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Come meet YA author and Tuscaloosa native, Martin Wilson, as he introduces his new book: We Now Return to Regular Life.
The Face on the Milk Carton meets The Impossible Knife of Memory in this ripped-from-the-headlines novel that explores the power of being an ally--and a friend--when a kidnapped boy returns to his hometown - Tuscaloosa.
Sam Walsh had been missing for three years. His older sister, Beth, thought he was dead. His childhood friend Josh thought it was all his fault. They were the last two people to see him alive.
Until now. Because Sam has been found, and he's coming home. Beth desperately wants to understand what happened to her brother, but her family refuses to talk about it--even though Sam is clearly still affected by the abuse he faced at the hands of his captor.
And as Sam starts to confide in Josh about his past, Josh can't admit the truths he's hidden deep within himself: that he's gay, and developing feelings for Sam. And, even bigger: that he never told the police everything he saw the day Sam disappeared.
As Beth and Josh struggle with their own issues, their friends and neighbors slowly turn on Sam, until one night when everything explodes. Beth can't live in silence. Josh can't live with his secrets. And Sam can't continue on until the whole truth of what happened to him is out in the open.
For fans of thought-provoking stories like The Face on the Milk Carton, this is a book about learning to be an ally--even when the community around you doesn't want you to be.
"Deeply compassionate and full of hope, this book is proof that we can survive both horrific harm and our earliest, most awkward stabs at self-determination. We Now Return to Regular Life is a graceful, moving testament to love of all kinds."--National Book Award finalist Laura McNeal, author of Dark Water
Martin Wilson grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where both of his novels take place. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Florida, and his work has appeared in Tin House, One Teen Story, and other publications. His debut novel, What They Always Tell Us (Delacorte Press/Random House Books for Young Readers, 2008), won the Alabama Author Award for best young adult book. The novel was also a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, an Indie Next Selection, an ALA-ALSC Rainbow List Selection, and a CCBC Choices Book. He currently lives in New York City, where he works as a publicist in the book publishing industry.
Come meet local favorite, Carolyn Breckinridge, from 10:30am-1:30pm, and familiarize yourself with her murder mystery series based in Tuscaloosa! Meet & Greet starts at 10:30am and reading begins at 11:00.
Book 1: Tuscaloosa Moon
Dr. Priscilla Beaty has two sons, a successful career, and an all-consuming interest in Crimson Tide football. She additionally has a very long string of lovers and an even greater number of enemies. Some people are both. It falls to Detective Addie Bramson to untangle the webs of passion crisscrossing Tuscaloosa County to discover who might most want to see Dr. Beaty dead.
ook 2: Tuscaloosa Boneyard
As residents of Tuscaloosa, Alabama prepare for the annual Kentuck Festival in adjoining Northport, Detective Addie Bramson finds herself helping two sisters search for their missing grandmother, mother, and baby brother. Art thefts are mounting and a dangerous femme fatale is on the loose. All of this before she gets a call reporting murder. As these cases untangle, Addie learns that the secrets of some citizens hang heavy in the graveyard.
Sometimes you just want to eat sweets and drink lemonade while other folks read to you. Well, the Alabama Student Association for Poetry is partnering with the BamaSlam Montevallo Poetry Slam to provide you with just that!
Join us at E&H on Friday, July 28, from 3:00-5:30pm to grab some treats as local poets and UA alumni read short stories and poems to kids and adults of all ages! All proceeds from the Books and Brownies Fundraiser will help BamaSlam get to the National Poetry Slam in Denver, CO this August. Support your local budding poets!
Join us for a free parent-child etiquette class and Mini French Camp from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with Mom 'N' I Publishing, LLC. co-owner Mary Sood. The classes are held in conjunction with the release of "Yellow Kitten Learns Good Manners" and "Yellow Kitten Goes to Paris."
Kids are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal (especially kittens!) to the event. You will practice your table manners, meeting and greeting, learn some French words and even complete an Eiffel Tower craft. Refreshments will be served! Advance registration is encouraged on our Facebook events page.
Join us for a meet & greet and book signing from 10:30am-1:30pm on Saturday, July 15. We are welcoming Rod Riley and his recently released action/adventure novel, Cloud Peak, and Robert K. Brown, celebrating the 10th anniversary of his murder mystery/thriller, Sonnets.
Come meet editor, Susan Cushman, and contributors, Wendy Reed and Jennifer Horne. Meet & Greet starts at 10:30am and reading begins at 11:30.
Join the nation-wide Indie Bookstore Day celebration! Schedule of events @ E&H:
10:30 am - Author Meet & Greet w/Susan D. Lambert and her children's book, Clarence the Clam
11:30 am - Author Meet & Greet w/Pamela S. Wight and illustrator, Shelley A. Steinle and their children's book, Birds of Paradise
1:00 pm - Author Meet & Greet w/Elizabeth Findley Shores and her memoir, Earline's Pink Party: The Social Rituals and Domestic Relics of a Southern Woman
2:30 pm - Author Meet & Greet w/Avery Morales and his young adult novella, Monsters: A Dismal Awakening
Join Juan Carlos Reyes, the winner of the 2016 Quarterly West novella contest, as he presents a selected reading from his winning piece, "A Summer’s Lynching: A Novella in Thirteen Loops." Meet & Greet/book signing to follow!