. Rejection of revenge goes against the grain. The urge to strike back against violence, whether witnessed or experienced, can be all consuming. But these are remarkable people—mostly young, but some old; generally black, but a few white. And all of them have elected to bend their energies toward mitigating violence rather than fanning its flames. For all of the tragedy that has befallen New Orleans over the years (and since Katrina there has been a gracious plenty), Angels in the Wilderness is an indispensable reminder that light can still pierce the darkness. It’s a book worth reading then contemplating. –Lawrence N. Powell

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Jim Lewis - Alabama Founders
Aug
30
6:00 PM18:00

Jim Lewis - Alabama Founders

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Jim Lewis - "Alabama Founders."

A biographical history of the forefathers who shaped the identity of Alabama politically, legally, economically, militarily, and geographically.
 
While much has been written about the significant events in the history of early Alabama, there has been little information available about the people who participated in those events. In Alabama Founders:Fourteen Political and Military Leaders Who Shaped the State Herbert James Lewis provides an important examination of the lives of fourteen political and military leaders. These were the men who opened Alabama for settlement, secured Alabama’s status as a territory in 1817 and as a state in 1819, and helped lay the foundation for the political and economic infrastructure of Alabama in its early years as a state.
 
While well researched and thorough, this book does not purport to be a definitive history of Alabama’s founding. Lewis has instead narrowed his focus to only those he believes to be key figures—in clearing the territory for settlement, serving in the territorial government, working to achieve statehood, playing a key role at the Constitutional Convention of 1819, or being elected to important offices in the first years of statehood.
 
The founders who readied the Alabama Territory for statehood include Judge Harry Toulmin, Henry Hitchcock, and Reuben Saffold II. William Wyatt Bibb and his brother Thomas Bibb respectively served as the first two governors of the state, and Charles Tait, known as the “Patron of Alabama,” shepherded Alabama’s admission bill through the US Senate. Military figures who played roles in surveying and clearing the territory for further settlement and development include General John Coffee, Andrew Jackson’s aide and land surveyor, and Samuel Dale, frontiersman and hero of the “Canoe Fight.” Those who were instrumental to the outcome of the Constitutional Convention of 1819 and served the state well in its early days include John W. Walker, Clement Comer Clay, Gabriel Moore, Israel Pickens, and William Rufus King.

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Grayson Capps - Artist in Residence Monday Nights
Sep
3
5:00 PM17:00

Grayson Capps - Artist in Residence Monday Nights

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September Artist in Residence: Grayson Capps

Sept. 3, 10, 17 & 24

5pm-7pm

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

www.graysoncapps.com

 

 

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Frye Gaillard
Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

Frye Gaillard

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Frye Gaillard has given us a deeply personal history, bringing his keen storyteller’s eye to this pivotal time in American life. He explores the competing story arcs of tragedy and hope through the political and social movements of the times ― civil rights, black power, women’s liberation, the War in Vietnam, and the protests against it. But he also examines the cultural manifestations of change ― music, literature, art, religion, and science ― and so we meet not only the Brothers Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X, but also Gloria Steinem, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Harper Lee, Mister Rogers, Rachel Carson, James Baldwin, Andy Warhol, Billy Graham, Thomas Merton, George Wallace, Richard Nixon, Angela Davis, Barry Goldwater, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the Berrigan Brothers. 

“There are many different ways to remember the sixties,” Gaillard writes, “and this is mine. There was in these years the sense of a steady unfolding of time, as if history were on a forced march, and the changes spread to every corner of our lives. As future generations debate the meaning of the decade, I hope to offer a sense of how it felt to have lived it. A Hard Rain is one writer’s reconstruction and remembrance of a transcendent era ― one that, for better or worse, lives with us still.”

 

http://www.mobilebaymag.com/Mobile-Bay/July-2018/The-Amazing-Life-of-Frye-Gaillard/

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First Friday - Paul Brueske & Sharon Harkness
Sep
7
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday - Paul Brueske & Sharon Harkness

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First Friday Author Line Up - Paul Brueske "The Last Siege" & Sharon Harkness "Reflections of God's Grace"

Reflection's of God's Grace - Sharon Harkness

This book reveals so many miracles that God has shown me and my family during the passing of our parents .The miracle that stands out the most, is the morning when my mother went to Heaven. At that moment, the room was filled with the radiant sunlight and loving warmth, which I have never experienced before. The room seemed to be in grandeur, so much that I fell to my knees in praise. I felt, as if I were in the presence of God, Almighty. I was filled with great joy and horrific sorrow, at the same time. I wanted to share with my family the beautiful sun shining in the room, so I took a photo of the window. A few days later, I saw what looked to be God, opening the Heavenly realms, for us to see .What we saw took us by amazement. It was an angel by my mother's side, comforting her, and little glowing beings above her, as to protect her from evil that was in the atmosphere. Luke16:22 tells us, how God sends the angels to escort us to Heaven. To this day, God has placed his grace on me and my family that is, beyond all understanding. . We know that it is not good-bye, but see you soon .We know mom and dad are in paradise today. To God be the glory!

The Last Siege - Paul Brueske

It has long been acknowledged that General Robert E. Lee's surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia ended the civil war at the Battle of Appomattox in April 1865.

However, the often overlooked last siege of the war was the Mobile campaign, crucial to securing a complete victory and the final surrender of the last Confederate force east of the Mississippi River.

The Last Siege explores the events surrounding this siege and capture of Mobile, Alabama. The Union victory at the battle of Mobile Bay in 1864 ended blockade running from the port of Mobile. Uncaptured, the city remained a priority for the Confederates to defend and the Federals to attack. This book gives a new perspective on the strategic importance of Mobile as a logistical center which had access to vital rail lines and two major river systems, essential in moving forces and supplies. Included are the most detailed accounts ever written on Union and Confederate camp life in the weeks prior to the invasion, cavalry operations of both sides during the expedition, the Federal feint movement at Cedar Point, the crippling effect of torpedoes on U.S. naval operations in Mobile Bay, the tread-way escape from Spanish Fort, and the evacuation of Mobile. The entrance of Federals into the city and the reaction of the citizenry are featured. In doing so evidence is presented that contradicts the popular notion that Mobile wholeheartedly welcomed the Federals and was a predominately pro-Union town.

Using a variety of primary sources, this book highlights the bravery of the men who were still trying to win by utilizing evolved military tactics against the strong defensive fortifications at Mobile. Many acts of heroism occurred in this, the Confederacy's last campaign which ended in the final surrender at Citronelle, Alabama in May.

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Molly Thomas & Rick Hirsch
Sep
7
6:30 PM18:30

Molly Thomas & Rick Hirsch

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Friday September 7th

6:30pm

Molly Thomas & Rick Hirsch

“Thomas “She’s also 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.”

www.mollythomas.com

www.rickhirsch.com

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Janice Law
Sep
10
1:30 PM13:30

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Janice Law Book Signing, "Capitol Cat & Watch Dog Hunt Thomas Jefferson's Hair in the Library of Congress"

In this fun, history-based adventure of magical realism, wherein puns abound, Capitol Cat & Watch Dog team to find a missing Library of Congress (LOC) exhibit: a lock of President Thomas Jefferson's hair. Thinking that the hair exhibit may have been misfiled, character Cat-alog, who lives at LOC, guides the daring duo through LOC's vibrant collections which relate to President Jefferson's interests and hobbies. In their quest as detectives, the trio visits exciting showcase departments and holdings at LOC such as Stradivarius violins, comic books, America's classic films, Wilbur and Orville Wright papers--and more--until they arrive at the spectacular, cavernous LOC Main Reading Room.

Capitol Cat & Watch Dog Hunt Thomas Jefferson's Hair in the Library of Congress is Judge Janice Law's third book in her children's series including Capitol Cat & Watch Dog Unite Lady Freedoms, and Capitol Cat & Watch Dog Outwit the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Grayson Capps: September Artist in Residence
Sep
10
5:00 PM17:00

Grayson Capps: September Artist in Residence

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September Artist in Residence: Grayson Capps

Sept. 3, 10, 17 & 24

5pm-7pm

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

www.graysoncapps.com

 

 

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Joe Jackson
Sep
12
6:30 PM18:30

Joe Jackson

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Wednesday September 12th

6:30pm

Joe Jackson

Raised an hour drive from New Orleans in Mississippi, a state that has produced the very core of American music, Johnson grew up with a great respect for the blues, gospel, and country sound that has defined the area’s artistic heritage. Joe’s own family has contributed to that great legacy. His Grandfather, noted early Nashville Country artist B.J. “the D.J.” Johnson, was a recording engineer, dis jockey and Grand Ole Opry performer and many in his family were and are well known Gospel performers.

Joe began his own career in the music rich city of Hattiesburg, Mississippi in the 90’s and for the last 15 years, Joe has called Manitou Springs, Colorado home. 

 

“Melodic and untamed, pure country style…” Tim Wenger, Colorado Music Buzz

www.joejohnsonsings.com

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Timothy Alexander
Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

Timothy Alexander

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Timothy Alexander speaking at Fairhope United Methodist Church on Tim Stephen's Book "Ever Faithful, Ever Loyal"

After a horrific car accident in 2006, during the fall of his senior year in high school when he was fast becoming one of the best football players in the state of Alabama, Timothy Alexander was paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair. His life could have ended then, but to think that means you don't know Timothy Alexander. "Ever Faithful, Ever Loyal'' is Timothy Alexander's emotional and inspirational story. It will make you laugh -- and it will make you cry a lot. A rough childhood, a horrible accident, years of excruciating rehabilitation -- all with a smile on his face. He has three degrees now, is an accomplished nationwide speaker and a huge part of the renewed UAB football program. Enjoy Timothy's story, beautifully told along with longtime sports journalist Tim Stephens.

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Stephen Sylvester
Sep
14
6:30 PM18:30

Stephen Sylvester

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Friday September 14th

6:30pm

Stephen Sylvester

“Stephen Sylvester is a singer-songwriter from Fairhope, Alabama, with a powerful voice and a talent for writing songs that are both deeply moving and relevant. His trademark instrument is a green composite acoustic guitar, and he is known for having rock solid rhythm and a you've-got-to-see-it-to-believe-it stage presence.

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Grayson Capps: September Artist in Residence
Sep
17
5:00 PM17:00

Grayson Capps: September Artist in Residence

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September Artist in Residence: Grayson Capps

Sept. 3, 10, 17 & 24

5pm-7pm

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

www.graysoncapps.com

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Mark J. Hainds
Sep
18
6:00 PM18:00

Mark J. Hainds

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About the Author:

Mark Hainds worked for two decades as the Research Coordinator for The Longleaf Alliance (LLA) and as a Research Associate with Auburn University (AU). He resigned these dual positions in Nov, 2014, to walk the Texas-Mexico Border. His manuscript about the trek has a working title of “Border Walk”. The trek will also be featured in a full-length film on PBS that will be titled “La Frontera.” In his spare time Mark collects, eats, and sells wild fruits, berries, and herbs at the Palafox Farmers Market in Pensacola, Florida. He also owns and manages Sweetbill’s; a small company that produces specialty wood chunks/chips for grilling and smoking enthusiasts. He is a lifelong hunter, fisherman, and trapper.

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Richard Jay Hutto
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Richard Jay Hutto

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Richard Jay Hutto, "A Poisoned Life"

EVENT LOCATION IS IN MOBILE @ 6:00PM on September 20th, at the historic Cox-Deasy House at 115 Palmetto Street on the grounds of Oakleigh. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Mobile, Alabama, presentation and book signing for A Poisoned Life

After a late-August book launch at the Carter Presidential Center for A Poisoned Life: Florence Chandler Maybrick, the First American Woman Sentenced to Death in England, the first book presentation and signing will take place in Mobile, Alabama, where the protagonist of the story was born. The Historic Mobile Preservation Society, whose archives were instrumental in researching the book, will host a 6:00 pm presentation on Thursday, September 20th, at the historic Cox-Deasy House at 115 Palmetto Street on the grounds of Oakleigh. The author, Rick Hutto, will be featured as the Society’s monthly speaker and his book will be available for purchase and signing.

Florence Maybrick, born in Mobile, Alabama, was the first American woman to be sentenced to death in England - for murdering her husband, a crime she almost certainly did not commit. Her 1889 trial was presided over by an openly misogynist judge who was later declared incompetent and died in an asylum. Hours before Maybrick was to be hanged, Queen Victoria reluctantly commuted her sentence to life in prison - in her opinion a woman who would commit adultery, as Maybrick had admitted, would also kill her husband. So long as the Widow of Windsor was alive, Florence would not be released from prison for fifteen long years.

Her mother, who had married the scion of one of Mobile’s leading families, was vilified and made an easy target when her daughter was arrested and tried for murder. Widowed just before her daughter was born, her mother soon re-married in Macon, Georgia, to a dashing Confederate officer and was a widow again within months. She worked tirelessly, enlisting the president of the United States and successive ambassadors, including Robert Todd Lincoln, and spent her substantial fortune in an effort to have her daughter released. Florence’s children were taken from her and she never saw them again. Both she and her mother would die in poverty. Decades later, a gruesome diary was discovered that made Maybrick's husband a prime suspect as Jack the Ripper.

For inquiries, the Historic Mobile Preservation Society can be reached at (251) 432-6161.

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Blue Bicycle
Sep
21
6:30 PM18:30

Blue Bicycle

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“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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Grayson Capps: September Artist in Residence
Sep
24
5:00 PM17:00

Grayson Capps: September Artist in Residence

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September Artist in Residence: Grayson Capps

Sept. 3, 10, 17 & 24

5pm-7pm

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

www.graysoncapps.com

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Lauren and Lyba Murphy
Sep
28
6:30 PM18:30

Lauren and Lyba Murphy

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Lauren & Lyba Murphy

National Touring Artist, Fairhope resident , Singer/Songwriter Lauren Murphy brings her Soulful Americana to the Book Cellar. Very special guest Lauren's daughter, Lyba Leona, will also showcase some of her originals & join Mom with genetically gorgeous harmonies.

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Drew Williams
Sep
29
2:00 PM14:00

Drew Williams

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Drew Williams's The Stars Now Unclaimed is a fun, adventure-filled space opera set in a far-future galaxy.

Jane Kamali is an agent for the Justified. Her mission: to recruit children with miraculous gifts in the hope that they might prevent the Pulse from once again sending countless worlds back to the dark ages.

Hot on her trail is the Pax--a collection of fascist zealots who believe they are the rightful rulers of the galaxy and who remain untouched by the Pulse.

Now Jane, a handful of comrades from her past, and a telekinetic girl called Esa must fight their way through a galaxy full of dangerous conflicts, remnants of ancient technology, and other hidden dangers.

And that's just the beginning . . .

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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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Elizabeth Heiskell
Nov
10
2:00 PM14:00

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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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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Oh, Jeremiah
Aug
17
6:30 PM18:30

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Friday August 17th

6:30-8:30pm

From Hattiesburg, MS

Oh, Jeremiah

“...hauntingly beautiful music.” -AXS

 

 

 

 

 

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Ching's Portrait
Aug
11
2:00 PM14:00

Ching's Portrait

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Ching and Bob Walters - "The Tale Of Pelican Bob" and "Howie The Great Blue Heron"

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Mary Walters, born in Memphis Tennessee and raised on a farm, is an accomplished artist and illustrator. Known professionally by her childhood nickname "Ching", she received her first professional commission when she was 12 years old. Ching is known for her large detailed watercolor paintings and acrylics on canvas. Over the years she has been involved in numerous art categories other than fine art including more than two thousand postage stamp designs for more than 30 foreign countries, countless rubber stamps, food container designs, and illustrations for many hundreds of greeting cards. Ching has also illustrated 14 children’s books. Ching conceived the story, wrote the text, and drew the illustrations for The Tale of Pelican Bob. Her husband Bob is an ex-Navy Fighter Pilot decorated for heroism. He flew 153 combat missions in North Viet Nam operating from the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany. He retired from Trans World Airlines as an International Captain. Bob collaborated with Ching on the text, he photographed and digitized Ching’s images, and he prepared the layout of this book. Ching and Bob have lived in numerous places during their 46-year marriage. Most recently they were permanent residents of Italy for many years, but they always return to the Gulf Coast area. Currently they live just outside the small town of Loxley, Alabama with their two Labrador Retrievers. Ching sells her paintings in a number of galleries in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

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Blue Mother Tupelo - Live Music
Aug
4
6:30 PM18:30

Blue Mother Tupelo - Live Music

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All the way from Nashville, TN. 

Join us for live music with Blue Mother Tupelo. 

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

-Louisville Music News

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First Friday - Authors & Live Music
Aug
3
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday - Authors & Live Music

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Our author round up will be Susan Rouillier and Tim Stephens.

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Tim Stephens will sign Ever Faithful, Ever Loyal and he will be back on August 23 at 6pm to talk about his book. Tim Stephens will be back again to accompany speaker Timothy Alexander at the Fairhope United Methodist Church's Christian Life Center on September 6pm. 

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Join us for live music with Kate Englemeyer.

“Kate Engelmeyer is a passionate 20-year-old singer/songwriter from Pensacola, Florida. Through her heartfelt lyrics and the blending of rock, pop, and folk influences, she creates a unique sound in every song.”

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Phyllis Pittman
Jul
26
6:00 PM18:00

Phyllis Pittman

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Reading The Trouble with Gritsis like having author Phyllis Pittman join you on the front porch to sip lemonade and hear about one of her dear friends. Through the hilariously honest voice of a young girl, we experience Evangeline Tanner’s trials and victories as she matures, loves, and sets out on grand adventures. Expertly weaving Southern humor and the struggles of life together, Pittman has you anxiously awaiting the next trip to the old candy box. 

—Leslie Anne Tarabella, author,

 The Majorettes are Back in Town

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Jonathan F. Putnam
Jul
21
4:00 PM16:00

Jonathan F. Putnam

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“Putnam's third period mystery is gracefully written, nicely balancing sleuthing with courtroom drama, and should especially please history buffs.”  —Kirkus Reviews

“Entertaining… [Putnam] demonstrate[s] his expertise as a Lincoln scholar.” —Bookliston Perish from the Earth

 “One of the most enjoyable works of fiction I have read in a long time." —Doris Kearns Goodwin on These Honored Dead

Former trial lawyer Jonathan F. Putnam continues to impress fans of the Civil War era and historical mysteries with his expertise on Abraham Lincoln. The young Lincoln spent many years running from the embarrassments of his impoverished childhood.  Now, in Putnam’s third mystery, FINAL RESTING PLACE (Crooked Lane Books/July 10, 2018/$26.99), Lincoln’s past is coming back to haunt him. 

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

It’s no ordinary trial, however, as Lincoln and Speed soon face unwelcome complications. Lincoln’s ne’er-do-well father and stepbrother appear in town and threaten Lincoln’s good name and political future. And before long, anonymous letters start appearing in the local newspapers, with ominous threats that make Lincoln fear for himself and his loved ones. As the day of reckoning arrives, the threats against Lincoln continue to escalate. Lincoln and Speed must identify the culprit and fast, before Lincoln loses the race to outrun his past.

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

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Beatriz Williams
Jul
19
12:00 PM12:00

Beatriz Williams

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“The Summer Wives is an exquisitely rendered novel that tackles two of my favorite topics: love and money. The glorious setting and drama are enriched by Williams’s signature vintage touch. It’s at the top of my picks for the beach this summer.”—Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Perfect Couple

New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams brings us the blockbuster novel of the season—an electrifying postwar fable of love, class, power, and redemption set among the inhabitants of an island off the New England coast . . .

In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island as a schoolgirl from the margins of high society, still reeling from the loss of her father in the Second World War. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, whose summer house on Winthrop overlooks the famous lighthouse, Miranda’s catapulted into a heady new world of pedigrees and cocktails, status and swimming pools. Isobel Fisher, Miranda’s new stepsister—all long legs and world-weary bravado, engaged to a wealthy Island scion—is eager to draw Miranda into the arcane customs of Winthrop society.

But beneath the island’s patrician surface, there are really two clans: the summer families with their steadfast ways and quiet obsessions, and the working class of Portuguese fishermen and domestic workers who earn their living on the water and in the laundries of the summer houses. Uneasy among Isobel’s privileged friends, Miranda finds herself drawn to Joseph Vargas, whose father keeps the lighthouse with his mysterious wife. In summer, Joseph helps his father in the lobster boats, but in the autumn he returns to Brown University, where he’s determined to make something of himself. Since childhood, Joseph’s enjoyed an intense, complex friendship with Isobel Fisher, and as the summer winds to its end, Miranda’s caught in a catastrophe that will shatter Winthrop’s hard-won tranquility and banish Miranda from the island for nearly two decades.

Now, in the landmark summer of 1969, Miranda returns at last, as a renowned Shakespearean actress hiding a terrible heartbreak. On its surface, the Island remains the same—determined to keep the outside world from its shores, fiercely loyal to those who belong. But the formerly powerful Fisher family is a shadow of itself, and Joseph Vargas has recently escaped the prison where he was incarcerated for the murder of Miranda’s stepfather eighteen years earlier. What’s more, Miranda herself is no longer a naïve teenager, and she begins a fierce, inexorable quest for justice for the man she once loved . . . even if it means uncovering every last one of the secrets that bind together the families of Winthrop Island.

OPTIONAL LUNCH: $10

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Sonny Brewer presents William Gay's "The Lost Country"
Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Sonny Brewer presents William Gay's "The Lost Country"

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Ten years after it was first announced, Dzanc is proud to deliver the lost novel from a master of the Southern Gothic―the work William Gay fans have anticipated for a decade.

Billy Edgewater is a harbinger of doom. Estranged from his family, discharged from the Navy, and touched by a rising desperation, he sets out hitchhiking home to East Tennessee, where his father is slowly dying.

On the road, separately, are Sudy and Bradshaw, brother and sister, and a one-armed con man named Roosterfish. All, in one way or another, have their pasts and futures embroiled with D.L. Harkness, a predator in all the ways there are. Hounded at every turn by scams, vigilantes, grievous loss, and unspeakable violence, Edgewater navigates the long road home, searching for a place that may be nothing but memory.

Hailed as “a seemingly effortless storyteller” by the New York Times Book Review and “a writer of striking talent” by the Chicago Tribune, William Gay, with this long-awaited novel, secures his place alongside Faulkner, O’Connor, and McCarthy as one of the greatest novelists in the Southern Gothic tradition.

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Jo Watson Hackl - Middle Grade Novel
Jul
15
3:00 PM15:00

Jo Watson Hackl - Middle Grade Novel

A Mississippi ghost town and an art mystery combine in this gorgeously written debut just right for fans of Three Times Lucky and A Snicker of Magic!

How far would you go to find something that might not even exist?

All her life, Cricket’s mama has told her stories about a secret room painted by a mysterious artist. Now Mama’s run off, and Cricket thinks the room might be the answer to getting her to come back. If it exists. And if she can find it.

Cricket’s only clue is a coin from a grown-over ghost town in the woods. So with her daddy’s old guidebook and a coat full of snacks stolen from the Cash ’n’ Carry, Cricket runs away to find the room. Surviving in the woods isn’t easy. While Cricket camps out in an old tree house and looks for clues, she meets the last resident of the ghost town, encounters a poetry-loving dog (who just might hold a key to part of the puzzle), and discovers that sometimes you have to get a little lost…to really find your way.

* “Told in the easy, laconic tone of good, Southern storytelling, Hackl’s debut rolls off the tongue and into the heart easy as warm butter on a biscuit. Lyrical and endearing, this debut is a genuine adventure tale.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“A tale of adventure, full of mystery.”—Robert Beatty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Serafina and the Black Cloak

“Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe is part treasure hunt, part wilderness adventure, and all heart.”—Alan Gratz, New York Times Bestselling author of Refugee

“A heartwarming coming-of-age story.”—Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor-winning author of Hattie Big Sky

“A masterful debut. Cricket is my new hero, brave and funny and full of heart. I couldn’t put it down.”—Augusta Scattergood, author of Glory Be

“A brilliant, utterly absorbing debut. I couldn’t get enough of Cricket’s adventures. Totally unputdownable.”—Carrie Ryan, New York TImes Bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth

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Kent Wascom
Jul
14
4:00 PM16:00

Kent Wascom

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The third novel from “one of the most exhilarating historical novelists in the country” (Washington Post), set in New Orleans, the Mississippi coast, Cuba, and Nicaragua in the early decades of the twentieth century, The New Inheritors is a masterful portrait of young love and a family driven apart by greed, anger, and matters of the heart 

Kent Wascom is one of the most exciting and ambitious emerging voices in American fiction. Envisaging a quartet of books telling the story of America through a single family and region, the Gulf Coast of the United States, Wascom began with his much-lauded debut, The Blood of Heaven, published when he was just twenty-six and praised as “stunning” by the Miami Herald, and “like the sermon of a revivalist preacher” by the Wall Street Journal. His second novel, Secessia, continues the story of the Woolsack family in Civil War New Orleans, and in The New Inheritors, he has written his most powerful and poignant novel yet.

In 1914, with the world on the brink of war, Isaac, a nature-loving artist whose past is mysterious to all, including himself, meets Kemper, a defiant heiress caught in the rivalry between her brothers. Kemper’s older brother Angel is hiding a terrible secret about his sexuality, and her younger brother Red possesses a capacity for violence that frightens even the members of his own brutal family. Together Isaac and Kemper build a refuge on their beloved, wild, Gulf Coast. But their paradise is short-lived; as the coast is rocked by the storms of summer, the country is gripped by the furor preceding World War I, and the Woolsack family’s rivalries come to a bloody head. From the breathtaking beauty of the Gulf to the bloody havoc wreaked by the United States in Latin America, The New Inheritorsexplores the beauty and burden of what is handed down to us all. At once a love story and a family drama, a novel of nature and a novel of war, The New Inheritors traces a family whose life is intimately tied to the Gulf, that most disputed, threatened, and haunted part of this country we call America.

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Jul
13
2:00 PM14:00

Jess Moore - The Guilt of a Sparrow

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Magnolia Porter has spent the entirety of her twenty-four years satisfying her mother’s guilt. She was the good girl to her trouble making brother, Lucian – the one left behind to hold her mother together after he died. She is an invisible girl in a small town carrying the burden of her family’s loss and pain. Maggie was nobody trying desperately to be somebody. 

Cotton MacKenna is the one with the temper. Of the five MacKenna boys, he’s the one most likely to throw the first punch. Never mind all those fights were a decade ago, all in an attempt to save a sweet girl from her bullying older brother. Now, Cotton has grown up, with his own photography business, yet as the fourth in the line of MacKennas, he would only ever be known for his past. Time for a change. 

Maggie and Cotton are more than the labels placed on them, put there by their families, the town, and themselves. 
A meddling best friend. Bluegrass jams. Small town gossiping. Love, loss, and family ties. Learning how to be who you are outside of who you were told to be. With humor and plenty of romance, of course.

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Margaret Cunningham -  One Peculiar Summer
Jul
11
2:00 PM14:00

Margaret Cunningham - One Peculiar Summer

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Deep in the Alabama woods sits Primm House, straight out of fairy tales and the heart of a child. Now an adult, Franny Primm looks back, unweaving the threads of a certain summer in this southern coming-of-age tale.

From the boy known as Zorro who roams the area on horseback, to the orphans in the woods and the Catholic hierarchy down the road, Franny recalls a series of characters and events that come together in a mystery—and the haunting answers to it.

Margaret P. Cunningham’s short stories have won several national contests and appeared in magazines and anthologies including eight Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She grew up on her father’s nursery in Mobile, Alabama, where she lives with her husband, Tom. She enjoys writing, reading, gardening and “beaching it” with her friends and family.

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Special Book/Music Event at Page & Palette’s Book Cellar
Jul
8
2:00 PM14:00

Special Book/Music Event at Page & Palette’s Book Cellar

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“Murder, Murder Creek, and the KKK” with live music by Chris Clifton, Gove Scrivenor, and Larry T. Wilson

Featured Books:

In a Temple of Treesby Suzanne Hudson, multiple literary prize winner

Murder Creekby Joe Formichella, multiple literary prize winner, including national finalist for Best True Crime Book of the Year (Murder Creek)

Main Event/Book:

The Wrong Side of Murder Creekby Bob Zellner (movie, “Sonof the South”—in development by 2018 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix Winner, Barry Brown)

“Reviled by some but admired and revered by many, Bob Zellner describes how he began protesting on behalf of social change and equal rights, and how decades later he still continues to struggle.”    --New South Books

“Bob Zellner was jailed, beaten, slashed, shot at by police, and taken on a terrifying night ride by Klansmen as they debated whether to lynch him. He’s also a canny observer of major figures in the struggle, from SNCC legend Robert Moses to segregationist stalwart George Wallace . . . when Zellner survives to see white and black workers come together for a wildcat strike, it seems almost miraculous.”   

---Publishers Weekly

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First Friday Author Round Up - Jenny Smith
Jul
6
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Author Round Up - Jenny Smith

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Jenny Smith

The boy was born in 1938, under the majestic Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, to a strong mother and an absent father. The boy was known by his nick-name, Tokkie.  This memoir makes one laugh at Tokkie’s antics and the trouble they get him into.  At other times, one cries with the boy who is often cold and hungry, and has to grow up too quickly in post war South Africa.  To add insult to injury, his step-father buys a baboon that Tokkie has to feed, even though the baboon often bites him and never allows him to win the tree-scaling races.                                                                                                                      

When Tokkie is grown, he has an encounter with God that changes his life and his name as he becomes Pastor Theodor Jerry Hewett.  Miracles take place and his heartfelt cry of ‘God can do it again’, resonates throughout this narrative.  The story includes the funny, yet sometimes heartbreaking journey of the ministry in South Africa, all the while capturing the heartbeat of Africa.

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Lauren Denton
Jun
28
2:00 PM14:00

Lauren Denton

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From the author of the USA TODAY bestseller The Hideaway comes a new story about families and mending the past.

Betsy and Ty Franklin, owners of Franklin Dairy Farm in southern Alabama, have long since buried their desire for children of their own. While Ty manages their herd of dairy cows, Betsy busies herself with the farm’s day-to-day operations and tries to forget her dream of motherhood. But when her free-spirited sister, Jenna, drops off her two young daughters for “just two weeks,” Betsy’s carefully constructed wall of self-protection begins to crumble.

As the two weeks stretch deeper into the Alabama summer, Betsy and Ty learn to navigate the new additions in their world—and revel in the laughter that now fills their home. Meanwhile, record temperatures promise to usher in the most active hurricane season in decades.

Attending an art retreat four hundred miles away, Jenna is fighting her own battles. She finally has time and energy to focus on her photography, a lifelong ambition. But she wonders how her rediscovered passion can fit in with the life she’s made back home as a single mom.

When Hurricane Ingrid aims a steady eye at the Alabama coast, Jenna must make a decision that will change her family’s future, even as Betsy and Ty try to protect their beloved farm and their hearts. Hurricane Season is the story of one family’s unconventional journey to healing—and the relationships that must be mended along the way.

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Andy Andrews - The Traveler's Summit
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Andy Andrews - The Traveler's Summit

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Doors Open at 5 pm!

The follow-up to New York Times bestselling Traveler’s Gift is now available for the first time in paperback and includes brand new content from beloved author Andy Andrews.

David Ponder is back?and this time, the fate of mankind may be in his hands. With New Bonus Content.

This is humanity's last chance. Centuries of greed, pride, and hate have sent humankind hurtling toward disaster, far from our original purpose. There is only one solution that can reset the compass and right the ship?and that answer is only two words.

With time running out, it's up to David Ponder and a cast of history's best and brightest minds to uncover this solution before it is too late. The catch? They are allowed only five tries to solve the ominous challenge.

Readers first encountered David Ponder in the New York Times bestseller The Traveler's Gift. Now, in The Traveler's Summit, Andrews combines a riveting narrative with astounding history to show us the one thing we must do when we don't know what to do.

"Every generation or so, God produces a person who can communicate like no one else. His words are like cool water to a thirsty civilization. Andy Andrews is one of the best I have ever seen." ? Zig Ziglar, America's #1 Motivator and Best-Selling Author

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RACHEL NOBLE - Children's Picture Book
Jun
22
11:00 AM11:00

RACHEL NOBLE - Children's Picture Book

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Finn knows his brother is gone. But he also knows that Hamish sent the beautiful white feather on his doorstep. 

Finn knows his brother is gone. But he also knows that Hamish sent the beautiful white feather on his doorstep.
Finn runs to show his mother the feather from Hamish, but she only gives him a big hug. In school, Finn’s teacher responds similarly. Why isn’t anyone as excited as he is? Finn sits quietly, cradling the beautiful, amazing feather. “Why did Hamish give it to you?” asks his friend, Lucas. “Maybe he wanted to say hi?” wonders Finn. “Maybe,” Lucas says, “Hamish wanted you to have fun with it.” Finn’s Feather is a story about resilience and memory—about a child, his brother, and a friend who meets him where he is.

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Caleb Johnson
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Caleb Johnson

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"I can’t remember the last time I read a book I wish so much I’d written. Treeborne is beautiful, and mythic in ways I would never have been able to imagine...I can’t say enough about this book."―Daniel Wallace, national bestselling author of Extraordinary Adventures and Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions

Janie Treeborne lives on an orchard at the edge of Elberta, Alabama, and in time, she has become its keeper. A place where conquistadors once walked, and where the peaches they left behind now grow, Elberta has seen fierce battles, violent storms, and frantic change―and when the town is once again threatened from without, Janie realizes it won’t withstand much more. So she tells the story of its people: of Hugh, her granddaddy, determined to preserve Elberta’s legacy at any cost; of his wife, Maybelle, the postmaster, whose sudden death throws the town into chaos; of her lover, Lee Malone, a black orchardist harvesting from a land where he is less than welcome; of the time when Janie kidnapped her own Hollywood-obsessed aunt and tore the wrong people apart.

As the world closes in on Elberta, Caleb Johnson’s debut novel lifts the veil and offers one last glimpse. Treeborne is a celebration and a reminder: of how the past gets mixed up in thoughts of the future; of how home is a story as much as a place.

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Rupert Thomson
Jun
16
4:00 PM16:00

Rupert Thomson

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The true story of a love affair between two extraordinary women becomes a literary tour deforce in this novel that recreates the surrealist movement in Paris and the horrors of the two world wars with a singular incandescence and intimacy.

ABOUT RUPERT THOMSON:

Rupert Thomson is the author of nine highly acclaimed novels, including Secrecy; The Insult, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and selected by David Bowie as one of his 100 Must-Read Books of All Time; The Book of Revelation, which was made into a feature film by Ana Kokkinos; and Death of a Murderer, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award. His memoir, This Party’s Got to Stop, was named Writers’ Guild Non-Fiction Book of the Year. He lives in London.


ABOUT THE BOOK:

In the years preceding World War I, two young women meet, by chance, in a provincial town in France. Suzanne Malherbe, a shy seventeen-year-old with a talent for drawing, is completely entranced by the brilliant but troubled Lucie Schwob, who comes from a family of wealthy Jewish intellectuals. They embark on a clandestine love affair, terrified they will be discovered, but then, in an astonishing twist of fate, the mother of one marries the father of the other. As “sisters” they are finally free of suspicion, and, hungry for a more stimulating milieu, they move to Paris at a moment when art, literature, and politics blend in an explosive cocktail. Having reinvented themselves as Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, they move in the most glamorous social circles, meeting everyone from Hemingway and Dalí to André Breton, and produce provocative photographs that still seem avant-garde today. In the 1930s, with the rise of anti-Semitism and threat of fascism, they leave Paris for Jersey, and it is on this idyllic island that they confront their destiny, creating a campaign of propaganda against Hitler’s occupying forces that will put their lives in jeopardy. Brilliantly imagined, profoundly thought-provoking, and ultimately heartbreaking, Never Anyone But You infuses life into a forgotten history as only great literature can.

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:

One of Nylon’s “46 Great Books To Read This Summer”

“Sleek, lush…an extraordinary and rollicking tale…Cahun and Moore’s is a beautiful love story that deserves to be better known.” —Harper’s

“Though knowing that Cahun and Moore were real people adds a keen edge to the novel’s power, it is Thomson’s brilliant writing and ability to evoke the love and commitment these two women had toward each other and toward their principles that will stay with you…[an] extraordinary, inspiring, heart-breaking tale.” —Nylon
 
“A dazzlingly gifted writer…David Bowie was a big Thomson fan and you get a feeling he’d have loved this atmospheric tale of an affair between two young women in 1920s and 30s Paris.” —The Guardian

“Evocative…In this seamless and comprehensive tale, Thomson shines a light on two impressive and memorable life stories.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“An intense clandestine love affair between two Frenchwomen during the first half of the twentieth century spans art and literature, war and imprisonment, madness and devotion…beguiling.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“With a dash of Midnight in Paris and a hint of Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, this part love story, part thriller is sure to captivate.” —Library Journal
 
“Readers enamored of Paris in its artistic and literary heyday and curious about overlooked historical women and members of the LGBT community will be moved by Thomson’s lovely, quietly powerful novel of reinvention in many forms.” —Booklist
 
“A richly imagined work of historical fiction that succeeds in capturing the essence of each distinct period…captivating and heartfelt.” —Shelf Awareness

“Wrought with deft beauty…the novel bears witness to the power to effect change through love.” —Kenyon Review
 
“A beautiful and extraordinary book, strange and moving and (as always with Rupert Thomson) quite unlike anything else…It’s a long time since I read a love story quite so convincing and truthful, and the background of the artistic avant-garde in the twenties and thirties is brilliantly evoked. But the fragrance (I can only think of it as a fragrance, like some old perfume such as Mitsouko) of the love affair emerges from the pages as if the very paper is suffused with it…A great novel.” —Philip Pullman, author of the bestselling His Dark Materials trilogy

“In prose so sharp it glitters, Rupert Thomson reveals in fiction what inevitably remains hidden in nonfiction—lived experience. Through the measured but incisive voice of Suzanne Malherbe, the reader enters the intimate world of two life-long lovers, artistic collaborators, and anti-Nazi rebels who left behind a haunting photographic legacy. After I finished this acute and tender book, I felt that two fascinating ghosts had become real.” —Siri Hustvedt, author of The Blazing World
 
“In this novel about Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, Rupert Thomson tells the thrilling story of how, fusing love and art, one of the great collaborative partnerships of the twentieth century mounted an unthinkably brave, largely unsung campaign of political witness and resistance. The voice Thomson gives Marcel is a brilliant invention: flashes of poetry trouble the patina of its self-control, intimations of the wildness and terror of genius.” —Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

“Hands down, Rupert Thomson is one of my favorite writers of all time. I impatiently wait for his new novels and he never disappoints. The atmospheric Never Anyone But You is exquisitely crafted and pulls you deep into the love affair of two extraordinary women. Magnificent. As always.” —Andrea Wulf, author of The Invention of Nature

“Never Anyone But You puts a hidden piece of history into its long-overdue place in the spotlight. Rupert Thomson deftly weaves a story that spans several decades—the Paris Surrealists, Nazi-occupied Jersey, heroic acts of resistance, and intense and enduring (and forbidden) love—into one seamless whole. Nail-bitingly tense and incredibly moving.” —Monica Ali, author of Brick Lane

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Johnnie Bernhard
Jun
16
2:00 PM14:00

Johnnie Bernhard

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Fifty-year-old Karen Anders, a high school English teacher and the adoptive mother of Tiffany, comes to terms with being a single-parent and a clumsy drunk in the multicultural melting pot of Houston, Texas, as she forges an unlikely friendship with Leona Supak, a WWII Hungarian refugee, who inspires Karen to change her views on motherhood, drinking, and men.

Karen’s teaching job provides an ongoing challenge with low scoring students and a lack of support from school administrators. Meanwhile, Tiffany moves to Austin to attend the University of Texas, but soon neglects her academic life when she meets a gamer boyfriend and begins a job at the Ink & Juice, a tattoo parlor-juicing bar. Tiffany hides the truth of her new life from Karen through a text-only relationship. Feeling rejected, Karen explores the paradox of romance for the middle-aged. Despite the challenges, a family unit comes together inspired by strangers and second chances in How We Came to Be.

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