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Don Keith
Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

Don Keith

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NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING GERARD BUTLER AND GARY OLDMAN

A submarine captain races to prevent World War III in this thrilling adventure.

Below the polar ice cap, an American nuclear submarine moves quietly in the freezing water, tailing a new Russian sub. But the usual, unspoken game of hide-and-seek between opposing captains is ended when the Americans hear sounds of disaster and flooding, and the Russian sub sinks in a thousand feet of water. The American sub rushes to help, only to join its former quarry in the deep. 

The situation ignites tensions around the world. As both Washington and Moscow prepare for what may be the beginnings of World War III, the USS Toledo—led by young, untested Captain Joe Glass—heads to the location to give aid. He soon discovers that the incident was no accident. And the men behind it have yet to make their final move. A move only Glass can stop.

Previously Published As Firing Point

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Blue Mother Tupelo
Feb
22
6:30 PM18:30

Blue Mother Tupelo

Friday, February 22nd

6:30pm

Blue Mother Tupelo

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

"Super songs played by super musicians. It's soulful/bluesy with Southern Rock, classic country, gospel and even a bit of adult album alternative (AAA) influences. This album will win them awards." - Planet Weekly 

"I can honestly say it's been a while since I have been as entertained with an album." - Music News Nashville 

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Karyn Tunks (Reading & Signing)
Feb
23
1:30 PM13:30

Karyn Tunks (Reading & Signing)

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Karyn Tunks is coming to Page and Palette on Feb. 23 at 1:30 to sign “Mardi Gras in Alabama”. She will read her story at 2:00pm before the parade starts at 3:00pm.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Follow Folly as he celebrates Mardi Gras in Alabama! Hang on tight because he wants to see every parade in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Folly has a front-row seat as he rides with kings and queens and tags along with Joe Cain. From catching throws with the crowd to joining right in with the marching bands, Folly is a part of all the festivities. Through bouncing rhyme and lively illustrations, Karyn Tunks and Alexis Braud capture the unique flavor of Carnival season along Alabama's Gulf Coast. Highlighting the best of the local revelry, Folly brings young readers along as he explores favorite Mobile-area traditions. A glossary of people, places and things completes Carnival fans' introduction to the most colorful season of the year. So come along and join the fun as we celebrate Mardi Gras in Alabama! Written by Karyn W. Tunks PhD and Illustrated by Alexis Braud.

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Andre Gallant
Feb
23
4:30 PM16:30

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Andre Gallant

“A High Low Tide”

Oysters are a narrative food: in each shuck and slurp, an eater tastes the place where the animal was raised. But that’s just the beginning. André Joseph Gallant uses the bivalve as a jumping of point to tell the story of a changing southeastern coast, the bounty within its waters, and what the future may hold for the area and its fishers. With A High Low Tide he places Georgia, as well as the South, in the national conversation about aquaculture, addressing its potential as well as its challenges.

The Georgia oyster industry dominated in the field of oysters for canning until it was slowed by environmental and economic shifts. To build it back and to make the Georgia oyster competitive on the national stage, a bit of scientific cosmetic work must be done, performed through aquaculture. The business of oyster farming combines physical labor and science, creating an atmosphere where disparate groups must work together to ensure its future. Employing months of field research in coastal waters and countless hours interviewing scholars and fishermen, Gallant documents both the hiccups and the successes that occur when university researchers work alongside blue-collar laborers on a shared obsession.

The dawn of aquaculture in Georgia promises a sea change in the livelihoods of wild-harvest shellfishermen, should they choose to adapt to new methods. Gallant documents how these traditional harvesters are affected by innovation and uncertain tides and asks how threatened they really are.

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Last Show as Artist in Residence: Grayson Capps
Feb
25
5:00 PM17:00

Last Show as Artist in Residence: Grayson Capps

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February Monday Night Artist in Residence

Grayson Capps

February 4, 11, 18 & 25

5pm-7pm

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



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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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Chocolates and A Book
Feb
28
2:00 PM14:00

Chocolates and A Book

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ABOUT THE EVENT:

Jule Buckley and Stephanie Crowe will host a “Chocolates and A Book”. Stephanie will discuss Pieces of Happiness , a novel of friendship, hope and chocolate and Jules Buckley, owner of The Frenchman’s Corner, will show us a chocolate delight and regale us about some fun facts of chocolate on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 2pm.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A novel of five lifelong friends who, in their sixties, decide to live together on a cocoa farm in Fiji, where they not only start a chocolate business but strengthen their friendships and rediscover themselves. "I've planted my feet on Fijian earth and I intend to stay here until the last sunset. Why don't you join me? Leave behind everything that didn't work out!"When Sina, Maya, Ingrid, and Lisbeth each receive a letter in the mail posing the same question, the answer is obvious. Their old high school friend Kat—Kat the adventurer, Kat who spread her wings and took off as soon as they graduated—has extended the invitation of a lifetime: Come live with me on my cocoa farm in Fiji. Come spend the days eating chocolate and gabbing like teenagers once again, free from men, worries, and cold. Come grow old in paradise, together, as sisters. Who could say no? Now in their sixties, the friends have all but resigned themselves to the cards they've been dealt. There's Sina, a single mom with financial woes; gentle Maya who feels the world slipping away from her; Ingrid, the perennial loner; Lisbeth, a woman with a seemingly picture-perfect life; and then Kat, who is recently widowed. As they adjust to their new lives together, the friends are watched over by Ateca, Kat's longtime housekeeper, who oftentimes knows the women better than they know themselves and recognizes them for what they are: like "a necklace made of shells: from the same beach but all of them different." Surrounded by an azure-blue ocean, cocoa trees, and a local culture that is fascinatingly, joyfully alien, the friends find a new purpose in starting a business making chocolate: bittersweet, succulent pieces of happiness.      A story of love, hope, and chocolate, PIECES OF HAPPINESS will reaffirm your faith in friendship, second chances, and the importance of indulging one's sweet tooth.

YOU DO NOT NEED A TICKET! Just come join us!

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James F. Cash
Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

James F. Cash

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

KIRKUS REVIEW:

Cash achieves a realistic, if occasionally monotonous, account of life at sea in this travel memoir.

Nearly two years after working in a high-pressure career, where he struggled to relax, the author finds himself at sea, sailing almost halfway around the world with his crew. The journey takes him to the coastline of South Africa, the Panama Canal and the Western Seaboard of America. The memoir opens with the author recalling his first experiences of sailing as a 10-year-old, when his uncle offered him a sailing-rigged kayak, which led to a lifetime love of the ocean. As the years passed, the author convinced himself that his retirement boat would be a cruising catamaran. This book is about the realization of that dream and the exhilarating journey that followed. Each stage of preparation is carefully detailed, from initial dealings with the catamaran factory to swinging the compass, the process of pointing a boat at various landmarks to determine “the deviation from an accurate reading of the magnetic compass created by metal and electronics on board.” Once at sea, every aspect of life on the waves is examined. The author describes the dogwatch and the perils of nodding off and colliding with a tanker ship. He also details an alarming incident off the coast of Africa, when a crack appeared where the ship’s keel attached to its hull. However, he’s keen to point out that many books concerning the sea deal with disaster, whereas in reality, life-threatening events prove rare. Here, the joys of circumnavigating the globe are paramount. The author recalls glorious mornings waking in paradise, seeing native fishermen sailing by in canoes. He also revels in the cuisine experienced on the cruise, including a selection of his favorite recipes at the end of the book. His glossary of nautical terminology is concise without relying heavily on jargon. Extended discussions of spinnakers and suchlike may prove monotonous, but it’s a valuable education nonetheless.

The pleasures of ocean adventure captured eloquently, affably and without bravado, perfect for long-distance sailors and those hoping to find their sea legs.

REVIEWS:

“This is an inspirational, entertaining and very readable book. The author has a fine writing style and paints a vivid picture of his adventures. Sailors will find lots of useful ideas about preparing for and completing an extended voyage. Experienced and aspiring travelers will be inspired by the fascinating descriptions of exotic places. The author did his homework and gives the reader lots of good background information about the interesting stops along the way. The book contains some great recipes too. I highly recommend this book.” -J.P. Martin

“In this book Jim takes us with him for a trans-oceanic adventure from South Africa to the Los Angeles. The ports of call along the way are fascinating with historical information. The descriptions of life aboard the Kat Atomic let you experience a lengthy sea voyage on personal level. You get a sailors view of the weather, currents, fishing and the rhythms of daily life. A good read!” -Don P

“The author simply and factually states how it is possible to follow that "dream," and whether or not it is sailing across an ocean, it gives promise to other endeavors a reader may wish to pursue during their lifetime. No traumatic sequences here, but a real-life account of the journey for others to enjoy and learn from. And the recipes are good too!” -Valerie

THIS IS A FREE EVENT, YOU DO NOT NEED A TICKET! Just come join us!

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Jonathan F. Putnam
Mar
1
2:00 PM14:00

Jonathan F. Putnam

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About the book:

Final Resting Place: A Lincoln and Speed Mystery

Twenty-nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln has spent his entire adult life running from his past―from the poverty of the dirt-floor log cabin where he was raised, from the dominion of his uneducated father, and from a failed early courtship. But now, Lincoln’s past is racing back to haunt him.

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

It’s no ordinary trial, however, as Lincoln and Speed soon face unwelcome complications. Lincoln’s ne’er-do-well father and stepbrother appear in town and threaten Lincoln’s good name and political future. And before long, anonymous letters start appearing in the local newspapers, with ominous threats that make Lincoln fear for himself and his loved ones.

As the day of reckoning arrives, the threats against Lincoln continue to escalate. Lincoln and Speed must identify the culprit and fast, before Lincoln loses the race to outrun his past in Final Resting Place, the brilliant third installment of Jonathan F. Putnam’s acclaimed Lincoln and Speed mysteries.

About the Author:

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

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Rick Stanfield
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

Rick Stanfield

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"It was 2 o’clock in the morning. The darkness was powerfully frightening, and I saw the fear in my wife’s face with every flash. We had $19.70 to our names with no where to live and no where to go."This is a story about hard-learned lessons, a family's survival, and the goodness of God that changes lives.

To see more of his books and about “I Can and I Will” go visit his website at https://rickstanfield.com/books/

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Robert Ellis Haynes - First Friday Author
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

Robert Ellis Haynes - First Friday Author

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Short-term mission trips are commonplace in American church life. Yet their growth and practice have largely been divorced from theological education, seminary training, and mission studies. Consuming Mission takes important steps in offering a theological assessment of the practice of STM and tools for subsequent mission training. Using relevant academic studies and original focus-group interviews, Haynes offers important insights into this ubiquitous practice. While carefully examining the biblical and historical foundations for mission, Consuming Mission engages more contemporary movements like the Missio Dei, Fresh Expressions, the Emergent Church, and Third-Wave Mission movements that have helped shape mission. The unique role of United Methodist mission is illustrated through its historical roots and contemporary expression in the ubiquitous STM movement in the United States. Haynes uses original field research data to gather the implicit and explicit theologies of lay and clergy participants. Cultural influences are significantly influencing STM participants as they use their time, money, sacrifice, and service, applied in the name of mission, to purchase a personal growth experience commonly sought by pilgrims. The resulting tensions from mixing mission, pilgrimage, and tourism creates are explored. Haynes offers important steps to move the practice away from using mission for personal edification.

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Come see "The Cat in the Hat"!
Mar
2
11:00 AM11:00

Come see "The Cat in the Hat"!

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The Cat in the Hat is coming to visit us, now’s your chance to meet him and get photos with him!

There will be a childrens event on Saturday, March 2nd at 11am. Children can come and participate in activities, reading and photo opportunity with Cat in the Hat!

Steph Ross will lead the activities!

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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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Eliot Schrefer - Book Talk/School Visits
Mar
7
9:30 AM09:30

Eliot Schrefer - Book Talk/School Visits

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“The Lost Rainforest” by Eliot Schrefer Book Talk visit dates and locations:

  • Eliot Schrefer will be visiting Fairhope Intermediate School on March 7th at 9:30am!

  • Eliot Schrefer will also be visiting Newton Elementary School on March 7th at 1:00pm!

Page and Palette will have signed copies available for “The Lost Rainforest” Series (“Gogi’s Gambit” and “Mez’s Magic”)

About the Books:

THE LOST RAINFOREST:Mez's Magic

The Lion King meets Wings of Fire in the magical rainforest kingdom of Caldera in this new middle grade animal fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Eliot Schrefer.

Caldera has forever been divided into those animals who walk by night and those who walk by day. Nightwalker panthers, like young Mez and her beloved sister, have always feared daywalkers as creatures of myth and legend. Until the eclipse.

Now Mez has discovered that she can cross the Veil and enter the daylight world. Her magical power has unknown depths, but she must rush to discover it after a mysterious stranger arrives at her family’s den, bearing warnings of a reawakened evil.

Saving Caldera means Mez must leave her sister behind and unite an unlikely group of animal friends to unravel an ancient mystery and protect their rainforest home.

About the Books:

The Lost Rainforest #2:Gogi's Gambit

The second book in New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Eliot Schrefer’s Lost Rainforest series will thrill fans of Warriors and Spirit Animals with action and humor as the shadowwalkers battle to save their magical rainforest home.

Caldera always existed in harmony between the creatures who walk by day and those who walk by night—until an ancient evil awakened. In the year since the shadowwalkers’ narrow escape from the Ant Queen, the ants’ destruction has only spread.

Gogi, a shadowwalker monkey still learning to wield his fire powers, embarks on a quest with his friends—including a healing bat, an invisible panther, and a tree frog who controls the winds—for a powerful object that can harness the magic of the eclipse to defeat the Ant Queen.

But with just weeks before the next eclipse, Gogi must race to prove that he can control the mighty depths of his talent if he is to protect his friends, save the rainforest, and return home unsinged.

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Jack Morton
Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

Jack Morton

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About the Book:

Award-winning celebrity stylist Jack Morton, owner of Indulgence Salon, serves up a festive book of taste-tempting recipes, gathered from a star-studded cast of Buckhead clientele, celebrities and media personalities in his new book, Salon Dish. Including recipes served at the Governor’s mansion for state dinners, family recipes handed down through the generations, and everyday personal favorites, Salon Dish celebrates the best recipes ever eaten by Morton’s good-looking and good-cooking clients. Frequently called The Celeb Salon, Indulgence Salon services a clientele list packed with well known celebrities including Jane Fonda, President Jimmy Carter, Senator John McCain, Peter Jennings, Charlton Heston, Sally Fields, Miss Georgia, Joan Lunden, Jack Ford and scores of other famous local and national personalities.

About the Author:

Jack Morton, a well-known media personality, has gained local and national praise for his Indulgence Salon, one of the nation’s leading salons. With more than 20 years of hair styling and make-up experience, Morton has brought Indulgence to the industry forefront. A four-time Emmy award-winning stylist for hair, make-up and wardrobe, skilled cook and seasoned how-to expert, Jack Morton has a huge following for his lifestyle advice on decorating and entertaining. Featured weekly on NBC-Affiliate WXIA TV with his "Jack Of All Trades" noon broadcast segment, Morton is also seen monthly with his popular enter-to-win "Changing Faces." Previously he appeared for 14 years with makeover appearances on Noonday, NBC’s daytime talk show. Morton has done hair and make-up for the Emmy Awards, ABC (Official Stylist during 1996 Olympic Games), Disney, Paramount, Orion, HGTV, local NBC affiliates, as well as an extensive line-up of major theater productions. Morton has also appeared on other Atlanta affiliates including ABC, FOX, WTBS, CNN, HGTV and CBS.

Reviews:

"Break our the culinary weapons: Jack Morton's new cookbook is a real treasure." -- William Diehl, author, Primal Fear

"Feast your eyes on Salon Dish! It's the ultimate cookbook for everyone on your gift list! -- Robyn Freedman Spizman, television and radio personality

"Talented in so many ways, Jack Morton is a modern day Renaissance man..." -- Senator Zell Miller

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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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Bill Hegg and Bill Andre Book Signings
Mar
16
12:00 PM12:00

Bill Hegg and Bill Andre Book Signings

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William Hogg’s book ‘Rabbit – a Southern Summer.’

The book is fiction with a hint of non-fiction, based on Bill’s growing up in the 1960’s and spending summers with his grandparent in Georgia. With no other children his age, he befriends an elderly black man living on the property named Virge, a wise beyond even his years man who becomes an integral part of Boll’s life on his grandparent’s farm.

From learning how to hunt, to his first crush, Bill shares with us the stories that shaped his life in a humorous and touching way.

Reviews:

Enjoyable story of growing up in different times. Brings to mind memories of my own childhood…-C.W.

In this semi-autobiographical novel, author Bill Hogg takes us back to his summer on the Hardy Farm where he learns the importance of family. If you do nothing else, allow the author to transport you back in time to educate and entertain you.-N.K. W.

Author Bill Hogg intertwined memories from his childhood with historical situations, teaching moments and laughter. Can’t wait for my daughter to read as well as my oldest grandchildren.-C.P.

A delightful read. Made me smile, cry, laugh and think. Fell in love with the characters.-J.C.

This was such a joy to read. The author has a gift for telling stories and his main character is an old black man full of wisdom.-D.W.

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Bill Andre’s book “A Greater Vengence”

Author Bill Andres releases through Intellect Publishing, LLC, A Greater Vengeance. his first in a three-part series of books set in the civil war era. The book is a fast-paced story of intrigue, adventure, and romance:

While the curtain of sorrow and treachery fall on a country soon to be divided against itself, a wealthy Georgia planter foresees the collapse of the southern way of life and takes steps to preserve his plantation at the cost of even his life. His wife will do absolutely anything, striking out at all those who threaten her and their lifestyle. A young couple in the border state to the confederacy of Maryland find themselves caught in the middle of diverging traditions and cultures, while a family of negroes has run away from their masters on an Alabama plantation, escaping the treachery of slavery.

While so many struggle to find a place in their disappearing society, there are also those who take advantage of opportunities to profit in gun and slave trade, often destroying the lives of those in their way.

A courageous federal agent attempts to pierce the wall of corruption while representing a federal government who many observe as an institution dissolving at its foundation.

A Greater Vengeance is available now in paperback, ebook and hardback though Amazon and selected book stores.

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Lauren Clark
Mar
16
1:00 PM13:00

Lauren Clark

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Every day, I wake up certain of only three things:

I am responsible for my mother’s death.
My father has vanished.
Someone wants me dead.

I’m on the run. It’s me against the world.

I cannot let it break me.

When sixteen-year-old Olivia Jacobs and her celebrity chef father are brutally attacked after his French Quarter restaurant opening, the shell-shocked Olivia finds herself on the run on the streets of New Orleans.

Who wants her dead? And why?

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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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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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Ken Wells
Mar
26
6:00 PM18:00

Ken Wells

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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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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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Stacey Little
Apr
13
3:00 PM15:00

Stacey Little

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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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Heather Montgomery
Apr
30
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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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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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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Artist in Residence: Monday Nights: Grayson Capps
Feb
18
5:00 PM17:00

Artist in Residence: Monday Nights: Grayson Capps

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February Monday Night Artist in Residence

Grayson Capps

February 4, 11, 18 & 25

5pm-7pm

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


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Joyce Vath Book Signing
Feb
18
3:00 PM15:00

Joyce Vath Book Signing

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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. Joyce Vath

About the Author

Joyce Vath studied at the Actor's Studio and with Lucille Ball. She did movies and TV but preferred live theatre, co-starring with many stars such as Pat O'Brien, Cyd Charise, Bob Cummings, etc. Retirement didn't slowed her down with 38 productions in Mexico where she and her late husband, Richard, helped build a theater that is still going strong. Beginning her life with a college major, Joyce got back to writing when Richard decided they should retire from Show Biz. She edited an English language newspaper in Mexico for five years, publishing many stories in international magazines. She moved to Fairhope when Richard passed away and has appeared at Theatre 98 in "Musical Comedy Mysteries of 1940," "Exhibit This," and "The Games Afoot." Now she's determined to get back to her first love, writing. "Two Weeks to Kill" is a fictionalized version of something that actually happened while they were living in Ajijic, Mexico. You'll find out why she had to fictionalize the story when you read the book!

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T.K. Thorne
Feb
16
2:00 PM14:00

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To save her partner, Rose kills a man, but no one is going to believe her. . . .

Rookie patrol o cer Rose Brighton chases a suspect down an alley. Without warning, her vision wavers, and the lone suspect appears to divide into two men—the real suspect, frozen in time, and a shadow version with a gun. Confused by what she’s just seen, but with no time to second guess it’s meaning, Rose shoots the real suspect in the back.

Forced to lie to detectives, she risks her job and her life to discover the shocking truth of who she really is—a witch of an ancient House, the prey of one powerful enemy, and the pawn of another.

House of Rose, set in the Deep South city of Birmingham, Alabama, is the rst book of the Magic City Stories.

Praise for T.K. Thorne

“A compelling and exceptional read, Angels At The Gate documents author T. K. Thorne
as an impressively talented novelist.” —Midwest Review

“This excellent, well-crafted historical novel showcases a truly talented storyteller.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“...So compelling that I could not wait until I could read the next part of the adventure.”
San Francisco Book Review

“A terri c yarn... brilliant world-building, clever extrapolation, and fascinating characters.” —Washington Independent Review of Books

T.K. Thorne, a retired Birmingham, Alabama police captain, has written two award- winning historical novels, Noah’s Wife and Angels at the Gate, lling in the untold backstories of extraordinary, yet unnamed women—the wives of Noah and Lot—in two of the world’s most famous sagas. The New York Post’s “Books You Should Be

Reading” list featured her rst non- ction book, Last Chance For Justice, which details the investigators’ behind-the-scenes stories of the 1963 Birmingham church bombing case. She loves traveling and speaking about her books and life lessons. T.K. writes at her mountaintop home near Birmingham, Alabama, often with two dogs and a cat vying for her lap.

Visit T.K.’s Website: www.TKThorne.com Also: https://tkthorne.com/speakermedia/

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Dr. Greg Garrett
Feb
16
1:30 PM13:30

Dr. Greg Garrett

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"The old way of “being church”―measured by political influence, money, and congregants in the pews―may indeed be vanishing, but it is being replaced by something new and beautiful for those with the eyes, ears, heart, and soul to experience it.

Prolific author Greg Garrett reminds Episcopalians of the many gifts that our tradition can offer a doubting and hurting world. He reveals a church that values intellect, beauty, diversity, and community, and promotes thoughtful engagement with questions of faith, ethics, and community. This church espouses a generous orthodoxy, welcoming left and right, mystic and doubter. It values education, social justice, and engagement with
literature and culture. And in opposition to the radical individualism espoused by most of American Protestantism, it offers the unique gift of a tradition shaped by English culture that believes the individual is a part of her or his community―not in opposition to it."

About the Author:

Greg Garrett is the Austin, Texas author of twenty-five books of fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and translation. Like his literary heroes James Baldwin and Marilynne Robinson, Greg moves fluidly from fiction to nonfiction exploring the big human questions, and in his books, hoping to help his readers discover some answers of their own. Among his latest books are a lead trade title from Oxford University Press exploring our post-9/11 obsession with the zombie apocalypse (Living with the Living Dead, Starred Review in Library Journal), the tenth-anniversary edition of his searing yet hopeful memoir of depression and faith (Crossing Myself, featured on FOX News), and a novel retelling one of our great archetypal stories in the modern world of 24/7 news and social media (The Prodigal, Starred Review in Publishers Weekly). Greg's debut novel, Free Bird, was chosen by Publishers Weekly as a First Fiction feature, and the Denver Rocky Mountain News named it one of the best first novels of 2002. His other novels are Cycling and Shame. All have been critically acclaimed.

Greg is perhaps best known for his writing on faith, culture, politics, and narrative. BBC Radio has called Greg "one of America's leading voices on religion and culture," and he has written on topics ranging from spirituality and suffering to film and pop culture, written on U2, Harry Potter, American politics, and contemporary faith and practice. Greg's nonfiction work has been covered by The New Yorker, USA Today, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Globe and Mail, FOX News Radio, The Christian Science Monitor, BBC Radio, BBC Scotland, National Public Radio, CBS Radio, msnbc.com, The Bob Edwards Show, DublinTalk Radio, The New Statesman, The National Review, Commonweal, Christianity Today, Vice, Playboy, Mens Health, and many other broadcast, print, and web media sources. Greg has written for Salon.com, The Washington Post, The Daily Mirror, Patheos, The Huffington Post, The Spectator, Reform, The Tablet, and other print and web publications in the US and UK, and has spoken across the US and Europe, including appearances at the Edinburgh Festival of Books, the American Library in Paris, Cambridge University, Kings College London, Villanova University, Amerika Haus in Munich, the Greenbelt Festival, Google London, South by Southwest, Amerika Days in Stuttgart, and the Washington National Cathedral. Greg's current projects are a literary novel set in Paris against the backdrop of international terrorism, a book on race, film, and reconciliation for Oxford University Press, and a book-length conversation between Rowan Williams and himself on friendship, story, popular culture, and faith.

Greg is an award-winning Professor of English at Baylor University, where he has taught since 1989. He also serves as Theologian in Residence at the American Cathedral in Paris. He is an elected member of the Texas Institute of Letters, and a licensed lay preacher based at St. David's Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas, where he lives with his wife Jeanie and their daughters Lily and Sophia.

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The Krickets | Fairhope Redbird Album Release Show
Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

The Krickets | Fairhope Redbird Album Release Show

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ABOUT:

An evening with The Krickets latest album, Redbird.

Come enjoy an intimate listening room experience at The Page and Palette's Book Cellar complete with the stories behind the songs.

The Krickets | New Album Redbird

The Krickets are a female Americana group from the Florida / Alabama gulf coast who's music is what Paste Magazine calls a "a truly stunning, one-of-a-kind sound." Fresh out of the studio, the band is proud to release their sophomore album entitled Redbird. Produced by Grammy nominated Sam Ashworth (Joy Williams, The Lone Bellow) and recorded at Brown Owl Studios in Nashville, this album has everything from traditional country to folk rock, all steeped in swamp harmony.

All tracks written by different variations of band members, the group trades lead vocals and instruments throughout the album. Sam Ashworth lends his guitar, drums and keys while other guests musicians include famed pedal steel player Bruce Bouton (Reba, Garth Brooks) and Jeff Taylor on mandolin and accordian. This album is for the story lover. A fusion of Americana, folk and Bluegrass meant to be savored.

Notable:

- Official 2018 SXSW performers / Folk Alliance International Showcase,

- 2016 IMA Winners for Folk Song of the Year for single Cool Cool Water

- November 2018 release, Winter Wonderland produced by Grammy winner Jerry Salley.

Bonus fact: A portion of proceeds from every album sale benefits the Sacred heart Hospital Guild’s “Cricket Fund” in honor of Cricket Russell (namesake of the band) providing screenings to the uninsured in rural north Florida. The "K" was interchanged to give space to Buddy Holly's fabulous Crickets. Click here to donate to the Cricket Fund.

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Artist in Residence: Monday Nights: Grayson Capps
Feb
11
5:00 PM17:00

Artist in Residence: Monday Nights: Grayson Capps

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February Monday Night Artist in Residence

Grayson Capps

February 4, 11, 18 & 25

5pm-7pm

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


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Ryan Balthrop
Feb
8
6:30 PM18:30

Ryan Balthrop

Friday, February 8th

6:30pm

Ryan Balthrop

Ryan Balthrop writes about spirituality and curiosity...pain, loss, love, and redemption. Ryan has had the priceless privilege of featuring many of the areas best and most prolific musicians, and singers on his recent efforts. 

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Balthrop's record, "Fall Together" takes a look at the world in its beautiful Chaos, through a new father's eyes. Balthrop is currently writing and preparing for his next studio effort. He continues to  search, and put a positive, humorous spin on the world at hand.

“Ryan Balthrop is one of the most prolific songwriters I know. He is sensitive & thoughtful in crafting his songs and the characters and real people in his stories. Ryan’s voice can sound like gasoline and butter at the same time. He has a beautiful, kind soul and is funny as hell!” - Molly Thomas

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Ed Tonore
Feb
7
6:00 PM18:00

Ed Tonore

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Join us for Gumbo and Jambalaya from (Market by the Bay) for this fantastic Tailgate Party with Ed Tonore! (Free of charge!)

It began as a tribute to his father. Every weekend for an entire season, Ed Tonore set out to attend the highest-rated college football game in the country. Not only did his national quest remind him of the history and traditions of American football, but it taught Ed how great the people in America are and how important it is to cross things off of your bucket list.

Having documented his journey on his blog, Ed pulls from those posts in this compilation of sights, sounds, tailgates, traditions, and the history of each university he visited during the season. The icing on the cake is a bonus section of recipes from the most popular restaurants in these college towns. Many of these "must-visit" restaraunts shared their signature recipes with Ed.

Entertaining, informative, and witty, you don't have to be a football fan to enjoy the ride!

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Monday Music: Grayson Capps: Artist in Residence
Feb
4
5:00 PM17:00

Monday Music: Grayson Capps: Artist in Residence

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February Monday Night Artist in Residence

Grayson Capps

February 4, 11, 18 & 25

5pm-7pm

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



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Anne E. Dechant
Feb
2
6:30 PM18:30

Anne E. Dechant

Saturday, February 2nd

6:30pm

Anne E. Dechant

"...her songs, enriched by her political consciousness, nail blue-collar grit in a way few writers do." - Nashville Scene, Jewly Hight

"Her music is a bold celebration of the essence of what it is to be alive in the moment."          -No Depression Magazine, Terry Roland

 "Now there's a woman with a fire in her belly." - The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"DeChant is our wake-up call to all of the possibilities found in songs and stories when they're told with integgrity, honesty and heart.  She is what the future of Americana music needs to be in order to endure."  - No Depression, Terry Roland

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Barstow Revival
Feb
1
6:30 PM18:30

Barstow Revival

First Friday, February 1st

6:30pm

Barstow Revival

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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
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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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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Marie Benedict
Jan
18
6:00 PM18:00

Marie Benedict

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***In addition to her event with us at Page and Palette on Jan. 18th at 6:00pm, she will also be in Mobile, AL speaking earlier in the day at 1:00pm at West Mobile Public Library (5555 Grelot Rd, Mobile, AL 36609). We hope you will swing by at either location and see her!***

Her most anticipated novel yet, The Only Woman in the Room (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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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