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

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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TO BE RESCHEDULED! Author Meet & Greet: Ericha Nix
Oct
16
5:30pm 5:30pm

TO BE RESCHEDULED! Author Meet & Greet: Ericha Nix

UPDATE: We just got word that the author is unable to make it to tonight's event. We hope to reschedule, but wanted to get the word out ASAP for those who planned on attending. Please stay tuned for updates and we apologize for any inconvenience!

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

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
5:30pm 5:30pm

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
10:30am10:30am

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
5:30pm 5:30pm

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
5:30pm 5:30pm

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
10:30am10:30am

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
10:30am10:30am

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
3:00pm 3:00pm

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
11:00am11:00am

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
10:30am10:30am

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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