Donald Davis @ The Swag in Waynesville, NC
May
22
May 29

Donald Davis @ The Swag in Waynesville, NC

  • The Swag

Renowned storyteller Donald Davis hails from Western North Carolina. He is deeply knowledgeable of flora, fauna, and mountain folklore. Featured at festivals throughout the U.S. and the world, Davis is also known as a prolific author, producer of books and CDs, and as a guest host for NPR’s Good Evening. He will take hikes and tell stories about the uniqueness of the place and the people who have lived in these mountains. Folks love their Dutch Oven cooking during the hors d’oeuvres time in the Dogtrot. Donald and his wife, Merle, have been a part of The Swag family since 2006.

John Trump @ Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville
Jun
1
7:00 pm19:00

John Trump @ Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville

  • Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

John Trump: A lifelong newspaper reporter & editor in NC, Trump received an MFA in narrative nonfiction from Goucher College. His thesis, which told the stories and profiles of North Carolina’s craft distilleries, evolved into a regular Huffington Post blog focused on the subject. That blog was the impetus for Still & Barrel.

Donald Davis @ Ocrafolk Festival in Ocracoke, NC
Jun
3
10:00 am10:00

Donald Davis @ Ocrafolk Festival in Ocracoke, NC

  • Ocrafolk Festival

A featured storyteller at festivals around the world, Donald Davis makes his home right here on Ocracoke Island! He was born in a Southern Appalachian mountain world also rich in stories. "I didn't learn stories, I just absorbed them," he says, as he recounts tales (and more tales) learned from a family of traditional storytellers who have lived on the same Western North Carolina land since 1781. Davis grew up hearing gentle fairy tales, simple and silly Jack tales, scary mountain lore, ancient Welsh and Scottish folk tales, and most importantly, nourishing true-to-life stories of his own neighbors and kin. It was Uncle Frank, a man who "talked in stories," who helped Donald capture the real and daily adventures of life. . . and it was Uncle Frank who gave him the creative courage to tell about them.


James Gindlesperger @ Barnes & Noble in Frederick, MD
May
27
1:00 pm13:00

James Gindlesperger @ Barnes & Noble in Frederick, MD

  • Barnes & Noble

This book tells the stories of 250 different people buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Each entry is accompanied by a color photograph and GPS coordinate to aid in location. The entries are about battlefield heroes, people who survived the war to achieve major accomplishments, the well-known like President John Kennedy, the unknown soldiers, and the lesser-known who still led fascinating lives.

John Trump @ Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC
May
24
7:00 pm19:00

John Trump @ Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC

  • Park Road Books

Join us for a night of great discussion with area distillers.

Featuring:
Andrew Porter and Liz Porter from Doc Porter’s Craft Spirits
Ollie Mulligan from Great Wagon Road Distilling Company
Sebastian Correa, master distiller at Southern Grace Distilleries

Still & Barrel: Craft Spirits in the Old North State started with a few blogs posts on John Francis Trump’s website, which then appeared regularly on The Huffington Post. In his book, Trump traces the history of manufacturing moonshine whiskey, gin, vodka, and rum in the state all the way to today’s boom from the artisan movement. According to Trump, “starting with a few distilleries just several years ago, more than thirty distilleries are now members of the N.C. Distillers Association and are tour stops on the state’s spirits trail.” He recalls touring seven distilleries during, what was probably, the hottest week of the year with Paul Jones of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Still & Barrel also serves as a guide so you can visit the thirty-six distilleries that are not just making moonshine. Their wares include rum—from sorghum and molasses— aged red-wheat organic whiskey and vodka infused with mysterious Tobago pepper. The information about the distillers and their products is surrounded by history and compelling stories about people and their passion. Trump focuses on individual distillers and their stories, while also exploring the state of spirits locally produced using North Carolina agriculture and highlighting disparate ways to craft liquor, as well as the many varieties of liquor distillers are producing.

Rose Senehi @ Barnes & Noble in Winston Salem, NC
May
19
6:00 pm18:00

Rose Senehi @ Barnes & Noble in Winston Salem, NC

  • Barnes & Noble

Rose Senehi is known for her romantic thrillers told against a backdrop of environmental concerns. Dancing on Rocks is the latest in her series that takes place in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The first in the series, In the Shadows of Chimney Rock, was published in 2008. Senehi moved to Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, in 1996 from upstate New York where she was active in the shopping-center industry while raising her two children, Jessica and David, on a hundred acre farm outside Cazenovia. Rose’s first novel, Shadows in the Grass, expresses her deep reverence for the way of life of the farmers in the uplands of central New York, and tells the story of the “seed saving” movement, which is helping to abate the shrinking genetic diversity of plant life on our planet.  Windfall, her second novel, is a love story woven into the mall-development mania that swept the country in the seventies. Pelican Watch reflects her warm feelings for the South and the wonderful people she has come to know and love in Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet, especially those who are working to preserve the beauty and habitat of the Low Country. In Rose’s Blue Ridge series, she is thrilled to be able to tell the story of the heroic efforts of the land conservancies and the people who stand behind them, working to stave off unplanned over-development—of course, it is also threaded through with suspense, romance and the unique flavor and history of the beloved mountains of the southern Blue Ridge.

Rose Senehi @ Barnes & Noble in Hickory, NC
May
19
1:00 pm13:00

Rose Senehi @ Barnes & Noble in Hickory, NC

  • Barnes & Noble

Rose Senehi is known for her romantic thrillers told against a backdrop of environmental concerns. Dancing on Rocks is the latest in her series that takes place in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The first in the series, In the Shadows of Chimney Rock, was published in 2008. Senehi moved to Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, in 1996 from upstate New York where she was active in the shopping-center industry while raising her two children, Jessica and David, on a hundred acre farm outside Cazenovia. Rose’s first novel, Shadows in the Grass, expresses her deep reverence for the way of life of the farmers in the uplands of central New York, and tells the story of the “seed saving” movement, which is helping to abate the shrinking genetic diversity of plant life on our planet.  Windfall, her second novel, is a love story woven into the mall-development mania that swept the country in the seventies. Pelican Watch reflects her warm feelings for the South and the wonderful people she has come to know and love in Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet, especially those who are working to preserve the beauty and habitat of the Low Country. In Rose’s Blue Ridge series, she is thrilled to be able to tell the story of the heroic efforts of the land conservancies and the people who stand behind them, working to stave off unplanned over-development—of course, it is also threaded through with suspense, romance and the unique flavor and history of the beloved mountains of the southern Blue Ridge.

Michel Stone @ Vroman's Bookstore in
May
18
7:00 pm19:00

Michel Stone @ Vroman's Bookstore in

  • Vroman's Bookstore

About the author: Michel Stone has previously published a novel called The Iguana Tree, as well as more than a dozen stories and essays in various journals and magazines. She is a 2011 recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Project Award. She is a graduate of Clemson University with a Master’s Degree from Converse College, and she is an alumna of the Sewanee Writers Conference. Raised on Johns Island, Michel now lives in Spartanburg.

Michel Stone’s harrowing novel meticulously examines the obstacles each faces in pursuing a new life: manipulation, rape, and murder in the perilous commerce of border crossings; betrayal by family and friends; exploitation by corrupt officials and rapacious landowners on the U.S. side; and, finally, the inexorable workings of the U.S. justice system.

Hector and Lilia meet Americans willing to help them with legal assistance and offers of responsible employment, but their illegal entry seems certain to prove their undoing. The consequences of their decisions are devastating. In the end,The Iguana Tree is a universal story of loss, grief, and human dignity.

Donald Davis @ The Shoals Front Porch Storytelling Festival in Florence, AL
May
18
7:00 pm19:00

Donald Davis @ The Shoals Front Porch Storytelling Festival in Florence, AL

  • The Shoals Theatre

The Shoals Storytelling Festival will begin with Pre-Festival events on Thursday, May 18, 2017 with morning Historical and Music tours at 9:00 a.m. and afternoon tours at 1:00 p.m. as well as "An Evening with Donald Davis" at 7:00 p.m.

Storytelling Festival events will be on Friday and Saturday, May 19, 20 from 9-5 and evening 7-9 at the Shoals Theatre.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

Michel Stone @ Chaucer's Bookstore in Santa Barbara, CA
May
17
7:00 pm19:00

Michel Stone @ Chaucer's Bookstore in Santa Barbara, CA

  • Chaucer's Bookstore

Michel Stone's debut novel The Iguana Tree, which Library Journal says "recalls the work of John Steinbeck," received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and an IPPY Award as one of the top novels published in 2012 by an independent press. The book was named a spring 2012 "Okra Pick" from the Southern Independent Booksellers Association and was also named a finalist for Foreword Reviews Book of the Year in the multicultural fiction category. This novel has been a popular choice of universities and colleges for "Freshman Read" or "Common Read" programs.  The Iguana Tree was the 2013 Community Read selection for Hermiston, Oregon. Stone has published numerous stories and essays, and she is a 2011 recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Award. She is a graduate of Clemson University with a Master's Degree from Converse College, and she is an alumna of the Sewanee Writers Conference. Raised on Johns Island on the South Carolina coast, Michel now lives in Spartanburg, S.C. Her second novel Border Child is forthcoming April 2017 from Nan A. Talese/Doubleday.

Hugh Price @ Politics & Prose at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC
May
17
6:30 pm18:30

Hugh Price @ Politics & Prose at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC

  • Busboys and Poets

Politics & Prose at Busboys and Poets 14th & V welcomes Hugh B. Price to present his new book "This African-American Life: A Memoir."

Price’s memoir recounts his distinguished achievements as an activist, journalist, and educator, and traces key episodes of American history through the lives of his ancestors, including one who fought under Washington and another who was a fugitive slave and drew support from Frederick Douglass. Price himself started his career in New Haven and served as the first executive director of the city’s Black Coalition. In 1978 he joined the editorial board of The New York Times. Ten years later, he was appointed vice-president of the Rockefeller Foundation, and from 1994 to 2003 he served as president of the National Urban League, before moving on to Brookings and then to the faculty of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton.

Price will be in conversation with Charlene Drew Jarvis, former president of Southeastern University and former D.C. Council representative from Ward 4.

Hugh Price @ Sankofa Video Books & Café in Washington, DC
May
15
6:00 pm18:00

Hugh Price @ Sankofa Video Books & Café in Washington, DC

  • Sankofa Video Books & Café

 

Hugh Price has held an array of positions of leadership during his life. After obtaining a B.A. from Amherst College, he graduated from Yale Law School. He began his career as a legal services lawyer representing low-income clients in New Haven, CT. During the turbulent 1960s, he served as the first executive director of the Black Coalition of New Haven.

In 1978, he began his position as a member of the editorial board of The New York Times, where he wrote editorials on an array of political issues. He served as senior vice-president of WNET/Thirteen in New York, the nation’s largest public television station and in 1984, became director of all national production. In 1988, he was appointed vice-president of the Rockefeller Foundation, where he was instrumental in launching innovative youth initiatives. From 1994 to 2003, he served as president of the National Urban League. He then served as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and on the faculty of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University.  He lives in New Rochelle, NY.

 

Vicki Covington @ Barnes & Noble in Lubbock, TX
May
13
1:30 pm13:30

Vicki Covington @ Barnes & Noble in Lubbock, TX

  • Barnes & Noble

Vicki Covington was born and grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. Her previous work includes the novels Gathering Home, Bird of Paradise, Night Ride Home, and The Last Hotel for Women, and the memoir Cleaving: The Story of a Marriage with Dennis Covington. She wrote a column for the Oxford American and has also written for The New Yorker. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama State Council for the Arts, she now resides in Lubbock, Texas.

Hannah Palmer @ Charis Books in Atlanta, GA
May
11
7:30 pm19:30

Hannah Palmer @ Charis Books in Atlanta, GA

  • Charis Books

Join Charis in welcoming Hannah Palmer for a wide ranging discussion about Atlanta history, urban expansion, and what is lost in the wreckage of development. 

In the months leading up to the birth of her first child, Hannah Palmer discovers that all three of her childhood houses have been wiped out by the expansion of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Having uprooted herself from a promising career in publishing in her adopted Brooklyn, Palmer embarks on a quest to determine the fate of her lost homes—and of a community that has been erased by unchecked Southern progress.

Palmer's journey takes her from the ruins of kudzu-covered, airport-owned ghost towns to carefully preserved cemeteries wedged between the runways; into awkward confrontations with airport planners, developers, and even her own parents. Along the way, Palmer becomes an amateur detective, an urban historian, and a mother.

Lyrically chronicling the overlooked devastation and beauty along the airport’s fringe communities in the tradition of John Jeremiah Sullivan and Leslie Jamison, Palmer unearths the startling narratives about race, power, and place that continue to shape American cities.

Part memoir, part urban history, Flight Path: A Search for Roots beneath the World's Busiest Airport is a riveting account of one young mother's attempt at making a home where there’s little home left.

This is a Charis Circle Urban Sustainability and Wellness Event. The Suggested Donation is $5.

Clare Beams @ Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn, NY
May
11
7:30 pm19:30

Clare Beams @ Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn, NY

  • Greenlight Bookstore

One Story Debutantes

Greenlight Bookstore: Fort Greene
686 Fulton Street (at South Portland)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

One Story Magazine's annual Literary Debutante Ball is a send-up of the debutante balls of old: instead of featuring young society ladies, it honors One Story authors who have published their first books in the past year. For the fifth year in a row, the current crop of Debutantes will visit Greenlight to present their debut books, at this free event the night preceding the Ball! Reading from their newly minted novels and story collections from publishers large and small, the Debutantes celebrate the joy of publication and the vibrant community of One Story writers as they present what is always a diverse and rich collection of literary writing, followed by a festive wine reception sponsored by The Authors Guild and a book signing with all authors.

Michel Stone @ Edisto Island Bookstore on Edisto Island, SC
May
8
12:00 am00:00

Michel Stone @ Edisto Island Bookstore on Edisto Island, SC

  • Edisto Island Bookstore

About the author: Michel Stone has previously published a novel called The Iguana Tree, as well as more than a dozen stories and essays in various journals and magazines. She is a 2011 recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Project Award. She is a graduate of Clemson University with a Master’s Degree from Converse College, and she is an alumna of the Sewanee Writers Conference. Raised on Johns Island, Michel now lives in Spartanburg.

Hannah Palmer @ SCAD - Ivy Hall- in Atlanta, GA
May
4
6:00 pm18:00

Hannah Palmer @ SCAD - Ivy Hall- in Atlanta, GA

  • SCAD - Ivy Hall

Explore the intersection of writing and urban design

Discover how an intimate understanding of place fuels the most creative and personal writing as Hannah Palmer reads from her latest work, "Flight Path." An examination of how unchecked urban progress wipes out homes and communities, her work tells the true story of a young mother and her attempt to find home where little home is left.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Palmer explores the intersection of Southern stories and urban landscapes in her writing. She has appeared on CNN, in publications such as Art Papers, Atlanta Magazine, Atlanta Studies, and in masterplans for urban design projects worldwide.

This event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.

For more information, email Aldine Armstead at aarmstea@scad.edu

Rose Senehi @ Malaprops Bookstore / Cafe in Asheville, NC
May
3
7:00 pm19:00

Rose Senehi @ Malaprops Bookstore / Cafe in Asheville, NC

  • Malaprops Bookstore / Cafe

Rose Senehi lives in Chimney Rock, N.C., and Carolina Belle is her eighth novel, and the fifth in her Blue Ridge series of "stand alone" books. Among them, Render Unto the Valley was awarded a 2012 IPPY Gold Medal for FictionSoutheast. Dancing on Rocks was awarded the 2014 Indi-Reader Discovery Award for Popular Fiction. In the Shadows of Chimney Rock was nominated for the 2009 SIBA Book Award. The Wind in the Woods, was nominated for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Her other novels include Pelican Watch, Windfall, and Shadows in the Grass.

James Gindlesperger @ the Manassas Museum in Manassas, VA
Apr
30
1:30 pm13:30

James Gindlesperger @ the Manassas Museum in Manassas, VA

  • Manassas Museum

Join us for a free book talk with Author James Gindlesperger 

on his latest book "Arlington: A Color Guide to America's Most Famous Cemetery" at 1:30 p.m.

About the Book:

This book tells the stories of 250 different people buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Each entry is accompanied by a color photograph and GPS coordinate to aid in location. The entries are about battlefield heroes, people who survived the war to achieve major accomplishments, the well-known like President John Kennedy, the unknown soldiers, and the lesser-known who still led fascinating lives.

Vicki Covington @ Sundog Books in Seaside, FL
Apr
29
10:00 am10:00

Vicki Covington @ Sundog Books in Seaside, FL

  • Sundog Books

Vicki Covington signs Once in a Blue Moon

We are so delighted to be welcoming accomplished Southern writer Vicki Covington back to our porch, and even more delighted to be hosting her on our 31st anniversary, which we are celebrating on April 29th!  Please join us beginning at 10am as she signs Once in a Blue Moon.

Vicki Covington @ Pass Christian Books in Pass Christian, MS
Apr
28
5:30 pm17:30

Vicki Covington @ Pass Christian Books in Pass Christian, MS

  • Pass Christian Books / Cat Island Coffeehouse

Meet Vicki Covington at Pass Books/Cat Island Coffeehouse.

“When I was growing up, I didn’t know I was a writer. I knew there was something wrong with me," declares Vicki.

When Vicki Covington was a child, her mother was like a “white Rosa Parks.” She would seat her family in the back of the bus on their way downtown. When the driver asked that all whites move to the front of the bus, she would turn to Vicki and whisper, “just look out the window, sweetie.” That was in the late 1950s. Years later Vicki can still point to that foundation as what caused her to care about diversity and advocacy.

Ashley Jones @ Lawrence University Bookstore
Apr
27
1:00 pm13:00

Ashley Jones @ Lawrence University Bookstore

  • Lawrence University Bookstore

Ashley M. Jones received an MFA from Florida International University. She was a finalist in Hub City Press’ New Southern Voices Contest, Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award Contest, and the National Poetry Series. Her work has been published by the Academy of American Poets, pluck!, PMSPoemMemoirStory, Prelude, Kinfolks Quarterly, and other journals. She received a 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award and a 2015 B-Metro Magazine Fusion Award. She is an editor of [PANK] Magazine, and she teaches creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

Vicki Covington @ Page and Palette in Fairhope, AL
Apr
27
12:00 pm12:00

Vicki Covington @ Page and Palette in Fairhope, AL

  • The Book Cellar

Read It & Eat with Vicki Covington

In Once in a Blue Moon, Vicki Covington's new novel set during Barack Obama s first presidential campaign, change is in the air. Readers follow a diverse community of renters in Southside Birmingham through one transformative year. In league with other great Southern novelists including Anne Tyler and Fannie Flagg, Covington writes with tenderness and humor while asking important questions about family, faith, race, class, and ultimately hope.

Vicki Covington @ the Mobile Public Library in Mobile, AL
Apr
26
6:30 pm18:30

Vicki Covington @ the Mobile Public Library in Mobile, AL

  • Mobile Public Library - West Regional Branch

Welcome Home to Alabama

Come meet author Vicki Covington as she introduces her new book, Once in a Blue Moon.

The novel is set in Birmingham, Alabama, during the 2008 Presidential election campaign, where tenants of a benevolent landlord in a neighborhood that has seen better days, form their own brand of community. Follow them as they join together to lift each other up and bring hope for a better future back into their lives.

There will be a book signing following the presentation. For more information, please call 251-208-7097.

Vicki Covington received a B.A. in sociology followed by a Masters in Social Work at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. She worked as an outpatient therapist for twelve years in Birmingham. Her husband, writer Dennis Covington, helped her discover that there was a writer inside her waiting to come out. Her stories were published in Boston Globe Magazine, The New Yorker, and the Southern Humanities Review among others. She was the author of several novels, including Bird of Paradise, Night Ride Home, The Last Hotel for Women and Gathering Home. She was also the “Meditations for Bad Girls” columnist at The Oxford American for a number of years.

The Covingtons now live near their grandchildren in Lubbock, TX, with their dachshund named Pablo.

Once in a Blue Moon is her love letter to the community she used to call home in Birmingham. For more information go to http://www.blairpub.com/alltitles/onceinabluemoon.

Vicki Covington @ Huntsville-Madison County Library in Huntsville, AL
Apr
25
6:00 pm18:00

Vicki Covington @ Huntsville-Madison County Library in Huntsville, AL

  • Huntsville-Madison County Library

Vicki Covington -- ONCE IN A BLUE MOON

Location: Main Library - Second Floor Meeting Room
Event categories: Activities and Crafts
Age: adults
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 6:00pm

Description: 

The novel is set in Birmingham, Alabama, during the 2008 Presidential election campaign. Abraham Kasir is the owner of several once-majestic Victorian homes that are now converted into apartments. Kind-hearted Mr. Kasir collects lost souls and offers them a place of solace where they can heal their inner wounds and find a way back to a better life.

Books will be available to purchase.

Hannah Palmer @ Malaprops Bookstore/Cafe in Ashville, NC
Apr
22
7:00 pm19:00

Hannah Palmer @ Malaprops Bookstore/Cafe in Ashville, NC

  • Malaprops Bookstore/Cafe

Hannah Palmer works as an urban designer in Atlanta. Her writing explores the intersection of southern stories and urban landscapes, and has appeared on CNN.com, Art Papers, Creative Loafing, and in masterplans for urban design projects around the world. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Sewanee: The University of the South and now lives near the Atlanta Airport with her husband and sons.

Vicki Covington @ The Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery, AL
Apr
22
1:00 pm13:00

Vicki Covington @ The Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery, AL

  • Alabama Book Festival

Vicki Covington was born and grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. Her previous work includes the novels Gathering HomeBird of ParadiseNight Ride Home, and The Last Hotel for Women, and the memoir Cleaving: The Story of a Marriage with Dennis Covington. She wrote a column for the Oxford American and has also written for The New Yorker. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama State Council for the Arts, she now resides in Lubbock, Texas.

Frye Gaillard @ Troy St. University Montgomery
Apr
22
10:30 am10:30

Frye Gaillard @ Troy St. University Montgomery

  • Alabama Book Festival

Frye Gaillard is writer in residence at the University of South Alabama and author of more than twenty books, including Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America, which won the Lillian Smith Award for non-fiction, and Watermelon Wine: The Spirit of Country Music. Gaillard has also received the Clarence Cason Award for Non-Fiction and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year Award. He lives just south of Mobile, Alabama, with his wife, Nancy.