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December Monday Night Artist in Residence: Lauren Murphy
Dec
17
5:00 PM17:00

December Monday Night Artist in Residence: Lauren Murphy

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December Monday Night Artist in Residence:

Lauren Murphy

National Touring Artist Lauren Murphy's Soulful Americana 

' Lauren Murphy brings the very essence of the classic San Francisco sound to the stage. Having performed with some the Bay Area's most famous and respected musicians, she can always be found delighting audiences everywhere with her inimitable style. In a crowded field of sometimes repetitious music mediocrity, it's refreshing to experience Murphy's gift for originality and soul-stirring performances. - Johnny Cole  The Southland Music Line

"Lady Willpower" Relix Magazine

"Compared to Janis Joplin & Grace Slick, Murphy has a grit and style all her own". Haight Street Music News 

"2018 Nappie Nominee Finalist Best Area Vocalist"

Lauren is band leader of "The Psychedelics" featuring John Cochran , and is in pre-production stage for their new album to be recorded at Dauphin Street Sound. 

www.LaurenMurphyMusic.com

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The Stolen Faces: Live Music
Dec
20
6:30 PM18:30

The Stolen Faces: Live Music

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Thursday December 20th 6:30

The Stolen Faces

Nashville, TN

The Grateful Dead continue to have one of the most rabid and loyal followings of any band in history, and deservedly so: They wrote great songs, and they were excellent musicians and terrific improvisers who never played a tune the same way twice. The Stolen Faces deftly capture the spirit of the Dead, covering a wide variety of songs from the band’s expansive catalog and delivering them with the sort of energy and spontaneity that might have you thinking you’re standing in the Fillmore West in 1971. Led by bassist Christian Grizzard, the group features guitarist Jack Silverman, drummer Matt Martin, and a rotating cast of some of Nashville’s top session and touring musicians.

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Roger Fritz and Christy Wells
Dec
21
6:30 PM18:30

Roger Fritz and Christy Wells

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Roger Fritz and Christy Wells

Roger and Christy are a married musical team who met in 1999 through their mutual friend, Grammy winning record producer, Bill Bottrell, at his northern California recording studio.    Roger was finishing work on Shelby Lynn's, "I am Shelby Lynn" record album and Christy was in the middle of recording her album "Blue House". They have been together ever since then and have made a lot of music and two children. They all relocated from California to Fairhope in 2013.

Prior to their meeting, California native Christy, was a lifelong musician and artist, working in     the San Francisco Bay area. Her all-girl band, "Frida's Circus", was a top attraction on the alternative music circuit and worked with  popular acts  like The Jerry Garcia band, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Mickey Hart to name a few.    She is also an accomplished oil painter who has had many art showings in that area. Her most recent band, "ROGERWOOD", plays in and around the Fairhope area and plays many first Friday art walks at The Copper Collumn art gallery. She has fallen in love with Fairhope and become an Alabama girl. She has made four studio albums and is working on her fifth.

Roger Fritz actually grew up in Mobile and  lived in Alabama and Tennessee until meeting Christy in 1999. His love of music and the guitar led him to become a lifelong guitar builder as well as a studio musican. He started building guitars at the age of 13 and worked for many years at Gibson Guitar in Nashville. He has made custom guitars for many professionals including George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Roy Buchanan, Gary Moore, and many others.His playing can be heard on records by Sheryl Crow, Shelby Lynn, Neil Diamond, Jewel, Alicias Attic, Kim Richey and others. He is currently owner of Fritz Brothers guitars in Fairhope that specializes in Kay vintage reissue guitars and Fritz Brother brand guitars. He also does a lot of guitar repair and restorations. He performs locally with Christy and ROGERWOOD as well as Rondale and the Kitcats and the Leavin Brothers. 

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Robin Throne
Dec
22
2:00 PM14:00

Robin Throne

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Who owns a life? Roman civil law was the basis for eighteenth century South Carolina slavery legislation, and partus sequitur ventrem meant literally "that which is brought forth follows the womb," meaning a child was born a slave if the mother was a slave, free if the mother was free. This sparse yet dense tale captures the centuries-long emotional battle for seed, life, and land proffered, then repossessed as parcels of Lowcountry heirs' property. Along the African Gold Coast, deceased spirits often gathered at the waterside to prepare for the souls' return from whence they came; amidst Sea Island coastal views and tourism ridden over forgotten slave cemeteries, this detached narrative echoes three women who still hover there. Whisper. Drifting. May you stumble upon this allegoric account of captains, traders, planters, soldiers, and cotton and listen just long enough to hear these murmurings from this oceanside graveyard, the aching ancestral chatter above the din of tourism development.

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December Monday Night Artist in Residence: Lauren Murphy
Dec
24
5:00 PM17:00

December Monday Night Artist in Residence: Lauren Murphy

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December Monday Night Artist in Residence:

Lauren Murphy

National Touring Artist Lauren Murphy's Soulful Americana 

' Lauren Murphy brings the very essence of the classic San Francisco sound to the stage. Having performed with some the Bay Area's most famous and respected musicians, she can always be found delighting audiences everywhere with her inimitable style. In a crowded field of sometimes repetitious music mediocrity, it's refreshing to experience Murphy's gift for originality and soul-stirring performances. - Johnny Cole  The Southland Music Line

"Lady Willpower" Relix Magazine

"Compared to Janis Joplin & Grace Slick, Murphy has a grit and style all her own". Haight Street Music News 

"2018 Nappie Nominee Finalist Best Area Vocalist"

Lauren is band leader of "The Psychedelics" featuring John Cochran , and is in pre-production stage for their new album to be recorded at Dauphin Street Sound. 

www.LaurenMurphyMusic.com

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December Monday Night Artist in Residence: Lauren Murphy
Dec
31
5:00 PM17:00

December Monday Night Artist in Residence: Lauren Murphy

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December Monday Night Artist in Residence:

Lauren Murphy

National Touring Artist Lauren Murphy's Soulful Americana 

' Lauren Murphy brings the very essence of the classic San Francisco sound to the stage. Having performed with some the Bay Area's most famous and respected musicians, she can always be found delighting audiences everywhere with her inimitable style. In a crowded field of sometimes repetitious music mediocrity, it's refreshing to experience Murphy's gift for originality and soul-stirring performances. - Johnny Cole  The Southland Music Line

"Lady Willpower" Relix Magazine

"Compared to Janis Joplin & Grace Slick, Murphy has a grit and style all her own". Haight Street Music News 

"2018 Nappie Nominee Finalist Best Area Vocalist"

Lauren is band leader of "The Psychedelics" featuring John Cochran , and is in pre-production stage for their new album to be recorded at Dauphin Street Sound. 

www.LaurenMurphyMusic.com

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Cale Madison First Friday Author
Jan
4
6:00 PM18:00

Cale Madison First Friday Author

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“The Tuskan Prince”

Cale Madison

A summoning from a northern king sets Caine Mercer upon another daring adventure. His task, to investigate the disappearance of a prince in a country plagued by frightening creatures. His only leads are the footprints of a giant. Sinister forces are at work in the Tuskan Palace. Men and women are mysteriously disappearing. It seems that no one can be trusted...

About the Author:

I was born in the small town of Elberta, Alabama, fifteen minutes away from the Florida state line. My mother taught kindergarten at a school in Pensacola and my father worked in construction. I had one younger sister, named Whitney. Throughout my life, I loved the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkein, the Harry Potter series, the Chronicles of Narnia, A Song of Fire and Ice, and I had always loved the idea that, someday, I would write my own books. At a point in my life, I stopped reading books in the school libraries and became immersed into the world of film. Character arcs, horrific elements with monstrous beings and humor have always been my favorite qualities in movies and books. I want to give the world a new batch of characters, each with their own adventures and relatable backstories; if I could inspire just one person to pursue their dreams and write their own story, I feel that I would have succeeded.

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First Friday Rondale & Raul
Jan
4
6:30 PM18:30

First Friday Rondale & Raul

First Friday

January 4th

6:30

Rondale & Raul

Born on the bayou, Rondale was raised in the backwater town of Bayou La Batre , Alabama. A descendent of rich musical talent, she started playing the guitar and singing as a child in church. As a young musician she played at Nashville's Blue Bird Cafe, a popular club for up and coming musicians and songwriters. In her early twenties Rondale, and her sister Dorothy, the owner and publisher of Gumbo Woman Music, played weekends in many local establishments. Dorothy not only sings with the band, but is also a songwriter. She has written on several songs with Rondale and also with Shelby Lynn and Bill Bottrell on the album "I am Shelby Lynn". The band Rondale and the Kit Katz grew out of the sister's travels and they frequently play the Gulf Coast scene.

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Phil and Foster Artists in Residence
Jan
7
5:00 PM17:00

Phil and Foster Artists in Residence

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Monday Night Artist in Residence 

January 7,14, 21 & 28

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Phil & Foster

Playing together since 2012, Phil Proctor & Stan Foster have forged a musical partnership that finds strength in their instrumental dexterity, beauty in their vocal harmonies and excitement in their energetic stage show. Their setlist includes original compositions, as well as classics from Bill Monroe, Stanley Brothers, Hank Williams, Flying Burrito Brothers, and many others. Their long residency at Callaghan’s Irish Social Club in Mobile (Recently named Best Bar in the South by Southern Living Magazine) attests to their professionalism & longevity. Phil & Foster always deliver! 

www.facebook.com/philandfoster

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

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

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Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death

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

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

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


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In the Round with Stephen Sylvester, Dennis Hopkins, & Brenda Bledsoe
Jan
11
6:30 PM18:30

In the Round with Stephen Sylvester, Dennis Hopkins, & Brenda Bledsoe

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Friday January 11th

6:30

In The Round with Stephen Sylvester, Dennis Hopkins & Brenda Bledsoe

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

Dennis Hopkins writes songs that pluck your heart strings or punch you in the gut. Love and tragedy vie for supremacy as his muse. His sound is a blend of coastal Americana and folk and his thoughtful lyrics build a connection with his listeners no matter where they might find their own story intersecting. 

Brenda Bledsoe is a Daphne-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.  She has a crystal clear voice with an Americana/folk style, and sings with heart-felt intensity.  Brenda performs throughout the Gulf Coast area, and is often found sitting in with songwriter friends, singing harmony or playing the flute.  https://brendabledsoe.com

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Copy of Phil and Foster Artists in Residence
Jan
14
5:00 PM17:00

Copy of Phil and Foster Artists in Residence

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Monday Night Artist in Residence 

January 7,14, 21 & 28

5-7

Phil & Foster

Playing together since 2012, Phil Proctor & Stan Foster have forged a musical partnership that finds strength in their instrumental dexterity, beauty in their vocal harmonies and excitement in their energetic stage show. Their setlist includes original compositions, as well as classics from Bill Monroe, Stanley Brothers, Hank Williams, Flying Burrito Brothers, and many others. Their long residency at Callaghan’s Irish Social Club in Mobile (Recently named Best Bar in the South by Southern Living Magazine) attests to their professionalism & longevity. Phil & Foster always deliver! 

www.facebook.com/philandfoster

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Marie Benedict
Jan
18
6:00 PM18:00

Marie Benedict

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

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

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

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Robbie Sellers
Jan
19
6:30 PM18:30

Robbie Sellers

Saturday January 19th

6:30 pm

Robbie Sellers

Robbie is a humble talent that is quickly becoming known on the Gulf Coast for his acoustic performances that cover a wide range of genres, including alt-country, southern rock, folk, & Americana.

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Copy of Phil and Foster Artists in Residence
Jan
21
5:00 PM17:00

Copy of Phil and Foster Artists in Residence

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Monday Night Artist in Residence 

January 7,14, 21 & 28

5-7

Phil & Foster

Playing together since 2012, Phil Proctor & Stan Foster have forged a musical partnership that finds strength in their instrumental dexterity, beauty in their vocal harmonies and excitement in their energetic stage show. Their setlist includes original compositions, as well as classics from Bill Monroe, Stanley Brothers, Hank Williams, Flying Burrito Brothers, and many others. Their long residency at Callaghan’s Irish Social Club in Mobile (Recently named Best Bar in the South by Southern Living Magazine) attests to their professionalism & longevity. Phil & Foster always deliver! 

www.facebook.com/philandfoster

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The Leavin Brothers
Jan
25
6:30 PM18:30

The Leavin Brothers

Friday January 25th

6:30

The Leavin Brothers

Southern Gulf Grass Music

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


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

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

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Copy of Phil and Foster Artists in Residence
Jan
28
5:00 PM17:00

Copy of Phil and Foster Artists in Residence

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Monday Night Artist in Residence 

January 7,14, 21 & 28

5-7

Phil & Foster

Playing together since 2012, Phil Proctor & Stan Foster have forged a musical partnership that finds strength in their instrumental dexterity, beauty in their vocal harmonies and excitement in their energetic stage show. Their setlist includes original compositions, as well as classics from Bill Monroe, Stanley Brothers, Hank Williams, Flying Burrito Brothers, and many others. Their long residency at Callaghan’s Irish Social Club in Mobile (Recently named Best Bar in the South by Southern Living Magazine) attests to their professionalism & longevity. Phil & Foster always deliver! 

www.facebook.com/philandfoster

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Chris Cander
Jan
29
6:00 PM18:00

Chris Cander

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

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

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

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

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Julie Williams
Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

Julie Williams

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Jeffrey W. Massey

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

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Zeteri M. Hodges
Feb
1
6:00 PM18:00

Zeteri M. Hodges

Shadows of Deceit
By: Zeteri M. Hodges

Tera Hexen is asked to transfer to a school in a country she has never heard of: The Farganon Institute in Roress, Savoria. Traveling with her best friend Amethyst, they arrive with hope of a smooth school year. However, Tera’s hopes are quickly dashed by a mysterious and brooding Instructor, Seven Stone. Events from the school’s dark and tragic history start to brutally repeat themselves. However, the more Tera and Seven work together, the more they realize there is more to the other than meets the eye. Petty differences must be put aside and relationships built to win a battle they never wanted to repeat. Fall in love with the characters, humor, and thrills in this crazy supernatural romance.

About the Author

Zeteri M. Hodges has always had a love for writing and things out of the ordinary. Ghost hunting, paranormal, and cryptozoological research are her hobbies. Having attended the University of South Alabama for Theater and History, she later sought to pursue dreams of play and screenwriting in San Diego, California, where she resided for ten years.

Zeteri currently lives in Mobile, Alabama, with her two sons. She continues to write and help out with various causes in her community.

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Lou Vickery
Feb
1
6:00 PM18:00

Lou Vickery

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Do you believe there is a better you in you? REACH BEYOND…How to Jump Over Hurdles and Land on Success is a resource book about how to discover the best you in you! Beneath life’s beautiful wrapper lies the keys to making your life more meaningful and productive. While life isn't tied with a bow, it's still a gift. To enjoy the gift, it is crucial that you continually search for ways to get better…to improve…to retrofit. Hello. My name is Lou Vickery. I have interacted with thousands of highly successful people from all walks of life in my careers as a professional baseball player, speaker/trainer and radio talk show host. From athletes to businessmen to world leaders I have heard some incredible success stories that I share with you throughout REACH BEYOND. These individuals somewhere along the line learned the value of creating a higher capacity for jumping over hurdles…expanding their ability to seek something better…enlarging their vision and creative imagination…and rearranging their lives to reach beyond and snag onto something better. The text of REACH BEYOND wraps its tentacles around many areas of life. It’s not unusual to be effective and efficient in some parts of life, and not in others. I have discovered that a little fine-tuning in these areas will aid in life taking on a new significance. Here is what you will find in REACH BEYOND. The first five chapters accent the challenges: How to manage fear…handle stress…personalize success…and pursuit happiness. Then we get to the specific areas of life, with each chapter carrying a different message: Chapter headings include: “Turn Over a New Leaf,” Necessity--the Mother of Change…Art of Becoming…Focus on the Positive…Success Forms Around Preparation… Goals to Grow…Unblock Your Block…Fuel Your Staying Power…Fail Forward… Ten Life-Changers…Building Social Capital …the Golden Rule—Rules…Right is Right…Learning Touches the Future… Listen to Your Heart…Health is Your Greatest Wealth. REACH BEYOND is full of strategies for developing a workable mental and emotional toolbox for dealing with these varied and diverse circumstances of life. With the right mix of mental and emotional tools, you have a good shot at anticipating how things are going to unfold in an unknown future. Where are you in your life, right now? Quite possibly you have already been successful--really successful in many aspects of living, but you may have slipped a bit here-and-there. REACH BEYOND can help you upgrade your ability to reach beyond and grasp a better you. It can assist you in getting back to the personal or professional levels where you have experienced more happiness and success, Then again, maybe you are one who is reaching out for the first time toward the pinnacle in either--or both--the personal and professional segments of life. There is something here for you as well. There may be only one life message in REACH BEYOND that is truly meaningful for you. Then again, there may be several messages that hit home. There also may be some that emerge which have been hidden under layers of denial. That’s for you to decide. Whatever may be the case, the purpose of REACH BEYOND is to instruct…to inform…to inspire you to generate a more thorough thought and action process about how to reach beyond what you are for the greater reward of what you can become.

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Adam Makos
Feb
26
6:00 PM18:00

Adam Makos

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ABOUT SPEARHEAD:

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

 

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


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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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

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Ariel Lawhon
Mar
5
6:00 PM18:00

Ariel Lawhon

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

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

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

 

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Greg Iles
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Greg Iles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Searcy Family Writer’s Round

 George Searcy

George Searcy

 Jordy Searcy

Jordy Searcy

 Liam Searcy

Liam Searcy

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

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

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

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

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Phil & Foster
Dec
14
6:30 PM18:30

Phil & Foster

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Friday December 14th 6:30

Phil & Foster

Playing together since 2012, Phil & Foster have forged a musical partnership that finds strength in their instrumental dexterity, beauty in their vocal harmonies and excitement in their energetic stage show. Their setlist includes original compositions, as well as classics from Bill Monroe, Stanley Brothers, Hank Williams, Flying Burrito Brothers, and many others. Their long residency at Callaghan’s Irish Social Club in Mobile (Recently named Best Bar in the South by Southern Living Magazine) attests to their professionalism & longevity. Phil & Foster always deliver!

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Roy Hoffman
Dec
11
6:00 PM18:00

Roy Hoffman

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Almost Family:

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

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

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

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

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

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December Monday Night Artist in Residence: Lauren Murphy
Dec
10
5:00 PM17:00

December Monday Night Artist in Residence: Lauren Murphy

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December Monday Night Artist in Residence:

Lauren Murphy

National Touring Artist Lauren Murphy's Soulful Americana 

' Lauren Murphy brings the very essence of the classic San Francisco sound to the stage. Having performed with some the Bay Area's most famous and respected musicians, she can always be found delighting audiences everywhere with her inimitable style. In a crowded field of sometimes repetitious music mediocrity, it's refreshing to experience Murphy's gift for originality and soul-stirring performances. - Johnny Cole  The Southland Music Line

"Lady Willpower" Relix Magazine

"Compared to Janis Joplin & Grace Slick, Murphy has a grit and style all her own". Haight Street Music News 

"2018 Nappie Nominee Finalist Best Area Vocalist"

Lauren is band leader of "The Psychedelics" featuring John Cochran , and is in pre-production stage for their new album to be recorded at Dauphin Street Sound. 

www.LaurenMurphyMusic.com

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Guitar Lesson's-CANCELLED
Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

Guitar Lesson's-CANCELLED

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CANCELLED THIS WEEK (Will resume next week on Sunday!)

Community Guitar and Uke lessons at the Book Cellar!

Sundays at 2pm-3pm

  • Group Lesson, (Like a class)

  • Open to Public

  • All Ages Welcome

  • Bring your own guitar or uke!

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

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

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

Sonny Brewer - Our Prince of Scribes

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

(Anthology of authors discussing Pat Conroy.)

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

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

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

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Patti Callahan
Dec
4
6:00 PM18:00

Patti Callahan

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Patti Callahan - "Becoming Mrs. Lewis"

 

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

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

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

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

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

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December Monday Night Artist in Residence: Lauren Murphy
Dec
3
5:00 PM17:00

December Monday Night Artist in Residence: Lauren Murphy

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December Monday Night Artist in Residence:

Lauren Murphy

National Touring Artist Lauren Murphy's Soulful Americana 

' Lauren Murphy brings the very essence of the classic San Francisco sound to the stage. Having performed with some the Bay Area's most famous and respected musicians, she can always be found delighting audiences everywhere with her inimitable style. In a crowded field of sometimes repetitious music mediocrity, it's refreshing to experience Murphy's gift for originality and soul-stirring performances. - Johnny Cole  The Southland Music Line

"Lady Willpower" Relix Magazine

"Compared to Janis Joplin & Grace Slick, Murphy has a grit and style all her own". Haight Street Music News 

"2018 Nappie Nominee Finalist Best Area Vocalist"

Lauren is band leader of "The Psychedelics" featuring John Cochran , and is in pre-production stage for their new album to be recorded at Dauphin Street Sound. 

www.LaurenMurphyMusic.com

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

Community Guitar and Uke lessons at the Book Cellar!

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Community Guitar and Uke lessons at the Book Cellar!

Sundays at 2pm-3pm

  • Group Lesson, (Like a class)

  • Open to Public

  • All Ages Welcome

  • Bring your own guitar or uke!

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

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

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

Gabe Willis and Joe Langley

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Friday November 30th 6:30

Gabe Willis & Joe Langley


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

 

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Elizabeth Heiskell
Nov
27
6:00 PM18:00

Elizabeth Heiskell

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Elizabeth Heiskell - "The Southern Living Party Cookbook"

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

We will also have Hors d'oeuvre from the book!

International Wines will be providing a FREE WINE TASTING as well!

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

Molly Thomas and Rick Hirsch

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

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

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

 

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

Community Guitar and Uke lessons at the Book Cellar!

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Community Guitar and Uke lessons at the Book Cellar!

Sundays at 2pm-3pm

  • Group Lesson, (Like a class)

  • Open to Public

  • All Ages Welcome

  • Bring your own guitar or uke!

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

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

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

Michael Hewes and Sarah Hewes

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

*SIGNING ONLY*

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

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

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

– continued –

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

Email: scott@riverroadpress.com

The Tempestuous

Trial of Maybelline

Meriweather

New book Written by Michael Hewes Illustrated by Sarah Hewes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Michael Hewes

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

Sarah Hewes

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

River Road Press, New Orleans

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

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Gypsy Spark Band
Nov
21
6:30 PM18:30

Gypsy Spark Band

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Wednesday November 21st 6:30

Gypsy Spark

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

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Genna Rose
Nov
21
4:00 PM16:00

Genna Rose

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

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

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

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

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Jason Berry
Nov
20
6:00 PM18:00

Jason Berry

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

 

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

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

Lisa Mills, Monday Night Music

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November Monday Night Artist in Residence: 5-7

Lisa Mills

SOUTHERN SOUL AMERICANA GOSPEL & BLUES

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

November 5, 12, 19

 

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

Frye Gaillard & Anne Rush Kent-Holiday Open House!

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Open House Book Signings!

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

FRYE GAILLARD, A Hard Rain

Anne Rush Kent, (illustrated) Go South to Freedom

About the Book:

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

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

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

Alan Samry-Open House!

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

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Xaris Waltman
Nov
16
6:30 PM18:30

Xaris Waltman

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Friday November 16th 6:30

Xaris Waltman

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

 

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

 

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Winston Groom
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Winston Groom

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

 

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

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

Natasha Solomons-Tea Luncheon and Champange!

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

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

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

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Harrison Scott Key
Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

Harrison Scott Key

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

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

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

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

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

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