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
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.
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
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
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 Booty, Ann 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.
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.