Jay Lamar & Friends • Book Talk & Signing

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Join Ernest & Hadley Booksellers as we welcome the Women (Writers) Of a Certain Age (WOCA) back together again on Friday, June 21 from 5:30-7:00 PM. Celebrate the summer solstice and Old Enough: Southern Women Artists and Writers on Creativity and Aging with Jay Lamar, Jennifer Horne, Wendy Reed and more! Details to come, including a signature WOCA-tail (and MOCKA-tail) of the evening, link to RSVP, etc.


In Old Enough, twenty-one women artists and writers write about the experience of aging. Gay, straight, unmarried, partnered, widowed, Black, white, Latinx, retired, and working, these women are not squeamish about the challenges of growing older, including ageism, health concerns, and loss. And they are frank about how received notions of female aging can be restrictive and diminishing. But in lyrical, sometimes wry, often inspiring essays they explore what growing older can offer: self-knowledge, insight, and acceptance. Striking portraits by award-winning photographer Carolyn Sherer, who is also a contributor to the volume, accompany each essay.

At the heart of this invigorating collection is the bold championing of creative practice. Some contributors look back to their girlhood to recall their first powerful connections to art, while others show how they have refreshed their commitment to maintaining a practice. However, all are still driven to create and to investigate, to stay committed to the processes that work while finding new ways to stay creatively alive. Old Enough aims to honor the limitless variety, depth, and scope of being “old enough” and will resonate with readers who want to understand and find purpose, meaning, and comradery in their creative journey.


JAY LAMAR is the Director of Special Programs for the Office of the Provost and University Libraries at Auburn University. She serves directly with the Office of Undergraduate Studies on special lectures and the common reading program and with the Department of Archives and Special Collections in the Ralph B. Draughon Library. For more than two decades she was director of the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities, where she helped forge partnerships between the university and the community. She is co-editor of The Remembered Gate: Memoirs by Alabama Writers.

JENNIFER HORNE is a poet and freelance writer who grew up in Arkansas and has lived in Alabama since 1986. She received an MA in English and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and has been a university English teacher, a poetry teacher in elementary schools, and a journal, magazine, and book editor. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in journals across the Southeast, including Carolina Quarterly and the Birmingham Poetry Review. She gardens on Canyon Lake, outside Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

WENDY REED has received writing fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and Seaside Institute and has published in various anthologies, magazines and newspapers. She also co-edited All Out of Faith and Circling Faith with Jennifer Horne. Reed produced and directed numerous documentaries and the series Bookmark with Don Noble at the University of Alabama Center for Public TV & Radio and for her work with Discovering Alabama she received two Emmys. She has three children and lives in Waverly, Alabama.

JACQUELINE ALLEN TRIMBLE lives and writes in Montgomery, Alabama. She is a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, a Cave Canem Fellow, and an Alabama State Council on the Arts Literary Fellow. American Happiness, her debut collection (NewSouth Books, 2016), won the Balcones Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and journals including Poetry MagazineThe OffingThe Louisville ReviewThe Rumpus, and Poet Lore. She is a professor of English and chairs the Department of Languages and Literatures at Alabama State University.

WENDY REED has received writing fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and Seaside Institute and has published in various anthologies, magazines and newspapers. She also co-edited All Out of Faith and Circling Faith with Jennifer Horne. Reed produced and directed numerous documentaries and the series Bookmark with Don Noble at the University of Alabama Center for Public TV & Radio and for her work with Discovering Alabama she received two Emmys. She has three children and lives in Waverly, Alabama.

PATRICIA FOSTER is an associate professor in the MFA Program in Nonfiction at the University of Iowa. She is the author of All the Lost Girls; editor of Minding the Body and Sister to Sister; and coeditor of The Healing Circle. She is a recipient of the PEN/Jerard Fund Award, the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, a Dean's Scholar Award, and a Florida Arts Council Award. Her short stories and essays have been published in numerous anthologies and literary magazines.

Event date: 
Friday, June 21, 2024 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
1928 7Th St
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-1829
Old Enough: Southern Women Artists and Writers on Creativity and Aging By Jay Lamar (Editor), Jennifer Horne (Editor), Katie Lamar Jackson (With) Cover Image
By Jay Lamar (Editor), Jennifer Horne (Editor), Katie Lamar Jackson (With)
$34.95
ISBN: 9781588385185
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Published: NewSouth Books - May 1st, 2024