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Store & Community Events

Book Signing • Vikki Grodner
Jan
26
10:30 AM10:30

Book Signing • Vikki Grodner

Baby tells the timeless tale of children everywhere. 


When a young girl asserts her independence as she goes through the early stages and experiences of childhood, she soon declares that she is nobody’s “baby.” Ultimately, however, she comes to appreciate in her own youthful way the value of family dynamics and the importance of family ties. This results in a lesson she carries with her for the rest of her life as she forever remains her parents’ “baby.” 


With universal themes and sentiments, Baby is destined to become a classic.

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Romantic Cocktails • Cocktail Night with Clair McLafferty
Feb
16
5:30 PM17:30

Romantic Cocktails • Cocktail Night with Clair McLafferty

Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Join us for another enthralling cocktail crash course with Clair McLafferty and her new book: Romantic Cocktails. Her new book is a bewitching collection of 75+ craft cocktail recipes--plus easy recipes for homemade ingredients and bar snacks--perfect for winning hearts and mending broken ones, too! The history and lore of aphrodisiacs makes for a culinary book that's a both a fascinating read and an indispensable go-to guide for romantic cocktail mixology.

Ticket price includes the book and three sample-sized cocktails per person.

$30 single  •  $50 couple

Limit: 24 people 

Reservations required. Must be 21 and older.

Contact easty@ernestandhadleybooks.com or call 205.632.5331 to make your reservation.

Please drink responsibly!

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E&H Book Club
Feb
21
5:30 PM17:30

E&H Book Club

Ernest & Hadley Books will be shifting the focus of our book club in 2019. Starting in February, we will exclusively read works from LOCAL authors (the West Alabama area) - it’s why we’re here, after all! Here’s the reading list for the next five months (bearing in mind that there are some very exciting releases TBA):

February - Tuscaloosa Moon by Carolyn Breckinridge

March - Every Mask I Tried On by Alina Stefanescu

April - Granger’s Girl by Jana O’Brien

May - My Year in the Middle by Lila Quintero Weaver

June - There Must Be A Witness by Sue Bell Cobb

Don’t forget that you can save 20% on current and future book club reads in store by mentioning the E&H Book Club at checkout!

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E&H Book Club
Jan
17
6:00 PM18:00

E&H Book Club

Want to join a book club? Ours is open to everyone!

We will not have book club in December due to holiday madness, but that leaves plenty of time to read our next pick: Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow.

Join us Thursday, January 17 from 6-8 PM. RSVP to the event here, or if you're not in town, follow along with us on Goodreads. Don't forget, you can save up to 20% on this month’s read in-store by mentioning this event at checkout. Love your local!

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Book Release + Signing • Monique Fields
Jan
12
11:00 AM11:00

Book Release + Signing • Monique Fields

A young biracial girl searches for the perfect color word to describe herself in this picture book with a universal theme of self-identity.

Simone wants a color, one that will show who she is inside and out. 

This engaging and beautiful picture book follows a young biracial girl named Simone as she searches for her own place in the world. She wants to find the perfect color to understand her heritage, a color that isn’t brown or pink or black or white. 

Eventually, Simone creates a special word to describe the combination of her mom's dark and her dad's light skin colors: honeysmoke

Through simple text, this heartfelt and inspirational story empowers all children to forge their own unique identity.


Monique Fields
 is an award-winning journalist. Her essays about race and identity have appeared on air, in print, and online, including NPR’s All Things ConsideredEbony magazine, and TheRoot.com. She is the founder and editor of Honeysmoke.com, a site for parents raising multiracial children, and she is a member of the SCBWI. Monique lives in Alabama with her husband and their two daughters.

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New Year • NEW HOURS
Jan
3
9:30 AM09:30

New Year • NEW HOURS

E&H Books will be closed for New Years from Dec. 30 through Jan. 2, 2019.

~ Or by appointment ~ because we’ll be there counting books! 205-632-5331

Following inventory, we will reopen with our new hours on Jan. 3:

Mon-Fri 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Sat 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Closed Sun

Happy New Year!

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Holiday Hours
Dec
30
to Jan 2

Holiday Hours

E&H Books will be closed for New Years from Dec. 30 through Jan. 2, 2019.

~ Or by appointment ~ because we’ll be there counting books! 205-632-5331

We will reopen with our new hours on Jan. 3:

Mon-Fri 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Sat 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Closed Sun

Happy New Year!

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Holiday Hours
Dec
25
12:00 AM00:00

Holiday Hours

E&H Books will be open from 10 AM - 1 PM on Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve)

Closed Dec. 25 (Merry Christmas!)

We will also be closed for New Years from Dec. 30 through Jan. 2. ~ Or by appointment~ because we’re counting (and sniffing) books!

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season & a very happy New Year!

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Holiday Hours
Dec
24
10:00 AM10:00

Holiday Hours

E&H Books will be open from 10 AM - 1 PM on Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve)

Closed Dec. 25 (Merry Christmas!)

We will also be closed for New Years from Dec. 30 through Jan. 2. ~ Or by appointment~ because we’re counting (and sniffing) books!

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season & a very happy New Year!

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2nd Annual FALL FOR THE AUTHORS FESTIVAL
Dec
8
10:30 AM10:30

2nd Annual FALL FOR THE AUTHORS FESTIVAL

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Schedule of Appearances

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

Carolyn Breckinridge, James N. Ezell, Kwoya Fagin Maples, Monique Fields, Vikki Grodner, Melissa Shultz-Jones, Matthew K. Myers

11:50 AM - 12:40 PM

Ramey Channell, Mark Johnson, Avery Morales, Zack Parker, Kellie Wells

1:10 PM - 2:00 PM

Claire Datnow, Aileen K.Henderson, Elizabeth Kitchens, Mark Mayfield, Anne Weston, Gregory Whitis

2:30 PM - 3:20 PM

Patricia Correll, Tanya Eavenson, Kathryn Galloway, Kenneth Melvin, Jana O’Brien

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Iron Bowl Tailgate + 20% Off Store-wide Sale!
Nov
23
to Nov 26

Iron Bowl Tailgate + 20% Off Store-wide Sale!

Take 20% off your entire in-store purchase, Black Friday through Cyber Monday!

Sale is from Nov. 23-26, 2018 and applies to in-store purchases or Rare Books online using discount code: GIVETHANKS. Excludes new books online, purchases of gift cards or store membership packages. Friends & Family Members get 35% off in-store…ask us how!

And be sure to join us on our front lawn Saturday, November 24 for a good old-fashioned Iron Bowl tailgate. The first 20 customers receive a free Shop Small tote! We’ll be Roll Tiding away, but we welcome War Eagles too. Come play corn hole, get some vittles, and knock out some of that holiday shopping before taking in the big game.

Rooooooooooll Tide, Roll!

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Book Signing • Christopher L. McIlwain, Sr.
Nov
16
5:30 PM17:30

Book Signing • Christopher L. McIlwain, Sr.

Join us as we welcome author Christopher McIlwain back to E&H Books, where he will be signing his new book, The Million-Dollar Man Who Helped Kill a President: George Washington Gayle and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Click here for more information.

Christopher Lyle McIlwain, Sr., has been practicing law for more than three decades in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. His other passion is the study of nineteenth century history. He is the author of two previous books, Civil War Alabama (U. of Alabama Press, 2016), the winner of the McMillan Prize, and 1865 Alabama: From Civil War to Uncivil Peace (U. of Alabama Press, 2017). Chris has also published several articles in a variety of history journals.

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E&H Book Club
Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

E&H Book Club

Want to join a book club? Ours is open to everyone!

Join us Thursday, November 15 from 6-8 PM as we discuss Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

RSVP to the event here, or if you're not in town, follow along with us on Goodreads. Don't forget, you can save up to 20% on this month’s read in-store by mentioning this event at checkout. Love your local!

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UA Dept. of Religious Studies Presents: An Evening with Scholars
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

UA Dept. of Religious Studies Presents: An Evening with Scholars

Join us for the second annual University of Alabama Religious Studies book and panel discussion event at Ernest & Hadley Booksellers. 

Learn about current REL faculty research, meet their books and get to know your local indie bookstore! Event is open to the public with light refreshments served.

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Other People's Poems • Day of the Dead: A Beckoning
Nov
2
6:00 PM18:00

Other People's Poems • Day of the Dead: A Beckoning

Join us for the next evening of Other People's Poems (OPP) on Friday, Nov. 2 from 6-8pm as we recite poems and tip a glass to Yeats and Auden and all the rest. While our only rule is that it must be someone else's work, we do have monthly themes -

**November's Theme - Day of the Dead: A Beckoning**
The first hour we will recite poems, but the second half will be dedicated to the spirits. Our staff and many customers know that we have an other-worldly friend at the store that makes her presence known especially around the holidays. Join us for a beckoning where we will attempt to reach out to her. It’s like a light version of seance….A diet seance. Two Paranormal experts will be on site to help with the beckoning.

Poems recited from memory is preferred but not required, and non-participating friends are welcome! Older, brave kiddos are welcome (might be a little scary for the young-ins), starts promptly at 6:15 with light refreshments served. This will be the last OPP of 2018. RSVP here

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Book Signing • Dana R. Chandler
Oct
22
4:30 PM16:30

Book Signing • Dana R. Chandler

Join us Monday, Oct. 22 from 4:30-6pm as we welcome Dana R. Chandler, where he will be signing and discussing his book To Raise Up the Man Farthest Down: Tuskegee University's Advancements in Human Health, 1881-1987. Books will be available for sale during the event with light refreshments served.

Click here for more information.

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E&H Book Club
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

E&H Book Club

Want to join a book club? Ours is open to everyone!

Join us Thursday, October 18 from 6-8 PM as we discuss Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

RSVP to the event here, or if you're not in town, follow along with us on Goodreads. Don't forget, you can save up to 20% on any version of Frankenstein at E&H in-store by mentioning this event at checkout. Love your local!

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UA Creative Writing Visiting Writers Series • Akhil Sharma
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

UA Creative Writing Visiting Writers Series • Akhil Sharma

Akhil Sharma is the award winning author of the novels Family Life and An Obedient Father. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, and Best American Short Stories.

Reading and book signing will be at Gorgas Library, room 205, and is free and open to the public. More info on the event here and click here for more about his latest book: A Life of Adventure and Delight. Sharma's works are available ahead of time at Ernest & Hadley Books. 

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Panel Discussion • Dr. Kevin Thomas & David Chumney
Oct
9
5:30 PM17:30

Panel Discussion • Dr. Kevin Thomas & David Chumney

Please join us for a productive discussion on Christianity today, the joyful overlapping of faith, progress and scholarship, lead by local authors Pastor Dr. Kevin Thomas and David Chumney. All faiths and walks-of-life are welcome!

Dr. Kevin L. Thomas’ The Immoral Christian addresses the twisting of the simple concept of loving God and loving people, rising from the ashes of the current state of the western church in an unconditional embrace. Dr. Thomas and his wife, Melissa, live in Tuscaloosa where he serves as senior pastor of Forest Lake United Methodist Church. He received his BA from The University of Alabama (Roll Tide), his Master of Divinity from Memphis Theological Society, and his Doctor of Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary.

David Chumney’s Jesus Eclipsed is a carefully researched analysis of the scholarly, historical pursuit of the real Jesus, and why we factually know so little about this pivotal first-century figure. For nearly three decades, author David Chumney was an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He is no longer a practicing Christian, but he used his extensive background in biblical studies to write Jesus Eclipsed, which he hopes will give readers a new perspective on how the scripture accounts of Jesus’ life originated and the difference that makes for historical research.

Light refreshments served. Both title are available for sale prior to and at the event.

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Other People's Poems • Fall Upon Us
Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

Other People's Poems • Fall Upon Us

Join us for the next evening of Other People's Poems (OPP) on Friday, Oct. 5 from 6-8pm as we recite poems and tip a glass to Yeats and Auden and all the rest. While our only rule is that it must be someone else's work, we do have monthly themes -

**October's Theme: Fall Upon Us**
Autumn is a pretty powerful poetic muse! Even though it still feels like Summer, we'll use verse to summon the gods of cool air, changing leaves and pumpkin spice.

From memory is preferred but not required, and non-participating friends are welcome! Kid friendly, starts promptly at 6:15 with light refreshments served. RSVP here

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An Evening with Sue Bell Cobb
Oct
4
5:30 PM17:30

An Evening with Sue Bell Cobb

Join us for a special evening with former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Sue Bell Cobb where she will talk about her new book, There Must Be a Witness: Stories of Abuse, Advocacy, and the Fight to Put Children First. She will be signing her books at the event, but space is limited so please reserve your place in advance. Tickets are free - click here to reserve your spot!

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Celebrating the Bicentennial with Wayne Flynt
Oct
3
5:30 PM17:30

Celebrating the Bicentennial with Wayne Flynt

Dr. Wayne Flynt, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Auburn University, is one of the most recognized and honored scholars of Southern history, politics, and religion. Join us at The Tuscaloosa Public Library Reading Room as he discusses his two latest books, Alabama: The History of a Deep South State, Bicentennial Edition and Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship with Harper Lee.

Both titles will be available for sale at the event and ahead of time at Ernest & Hadley Booksellers.

For more information, please click here.

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E&H Book Club
Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

E&H Book Club

Want to join a book club? Ours is open to everyone!

DATE CHANGE - Join us Thursday, September 27 from 6-8 PM as we discuss Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward.

RSVP to the event here, or if you're not in town, follow along with us on Goodreads. Don't forget, you can save up to 20% on Sing, Unburied, Sing at E&H in-store by mentioning this event at checkout. Love your local!

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Poetry Reading & Book Signing • Marianne Kunkel
Sep
22
11:00 AM11:00

Poetry Reading & Book Signing • Marianne Kunkel

Join us as we welcome poet Marianne Kunkel as she introduces her new book of poetry: Hillary, Made Up. Books will be available to purchase at the reading, which begins at 11:30am with light refreshments served.

Hillary, Made Up provides an insightful view from the perspective of beauty products in an ode to Hillary Clinton. The beauty rituals that half of Americans take part in has never seen much poetry, but Marianne Kunkel delves into just that. Hillary, Made Up brings to light the unfair standards to which Americans hold successful women, and shows Hillary Clinton's political career from its beginning in the 1970s to her run in the presidential campaign. The collection tells this story through the lens of sexism, allowing readers to see the role that gender discrimination played in Hillary Clinton's ultimate loss to President Trump.

Marianne Kunkel is the author of The Laughing Game (Finishing Line Press) and holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Florida and a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is an assistant professor of Creative Writing and Publishing at Missouri Western State University and the editor-in-chief of The Mochila Review.

BookTrailer for Marianne Kunkel's new book of poetry, HILLARY, MADE UP, available in September 2018 from Stephen F. Austin State University Press. Trailer by Sarah Zahari | Photography by Johnathan Loesch | Music by Jeremy Wray ("Saying Goodbye in the Rain (piano)") http://mariannekunkel.com http://twitter.com/MarianneKunkel http://sfasu.edu/sfapress
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Other People's Poems • Dog Days of Summer
Sep
7
6:00 PM18:00

Other People's Poems • Dog Days of Summer

Join us for the next evening of Other People's Poems (OPP) on Friday, Sept. 7 from 6-8pm as we recite poems and tip a glass to Yeats and Auden and all the rest.

While our only rule is that it must be someone else's work, we are launching MONTHLY THEMES, so, without further ado -

**SEPTEMBER'S THEME: The Dog Days of Summer**   That endless heat getting to you? Or maybe you've found a lovely verse about man's best friend. Whatever it means to you!

From memory is preferred but not required, and non-participating friends are welcome! Kid friendly, starts promptly at 6:15 with light refreshments served. RSVP here.

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Books for Nasties • Book Club
Aug
26
3:00 PM15:00

Books for Nasties • Book Club

Hosted by the Kudzu Coalition of West Alabama, this month's selection is Beloved: Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, which brought the unimaginable experience of slavery into the literature of our time.

RSVP to the event here. Don't forget: you can save up to 20% on Beloved in-store by mentioning this event at checkout. Love your local!

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E&H Book Club
Aug
16
6:00 PM18:00

E&H Book Club

Want to join a book club? Ours is open to everyone!

Join us Thursday, August 16 from 6-8 PM as we discuss Uprooted by Naomi Novik.

RSVP to the event here, or if you're not in town, follow along with us on Goodreads. Don't forget, you can save up to 20% on Uprooted at E&H online or in-store or by mentioning this event at checkout. Love your local!

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Other People's Poems • Featuring Poet Hank Lazer
Aug
3
6:00 PM18:00

Other People's Poems • Featuring Poet Hank Lazer

Join us for the next evening of OPP on Friday, August 3 from 6-8pm as we recite poems and tip a glass to Yeats and Auden and all the rest. 

At our August get togther, we will be featuring Poet Hank Lazer. Hank has published 27 books of poetry, including the recently released Evidence of Being Here: Beginning in Havana (N27) from Negative Capability Press and Thinking in Jewish (N20) (Lavender Ink).  Previous books include Poems Hidden in Plain View (2016, in English and in French), Brush Mind: At Hand (2016), N24 (2014) and N18 (2012). Lazer’s Selected Poems have been translated and published in Italy and China and will be appearing shortly in Cuba.   

Only one rule for reciting: it must be someone else's work. From memory is preferred but not required, and non-participating friends are welcome! Kid friendly, starts promptly at 6:15 with light refreshments served. 

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