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Tuesday November 18
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Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University Law School. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant.
Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.
Christmas Open House
Featuring 4 Great Writers!
Saturday December 6
In the autumn of 1871, Alexis Romanov, the fourth son of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, set sail from his homeland for an extended journey through the United States and Canada. A major milestone in U.S.-Russia relations, the tour also served Duke Alexis's family by helping to extricate him from an unsuitable romantic entanglement with the daughter of a poet. Alexis in America recounts the duke's progress through the major American cities, detailing his meetings with celebrated figures such as Samuel Morse and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and describing the national self-reflection that his presence spurred in the American people.
Lee A. Farrow is professor of history and distinguished teaching professor at Auburn University-Montgomery.
In the South, a conversation among home cooks can be just about as illuminating as any culinary education. Luckily for Stacey Little, home cooks run in the family. Whether it's fried chicken or pimento cheese, fruit salad or meatloaf, everybody's family does it a little differently. "The Southern Bite" is a celebration of those traditions and recipes every Southern family is proud to own.
Stacey Little is a Southern food blogger. His easy, delicious recipes and heartfelt stories have brought millions to his blog, SouthernBite.com, since he created it in 2008. Stacey s deep Southern roots have him firmly planted in Prattville, Alabama, where he lives with his wife, little boy, two dogs, and his collection of cast iron skillets.
Times are hard in Depression-era Georgia mountain country. Even so, fourteen-year-old Halley Owenby, her younger brother, Robbie, and their parents, Jim and Kate, manage to get by until Jim dies suddenly in an accident, and Kate decides she and her children have no choice but to move in with her parents. Halley wants more. She longs for an education, which she firmly believes would eventually allow choices. Little does she suspect that such dreams might actually come true.
Since the 1980s, Faye Gibbons has been writing award-winning children's books. Her awards include the Children's Book of the Year Award from the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists, "USA Today"'s Best Books for Kids, and the Child Study Children's Book Committee Book of the Year, Georgia Children's Book, Alabama Reader's Choice, and the Alabama Children's Book awards.. She lives in Deatsville, Ala.
Through Others' Eyes includes descriptions of traveling to and from Montgomery, but it focuses on the travelers' descriptions of Montgomery itself. The twenty-eight published accounts between 1825 and 1861 were written by Americans and Europeans with a variety of backgrounds. A few are as objective as can reasonably be expected considering the short durations of the writers' visits. Some are prone to display their preconceptions and prejudices. Most exaggerate-they had to make their books marketable. The accounts are sometimes insightful or incredulous, often humorous and colorful, always giving the reader a vicarious experience of being there. For most of its forty-year antebellum history, Montgomery was a frontier river town. These accounts of it do not reveal moonlight and magnolias, but a rather coarse culture. The touring authors don't mince words about slavery; after all, their readers expected commentary about the most peculiar of Southern institutions. However, the writers' diverse views of slavery are as complicated and contradictory as was the institution itself. Together, these accounts sketch a fascinating world populated by individuals and with customs that would have inspired Charles Dickens had he overcome his prejudices and ventured further south than Richmond in 1842.
Jeffrey Benton, a retired Air Force colonel, has taught history and English at the University of Maryland Far East Division, The Citadel, the Air War College, Auburn University Montgomery, Troy University Montgomery, and The Montgomery Academy. His research interests are currently focused on local history.
Wednesday December 10
Meet Louis Fellini. Louis lived in a time long ago when cats wore clothes, worked in cities, and went on picnics. But the cats dressed all the same, down to the shoes they wore. Louis Fellini was a different sort of cat. He wanted to be himself. But it isn’t as easy as you might think to be yourself, especially when everyone else looks the same, when everybody else is a . . . copy cat. But Louis Fellini found a way. He was just that kind of cat. He was the cat s pajamas.
Alabama favorite Daniel Wallace, author of the much beloved “Big Fish” is back in town with his first book for kids.
Bob Vardaman – Rod Frazer
2014 Alabama Book Festival
Cassandra King - Isabel Hill – Ashley Bramlett – Donald Anderson
Stacey Little – Lisa Patton – Susan Gregg Gilmore – Sena Jeter Naslund
Clifton Taulbert – Deron Hicks – Robert Inman – Charles McNair
Wendelin Van Draanen – Brandt Ayers – Scot Duncan – Carolyn McKinstry
F.T.Bradley – Deborah Johnson – Charles Salzberg – Michael Wines
Jim Lacefield – Randall Horton – Elaine Neil Orr – Roy Hoffman
Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly
John Besh | Lee Smith | Lisa Patton
Charles McNair | Jeff Benton | Bob Inman
Barbara Wiedemann | Faith Seraphin | Gin Phillips | Ace Atkins
Julia Reed | Alabama Book Festival 2013
Chick Cleveland and Warren Trest
Miles DeMott | Oliver Haynes | Benjamin Busch | Ace Atkins
Bishop Will Willimon | Foster Dickson | Vallie Lynn Watson | Harvey Jackson
Melinda Rainey Thompson | Alabama Book Festival 2012| Isabel Hill | Doug Segrest
Stephanie McAfee | Joshilyn Jackson | Gin Phillips
Carole King & Karen Pell | Daphne Simpkins | George McGovern | John Besh
Mark Hainds | Stuart Dill | Lisa Patton | Don Goodman & Thomas Head
Wayne Flynt | Missy Mercer & Browne Mercer | Bart Barton | Deborah Vogelgesang | Robert Day
Carolyn Haines | Ace Atkins | Martha Hall Foose | River Jordan | Josh Krach | Alabama Book Festival, 2011
Mark Childress | Tim Dorsey | Valerie Gribben | Barbara Wiedemann | Wayne Greenhaw
Baynard Woods | Tom Segev | Martin Fletcher | Miles Demott | Tom Franklin | Deborah Moebes | Sena Jeter Naslund
Susan Gregg Gilmore | Mark Leslie | Carole King & Karren Pell | K.T. Archer | Nancy Bone Goff |
Bobby McAlpine | The
Howard Frank Mosher | Brad Watson | Melinda Rainey Thompson | Martha Hawkins
Chris Hastings | John Besh | Kirk Curnutt | Anne Byrn
Justin Allen | Brooke & Keith Desserich | Charlie Lucas, Chip Cooper, & Ben Windham
Lisa Patton | Rick Bragg & Sonny Brewer | Toni & Hillary from Random House Recommend Books
James Braziel | Gin Phillips | Margaret Fenton | Chris Lilly (Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ)
George McGovern | Jeanie Thompson |
Phyllis Hoffman | 54 Writers at the
Wayne Greenhaw | Clark Walker | Foster Dickson | Val Downes | Jill Conner Browne
Frank Stitt | Governor John Patterson & Warren Trest | Judy Oliver | Bobby Cole | The Church Ladies
Dr.Gaylon McCollough | Rabbi Harold S. Kushner | Tom Chaffin | Trudier Harris | Val McGee | Jan Crawford Greenburg
Mary Anna Evans | Carolyn Jourdan |Bobby Cole | Carolyn Haines | Karren Pell and William Goss
Rick Bragg | Jonathan Harrington | Gin Phillips | Sara
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Joe Formichella & Suzanne Hudson | Barbara Wiedemann | Kerry Madden | Mark Childress | Kirk Curnutt
Tim Dorsey | Jill Conner Browne (The Sweet Potato Queen)
| Kathryn Tucker
Donald McCaig | Melinda Rainey Thompson |Wayne Greenhaw
Jennifer Davis | Sonny Brewer | Phyllis Hoffman | Elizabeth Spencer
Louise Shaffer | Justin Allen | Homer Hickam | Jack Deloney | Brad Vice
David Rose | Cassandra King | David Margolick | Doug Marlette
Carl T. Smith | Denise Hamilton | Julia Spencer-Fleming
Mary Anna Evans | Frank Turner Hollon | Mary Palmer Dargan | Jill Conner Browne
Tom Bailey |Robert Inman
John Sledge | Judy Oliver | Melinda Rainey Thompson | Joey Brackner|
Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly | Joshilyn Jackson
Mark Childress | Sonny Brewer | Mills
Ron Rash | Tom Chaffin | Rhys Bowen & Mary Anna Evans | Clea Koff
Robert Barmettler & Jean Shaffer | Carlos Eire | Taylor Branch |
Allen Barra | Alabama Chief Justice Drayton Nabers, Jr. | Bruce Feiler
Steve Roberts | Wayne Greenhaw & Donnie Williams
Frank Turner Hollon | Paul Hemphill | Naomi Rosenblatt | Silas House | Bev Marshall |
Mary Anna Evans | Helen Scully |
Bart Barton | Suzanne Hudson & Joe Formichella | Susan Waggoner | Ronda Rich
Don Noble & the Cheaha
Writers: Kathleen Thompson, Laura Hunter, Mike Burrell,
Loretta Cobb, Ben Erickson, Bart Barton, Jim Gilbert, Kirk Curnutt,
John Cottle, Suzanne Hudson, Joe Formichella, Janet Nodar and Janet Mauney
Kerry Madden | Sonny
Brewer | Joshilyn Jackson| Kathryn Tucker
Julia Spencer-Fleming | Cassandra King and Pat Conroy | Tim Dorsey | Minnie Lamberth
Con Lehane | Mike Stewart
Fannie Flagg | Wayne Flynt | Kathryn Tucker
Frank Stitt | Clint McCown |Warren St. John | Ron Rash | Andrew Exum | Carolyn Haines
Cassandra King | Patricia Sullivan |Tim Dorsey | Ace Atkins | Lawrence Block
Phyllis Alesia Perry | David Warner | Julia Spencer-Fleming | Jim Carrier | Tom Franklin | Dan Carter
Marlin “Bart” Barton | Kirk Curnutt | Alan Grady | Wayne Greenhaw | Valerie Gribben
Jennifer Horne | Suzanne Hudson | Karren Pell | Elizabeth Schafer | Jeanie Thompson & Jay Lamar
Carolyn Haines | Valerie Gribben | Karren Pell | Daphne Simpkins | Steve Oney | Michael Morris |
Homer Hickam | Sena Jeter Naslund | Elizabeth Schafer | Mary Anna Evans | Tom Franklin | Bart Barton
Stephen Marion | Melinda Haynes | Carolyn Haines | Louise Shaffer |
Tim Dorsey | Daniel Wallace | Jack Johnson | Julia Spencer-Fleming | Robert Guillaume
Fitzpatrick | Kathryn Tucker
Whitney J. LeBlanc | Norman McMillan | Jim Carrier Nanci Kincaid | Mary Kay Andrews
Haines | Helen Norris | Phyllis Perry | William Cobb | Willie G. Moseley and
Bill Ingalls,Jr. Bishop John
Shelby Spong | Martin Marty |
Jeanie Thompson | Jeanie Daniel Duck |Tim Dorsey | Ann B. Ross | Scott Bruner
Melinda Haynes | The Sweet Potato
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