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Independent Bookstore Day!

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Independent Bookstore Day!

  • Ernest & Hadley Booksellers 1928 7th Street Tuscaloosa, AL, 35401 United States (map)

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!!

Earlier Event: April 26
Inaugural E&H Book Club Meeting
Later Event: May 4
Other People's Poems