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Store & Community Events

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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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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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 30 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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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.

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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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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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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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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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