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Kathy McCoy

Kathy McCoyBorn in Kentucky, Kathy McCoy has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe, and is a student of a wide variety of cultures and characters, but of all the places she’s been, she’s been truly intrigued by just a few.  Kathy has spent extensive time participating in Native American life at the Western Navajo Reservation near Flagstaff, Arizona, and also spent time in West Berlin, Germany.  It can also be said of Kathy McCoy that she may just know as much about Monroeville, AL, the literary capital of Alabama, as anyone else who has ever lived or worked in the small town. 

Kathy was the original executive director for the Monroe County Heritage Museum in Monroe County, Alabama, where she worked for fifteen years.  While in Monroeville, Kathy also acted as the director of the annual “To Kill a Mockingbird” production beginning with the play’s development in 1991 and serving  16 years in that capacity, during which she and the actors and actresses involved have toured nationally and internationally.  The Chicago Tribune has referred to McCoy as “Arguably the world’s foremost expert on To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Kathy McCoy completed her post-graduate education in Applied Anthropology at Georgia State University and also holds degrees in Anthropology and Archeology from the University of Tennessee.  Her undergraduate studies were completed at Northern Arizona University where McCoy received a Bachelor of Fine Arts.  Her education uniquely prepared her for a career in writing that centers on Southern history and culture.  Kathy has received a number of awards, including a Distinguished Service Award from the Alabama Historical Commission. She has been featured in a number of personal fine arts shows at galleries throughout Tucson.

Today, McCoy is the Artistic Director of the Pell City Center for Performing Arts in Alabama.  She has been playing that role for seven years and was the founding executive director for the organization.

McCoy is the author of two non-fiction books, Monroeville: The Literary Capital of Alabama; Crossroads: Early History of Monroe County; and a biography, Riley’s Crossing.

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  1. Riley's Crossing, Kathy McCoy
    $20.00

    Monroeville: Literary Capital of Alabama is a wonderful photographic journey from the town's humble beginnings as a crossroad to an internationally known launch pad for some of the most notable names in the world of literature. Kathy McCoy has painstakingly documented the changing face of Monroe County and has added an additional layer of depth with the release of this visual companion. Monroeville is divided into chapters that include the diversions, politics, and--of course--two of its most well known inhabitants. Each photograph is accompanied by a brief history lesson that is both informative and intriguing. McCoy covers the meager beginnings of the town's beloved square and the courthouse that has been immortalized in the screen adaption of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. No book covering the town of Monroeville would be complete without a portion devoted to Harper Lee's novel. Included are several pages immortalizing the courthouse, the annual run of the play, and Harper Lee herself. McCoy includes plenty of information on Lee's childhood friend and fellow author,Truman Capote, as well. Monroeville is a welcome addition to any Mockingbird fan's library and gives a stunning look into the town that boasts a plethora of artists, authors, peacemakers, and politicians.

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  2. Crossroads: The Early Years of Monroe County, Kathy McCoy
    $18.00

    Author Kathy McCoy has a special place in her heart for Monroe County, Alabama. Crossroads is  one of three works devoted to this historically rich area. McCoy begins with the earliest native inhabitants then moves all the way to the Reformation and Restoration of the south. The book is broken into seven chapters, each with a different historical period as the main focus. Crossroads also includes period letters, pictorials, and news articles that add depth and dimension to its historic story. McCoy herself stated that Crossroads would make an excellent companion for students taking Alabama history, but it is an enjoyable standalone account of a county older than the State itself. It is a quick and excellent read for those interested in the background of the area that has produced some of the most notable authors in modern history.  

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  3. Riley's Crossing
    $18.00

    Riley's Crossing is the story of Capt. Thomas Mercer Riley who lived in Monroe County, Al. during the 19th and 20th century.  We learn how "Cap't Tom,"--or "Cappy" as he was known, created his own empire of wealth in the "Piney Woods" after a devastating war, and how his secret, forbidden love shaped not only his world, but the world to come.

    Riley's Crossing as told by author Kathy McCoy, is an uncommon tale, given its time in history, but one that stands to teach even the modern world a lesson in compassion and in blazing one's own trail.

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