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Harrison McInnis
Apr
22
5:00 PM17:00

Harrison McInnis

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April Monday Night Artist in Residence:

Harrison McInnis

April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

5PM-7PM

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

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

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Lisa Sanders
Apr
26
6:30 PM18:30

Lisa Sanders

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Friday, April 26th

Lisa Sanders

6:30pm

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

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

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

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

Independent Bookstore Day 2019!

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

We will be having festivities all day, join us!

What is Independent Bookstore Day?

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

Why are we celebrating independent bookstores?

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

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

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

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Chris Bell Author Signing
Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

Chris Bell Author Signing

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About the Book:

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

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

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

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

About the Author:

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

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Harrison McInnis
Apr
29
5:00 PM17:00

Harrison McInnis

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April Monday Night Artist in Residence:

Harrison McInnis

April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

5PM-7PM

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

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

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Helen Ellis
May
2
6:00 PM18:00

Helen Ellis

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"I loved it." —Ann Patchett 

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


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

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

Jack Stephens - First Friday Signing

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About “Andalusian Legacy”

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

About “Where the Green Star Falls”

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

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Philip Shirley
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Philip Shirley

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About the book:

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

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

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

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


About the author:

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

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

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

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Jim Dees
May
4
3:00 PM15:00

Jim Dees

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About the book:

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

Praise for The Statue and the Fury:

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

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

Winner of the Thurber Prize in American Humor

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

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

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

Rheta Grimsley Johnson, syndicated columnist and Pulitzer Prize finalist

About the author:

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

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

Rick Bragg: Thacker Mountain Radio Hour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Afternoon Cocktails with Mary Kay Andrews

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

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

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

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

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

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Michael Knight
May
14
6:00 PM18:00

Michael Knight

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

–Kirkus Reviews

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

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

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

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

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

Praise for Michael Knight

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

—New York Times Book Review on Goodnight, Nobody

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

—Seattle Times

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

—USA Today

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

Alex Kershaw in Conversation with Winston Groom

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

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

An utterly immersive and deeply affecting drama, THE FIRST WAVE is the perfect book to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of WWII’s longest and most celebrated day. I

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

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

Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic

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Praise for INDIANAPOLIS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

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

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

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Tim Hollis
May
25
2:00 PM14:00

Tim Hollis

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

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

Eli & Bill Perras-Concert and Book Signing

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




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

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

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Robert Bailey
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Robert Bailey

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

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

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

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

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Janet Wiggins
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Janet Wiggins

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

About the Author

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

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

Wynona Rogers - First Friday Signing

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

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David Sedaris
Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

David Sedaris

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

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

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

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

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

More incredible praise for CALYPSO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Christopher Shade
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Christopher Shade

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Praise for The Good Mother of Marseille:

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

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

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

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

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

More Praise at christopherxshade.com.


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

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

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

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

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Mary Alice Monroe
Jun
15
6:00 PM18:00

Mary Alice Monroe

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRAISE FOR THE SUMMER GUESTS:

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

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Missy Buchanan
Jun
24
3:00 PM15:00

Missy Buchanan

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About the book:

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

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

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

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

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Rick Speight
Jul
5
6:00 PM18:00

Rick Speight

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

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Laura Lippman
Aug
5
6:00 PM18:00

Laura Lippman

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

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

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

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

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

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Emily Stuckey
Apr
19
6:30 PM18:30

Emily Stuckey

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Friday, April 19th

Emily Stuckey

6:30pm

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

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

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

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River Jordan
Apr
16
6:00 PM18:00

River Jordan

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

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

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

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Harrison McInnis
Apr
15
5:00 PM17:00

Harrison McInnis

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April Monday Night Artist in Residence:

Harrison McInnis

April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

5PM-7PM

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

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

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

CANCELED: Stacey Little

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CANCELED. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCES.

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

About the Cookbook:

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

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

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

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

About the Author:

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

Examples of Recipes from the Cookbook

Examples of Recipes from the Cookbook

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Larry T Wilson & Jon Cook
Apr
12
6:30 PM18:30

Larry T Wilson & Jon Cook

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Friday, April 12th

Larry T Wilson & Jon Cook

6:30pm

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

Jon Cook

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

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Marc and Julie Bennett - Living the RV Life
Apr
12
5:30 PM17:30

Marc and Julie Bennett - Living the RV Life

Living the RV Life: Your Ultimate Guide to Life on the Road

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Whether you’re downsizing or thrill-seeking—or anything in between—find out if the RV lifestyle is right for you, and learn how to transition from a life of traditional home-ownership to one on the road.

Do you love traveling? Meeting new people and seeing new places? Are you craving a life that feels meaningful and new? The RV lifestyle could be the answer.

Both aspirational and practical, Living the RV Life is your ultimate guide to living life on the road—for people of all ages looking to downsize, travel, or work on the go. Learn if life in a motor home is right for you, with insightful details on the experiences of full-time RV-ers, tips for how to choose an RV (how big? new or used?), whether to sell your home (and if not, what to do with it), model costs, sample routes and destinations, basic vehicle maintenance, legal and government considerations—and much more! Written in a light and an easy-to-understand style, Living the RV Life is your bible to living a mobile life.

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Franz J. Sedelmayer
Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

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"At age 26 Franz Sedelmayer went to St. Petersburg Russia where he built a successful police supply and training company. One of his biggest supporters was St. Petersburg's young deputy mayor, Vladimir Putin. Putin and Franz bonded and Putin became one of Franz's biggest supporters. But when Franz's company was expropriated by President Boris Yeltsin, Putin did nothing to help his friend. Franz sued for damages. He won, but Russia--and its new President, Vladimir Putin--refused to pay. But Franz persevered, and he won: he foreclosed on Russian properties in Europe. Incredibly, Franz is the only individual ever to collect money from Vladimir Putin's Russia."

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The Putin I Knew; the Putin I Know

I met Vladimir Putin and trusted him in the early 1990s, when he was deputy mayor of St. Petersburg. Now that he’s Russia’s president, he’s different. He’s no friend of democracy.

By Franz J. Sedelmayer
Mr. Sedelmayer has recently taken up residence in the United States. Feb. 4, 2019

President Vladimir Putin of Russia. Credit: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

President Vladimir Putin of Russia celebrated the New Year by having an American tourist, Paul Whelan, arrested as a spy. Mr. Whelan was in Moscow to attend a wedding. But Mr. Putin needed a hostage as a potential trade for a Russian woman with Kremlin connections — Maria Butina, who had pleaded guilty of conspiring with a Russian official “to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over U.S. politics.” So Mr. Putin grabbed Mr. Whelan, who has not been released.

Of course Mr. Putin did that. I’ve known him since the early 1990s. As a businessman in St. Petersburg, I spent scores of hours with Volodya, as he was known in those days, while he was the city’s deputy mayor. He sat in my headquarters on Stone Island as we conversed, in the almost-perfect German he likes to speak, over beer and Bavarian food. My trust in those early days was based on the fact that he acted rationally and appeared to be sincere in his interest in St. Petersburg. He didn’t take bribes, but he did cover for those who did, including his bosses — Mayor Anatoly Sobchak and later President Boris Yeltsin. Mr. Putin signed the registration papers for my security company and personally registered them. He advised and counseled me. He helped me expand my business. And at his request, I built, trained and equipped St. Petersburg’s first Western-style K.G.B. SWAT team, in preparation for the 1994 Goodwill Games there.

From our conversations in 1992, I realized that Mr. Putin understood that it was not the West, but the Soviet socialist system that was responsible for the social and economic downfall of the Soviet Union. Indeed, when we spoke about my native Germany, there was every indication that he had accepted German reunification as inevitable once the Berlin Wall came down. It was after he became president in 2000 that he worried increasingly about Russia’s political and economic failures and bemoaned a lack of what he considered proper respect from the West — and turned Russia inward with ideology and religion as tools.

For me, a different moment of change came in 1996, when my company and the headquarters in which I’d invested more than $1 million was expropriated by President Yeltsin. Volodya shrugged and told me there was nothing he could to do to help. And I began watching him metamorphose from a minor bureaucrat into the authoritarian four-times-elected president of Russia. I can tell you the Mr. Putin that Americans read about today is nothing like either the Mr. Putin I knew at first or the one I know now.

The Mr. Putin I know is in many ways similar to President Trump. Like him, Volodya makes decisions based on snap judgments, rather than long deliberation. He’s vindictive and petty. He holds grudges and deeply hates being made fun of. He is said to dislike long, complicated briefings and to find reading policy papers onerous.

Like Mr. Trump, the Mr. Putin I know reacts to events instead of proactively developing a long-term strategy. But in sophistication, he is very different. A former K.G.B. officer, he understands how to use disinformation (deza), lies (vranyo), and compromise (kompromat) to create chaos in the West and at home.

A couple of months ago, I moved to the United States and set up a company to help others who have lost their businesses or assets, or had them stolen. I had by then spent two decades suing the Russian Federation — not just in Russia but also by laying claim to Russian government property in Sweden and Germany — and emerged as the only party ever to collect damages from the Russian Federation.

That long, long march convinced me that neither Mr. Putin nor Russia was my friend. Like me, Western leaders had trusted Mr. Putin. But they did not understand that to him, politeness and friendship were often signs of weakness, not friendship. More than anything, he wants to be taken as an equal or a superior, trying to destroy anything with which he cannot compete.

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And yet, living in America, I couldn’t help noticing that the media there are reticent when it comes to telling its audiences that Mr. Putin’s Russia will never be democracy’s friend. Volodya’s Russia wants to divide and to destroy democracies. To that end, Volodya employs his Kremlin apparatus, notably the shadowy and largely unknown Presidential Property Administration of the Russian Federation, or UdPRF.

The UdPRF’s black budget is in the billions of rubles. It controls perks dispensed to obedient Kremlin apparatchiks, but also covert action programs of the sort that resulted in the Trump dossier assembled by Christopher Steele in 2016. It’s certain that under the Mr. Putin I know, all of Russia’s varied intelligence agencies will continue to practice deza, vranyo, and kompromat operations against the United States. And personnel from Russia’s main intelligence agency, the F.S.B., and its military intelligence agency, the G.R.U., will be involved in more attacks against and murders of Russian dissidents and opponents of Mr. Putin living in the West. To the Mr. Putin I know, borders mean nothing.

A couple of months ago Volodya tried — luckily, he failed — to insert a crony as head of Interpol, the international police organization, presumably so he could turn it into his personal posse. Of course he did. Corruption is in Russia’s DNA, as it is in Mr. Putin’s.

Something else I’ve discovered since moving is that many of America’s Kremlin-watchers don’t understand that Mr. Putin is running scared these days. His recent election may have been guaranteed; his future is anything but.

Why? Because Volodya has no one watching his back. Mayor Sobchak and President Yeltsin hired and promoted him because of his personal loyalty, but both are long dead. The Mr. Putin I knew back then allowed his superiors to accumulate huge wealth, and then he shielded them from indictment. He built a protective wall around Mr. Sobchak even as the mayor was caching millions of dollars in Paris. Later, as head of Mr. Yeltsin’s F.S.B., Mr. Putin quashed an investigation of the Yeltsin family by the prosecutor general at the time, Yuri Skuratov, by vouching for the authenticity of a fuzzy video of a man said to be Mr. Skuratov in bed with two prostitutes. And in his first hours as acting president of the Russian Federation on Dec. 31, 1999, Volodya wrote a decree that pardoned Mr. Yeltsin and his family from any criminal charges.

But there are no such decrees in Volodya’s future. It has long been rumored that he has a huge fortune stashed away. But if that is true, it is likely held by friends, associates or even some of the criminals Mr. Putin has made filthy rich.

So, my question is: When Volodya finally leaves power, will those filthy-rich friends, associates and co- conspirators give him back any of those billions?

Somehow, I don’t think so. I’ve lived in Russia. Sharing’s not the Russian way.

Franz J. Sedelmayer is the chief executive officer of MARC, the Multinational Asset Recovery Company, and the author of “Welcome to Putingrad.”

Franz J. Sedelmayer

Speaker, Author and Enterpreneur

Franz J. Sedelmayer is the author of “Welcome to Putingrad,” the memoir of his years as an entrepreneur in Russia and his legal case against President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation. He has contributed to the New York Times and the Transnational Dispute Management Journal.

His lawsuit, Sedelmayer vs. Russian Federation is case law on the subject of asset recovery. He is a subject matter expert on international investment, risk and dispute management, global enforcement of arbitration awards and judgements, investment arbitration, sovereign immunity, money laundering, business intelligence and political risk management.

He is a regular speaker at universities, bar associations, law firms, and trade and government agencies ranging from the University of Vienna, the University of Cologne, Utah Valley University, to the International Section of the Florida Bar Association, the Geneva Foreign Lawyers’ Association, Latham & Watkins, to London’s elite Special Forces and East India Clubs, the Offshore Alert Conference and the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

He has long been the focus of the international media. Starting in 1996 he has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Economist, der Spiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Newsweek (Russia), Bild, Reuters and Dow Jones. He has also appeared on BBC, CBS, CNN, RTL, ARD, BR, ZDF, and Russian State Television’s RTR and NTV.

Background:

Sedelmayer is CEO of the US-based MARC LLC (Multinational Asset Recovery Company), which specializes in international dispute management and world-wide claim recovery services. He also serves as trustee, director, and consultant for companies and individuals involved in litigation and claim recovery against sovereigns, state-owned enterprises, and other foreign debtors.

He was educated at the Munich International School, attended the University of Utah, and served in the German armed forces (airborne and signaling). In 1989 he moved to Russia and became a pioneering entrepreneur, forming the joint venture “Kamenny Ostrov Company JSC” with the USSR Ministry of Interior’s Leningrad City and Regional Police Department to supply law enforcement equipment. He enjoyed a good working relationship with the then deputy mayor, Vladimir Putin, which included his building, equipping and training the FSB SWAT team “GRAD” pro bono for the Goodwill Games. During his time in Saint Petersburg he was a founder of the Saint Petersburg International Business Association (SPIBA), served as an advisor to the Kazakh government, the Leningrad Region Governor, the Ministry of Federal Security (FSB), the Russian Presidential Guard Service, and the Leningrad Police Department.

In 1996 President Boris Yeltsin nationalized Mr. Sedelmayer’s Russian holdings. Russia refused to compensate him and so he pursued his claim through ad hoc arbitration in Sweden under the German-Russian bilateral investment treaty. “Sedelmayer vs. Russian Federation” resulted in the first international arbitration award against Russia. Mr. Sedelmayer prevailed in proceedings against the Russian Federation in dozens of cases brought before European public court and arbitration tribunals, proceedings that spanned more than a decade.

He is an authority on the rise of Vladimir Putin, Russia and its descent into a Kremlin-sponsored kleptocracy, and the lengths to which the West will have to go in order to contain current day Russia and its gangster-driven leadership.

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Harrison McInnis
Apr
8
5:00 PM17:00

Harrison McInnis

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April Monday Night Artist in Residence:

Harrison McInnis

April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

5PM-7PM

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

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

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Rod Cate
Apr
6
2:00 PM14:00

Rod Cate

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

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John Keuler & Molly Thomas
Apr
5
6:30 PM18:30

John Keuler & Molly Thomas

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First Friday, April 5th

John Keuler & Molly Thomas

6:30pm

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.

“…as a writer, Thomas isn’t about dressing her messages up; she’s about carving down the essence of the matter at hand… Thomas seems to approach writing more like a poet than a songwriter, and when she’s used enough words to get the point across, she’s done.” - Lawrence Specker - The Mobile Press Register

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Curtis Maynard
Apr
5
6:00 PM18:00

Curtis Maynard

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

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Lauren Denton
Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

Lauren Denton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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17 Strings - Skinny Wednesday Live Music
Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

17 Strings - Skinny Wednesday Live Music

Wednesday April 3rd    17 Strings   with Max Cassady, Brenda Bledsoe, Chris Duncan & Randy Neimeyer   6-8

Wednesday April 3rd

17 Strings

with Max Cassady, Brenda Bledsoe, Chris Duncan & Randy Neimeyer

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"Fairhope native Alex Donald is in town from Milwaukee and will be joining the band and playing live at Page and Palette Wednesday at 6:30pm. Randy Niemeyer on harmonica. Chris Duncan on blues and bluegrass and Americana banjo. Alex Donald playing lead guitar and adding vocals. Max Cassady on guitar and vocals!"

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Heather Montgomery
Apr
3
3:30 PM15:30

Heather Montgomery

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

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

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

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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

REVIEWS:

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

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

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

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Dick Walls
Apr
2
2:00 PM14:00

Dick Walls

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

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

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

Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening with Dick Wall

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

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

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Harrison McInnis
Apr
1
5:00 PM17:00

Harrison McInnis

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April Monday Night Artist in Residence:

Harrison McInnis

April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

5PM-7PM

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

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

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Stuart McNair
Mar
29
6:30 PM18:30

Stuart McNair

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Friday, March 29th

6:30pm

Stuart McNair

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

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Sarah Peacock - 2019 Tour
Mar
27
6:00 PM18:00

Sarah Peacock - 2019 Tour

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1.2 million miles, 2,800 shows, and fourteen years of flying solo is quite a road trip. Sarah Peacock bridges gaps between Country, Blues, Americana, and Rock-N-Roll. Her music is raw, truth telling, and fiercely unique.     

Held hostage by her record label at 21, the troubadour life came with a rude awakening for the young Georgia native. Peacock made her home in a ‘92 Volvo with her dog and a guitar, and for nearly seven years earned a living in the corner shadows of American dive bars. 

The tables turned in 2011 when an anonymous fan helped Peacock buy out of her recording contract. Since then, she has released six additional albums and won multiple awards for her songwriting. “Hurricane” won Best Song in the American Songwriting Awards, and “Beautiful” was a winner with International Unsigned Only. “The Cool Kids,” and “Are We There Yet” have nominated her for Best Female Artist and Best Song in a number of songwriting competitions. Peacock was also named Listening Room Network’s Artist of the Year. 


In 2013, Peacock released her self-produced album, Albuquerque Sky, recorded in hotel rooms across the country while maintaining her rigorous 250 show tour schedule. Albuquerque Sky was followed by a season of goodbyes, tremendous growth, and challenges, and became the catalyst for her next album, Dream On (2016). “This record helped me get un-stuck. I had a collection of live recordings which became Dream On. After such a creative dry spell, I knew I needed to hit the road and stay out a while – reconnect with my fans,” says a determined Peacock. “I found this old silver eagle tour bus in Austin, TX. I was so enchanted with it, and the renovation process really reigniting my troubadour flame. So I bought my very first bus. Oh, what a feeling!” But less than 4 months later, she would watch it burn to the ground at a California truck stop. 

One of Peacock’s fans voluntarily initiated a fundraiser, which is what kept her on the road. Another fan, so touched by her story, donated his motor home so that her tour could go on. That special connection between Sarah Peacock and her fans is what gives her the strength to continue overcoming. “You have to be unstoppable, even when you don’t believe you are.” That’s the modus operandi for the now half Tennessean, half Texan road warrior.  

Sarah Peacock is active in the anti-bullying community, and her song, “The Cool Kids” has become a powerful anti-bullying anthem. Its message has taken on a life of its own. As she travels the country, Peacock shares her story in schools, empowering young people to embody her message of kindness and love. 

Peacock is also an animal lover and tours with her pups as often as she can. Her late road dog, Gibson, was one of the first canines to receive a prosthetic mitral valve in a clinical trial at CSU in Ft. Collins, CO in May of 2017. Unfortunately, Gibson passed away. To honor his memory, Peacock recently formed her own 501(c)3, The Band Waggin,’ benefiting various animal health and rescue programs throughout the United States. 

After completing two EP’s for Nashville label, American Roots Records, Peacock plans to release a full length album on her own label in 2019. Sarah Peacock is the truest definition of a self-made overcomer, hustler, and DIY machine. She’s got a remarkable knack for finding beauty in the ashes, and there’s no denying the future is looking bright for this tenacious up and comer. 

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Ken Wells, Wine Tasting, and Gumbo!
Mar
26
6:00 PM18:00

Ken Wells, Wine Tasting, and Gumbo!

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In addition to delicious Gumbo being served at this event, we will also be having a wine tasting with International Wines & Craft Beer!

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

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

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

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

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

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

R.J. Lee

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

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

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

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

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

About The Author:

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

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

George E. Krietemeyer

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

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

Amelia White & Lachlan Bryan

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Saturday, March 16th

6:30pm

Amelia White & Lachlan Bryan

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joyce Vath (Signing)

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

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

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

Chris Champ Napier Book Signing

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

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