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Store & Community Events

E&H Book Club
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

E&H Book Club

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

Join us Thursday, July 19 from 6-8 PM as we discuss Treeborne by Caleb Johnson.

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 22% on Treeborne at E&H online or in-store or by mentioning this event at checkout. Love your local!

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Jul
20
to Jul 21

Sales Tax Holiday Weekend

Hey there! You know what we have a lot of?  BOOKS.

75% of the store* is tax free Friday, July 20 - Saturday, July 21 (closed Sunday) so be sure not to miss this great opportunity for back-to-school savings! 

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*Eligibility of exempted items is determined by the retail value prior to any applied discounts. Click HERE for a complete list of taxable and exempt items.

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Other People's Poems • Featuring Poet Hank Lazer
Aug
3
3:30 PM15:30

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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Stories and Songs: Treeborne | A Book Release and Reading
Jun
23
6:00 PM18:00

Stories and Songs: Treeborne | A Book Release and Reading

Saturday June 23, join us at Druid City Brewing for an evening of stories and songs featuring Caleb Johnson, author of the novel Treeborne (Picador, June 2018), and Doc Dailey one of our favorite songwriters and musicians . A special keg of Chilton County Peach Wheat will be on tap and New Orleans-based chef Nate Barfield of Turkey and Wolf will be providing complimentary BBQ. 

The event starts at 6:00 PM with a short reading from Treeborne, followed by a Q&A session with the author moderated by Blaine Duncan and an opportunity to purchase copies of the novel and have them signed. After the reading, Doc Dailey will perform at 8:00 PM and merriment will be had!

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E&H Book Club
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

E&H Book Club

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

Join us Thursday, June 21st from 6-8 PM as we discuss The Dry by Jane Harper.

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 The Dry at E&H online or in-store or by mentioning this event at checkout. Love your local!

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Author Meet & Greet: Bill Fitts
Jun
16
10:30 AM10:30

Author Meet & Greet: Bill Fitts

“The Needed Killing Series has a pleasing premise. In each novel . . . the murder victim is obnoxious and widely disliked. This not only makes the reader feel better about the death, it also swells the number of suspects.” - APR, Don Noble's Book Reviews, October 21, 2013

Book #6 of the Needed Killing Series is now out! Two Needed Killing promises to be a welcome addition to a series that has already excited the mystery reader far and wide. Come meet Bill Fitts and hear all about Two Needed Killing as Detective Crawford reveals his culprits, light refreshments served. Also, Books 1-5 have been redesigned to include Bill's favorite sleuth helper, a cat or two. These cozy mysteries would be excellent for beach reading or rainy days. Click here for more details on this series, now available at Ernest & Hadley Books!

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Meet & Greet: Julian L. McPhillips, Jr.
Jun
14
5:30 PM17:30

Meet & Greet: Julian L. McPhillips, Jr.

Join us as we welcome Montgomery lawyer and author, Julian L. McPhillips, Jr. for reading and discussion of his new book From Vacillation to Resolve: The French Communist Party in the Resistance, 1939-1944. Julian is also the author of two other books Civil Rights in My Bones and The People's Lawyer.

The reading will start at 6:00 PM followed by discussion, book signing and light refreshments. For more details, please click here.

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Meet & Greet: Southern Writers on Writing
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Meet & Greet: Southern Writers on Writing

Join us as we welcome celebrated authors Susan Cushman, Jennifer Horne, Wendy Reed and Jacqueline Trimble as they introduce Southern Writers on Writing.

Light refreshments served. Meet & greet starts at 6pm, selected readings and discussion at 6:30, followed by the book signing. Click here for more details!

 Featured   Southern Writers   (clockwise from top left): Susan Cushman, Jennifer Horne, Wendy Reed & Jacqueline Allen Trimble.

Featured Southern Writers (clockwise from top left): Susan Cushman, Jennifer Horne, Wendy Reed & Jacqueline Allen Trimble.

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Other People's Poems
Jun
1
6:00 PM18:00

Other People's Poems

Join us for the next evening of OPP on Friday, June 1 from 6-8pm as we recite poems and tip a glass to Yeats and Auden and all the rest. 

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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Book Signing with Alina Stefanescu
May
19
3:00 PM15:00

Book Signing with Alina Stefanescu

Come join Alina as she reads and discusses her new book of short stories, Every Mask I Tried On. For more information, please click here. Selected readings start at 3:30 PM followed by discussion, book signing and light refreshments.

ALINA STEFANESCU was born in Romania and raised in Alabama, where she currently resides with her husband and three outspoken young mammals. She is the author of Stories to Read Aloud to Your Fetus, Letters to Arthur, and other books. Every Mask I Tried On was the 2016 winner of the Brighthorse Prize. See her website for more information.

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

E&H Book Club

We've started a book club and it's open to everyone!

Join us Thursday, May 17th from 6-8 PM as we read and discuss The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer.

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 40% on The Female Persuasion at E&H online or 20% in-store by mentioning this event at checkout. Love your local!

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Other People's Poems
May
4
6:00 PM18:00

Other People's Poems

Join us for the next evening of OPP on Friday, May 4 from 6-8pm as 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 with light refreshments served. 

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Independent Bookstore Day!
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Independent Bookstore Day!

Get ready for the nation-wide celebration of Indie Bookstores: an all-day literary extravaganza, open to all ages! Join us as we welcome local authors and artists, with kid's activities, yummy snacks and specials. See all the detail below!


10:30 am - 12:30 pm Author Meet & Greets

with Carolyn Breckinridge, James Ezell and Jana O'Brien

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Kaleidoscope Jane & Other Stories NEW! Carolyn Breckinridge

“Life turns you right-side up and upside down and all manner of sideways. But somehow a person can end right-side up again. Not the same, mind you. No. Never the same. But sometimes what a person tumbles through becomes meaningful in the long run.” Fifteen women. Fifteen stories. Some happy. Some sad. Some surprisingly weird.

Not everyone pecks away at the word processor with an African grey parrot perched on her forearm. Carolyn is the recent author of two popular mysteries based in her adopted hometown, Tuscaloosa Moon and Tuscaloosa Boneyard. She is the 2017 recipient of the Druid City Arts and Humanities Literary Award, and her second mystery enjoyed a fun, positive review on Alabama Public Radio. She holds bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Alabama, and worked professionally as a clinical social worker. As an adolescent, she traveled extensively with her globe-trotting parents, and lived in Tanzania, Lebanon and Pakistan. She shares her home with her husband, two rescue dogs, two parrots, a pond full of koi and myriad volunteer frogs. Carolyn enjoys meeting her readers through book signings, festivals, and book club events.

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The Cistern James Ezell

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.

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.

Granger's Girl Series Jana O'Brien

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Granger’s Girl - Set in Virginia, in the Appalachian hills, colorful characters make up this lighthearted, humorous, romantic and touching story of family and friends, coming together, and working through the hard times. They learn that home isn’t always where you’re from, but where you make it. Family isn’t always who you’re related to, but, who’s there for you… and how being needed is sometimes all that you really need. 

The Other End of the Farm - The Grangers return in The Other End of the Farm. Join them as they embrace longtime friend Jason Connelly as he finds himself becoming just another member of their slightly dysfunctional world. With the Grangers and their loved ones, there is no telling what will happen next! One thing is always for certain though--whatever happens, they'll all get through it together.

Jana O’Brien began writing short stories at just nine years old. Her love for reading inspired her to write her own stories, and before long, poetry and song lyrics. She has recently begun work in screenwriting. Although she loves writing most anything, she discovered her calling as a novelist in 2014. Her passion for history is often expressed in her writing. In addition to her work as an author, Jana works in the film industry with several acting credits, as well as credits as an assistant director and script supervisor. Born in Dallas, TX to a military family, Jana moved all over the US in her youth, but was raised primarily in the Southeast – the setting for much of her work. Jana currently lives in Tuscaloosa, AL with her children.


1:00 - 2:30 pm Author Meet & Greet with Frye Gaillard

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Journey to the Wilderness Frye Gaillard

On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, award-winning author Frye Gaillard reflects on the war - and the way we remember it -through letters written by his family, including his great-great grandfather and his two sons, both of whom were Confederate officers. As Gaillard explains in his introductory essay, he came of age in a Southern generation that viewed the war as a glorious lost cause. But as he read through letters collected by members of his family, he confronted a far more sobering truth. "Oh, this terrible war," wrote his great-great-grandfather, Thomas Gaillard. "Who can measure the troubles - the affliction - it has brought upon us all?" To this real-time anguish in voices from the past, Gaillard offers a personal remembrance of the shadow of war and its place in the haunted identity of the South. "My own generation," he writes, "was, perhaps, the last that was raised on stories of gallantry and courage . . . Oddly, mine was also the one of the first generations to view the Civil War through the lens of civil rights - to see . . . connections and flaws in Southern history that earlier generations couldn't bear to face."

Frye Galliard is a writer in residence at the University of South Alabama and award-winning author of more than 20 books, including Watermelon Wine: The Spirit of Country Music, The Quilt: And the Poetry of Alabama Music, Journey to the Wilderness: War, Memory, and a Southern Family's Civil War Letters, The Books That Mattered: A Reader's Memoir, and Go South to Freedom, all published by NewSouth Books. His book A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, Our Decade of Hope and Innocence Lost is forthcoming from NewSouth. He is the winner of the Lillian Smith Award, the Clarence Cason Award for Non-Fiction, the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year Award, and the 2016 Eugene Current-Garcia Award For Distinction in Literary Scholarship.


3:00 - 4:30 pm Children's Reading & Activity with Missy Richey

The Capitol School's Missy Richey presents Big Al, Big Al, What Do You See? along with an exciting art project, perfect for kids ages 5-10!

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Educator Missy Richey had always loved the children's classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr. One day while preparing a student activity on adjectives for her class of seven to nine year olds, Ms. Richey became inspired - why not let her students use this activity as a service learning project that would benefit both The Capitol School and help provide college scholarships for The University of Alabama? From this idea came the book Big Al, Big Al, What Do You See? Ms. Richey helped her students write sentences modeled after the structure of Brown Bear, with Big Al (TM), the mascot of The University of Alabama, as the star of the story, describing what they thought Big Al might see at an Alabama football game.

By studying Carle's blog, they learned how to make a collage for each page of their book, painting tissue paper, cutting the paper into shapes, drawing, and gluing the paper together, just like Carle does in his popular children's books. And now your child can learn these techniques too! 

Missy Richey is currently an early childhood educator at The Capitol School in Tuscaloosa. She received an Ed.S., M.S., and B.S. in Early Childhood Education from The University of Alabama and has taught young children in both Alabama and Tennessee. An avid Alabama fan, she is a creative lady who welcomes art, music, dance, gardening, sewing, Boy Scouting, Girl Scouting and photography in her world.

Big Al, Big Al, What Do You See? was written and illustrated by Missy Richey and the 2nd & 3rd graders of The Capitol School, funded and produced by Kevin Corcoran and the UA School of Social Work, and all proceeds of the book sales are donated to student scholarships at The Capitol School and The University of Alabama. ROLL TIDE!!

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Inaugural E&H Book Club Meeting
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Inaugural E&H Book Club Meeting

It's finally happening: we're starting a book club and it's open to everyone!

Join us Thursday, April 26th from 6-8 PM as we read and discuss The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert.

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 The Hazel Wood at E&H (online or in-store by mentioning this event at checkout.) Love your local!

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Celebrating National Poetry Month with Jacqueline Trimble
Apr
14
10:30 AM10:30

Celebrating National Poetry Month with Jacqueline Trimble

April is National Poetry Month! As part of our month-long celebration, join us as we welcome Jacqueline Allen Trimble and her award winning book of verses: American Happiness.

American Happiness is an eclectic collection of verse from a bold poet of everyday life. Ironically titled, the work addresses everything from the death of parents to racial tension to the encroachment of coyotes into urban spaces.

The title is taken from a poem in the book which considers the kinder, gentler exploits of Sheriff Andy and Deputy Barney during a time when Southern law enforcement was neither universally kind or gentle. Says Trimble, “Barney had one bullet/and no need for a rope./The only burning he did was for his Thelma Lou.”

On her poetic journey, which takes us from the personal to the political, Trimble probes our racial divide. She is by turns compassionate and fierce, cutting at our hypocrisy with the knife of her words and willing us toward our better common humanity.

American Happiness wowed the judges of the Balcones Prize, winning the 2016 award in the poetry category. The judges at Austin Community College said of her work, “Hers is a refreshing voice. Her poetry is intimate and irony-filled.” They add, “Trimble should never be taken lightly — but, darn it, her poems are so often funny.” The Balcones Award follows receipt of the 2016 Seven Sisters Book Award in the poetry category. The Seven Sisters Book Awards recognize “the stories of women and those who tell them.” The award was established by author Lynne Hinton in 2015.

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Other People's Poems
Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

Other People's Poems

It's getting very interesting! Help us celebrate National Poetry Month by attending an OPP evening on Friday, April 6 from 6-8pm. At this event 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. 

Big News! We will also be joined by two visiting poets for this event! Check them out....

From the crossroads of writing and social practice, Franciszka Voeltz writes poems-to-go on a portable typewriter for magnificent strangers in public places, curates a collective poem to the entire planet, and has two decades’ experience facilitating community writing workshops and readings in living rooms, at universities, and everywhere in between. Writing together is her favorite way to be with people.

Voeltz’s chapbook POETXTS is available from Imaginary Friend Press, and her work has appeared in journals including Dark Mountain, Analecta Literary Journal, and Adrienne. Voeltz is the recipient of various poetry fellowships including those granted by the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Santa Fe Art Institute, and Art Farm. She earned an MFA in Writing from the University of California, San Diego. www.franciszkavoeltz.com

Jennifer Morales is a queer Latina poet, fiction writer, and performance artist whose work across genres wrestles with questions of gender, identity, complicity, and harm. She has led writing workshops for all ages—1st-graders through adults—and has been called (by the adults, not the 1st-graders) “a natural-born teacher.” She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University-Los Angeles in 2011.

Jennifer’s first book, Meet Me Halfway (UW Press, 2015), a short story collection about life in hyper-segregated Milwaukee, was Wisconsin Center for the Book’s 2016 “Book of the Year.” Reviewers called it “a compelling debut” (Booklist) and Jennifer “an impressively gifted writer” (Midwest Book Review). Excerpts of her unpublished novel, Junction, appeared in The Account (spring 2017) and in Happy Hours: Our Lives in the Gay Bars (Flashpoint, 2017), edited by S. Renée Bess and Lee Lynch. Recent publications also include poems in MAYDAY and in "Pulsamos," a special issue of Glass Poetry dedicated to the Pulse nightclub victims. She’s the president of the board of the Driftless Writing Center, building literary community in rural Southwestern Wisconsin. www.moraleswrites.com

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Book Signing & Discussion with Michael Martone & Dustin Parsons
Apr
4
5:30 PM17:30

Book Signing & Discussion with Michael Martone & Dustin Parsons

Join us for an evening with authors Michael Martone and Dustin Parsons, and the launch of their new books and latest additions to Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction

The book signing begins at 5:30 PM at Ernest & Hadley Booksellers, with a discussion starting at 6:00, and followed by a reception two blocks away at Monarch Espresso Bar from 7:30 until 9:30 PM*. 

Michael Martone's BROODING: Arias, Choruses, Lullabies, Follies, Dirges is a collection of more than twenty-five essays. Both meditative and formally inventive, BROODING considers all kinds of subjects: everyday objects such as keys and hats, plus concepts of time and place; the memoir; writing; the essay itself; and Michael Martone's friendship with the writers David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Franzen, and Kurt Vonnegut. 

BROODING is Michael Martone's fourth book of essays to be published by the University of Georgia Press. The Flatness of Other Landscapes won the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction.  The Moon Over Wapakoneta: Fictions and Science Fictions from Indiana and Beyond will be published this fall by FC2. He lives in Tuscaloosa with poet Theresa Pappas and teaches at The University of Alabama.

Dustin Parsons' EXPLODED VIEW: Essays on Fatherhood, with Diagrams presents "graphic" essays that play with the conventions of telling a life story and with how illustration and text work together in print. 

Diagrams were an important part of Dustin Parsons’ childhood. His father was an oil field mechanic, and in his spare time was also a woodworker, an automotive mechanic, a welder and an artist. His father's shop had countless manuals with “exploded view” parts directories that the young Parsons flipped through constantly. Whether rebuilding a transmission, putting together a diesel engine, or assembling a baby cradle, his father had a visual guide to help him. In these essays, Parsons uses the same approach to understanding his father as he navigates the world of raising two young biracial boys.

Dustin Parsons teaches at the University of Mississippi. Awards for his writing include an Ohio Arts Grant and a New York Fine Arts grant for creative nonfiction, an American Literary Review prize for fiction, and a Laurel Review prize for fiction. His essays can also be found in recent issues of Hotel Amerika, Passages North, Proximity, and Zone 3. 

*Signed copies of BROODING and EXPLODED VIEW may be purchased at Ernest & Hadley Books from 5:30-8:00 PM and thereafter, during normal business hours and while supplies last.

 

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An Evening with Poet Sara Pirkle Hughes - Book Launch
Mar
27
6:00 PM18:00

An Evening with Poet Sara Pirkle Hughes - Book Launch

Come meet Sara Pirkle Hughes as she reads from her inaugural book of poems, The Disappearing Act. Sara will sign books at the Harrison Galleries, 2315 University Blvd, downtown Tuscaloosa, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, with a selected reading at 7:00 pm.

In her first collection of poems, Sara Pirkle Hughes explores the role memory plays in shaping identity and a person’s perception of the past. The book’s title, The Disappearing Act, posits that time is a magician causing every moment in a person’s life to disappear, and every poem in the collection is the poet’s attempt to recapture what has vanished, while also acknowledging the inherent paradox of writing about the past. The fallible nature of memory makes it impossible to preserve an experience free of distortion. Born and raised in Georgia, Hughes uses the Southern tradition of storytelling as a jumping off point to examine her own personal history as well as family stories. However, nearly every poem in this award-winning collection incorporates formal elements, often fusing narrative with restrictive structures such as sonnets, pantoums, and villanelles.

Sara Pirkle Hughes is a Georgia native, an identical twin, and a breast cancer survivor. She holds a Ph.D. in English and an MFA in Creative Writing.  A recipient of writing fellowships from I-Park Foundation, the Anderson Center, and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, she teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Alabama, where she runs the Pure Products Reading & Lecture Series.

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Other People's Poems
Mar
2
6:00 PM18:00

Other People's Poems

As the participation swells, we will again be hosting another OPP evening on Friday, March 2 from 6-8pm. At this event 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
Feb
17
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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Other People's Poems
Feb
9
6:00 PM18:00

Other People's Poems

We had such a great time at our inaugural event and will be hosting another OPP evening on Friday, Feb. 9 from 6-8pm. At this event 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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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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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.

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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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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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