Thursday, April 11th 2024



Event with Meredith Coleman McGee
Saturday, April 13th | 12:00
Signing at 12:00pm

Meredith Coleman McGee signs, BILLIE HOLIDAY: JAZZ SINGER.

This is a full-length biography about Billie Holiday, known famously as Lady Day, from her birth in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to her childhood in Baltimore, Maryland, through her 30-year career as a singer, actor, and author by Meredith Coleman McGee. The late great Lady Day became the defining voice in jazz in Harlem, New York in 1933. Her 1939 recording of the protest song, Strange Fruit, made her a superstar, a race woman, and a target of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics...

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Event with Gene Holiman
Tuesday, April 16th | 5:00
Signing at 5:00pm | Reading at 5:30pm



Gene Holiman signs, ONCE A DELTA BOY, ALWAYS A DELTA BOY.

In this book I am reliving memories of many families about the lives and times in the mid-Twentieth Century Mississippi Delta as I experienced them. Hopefully, these recollections can help readers recognize events and places that were integral to their own upbringing during these formative years. Or maybe inspire others to jog their own images of Delta life they remember. Read. Reflect. Laugh. Cry. Relive growing up in the Delta from your own perspective....

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Event with Margo Cooper
Wednesday, April 17th | 5:00
Signing at 5:00pm | Reading at 5:30pm



Margo Cooper signs, DEEP INSIDE THE BLUES.

Deep Inside the Blues collects thirty-four of Margo Cooper’s interviews with blues artists and is illustrated with over 160 of her photographs, many published here for the first time. For thirty years, Cooper has been documenting the lives of blues musicians, their families and homes, neighborhoods, festivals, and gigs. Her photographic work combines iconic late-career images of many legendary figures including Bo Diddley, Honeyboy Edwards, B.B. King...

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Event with Clint Smith
Thursday, April 18th | 5:00
Signing at 5:00pm | Reading at 5:30pm



Clint Smith signs, ABOVE GROUND.

A remarkable poetry collection with "inextinguishable generosity and abundant wisdom" (Monica Youn) from Clint Smith, the #1 New York Times bestselling and National Book Critics Circle award-winning author of How the Word Is Passed. Clint Smith’s vibrant and compelling new collection traverses the vast emotional terrain of fatherhood, and explores how becoming a parent has recalibrated his sense of the...

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Event with Mary Annaise Heglar
Saturday, April 20th | 10:00
Signing at 10:30am



Mary Heglar signs, THE WORLD IS OURS TO CHERISH.

The world is a big, beautiful place full of natural wonders--everything from bees to rainfall can seem magical. The world is also changing. Climate change has already had a devastating effect on the planet. But it's not too late! If we work together and show a little more care, both for the environment and each other, we can keep this world beautiful. This moving debut from climate writer Mary Annaïse Heglar is perfect for budding environmentalists and anyone in need of a little hope for the future of our planet....

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Event with Earl Swift
Saturday, April 20th | 12:00
Signing at 12:00



Earl Swift signs, HELL PUT TO SHAME.

From the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Chesapeake Requiem comes a gripping new work of narrative nonfiction telling the forgotten story of the mass killing of eleven Black farmhands on a Georgia plantation in the spring of 1921—a crime which exposed for the nation the existence of “peonage,” a form of slavery that gained prominence across the American South after the Civil War...

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Event with Candace Cox Wheeler
Thursday, April 25th | 5:00
Signing at 5:00pm | Reading at 5:30pm



Candace Cox Wheeler signs, SUNSET IN THE SOUND.

Mac Simpson, a fresh-faced eighteen-year-old from Savannah, Georgia, is studying electronics at Keesler Air Force Base as part of his four-year commitment to the country he loves. When Mac meets Vickie Burns, a gorgeous musician with a beautiful voice who dreams of sharing the stage one day with Hank Williams, he thinks he’s found the girl of his dreams....

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Saturday, April 27th | 10:00



Event with Adam Clay + Todd Osborne
Saturday, April 27th | 12:00
Signing at 12:00pm

Adam Clay signs, CIRCLE BACK.

How does one make sense of loss—personal and collective? When language and memory are at capacity, where do we turn? Confronted with “a year meant to end all / those to come,” acclaimed poet Adam Clay questions whether anything is “wide enough to contain what’s left / of hope.” In the absence of a clear way forward, the poems of Circle Back wander grief’s strange and winding path. Along the way, the line between reality and dreams blurs...

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Todd Osborne signs, GATHERER.

What does it mean to belong when all the foundations are cracked? This debut poetry collection works toward many answers, attempting to shape a life inside deep loss and abiding love. Todd Osborne navigates questions of home and family amidst the complexities of Southern culture and personal grief. At its heart, Gatherer seeks solace in a faith that eludes without entirely fading. In every setting...

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Event with Aimee Nezhukamatahil + Nina Parikh
Thursday, May 2nd | 5:00
Signing at 5:00pm | Reading at 5:30pm



Aimee Nezhukamatahil signs,
BITE BY BITE.

From the New York Times bestselling author of World of Wonders, a lyrical book of short essays about food, offering a banquet of tastes, smells, memories, associations, and marvelous curiosities from nature. In Bite by Bite, poet and essayist Aimee Nezhukumatathil explores the way food and drink evoke our associations and remembrances—a subtext or layering, a flavor tinged with joy, shame, exuberance, grief, desire, or nostalgia. ...

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Event with Julian Randall + Dr. Nadia Alexis
Thursday, May 9th | 5:00
Signing at 5:00pm | Reading at 5:30pm



Julian Randall signs,
THE DEAD DON'T NEED REMINDING.

This brilliant, adult nonfiction debut from the acclaimed MG author and poet weaves two personal narratives of recovery and reclamation, spliced with a dazzle of pop-culture. The Dead Don’t Need Reminding is a braided story of Julian Randall’s return from the cliff edge of a harrowing depression and his determination to retrace the hustle of a white-passing grandfather to the Mississippi town from which he was driven amid threats of tar and feather. ...

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Event with Bob Drury
Wednesday, May 15th | 5:00
Signing at 5:00pm | Reading at 5:30pm



Bob Drury signs, THRONE OF GRACE.

The explosive true saga of the legendary adventurer Jedediah Smith and the Mountain Men who explored the American frontier, written by New York Times bestselling authors of Blood and Treasure. It is the early 19th century, and the land recently purchased by President Thomas Jefferson stretches west for thousands of miles. Who inhabits this vast new garden of Eden? What strange beasts and natural formations can be found? Thus was the birth of Manifest Destiny and the resulting bloody battles with Indigenous...

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Event with Mary Annaise Heglar
Thursday, May 16th | 5:00
Signing at 5:00pm | Reading at 5:30



Mary Annaise Heglar signs, TROUBLED WATERS.

In this intimate portrait of two generations, a granddaughter and a grandmother come to terms with what it means to be family, Black women, and alive in a world on fire. The world is burning—and Corrine will do anything to put out the flames. After her brother died aboard an oil boat on the Mississippi River in 2013, Corrine awakened to the realities of climate change and its perpetrators. Now, a year later, she finds herself trapped in a lonely cycle of mourning both her brother and the very planet she stands on. She’s convinced that in order to save her future, she has to make sure that her brother’s life meant...

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Event with Henry Wise
Wednesday, June 5th | 5:00
Signing at 5:00pm | Reading at 5:30



Henry Wise signs, HOLY CITY.

Holy City is the captivating debut from Henry Wise about a deputy sheriff who must work alongside an unpredictable private detective after he finds himself on the outs from his sheriff's department over his unwillingness to look the other way when an innocent man is arrested for murder. After a decade of exile precipitated by the tragic death of his mother, Will Seems returns home from Richmond to rural Southern Virginia, taking a job as deputy sheriff in a landscape given way to crime and defeat...

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Event with Garth Risk Hallberg
Saturday, June 15th | 12:00
Signing at 12:00pm | Reading at 12:30



Garth Risk Hallberg signs, THE SECOND COMING.

When thirteen-year-old Jolie Aspern drops her phone onto the subway tracks in 2011, her estranged dad, Ethan, seems like the furthest thing from her mind. A convicted felon and recovering addict, Ethan has long struggled to see beyond himself. But then a call from New York makes him fear his daughter’s in deeper trouble than anyone realizes. And believing he’s the only one who can save her...

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Event with Eli Cranor
Thursday, July 18th | 5:00
Signing at 5:00pm | Reading at 5:30



Eli Cranor signs, BROILER.

Gabriela Menchaca and Edwin Saucedo are hardworking, undocumented employees at the Detmer Foods chicken plant in Springdale, Arkansas, just a stone’s throw away from the trailer park where they’ve lived together for seven years. While dealing with personal tragedies of their own, the young couple endures the brutal, dehumanizing conditions at the plant in exchange for barebones pay...

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