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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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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 • 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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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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