In The Good Mother of Marseille, it’s the summer of 2013, in the year of Marseille’s designation as the European Capital of Culture. Americans wander and sightsee this dangerous, impoverished yet seductive city. Noémie, an anthropology student, wants to stay. She wants to make the gritty graffiti-covered neighborhood of Cours Julien her home, but she’s running out of time, money, and her university sponsor’s patience. In the old port, the wife of an Alabama couple presses to see all the sights while her husband is losing his vision to an eye disease. Hovering on the fringe are the Marseillais, the shopkeepers, artists, café waiters. "Marseille with its hot dangerous streets, its bars, and beautiful churches becomes a character in this fresh and original novel," writes Sheila Kohler, author of 13 books including the memoir Once We Were Sisters. "Here we glimpse anew intriguing and moving facets of human nature so skillfully and believably portrayed.”
The Story of Alabama in Fourteen Foods explores well-known Alabama food traditions to reveal salient histories of the state in a new way. In this book that is part history, part travelogue, and part cookbook, Emily Blejwas pays homage to fourteen emblematic foods, dishes, and beverages, one per chapter, as a lens for exploring the diverse cultures and traditions of the state.
Throughout Alabama’s history, food traditions have been fundamental to its customs, cultures, regions, social and political movements, and events. Each featured food is deeply rooted in Alabama identity and has a story with both local and national resonance. Blejwas focuses on lesser-known food stories from around the state, illuminating the lives of a diverse populace: Poarch Creeks, Creoles of color, wild turkey hunters, civil rights activists, Alabama club women, frontier squatters, Mardi Gras revelers, sharecroppers, and Vietnamese American shrimpers, among others. A number of Alabama figures noted for their special contributions to the state’s foodways, such as George Washington Carver and Georgia Gilmore, are profiled as well. Alabama’s rich food history also unfolds through accounts of community events and a food-based economy. Highlights include Sumter County barbecue clubs, Mobile’s banana docks, Appalachian Decoration Days, cane syrup making, peanut boils, and eggnog parties.
Drawing on historical research and interviews with home cooks, chefs, and community members cooking at local gatherings and for holidays, Blejwas details the myths, legends, and truths underlying Alabama’s beloved foodways. With nearly fifty color illustrations and fifteen recipes, The Story of Alabama in Fourteen Foods will allow all Alabamians to more fully understand their shared cultural heritage.
Emily Blejwas grew up in Minnesota and now lives in Mobile, Alabama with her husband and four children. She directs the Gulf States Health Policy Center, has worked in the fields of community development and victim advocacy, and holds degrees from Auburn University and Kenyon College.
In secret worlds connected to our own there are ageless creatures that know each of us intimately well. Tasked only to observe and instructed never to interfere, they monitor us from afar throughout our lives. I have one. You have one. And on a curious quest through the unknown, eleven-year-old Collin meets his. Its name is Rorlitzer Screw.
Dargan Ware will be signing his book, The Legend of Colgan Toomey, in store on Saturday, Aug 3 from 2-4pm.
Come and say hello!
If you’ve been around Homewood for a while, chances are you’ve been on Saulter Road. Local author, Joan Kendall, has written a memoir of growing up on Saulter Road in the 1950s called Secrets on Saulter Road. With remarkable honesty and wit, Kendall explores her upbringing in the prim and proper segregated South with an outrageously unpredictable and destructive alcoholic mother. It’s a story of growth, resilience, and hope.
Want the excitement of the Derby to keep going?! Come to Jennifer Kelly’s signing on May 25! She’ll be signing copies of her new book, Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown.
Mr Coleman's new book is an exciting sci-fi adventure about robots and artificial intelligence: A robot possessing unique artificial intelligence and human awareness, André 1 tells the story of his creation and “growing up” in his inventor’s family.
Alabama native and Birmingham resident RK Brown will be signing his sci-fi book, Riders here at Little Professor. This is an exciting book about people who, because of a genetic mutation, are able to jump into other peoples' bodies and take over their lives, extending their own indefinitely. And it's set right here in Birmingham! The author comes from a science heavy background, with a Masters of Science from UAB!
Come join author Philip Shirley and get a copy of his latest book signed, The Graceland Conspiracy. It's a twisty turny, fun, action packed thriller! A real page turner! Mr Shirley was born in Alabama and resides in Mississippi.
We are excited to share that Proust scholar Bill Carter will be signing The Guermantes Way at Little Professor on Friday February 15th from 5-7pm. This new release is “an authoritative new edition of the third volume in Marcel Proust’s epic masterwork, In Search of Lost Time.”
Come meet Debra at Little Professor on January 15th from 5:30-7:30pm. One Taste Too Many is Goldstein's first mystery in her Sarah Blair series:
“For culinary challenged Sarah Blair, there's only one thing scarier than cooking from scratch--murder!”
Join author Monique Fields at Little Professor on Saturday, January 12 from 4-6pm for the launch of her book Honeysmoke: A Story of Finding Your Color.
“Simone wants a color. She looks around her world to find her place in it. Her skin color is not like anyone else’s; so what is her color?…For multiracial children, and for all children, this story offers a universal message that empowers young people to create their own identity.”
See you there!
Daniel Browne’s new novel is about Brooklyn: "Will's career in New York City politics has fizzled out. When a connected colleague and an ambitious restaurateur ask for his help founding a farm in a neglected part of Brooklyn, he sees an opportunity to reinvent himself like all the picklers, beekeepers, and kombucha brewers he's been reading about. In the Weeds is a cautionary tale and a satire of a time not too long ago when Brooklyn the place became Brooklyn the idea."
KELLY C. BERWAGER, PH.D. is an award winning visual art specialist teaching P-16 students for over 20 years. After her year of learning to hear God's voice more clearly, she began to write about her faith, speak at women's events, and conduct art workshops. Kelly helps women of all ages and backgrounds hear God's calling on their lives through artistic endeavors.
From the author: "Relive a year of my life that changed how I will live my life forever. A friend needed a kidney, so I prayed for God to find someone to be a match for her. Little did I realize, God wanted that someone to be me. Convicted to donate one of my kidneys, I prayed to hear God’s voice throughout the year. And, I did hear from Him…loud and clear! The year was a roller coaster of emotions in all parts of my life, but I continued to seek His face while shutting down the enemy. Not everyone can be an organ donor, but everyone can learn to discern God’s voice when the rest of the world is screaming at them."
Kelly is a former teacher at Hall Kent Elementary school.
Rose Brighton is a Birmingham police officer who discovers she's a witch of an ancient House, the prey of a powerful enemy, and the pawn of another. This book is the first in The Magic City trilogy. Come mingle, have some hors d'oeuvres, wine and celebrate with author T.K. Thorne who will be reading a bit and signing copies of her new novel. Hope you can make it!
If you'd like to read an excerpt, check out "Stiletto Heels, a Witch, and a Deadly Dinner"
Street Parking and extra parking available in Temple Emanu-El parking deck. See map HERE.
Abbey Lenzie is a writer from Huntsville, Alabama. After studying creative writing and film at Birmingham-Southern College, she moved to Los Angeles with her husband. Her passions include eating fried okra, crocheting blankets, and identifying plants with field guides.
In the Desert is her first novella. She is currently working on a middle grade novel about a pirate girl and a merboy and their adventures on the high seas.
Click HERE to visit her website.
Erich Wildgrube signing his book The Empress and the Archer