Ol’ Curiosities and Book Shoppe and Monroe County Heritage Museum present: Forgotten Alabama & More Forgotten Alabama photographer Glenn Wills at Old Courthouse Museum

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Huntsville, Alabama native Glenn Wills has taken nearly 15,000 pictures across all 67 counties in the state of Alabama. It began when one day Glenn noticed an old car by the side of the road, but realized that he didn’t have a camera with him to capture the moment. From that moment, Glenn set out to photograph “forgotten” physical reminders of our past. His photographs range from abandoned stores and buildings to old cars and houses, and more.

Glenn took his collection of photographs and turned them into not one, but two photography books: Forgotten Alabama and More Forgotten Alabama.

Glenn will be at the Old Courthouse Museum in Monroeville, Alabama next Thursday February 23rd from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Forgotten Alabama and More Forgotten Alabama will both be available for purchase, and Glenn will be happy to autograph them. He will also be sharing a PowerPoint presentation that will take viewers on a journey, explaining how the project came to be and showing examples of his photography. Following the presentation, there will be a question and answer session with Glenn.

We hope to see as many of our friends as possible next Thursday to meet Glenn and explore and discuss Forgotten Alabama and More Forgotten Alabama at the Old Courthouse Museum.

If you can’t wait until next week and want a sneak peek of Glenn’s work, visit https://www.facebook.com/forgottenalabamathebook/.

 

For questions or further information, please contact one of the following:

Nathan Carter

Old Courthouse Museum

251-575-7433

mchm@frontiernet.net

Ann Mote
Ol’ Curiosities & Book Shoppe
251-575-1050
ocbookshoppe@gmail.com

Book Signings and more at OCBS this Weekend

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If you’re local, or are going to be near Monroeville, Alabama this weekend, you should come by the Shoppe. We are going to be busy with events over the next couple of days.

We will be having a book signing and reading Friday night, with Georgia native and young adult author Ted Dunagan. On Saturday, we will be celebrating Independent Bookstore Day and having a book signing and reading with author Darlyn Finch Kuhn.

Ted Dunagan

Ted-DunaganTed Dunagan is the author of A Yellow Watermelon, Secret of the Satilfa, Trouble on the Tombigbee, and The Salvation of Miss Lucretia. These four books are young adult novels that feature the characters Ted Dillon and Poudlum and their adventures.

 

 

 

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A Yellow Watermelon

A Yellow Watermelon is author Ted Dunnagan’s first book introducing us to the segregated South of the 1940’s. Dunnagan writes about the adventures of Ted Dillion, a twelve year old white boy, and his gradual discovery of racial double standards in his hometown. Ted spends most of his long summer days playing where he shouldn’t, thinking of how to get out of school in the upcoming fall, and wondering about why white and black people in his town don’t mingle. Dunnagan uses colorful dialect and even more colorful characters to spin a story that doesn’t just look at racism from one perspective.

When Ted meets Jake, they develop an instant friendship despite their age and racial difference. Soon Ted is picking cotton on his uncle’s farm and meets Poudlum, a twelve-year-old black boy. The two hit it off immediately and with Jake, get in over their heads in adventure. You can’t imagine the trouble these three can conjure up. As you’ll come to find out, the Tombigbee river plays a big role in this story and many more to come from Dunnagan.

 

Secret of the Satilfa

In The Secret of the Satilfa, we pick up the story of Ted and his best friend Poudlum catching up and fishing during their Thanksgiving Break. The boys have barely begun to settle down at camp before their trip is interrupted by fugitive bank robbers. No strangers to danger and adventure, the boys must figure out how to escape and solve a riddle that will hopefully lead to a hidden treasure.

Author Ted Dunagan dives head first into rural Alabama, in a time that was both simple and complex, due to the racial tensions of the time. Dunagan fleshes out the wonderful relationship between Ted and Poudlum even further in his second book. The boys spend the entire story escaping from one set troubles to the next, growing closer, and maybe even getting a little bit wiser.

Trouble on the Tombigbee

Trouble on the Tombigbee is Dunagan’s third novel following the escapades of unlikely pals Ted and Poudlum. The duo take adventure and adversity well in stride during a time when an interracial friendship could cause almost as much of a stir as the Klu Klux Klan’s latest shenanigans. After a brief separation when Ted’s family moves away, the boys get together to catch up, fish, and explore their beloved Tombigbee River. As luck would have it the river has more than catfish floating in its current.

The Salvation of Miss Lucretia

The Salvation of Miss Lucretia is the latest, but not last, book in his series following the adventures of young Ted Dillion and his best friend Poudlum. The two boys are once again neck-deep in adventure and action when their hunting trip comes to a screetching halt. The boys find themselves missing dogs, robbed, and held captive. Their captor isn’t just a bank robber or a bootlegger this time, it’s a bonafide voodoo queen! Miss Lucretia was banished to the woods for practicing voodoo by a “preacher” and “deacons”, but Ted and Poudlum soon realize that instead of fearing her they’ve got to help her.

 

Ted will be joining us at the Shoppe Friday, April 29th at 6 p.m. and will be doing a book signing and reading.

Darlyn Finch Kuhn

darlynA poet known for her saucy style and engaging readings, Darlyn Finch Kuhn is also a gifted storyteller. In addition to her two poetry collections (Red Wax Rose and Three Houses) her work has appeared in literary journals, newspapers, magazines and online. Her poems have been featured on Poetic Logic on WMFE-FM, and been read by Garrison Keillor on the Writers Almanac. She was interviewed on World Radio Paris. She is the eponymous “Scribbler,” of the Scribbles e-newsletter. Kuhn produces book trailer videos with her husband at Brad Kuhn & Associates, LLC in Orlando, Florida.

 

 

 

Sewing Holes

SH-front-cover-195x300A little girl grows up in the 1960s and 70s in a family with a volatile mother, a loving but very ill father, a brother who flees the country to evade the draft, a foster-sister whose life is consumed by waiting for her real parents to return, and a best friend who likes to beat her up. She survives on stories told` to her by her father, particularly the one about “sewing holes” – creating beauty out of what seems to be nothing.

Darlyn will be joining us on Saturday, April 30th at 2 p.m. She will be reading from Sewing Holes and signing books as well.

 

 

Also on Saturday, we will be celebrating Independent Bookstore Day all day long. In addition to the reading and book signing, we will have refreshments available to anyone who stops by to visit. Come on and join us, we would love to see you! It’s going to be a great weekend here at OCBS!

 

 

Book Signing with Greg Neri, author of Tru and Nelle

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We are so excited to announce that we will be having a book signing here at Ol’ Curiosities and Book Shoppe next week. Greg Neri, author of several middle grade and young adult novels, will be signing his most recent book, Tru & Nelle,  here at OCBS next Thursday, March 31st from 6 PM to 8 PM. Tru & Nelle is a fictional tale based on the childhood friendship of our very own Truman Capote and Nelle Harper Lee.

61PJU-i+URLAbout Tru & Nelle

Long before they became well known writers, two children met one day in Monroeville, Alabama. One was the daughter of a local lawyer; the other, a young boy whose gypsy parents left him with his adult cousins.

The two became fast friends.

Their names were Nelle Harper Lee and Truman Capote, Tru for short.

In the fictionalized story of the real-life childhood companionship of these two famous writers, young Tru and Nelle go on a Sherlock and Watson style mystery hunt to track down who is vandalizing buildings in town. More importantly, we get a glimpse again of Monroeville, Alabama, in the 1930s. And we get an idea of what young Tru and Nelle were like as children, long before In Cold Blood or To Kill A Mockingbird were ever thought of.

Excerpt:

When Truman first spotted Nelle, he thought she was a boy. She was watching him like a cat, perched on a crooked stone wall that separated their rambling wood homes. Barefoot and dressed in overalls with a boyish haircut, Nelle looked to be about his age, but it was hard for Truman to tell — he was trying to avoid her stare by pretending to read his book.

“Hey, you,” she finally said.

Truman gazed up from the pages. He was sitting quietly on a wicker chair on the side porch of his cousins’ house, dressed in a little white sailor suit.

“Are you . . . talking to me?” he said in a high wispy voice.

“Come here,” she commanded.

He straightened his little white suit and wandered slowly past the trellises of wisteria vines and japonica flowers until he came upon the stone wall.

Truman was taken aback. He scrunched up his face; he’d been confused by Nelle’s short hair and overalls. “You’re a . . . girl?”

Nelle stared back at him even harder. Truman’s high voice, white-blond hair, and sailor outfit had thrown her for a loop too.

“You’re a boy?” she asked, incredulous.

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About Greg Neri

In addition to Tru & NelleGreg Neri is the author of several middle grade and young adult novels, including Ghetto Cowboy, and Hello, I’m Johnny Cash. Neri’s awards include a Coretta Scott King honor, and the Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award. Besides writing, Neri has experience as a filmmaker, animator/illustrator, and a digital media producer. Neri is a founding member of The Truth anti-smoking campaign as well.

Neri presently writes full time and lives in Florida with his wife and daughter.

 

If you are able to come, we would love to have you attend this book signing! If you would like, you can call us at 251-494-9356 or come by OCBS and reserve a copy of Tru & Nelle today. Then come back and join us next week and have your book signed and chat with Mr. Neri!

Please note: Any books ordered directly through the website prior to the event will not be signed, unless it is specified.

Thank you so much for all that you do! We truly appreciate each and every one of you!

Mardi Gras 2016

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The city of Monroeville will be holding Mardi Gras festivities again this year. This year’s theme will be “Fantasy and Follies.” Three parades will be held. The first parade will take place on Thursday, January 21st at 6:30 p.m. The theme of this parade is “Movies in the ’80’s.” In the event of rain, the parade will be held on Friday, January 22nd at the same time.

Parades two and three will be held on Saturday January 30th, at 2 and 6:30 p.m., respectively. The themes are “Old Tymers Antique Car Parade” and “It’s a Small World.” In the event of rain, the parades will be held on Monday, February 1st.

All of the parades will feature music, face painting, carnival food, and various street vendors.

What is Mardi Gras without a ball? Monroeville will be hosting two balls this year. The first one, held by the Unified Greek Association, on January 29th and the second held by Monroeville Fire and Rescue, on January 30th. Call 251-455-3699 for ticket information on the UGA ball, and 251-575-2084 for information on the Monroeville Fire and Rescue ball.

For additional information on anything else related to the Monroeville Mardi Gras parades, please call 251-923-7470.

Monroeville Bookstore: Ornament Swap 2015

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Monroeville Bookstore Ornament Swap 2015One of our favorite things about owning a Monroeville Bookstore is that we get to meet and enjoy great people.  Hosting events like the 2015 ornament swap is just another way to celebrate Monroeville and the special and unique place it is.

We would like to thank everyone who came out to our 2015 Ornament Swap to celebrate the season. We really had a great time and are glad that because of the folks who joined us for the event, last year’s attendance was doubled. We love hosting events and are looking forward to many more in the coming months, so be sure to keep your eyes on your local Monroeville, Alabama Bookstore for more fun and activities.

We thought we’d share some of the photos of the 2015 Ornament Swap from our Monroeville Bookstore.  Check them out below and let us know in the comments section about other events that you’d like to see here in the future.  Enjoy!

Monroeville Bookstore Ornament Swap Pictures

Monroeville’s Grand Illumination and Winter Market 2015

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The Annual Grand Illumination and Winter Market in Monroeville, Alabama was held on Thursday, November 12th. Ol’ Curiosities and Book Shoppe was invited to participate as a vendor in the Winter Market. We were fortunate enough to set up in a great location next to one of our favorite restaurants, the Prop and Gavel, located downtown on the square, not far from our Shoppe. We shared vending space with one of our dear friends Julianne Stacey, also known as The Piggy Purse Lady. Mrs. Ann handed out popsicles to all children that stopped in. Our selection of books that evening included children’s books, seasonal books, and books by local authors. We had a lot of old friends stop by to see us and were able to meet a few new ones as well.

In the meantime, patrons enjoyed shopping in other local businesses on the square. The Grand Illumination (annual lighting of the Christmas tree) was held at Lyle Salter Park. To the delight of the children present, Santa and Mrs. Claus dropped in for a visit. According to Santa, his “nice list” is pretty long this year. It also snowed a little that night.

We appreciate everyone for stopping by and shopping with us. We had a great time and enjoyed our location.

Check out our setup below: our Snowman tree was a big hit!!