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Author Meet & Greet: James N. Ezell
Dec
19
4:00 PM16:00

Author Meet & Greet: James N. Ezell

Come Meet James Ezell as he presents his debut book, The Cistern.

What did he see in the photograph taken late one afternoon when the setting sun broke through the clouds? What lay beyond the trees along the stream on the other side of the pasture? A few pixels and shadows lead to an obsession—an obsession that might take his life and that of his beloved Genevieve. Nothing could prepare them for the horror that lay ahead.

James N. (Jim) Ezell is a retired civil and environmental engineer. He is a native and lifelong resident of Alabama. A significant part of his youth was spent roaming the woods and fields of the Alabama Black Belt of Sumter County and the Piney Woods of Choctaw County in search of game, Indian artifacts, fossils, rocks, and adventure. As an undergraduate at the University of Alabama, he developed an appreciation and love of art, anthropology, history, music, and photography all of which remain as his avocations. In graduate school he pursued an engineering degree and worked as a consultant for a number of years. He also researched and wrote the text for the historical markers in Tuscaloosa’s Government Plaza and Riverwalk. He currently writes a monthly column for Druid City Living and occasionally teaches in the University of Alabama’s OLLI Program.

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RESCHEDULED! Author Meet & Greet: Ericha Nix
Dec
19
4:00 PM16:00

RESCHEDULED! Author Meet & Greet: Ericha Nix

Come meet UA Press author Ericha Nix as she introduces her new book: Alabama Wildlife, Volume 5.

Alabama Wildlife, Volume 5 collects the most recent findings of virtually all experts in the field as of 2012, when the Third Alabama Nongame Wildlife Conference was convened at Auburn University.

Alabama Wildlife, Volume 5 offers a comprehensive update and provides a wealth of new information concerning changes and developments relative to the conservation status of wild animal populations of the state that have occurred in the decade since publication of the previous four volumes in 2004. Enhancements include the addition of any new or rediscovered taxon, species priority status changes, and taxonomic changes, plus the addition of the crayfishes, which were left out previously because so little was known about these understudied taxa.
 
A complete taxonomic checklist is included, which lists each imperiled taxon along with its priority designation followed by detailed species accounts. The eighty-four crayfish species accounts are comprised of a physical description (including a photograph, when available), distribution map, habitat summary, key life history, ecological information, basis for its status classification, and specific conservation and management recommendations. This revised expansion of the Alabama Wildlife set will be helpful to those seeking to broaden their knowledge of Alabama’s vast wildlife resources and will greatly influence future studies in the conservation of many of the imperiled species.
 
The University of Alabama Press originally released a set of four volumes titled Alabama Wildlife in 2004. The series consisted of A Checklist of Vertebrates and Selected Invertebrates (Volume 1), Imperiled Aquatic Mollusks and Fishes (Volume 2), Imperiled Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals (Volume 3), and Conservation and Management Recommendations for Imperiled Wildlife (Volume 4). However, Alabama Wildlife, Volume 5 offers an all-inclusive and complete update of these four previously published volumes, making it the single resource required for all those working with or interested in Alabama’s wild animals.

Alabama Wildlife, Volume 5 collects the most recent findings of virtually all experts in the field as of 2012, when the Third Alabama Nongame Wildlife Conference was convened at Auburn University.

Alabama Wildlife, Volume 5 offers a comprehensive update and provides a wealth of new information concerning changes and developments relative to the conservation status of wild animal populations of the state that have occurred in the decade since publication of the previous four volumes in 2004. Enhancements include the addition of any new or rediscovered taxon, species priority status changes, and taxonomic changes, plus the addition of the crayfishes, which were left out previously because so little was known about these understudied taxa.
 
A complete taxonomic checklist is included, which lists each imperiled taxon along with its priority designation followed by detailed species accounts. The eighty-four crayfish species accounts are comprised of a physical description (including a photograph, when available), distribution map, habitat summary, key life history, ecological information, basis for its status classification, and specific conservation and management recommendations. This revised expansion of the Alabama Wildlife set will be helpful to those seeking to broaden their knowledge of Alabama’s vast wildlife resources and will greatly influence future studies in the conservation of many of the imperiled species.
 
The University of Alabama Press originally released a set of four volumes titled Alabama Wildlife in 2004. The series consisted of A Checklist of Vertebrates and Selected Invertebrates (Volume 1), Imperiled Aquatic Mollusks and Fishes (Volume 2), Imperiled Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals (Volume 3), and Conservation and Management Recommendations for Imperiled Wildlife (Volume 4). However,  Alabama Wildlife, Volume 5 offers an all-inclusive and complete update of these four previously published volumes, making it the single resource required for all those working with or interested in Alabama’s wild animals.

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Other People's Poems
Jan
5
6:00 PM18:00

Other People's Poems

We're down with OPP! Join us on Friday, Jan 5 from 6-8pm for the inaugural 2018 OPP event where we recite poems from memory and tip a glass to Yeats and Auden and all the rest. 

Two rules for reciting: must be from memory (no paper) and must not be your own writing.

Non-participating friends welcome! Kid friendly, starts promptly at 6:15! Light refreshments served. 

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Author Meet & Greet: Laura Murray
Jan
20
11:00 AM11:00

Author Meet & Greet: Laura Murray

Join us as we welcome Laura Murray and introduce her coloring book, Amazing Alabama: A Coloring Book Journey Through Our 67 Counties.

Laura's 30-minute talk begins promptly at 11am and will include her research and design for Amazing Alabama, fun road trips around the state, different types of coloring materials and tips for improving coloring techniques. She will be available afterwards for a book signing.

Amazing Alabama: A Coloring Book Journey Through Our 67 Counties is a delightful, one-of-a-kind coloring book whose publication coincides with two significant bicentennial celebrations: the 2017 anniversary of Alabama becoming a territory and the 2019 anniversary of Alabama becoming a state. It is designed to to engage youngsters and adult coloring-book enthusiasts in learning about the unique character of our nation’s 22nd state.

Every county in Alabama is featured in Amazing Alabama with an appealing line drawing of its iconic and lesser-known sites — historical, geographical, topographical, industrial, commercial, and more. Companion text identifies and provides context for the pictured elements. The book provides a comprehensive educational snapshot of all that is special about the state. 

Author/illustrator Laura Murray was inspired to create Amazing Alabama, her first coloring book, after moving to Alabama from Georgia. Together, she and her husband made many road trips, which introduced her to the state’s history, its scenic highways and byways, its commercial centers and rustic small towns. Her coloring book showcases some of her favorite discoveries — the historic U.S. Post Office in Etowah County, the Old Rock Jail in Coosa County, the pitcher plant bog in Chilton County, and much more.

Laura Murray is a talented pen-and-ink illustrator with a background in graphic design and a passion for coloring books. Amazing Alabama: A Coloring Book Journey Through Our 67 Counties is the first coloring book of her own design. Her work reveals an affection for and familiarity with the state of Alabama borne of extensive travel and research. She lives with her husband, children, and two pets in Auburn. See more of her work at www.lauramurraycreative.com.

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E&H Anniversary Celebration
Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

E&H Anniversary Celebration

We've been here for one year so it's time to celebrate!


Author Meet & Greet: Aileen Kilgore Henderson and Anne Weston

The Horses of Lost Valley and My Brother Needs a Boa

10:30AM - 12:30PM

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Tillery Hubbs, a twelve-year-old wimp in 1960's San Diego, discovers a neglected horse in Lost Valley. Struggling against the horse's wealthy owner--and his own family--Till succeeds in saving the horse. He gains the courage to fight flood and fire and protect the other horses of Lost Valley. But when a new danger threatens, Till may be powerless to stop it.

The Horses of Lost Valley recently won two Purple Dragonfly Awards for 2017.

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Benito has a problem: he owns the only store in his remote rainforest village, and a pesky rat is driving away all his customers. The only solution? A boa constrictor, of course! But none of the snakes his neighbors find are just right for chasing away the rat as soon as possible. Benito rejects one after another until, finally, the perfect snake chooses Benito! The vivid and richly textured illustrations in My Brother Needs a Boa are full of charming details, and children will enjoy identifying all the animals that complete this picture of life in a rainforest community.


Author Meet & Greet: Jack Drake

Voices of Civil Rights Lawyers: Reflections from the Deep South 1964-1980

1:00PM - 2:30PM

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Civil rights lawyers were handmaidens of change who worked in the back rooms during twentieth-century America's era of profound social upheaval. Kent Spriggs, a noted lawyer of the period, gathers stories of legal maneuvers and memories of racial injustices from 26 voices--white and black, male and female, Northern-born, and Southern-born--many of whom share their own defining moments as civil rights lawyers. This collective perspective adds depth to the history of the era and its window on the legal and extralegal activities that occurred away from the actual protest venues. The framing materials place civil rights litigation into the context of major events from the 1960s, and the concluding section reflects on contemporary relevancies and continuing legacies.

Join us as we welcome Jack Drake, contributor to Voices of Civil Rights Lawyers: Prior to his retirement on July 31, 2013, Jack Drake was one of the leading constitutional rights lawyers of his generation. After graduation from the University of Alabama Law School in 1969, Mr. Drake went to work as staff counsel for the Selma Interreligious Project which was a Civil Rights organization dedicated to helping create economic opportunity for African-Americans in Alabama's Black Belt. In that capacity, he worked with the Freedom Quilting Bee, helped establish several daycare centers and worked with numerous farmers as well as farmers' organizations. Mr. Drake was one of the Plaintiff lawyers in Wyatt v. Stickney, a landmark case that set minimum standards of care for patients in mental hospitals in Alabama and subsequently the nation. He was also involved in other constitutional litigation which improved conditions in Alabama's prisons as well as local jails. Mr. Drake represented consumers and victims of all types for almost 45 years.  


Author Meet & Greet: Ann Powers & Julio Larramendi

Good Booty: Love & Sex, Black & White, Body & Soul in American Music

and Campesinos: Inside the Soul of Cuba

3:00PM - 4:30PM

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In this sweeping history of popular music in the United States, NPR's acclaimed music critic examines how popular music shapes fundamental American ideas and beliefs, allowing us to communicate both emotionally and truthfully about our most fraught social issues, sex and race.

In Good BootyAnn Powers explores how popular music became America's primary erotic art form. She takes us from nineteenth-century New Orleans through dance-crazed Jazz Age New York to the teen scream years of mid-twentieth-century rock and roll and the cutting-edge adventures of today's viral pop stars. Drawing on her deep knowledge of gender and sexuality, Powers recounts stories of forbidden lovers, wild shimmy-shakers, orgasmic gospel singers, countercultural perverts, soft-rock sensitivos, punk Puritans, and the cyborg known as Britney Spears to illuminate how eroticism--not merely sex, but love, bodily freedom, and liberating joy--became entwined within the rhythms and melodies of American song. This cohesion, she reveals, touches the heart of America's anxieties and hopes about race, feminism, marriage, youth, and freedom. 

Spanning more than a century of music, Powers both heralds little-known artists--such as Florence Mills, a contemporary of Josephine Baker, and gospel queen Dorothy Love Coates--and sheds new light on artists we think we know well, from the Beatles and Jim Morrison to Madonna and Beyonce. In telling the history of how American popular music and sexuality intersect, Good Booty--Powers's magnum opus over two decades in the making--offers new insights into our national psyche and our soul.

Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent and one of the nation's leading music writers. She began her career at San Francisco Weekly, and has held positions at the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, Blender, and the Experience Music Project. Her books include Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America; Tori Amos: Piece by Piece, which she cowrote with Amos; and Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Rap, and Pop, which she coedited with Evelyn McDonnell. She was also the editor of Best Music Writing 2010. She lives in Nashville.

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Deep inside the soul of Cuba are the campesinos—the men and women who have always worked the countryside across the length and breadth of Cuba, away from cities, towns, and often villages. Resilient, resourceful, and proud, campesinos are the heart and soul of Cuba. The fruit of years of travel among Cuba’s less-known and little-explored rural communities, Campesinos: Inside the Soul of Cuba is a collection of loving and intimate photographs by world-renowned photographers Chip Cooper and Julio Larramendi documenting people and places from every corner of the island nation, many never seen by Cubans themselves let alone visitors from abroad.
 
Into the center of this world traveled two photographers to document these extraordinary people. One, Julio Larramendi, was born in Cuba and has spent his whole life there. The other, Chip Cooper, came to visit for the first time from his native Alabama more than a decade ago. Together, Cooper and Larramendi have captured the light, sounds, and spirit of the campesino landscape and the humble and determined people who inhabit it, ways of living that have not changed, in many instances, for a century or more. From green tobacco fields and winding roads to the faces, both stern and smiling, of children and their close-knit families, Cooper and Larramendi have captured in this landmark volume the rhythms and traditions of contemporary rural Cuban life in ways never before documented.
 
Julio Larramendi is a research associate for the National Museum of Natural History of Cuba, a professor and visiting artist in residence at the University of Alabama’s Honors College, and the editorial director of Ediciones Polymita. He was the founder and first president of the department of Latin American photography at the José Martí International Institute of Journalism. His work has been featured in more than fifty books. Larramendi has had more than one hundred solo exhibitions and sixty group exhibits across thirty countries and various Cuban cities, and he is the recipient of more than a dozen international awards.

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Author Meet & Greet with Steve Robertson & 20% Off Store-wide Sale
Nov
24
10:30 AM10:30

Author Meet & Greet with Steve Robertson & 20% Off Store-wide Sale

Take 20% off your entire* order, Black Friday through Cyber Monday!

*Sale is from Nov. 24-27, 2017. Excludes membership package purchases, gift certificates and purchases from individual authors during our Fall for the Authors Festival, Nov. 25. 

Join us as we welcome Steve Robertson, author of FLIM FLAM: The Truth Behind the Blind-Faith Culture that Led to the Explosive NCAA Investigation of Ole Miss Football.

As the subtitle suggests, Flim Flam deals with the deeper issues of illegal football recruiting—a culture of corruption. Travel with Robertson as he navigates through the maze of coverups, lies, intimidations, and death threats.

Rooted in the heart of Southeastern Conference country, Mississippi State football recruiting writer, Steve Robertson, was drawn into likely the most flagrant instance of infractions since the 1987 SMU death penalty case. The circumstances surrounding the Ole Miss case are larger-than-life. The NCAA’s four-year investigation has produced allegations of academic fraud, pay-for-play, clothing, cash, hotel rooms, cars, lies, and cover-ups. Then came the escorts.

Flim Flam (borrowed from the famous Ole Miss “Hotty Toddy” cheer) is a real-life David and Goliath story of how Robertson found himself in the middle of the biggest NCAA scandal college football has seen in decades. In what could be the most remarkable job of investigative journalism in Mississippi sports history, Robertson scooped all other media outlets, and became THE go-to guy for inside facts regarding the NCAA investigation.

Flim Flam is reality-based with no embellishment of truth. It is destined to become the definitive historical document of the events of the past four years. Get your copy signed at Ernest & Hadley Books; the perfect gift for the football fans in your life! 

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Honors College Presents: Chip Cooper & Julio Larramendi's 'Campesinos'
Nov
12
3:00 PM15:00

Honors College Presents: Chip Cooper & Julio Larramendi's 'Campesinos'

Join us Sunday, November 12 from 3pm-5pm at the Tuscaloosa River Market as The University of Alabama's Honors College presents Campesinos: Inside the Soul of Cuba, by Chip Cooper and Julio Larramendi.

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Deep inside the soul of Cuba are the campesinos—the men and women who have always worked the countryside across the length and breadth of Cuba, away from cities, towns, and often villages. Resilient, resourceful, and proud, campesinos are the heart and soul of Cuba. The fruit of years of travel among Cuba’s less-known and little-explored rural communities, Campesinos: Inside the Soul of Cuba is a collection of loving and intimate photographs by world-renowned photographers Chip Cooper and Julio Larramendi documenting people and places from every corner of the island nation, many never seen by Cubans themselves let alone visitors from abroad.
 
Into the center of this world traveled two photographers to document these extraordinary people. One, Julio Larramendi, was born in Cuba and has spent his whole life there. The other, Chip Cooper, came to visit for the first time from his native Alabama more than a decade ago. Together, Cooper and Larramendi have captured the light, sounds, and spirit of the campesino landscape and the humble and determined people who inhabit it, ways of living that have not changed, in many instances, for a century or more. From green tobacco fields and winding roads to the faces, both stern and smiling, of children and their close-knit families, Cooper and Larramendi have captured in this landmark volume the rhythms and traditions of contemporary rural Cuban life in ways never before documented.

“I am not just staring at a photograph in a book. I am there in the countryside of Cuba. It is a surreal experience. This is the power and the grandeur of great photography—that I feel I am looking out of the window of a bus or car and that I AM THERE. It takes special photographers to achieve this. Chip Cooper and Julio Larramendi have done just this, and I am happy to have been able to travel there with them through their moving images.”
—Robert Stevens, from the Introduction

“Julio Larramendi and Chip Cooper do not place any claims on our state. Their interest is to give them an idea of our real life. In its esteem, they have painted its portrait. And we, these peasants, in our past and present reality, summon the ghosts of our grandparents.”
—Reynaldo Gonzalez, from the Preface

Chip Cooper is a current artist in residence from the Fototeca de Cuba for the City of Havana and artist in residence in the Honors College at the University of Alabama. He is the author, coauthor, and/or photographer of several photography books, including Hunting: The Southern TraditionAlabama MemoriesSilent in the Land, Common Threads: Photographs and Stories from the SouthCrimson: The University of Alabama,Tin Man: Charlie Lucas, and Old Havana: Spirit of the Living City/La Habana Vieja: El espíritu de la ciudad viva. A past recipient of an artist fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, Cooper’s work has been recognized both nationally and internationally and is held in many museums and in private and corporate collections.
 
Julio Larramendi is a research associate for the National Museum of Natural History of Cuba, a professor and visiting artist in residence at the University of Alabama’s Honors College, and the editorial director of Ediciones Polymita. He was the founder and first president of the department of Latin American photography at the José Martí International Institute of Journalism. His work has been featured in more than fifty books. Larramendi has had more than one hundred solo exhibitions and sixty group exhibits across thirty countries and various Cuban cities, and he is the recipient of more than a dozen international awards.

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The Present Past: An Evening with Scholars from The Univ. of Alabama's Dept. of Religious Studies
Nov
3
6:00 PM18:00

The Present Past: An Evening with Scholars from The Univ. of Alabama's Dept. of Religious Studies

Join us for the inaugural Religious Studies Book Event! Learn about current REL faculty research and help celebrate Prof. Altman‘s and Prof. Touna‘s first books. Light refreshments and open to the public. 

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Today, there are more than two million Hindus in America. But before the twentieth century, Hinduism was unknown in the United States. But while Americans did not write about "Hinduism," they speculated at length about "heathenism," "the religion of the Hindoos," and "Brahmanism." In Heathen, Hindoo, Hindu, Michael J. Altman argues that this is not a mere sematic distinction-a case of more politically correct terminology being accepted over time-but a way that Americans worked out their own identities. American representations of India said more about Americans than about Hindus. 

Heathen, Hindoo, Hindu is a groundbreaking analysis of American representations of religion in India before the turn of the twentieth century. Altman reorients American religious history and the history of Asian religions in America, showing how Americans of all sorts imagined India for their own purposes. The questions that animated descriptions of heathens, Hindoos, and Hindus in the past, he argues, still animate American debates today.

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Taking seriously critiques of historiography produced in recent decades, Vaia Touna advocates for an alternative approach to the way the past is studied. From Euripides’ tragedy Hippolytus, to the notion of voluntary associations in the Greco-Roman world, to the authenticity of traditional villages in Greece, Fabrications of the Greek Past argues that meanings (and thus identities) do not transcend time and space, and neither do they hide deep in the core of material artifacts, awaiting to be discovered by the careful interpreter. Instead, this book demonstrates that meanings are always relative to their present-day context; they are historical products created by social actors through their ever-contemporary acts of identification.

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Author Meet & Greet: Martin Olliff
Oct
23
5:30 PM17:30

Author Meet & Greet: Martin Olliff

Come meet UA Press author Martin Olliff as he introduces his new book: Getting Out of the Mud.

Martin T. Olliff recounts the history of the Good Roads Movement that arose in progressive-era Alabama, how it used the power of the state to achieve its objectives of improving market roads for farmers and highways for automobilists, and how state and federal highway administrations replaced the Good Roads Movement.

Getting Out of the Mud: The Alabama Good Roads Movement and Highway Administration, 1898–1928 explores the history of the Good Roads Movement and investigates the nature of early twentieth-century progressivism in the state. Martin T. Olliff reveals how middle-class reformers secured political, economic, and social power not only by fighting against corporate domination and labor recalcitrance but also by proposing alternative projects like road improvement and identifying the interests of the rising middle class as being the most important to public interest.
 
With the development of national markets in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Americans began to regard the nation as a whole, rather than their state or region, as the most important political entity. Many Alabamians wished to travel beyond their local communities in all seasons without getting stuck in the mud of rudimentary rutted dirt roads. The onset of the automobile age bolstered the need for roadmaking, alerting both automobilists and good roads advocates to the possibility of a new transportation infrastructure. The Good Roads Movement began promoting farm-to-market roads, then highways that linked cities, then those that connected states. Federal matching funds for road construction after 1916 led state and federal governments to supplant the Good Roads Movement, building and administering the highway system that emerged by the late 1920s.
 
Olliff’s study of how Alabamians dealt with strained resources and overcame serious political obstacles in order to construct a road system that would accommodate economic growth in the twentieth century may offer clues to the resurrection of a similar strategy in our modern era. Many problems are unchanged over the hundred years between crises: Alabamians demand good roads and a government that has the capacity to build and maintain such an infrastructure while, at the same time, citizens are voting into office men and women who promise lower taxes and smaller government.

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Author Meet & Greet: Chris Mcllwain
Oct
9
5:30 PM17:30

Author Meet & Greet: Chris Mcllwain

Come meet UA Press author Christopher Mcllwain as he introduces his new book: 1865 Alabama.

A detailed history of a vitally important year in Alabama history.

The year 1865 is critically important to an accurate understanding of Alabama’s present. In 1865 Alabama: From Civil War to Uncivil Peace Christopher Lyle McIlwain Sr. examines the end of the Civil War and the early days of Reconstruction in the state and details what he interprets as strategic failures of Alabama’s political leadership. The actions, and inactions, of Alabamians during those twelve months caused many self-inflicted wounds that haunted them for the next century.
 
McIlwain recounts a history of missed opportunities that had substantial and reverberating consequences. He focuses on four factors: the immediate and unconditional emancipation of the slaves, the destruction of Alabama’s remaining industrial economy, significant broadening of northern support for suffrage rights for the freedmen, and an acute and lengthy postwar shortage of investment capital. Each element proves critically important in understanding how present-day Alabama was forged.
 
Relevant events outside Alabama are woven into the narrative, including McIlwain’s controversial argument regarding the effect of Lincoln’s assassination. Most historians assume that Lincoln favored black suffrage and that he would have led the fight to impose that on the South. But he made it clear to his cabinet members that granting suffrage rights was a matter to be decided by the southern states, not the federal government. Thus, according to McIlwain, if Lincoln had lived, black suffrage would not have been the issue it became in Alabama.
 
McIlwain provides a sifting analysis of what really happened in Alabama in 1865 and why it happened—debunking in the process the myth that Alabama’s problems were unnecessarily brought on by the North. The overarching theme demonstrates that Alabama’s postwar problems were of its own making. They would have been quite avoidable, he argues, if Alabama’s political leadership had been savvier.

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Author Meet & Greet: Katie Lamar Jackson
Sep
25
5:30 PM17:30

Author Meet & Greet: Katie Lamar Jackson

Come meet UA Press author Katie Lamar Jackson as she introduces her new book: A Movement of the People.

How a grassroots movement led primarily by women shaped Alabama’s environmental consciousness.

A Movement of the People: The Roots of Environmental Education and Advocacy in Alabama is a detailed history of the Alabama Environmental Quality Association (AEQA). The AEQA helped to establish groundbreaking environmental protection and natural resource preservation policies for the state and the region and grew into one of the nation’s most progressive environmental education efforts.

The AEQA began in 1966 with the relatively simple political action agenda of cleaning up unsightly and unsanitary roadside trash. These inspired citizens collaborated with civic leaders to identify and remove illegal rural dumps and create more regulated landfills statewide. Eventually they became involved in the “Keep America Beautiful” campaign and with the US Public Health Service in its attempt to rid the state of the yellow-fever mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti, which breeds in standing, fetid water. The acme of these early efforts was the passage of Alabama’s Solid Waste Disposal Law of 1969, one of the nation’s first such bills.

The AEQA’s dedicated staff and supporters spearheaded other environmental projects, many of which remain active today, such as recycling programs with industry giants throughout the Southeast and the founding of the Bartram Trail Conference, a multistate initiative to identify and preserve the path that Quaker botanist William Bartram took through the territory before its formation into states.

Using recorded interviews with Martha McInnis, executive vice president of the AEQA, and full access to a meticulously preserved archive of the organization’s papers and artifacts, Katie Lamar Jackson relates this previously untold story of remarkable “citizen activism.” A Movement of the People is a valuable account of the organization’s growth and advancement, both economically and societally, which serves as a blueprint for successful civic activism and grassroots organizing.

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Author Meet & Greet: Martin Wilson
Sep
23
10:30 AM10:30

Author Meet & Greet: Martin Wilson

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 HouseOne 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.

 

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Author Meet & Greet: John Sledge
Sep
18
5:30 PM17:30

Author Meet & Greet: John Sledge

Come meet UA Press author John Sledge as he introduces his new book: These Rugged Days.

An accessibly written and dramatic account of Alabama’s role in the Civil War.

The Civil War has left indelible marks on Alabama’s land, culture, economy, and people. Despite its lasting influence, this wrenching story has been too long neglected by historians preoccupied by events elsewhere. In These Rugged Days: Alabama in the Civil War, John S. Sledge provides a long overdue and riveting narrative of Alabama’s wartime saga.

Focused on the conflict’s turning points within the state’s borders, this book charts residents’ experiences from secession’s heady early days to its tumultuous end, when 75,000 blue-coated soldiers were on the move statewide. Sledge details this eventful history using an impressive array of primary and secondary materials, including official records, diaries, newspapers, memoirs, correspondence, sketches, and photographs. He also highlights such colorful personalities as Nathan Bedford Forrest, the “Wizard of the Saddle”; John Pelham, the youthful Jacksonville artillerist who was shipped home in an iron casket with a glass faceplate; Gus Askew, a nine-year-old Barbour County slave who vividly recalled the day the Yankees marched in; and Augusta Jane Evans, the young novelist who was given a gold pen by a daring blockade runner.

Sledge offers a refreshing take on Alabama’s contributions to the Civil War that will intrigue anyone who is interested in learning more about the state’s war efforts. His narrative is a dramatic account that will be enjoyed by lay readers as well as students and scholars of Alabama and the Civil War. These Rugged Days is an enthralling tale of action, courage, pride, and tragedy, making clear the relevance of many of the Civil War’s decisive moments for the way Alabamians live today.

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Author Meet & Greet: Ken Gaddy
Sep
11
5:30 PM17:30

Author Meet & Greet: Ken Gaddy

Come meet UA Press author Ken Gaddy as he introduces his new book: Sixteen and Counting and help us celebrate Bear Bryant's birthday (Sept. 11). Ken currently serves as the Director of the Paul W. Bryant Museum, Tuscaloosa.

Dramatic accounts of every University of Alabama National Championship football season recounted by noted sports writers, players, and Alabamians.

Dating back to 1925, when Wallace Wade coached the Crimson Tide to an undefeated season and earned a spot in the Rose Bowl, the driving goal of every University of Alabama football season has been a national championship. A winning team surfaced that very next year, when Hoyt “Wu” Winslett’s squad sealed the national championship at the Rose Bowl for a second time. Winning seasons and bowl games culminating in the coveted crown followed again in 1930, 1934, 1941, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2015—more championships than any other college team in the nation.

Sixteen and Counting features a chapter highlighting each of these championship seasons and collects the legendary stories of many of the outstanding coaches and players on the University of Alabama’s championship teams. College football legends such as Wallace Wade, Wu Winslett, Johnny Mack Brown, Pooley Herbert, Frank Thomas, Dixie Howell, Don Hutson, Jimmy Nelson, Holt Rast, Pat Trammel, Sam Bailey, Lee Roy Jordan, Harry Gilmer, Bill Lee, Ken Stabler, Joe Namath, Gary Rutledge, Randy Billingsley, Barry Krauss, Clem Gryska, Gene Stallings, Paul “Bear” Bryant, and, of course, Nick Saban all make prominent appearances.

A seventeenth chapter is included that looks at the uncrowned teams commonly referred to as “the other five,” who were considered national champions by at least one national ranking service at the end of the season. Every glorious milestone and high point in Alabama football history is included here: “Mama called,” the wishbone formation, “The Goal Line Stand,” the Million Dollar Band, the coaching tower, the Davis kicking dynasty, the Notre Dame box, Coach of the Year, Team of the Decade, and two Heisman trophy winners.

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Author Meet and Greet: Dorothy Scarbrough
Sep
9
10:30 AM10:30

Author Meet and Greet: Dorothy Scarbrough

Come meet author and Tuscaloosa native, Dorothy Scarbrough, as she introduces her first book: I Am Still with You: Our Fight Against the Losses from Alzheimer's and Dementia Diseases.

"After sixty-five years of marriage, my husband, Bill now has Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia. I am a registered nurse with a career in gerontogical nursing including dementia care; however, this knowledge did not emotionally prepare me for the depth of feelings and the multiple losses with dementia. It is a book about how a couple responded to these losses from this dreadful disease as the wife unexpectedly became his caregiver." -Dorothy Scarbrough, RNC, BSN, MSN

This book offers hope in small things, emotional release for the reader, and survival when facing Alzheimer’s disease on a daily basis. I Am Still With You stresses that patients with dementia are people who still live day-to-day without past memories and have no dreams of a future. Yet this person needs joy, understanding, and love plus humor and deserves relief from fear and rejection every day.

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Sticker Sale ends August 31
Aug
17
to Aug 31

Sticker Sale ends August 31

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We've slashed prices even more! Come take advantage of our Sticker Sale before it ends August 31st. 

As always, Friends & Family Members save even more: 50% off of red sticker items, 45% on yellow, 35% on green and 30% on blue. Woo to the hoo!

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Author Reading/Meet & Greet: Carolyn Breckinridge
Jul
29
10:30 AM10:30

Author Reading/Meet & Greet: Carolyn Breckinridge

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. 

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Books and Brownies Fundraiser
Jul
28
3:00 PM15:00

Books and Brownies Fundraiser

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!

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Free Parent-Child Etiquette Class with Mary Sood
Jul
27
11:00 AM11:00

Free Parent-Child Etiquette Class with Mary Sood

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.

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Apr
29
10:30 AM10:30

Independent Book Store Day!

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

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