The 19th Annual Alabama Writers Symposium

2016 Alabama Writers Symposium
2016 Alabama Writers Symposium
2016 Alabama Writers Symposium

It is almost time for the Annual Alabama Writers Symposium, the literary event held in the literary capital of Alabama. The Alabama Writers Symposium was started by the Alabama Center for Literary Arts and is sponsored and hosted by Alabama Southern Community College. This year will be the 19th year that the event will be held. The dates  are March 31st – April 1st. Each year there brings a new theme, and this year’s theme is The Elephant in the Room.

2016 Guests/Speakers

There are some familiar faces returning for this years Alabama Writers Symposium, along with a few new ones. They will be leading discussion sessions, and the Harper Lee and Eugene Current Garcia Winners will speak at their awards gala. The lineup includes:

  • E.O. Wilson, the 2016 Harper Lee award winner
  • Greg Neri, author of Tru and Nelle
  • Kim Cross
  • Wayne Flynt, author and historian
  • Frye Gaillard, the 2016 Eugene Current-Garcia winner
  • Nancy Anderson
  • Chervis Isom
  • William Cobb
  • Kirk Curnutt
  • Dan Puckett
  • Ben Raines
  • Marianne Moates, author of Truman Capote’s Southern Years
  • Jennifer Horne
  • Don Noble
  • PowerLines Poetry
  • Artisans from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians
  • Songwriter CJ Watson

What To Expect This Year:

If you’re an Alabama Writers Symposium veteran, you may notice that things are just a little bit different this year. For one thing, the event normally spans over three days but this year everything will take place over only two days. There is also a new lady in charge, ASCC librarian Alisha Linam. However, even though the time frame is a little shorter, there will still be plenty of authors and scholars to see, and plenty of discussions and sessions to attend. There will be sessions held on Thursday and Friday. There will be an Awards Gala honoring the Harper Lee and Eugene-Current Garcia award winners, E.O. Wilson and Frye Gaillard. E.O. Wilson will also be speaking at the awards gala. There will also be discussion sessions with the award winners, as well as a fish fry luncheon on Friday. For more information or questions, you can visit the ASCC website, www.ascc.edu, or you can call or email Alisha Linam at (251) 575-8271 or alinam@ascc.edu.

What are your thoughts on the speakers? Have you heard of or read anything by any of them? Will you be attending this years symposium? We hope to see some of you there!

Truman Capote Other Voices Book Club

Other Voices, Other Rooms

Other Voices, Other RoomsLast month, the Friends of the Library, the Monroe County Museum, and Monroeville Main Street collaborated efforts and started a book club that honors another one of our local literary heroes, Truman Capote. Going forward, this club will meet once a month at the Monroe County Museum and discuss a Capote book over a “brown bag” lunch.

This month’s meeting will be held this Thursday, March 10th at noon. The book being discussed this month is “Other Voices, Other Rooms.” Alabama Southern Community College librarian Alisha Linam  will be leading the discussion. She will also be announcing the line-up for this year’s Alabama Writer’s Symposium, which will be held March 31st-April 1st.

About Other Voices, Other Rooms

Published in 1984 and written in Southern Gothic style, Other Voices, Other Rooms was Capote’s first published novel. It has been said that Capote was drawn to write this book after taking a walk in the woods while living here in Monroeville, Alabama.  Other Voices, Other Rooms is a coming-of-age story and features themes of searching, alienation, and self-acceptance. It has also been said that this novel is in a way, an autobiography of Capote himself.

If you are local, and you are interested in attending this months book club, don’t forget to bring your own lunch! Come prepared to discuss this wonderful book with other book lovers. If you have questions or need more information, please call Anne Marie Bryan at 251-362-0433 or Nathan Carter at 251-575-7433.

We hope to see you there!

Christmas Gift Ideas

OCBS Ol' Curiosities and Book Shoppe Sign

Christmas is now less than two weeks away! Some people probably have all of their shopping done, while some may only have half of their shopping done. Then there are probably a few that have done little or no Christmas shopping! That’s okay, because this is the busiest time of the year. And if you are still looking for a last minute Christmas gift or stocking stuffer, don’t worry, Ol’ Curiosities and Book Shoppe has got you covered.

For the collector

If you still have not purchased Go Set a Watchman, or know someone on your list that doesn’t own it, its not too late to purchase a copy from us! Keep in mind that these are first printings of the first edition and they are one of a kind copies, since they are embossed with a seal stating that they came from Monroeville, Alabama.

Perhaps the person you’re buying a Christmas gift for already has Watchman. Or perhaps you want to give something a little more special than just the regular hardcover copy. We have beautiful limited edition leatherbound copies of Go Set a Watchman as well.

We also have slipcase editions of To Kill a Mockingbird alone, and slipcase sets of To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman together. All of these would make wonderful Christmas gifts for someone who likes to show off their impressive book collection.

And finally, for the serious collectors out there, we do have a signed 40th edition To Kill a Mockingbird and a very limited supply of signed special editions of Go Set a Watchman.

For the classics lover

IMG_20151210_1303039_rewindLooking for a Christmas gift for the classic literature lover in your life? We can help you there too. We have a variety of Truman Capote novels, including a stand alone edition of A Christmas Memory that features an audio cd and illustrations. A Christmas Memory is a short story also found in The Complete Stories of Truman Capote. We have The Complete Stories in stock, in paperback and hardcover.

On our website, you’ll find other classic books by classic authors, such as Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. In store, we have even more choices! If you are local, or will be up (or down) this way, drop by for a visit and check out what we have to offer.

For children

We have a great selection of books for children, including many holiday themed books. Our best selling children’s Christmas book is The Christmas Pumpkin by Debbie Reece. It is an inspirational tale about a pumpkin who gets abandoned in the fall, but thanks to a special little boy, finds its place as a Christmas pumpkin. It would make a wonderful Christmas gift for young and old children, and also those who are children at heart! This title isn’t on our website yet, but call or email us if you are interested.

For the non-reader

Ol' Curiosities & Book Shoppe Celebrates National Coffee Day 2015

Sadly, not everyone is an avid reader, and that is okay. OCBS can still help you pick out a gift for them. In our swag shoppe, we have many items, including buttons (perfect for a stocking stuffers) and t-shirts (both the original design and the octopus design). If you visit us in store, be sure to check out our awesome coffee mugs.

For that person in your life who is interested in literature, but is perhaps to busy to sit down and read a book, we have audiobook versions of To Kill a Mockingbird (narrated by Sissy Spacek) and Go Set a Watchman (narrated by Reese Witherspoon). Or, you could always go with the DVD version of To Kill a Mockingbird featuring Gregory Peck.

 

 

So, no matter whom you are shopping for this holiday season, please let Ol’ Curiosities and Book Shoppe be your one stop shoppe for everyone on your Christmas list. You can shop here on the website, or come visit us in Monroeville, Alabama. Also if something was mentioned that you don’t see here on the website, you can call us at 251-494-9356 or email us at ocbookshoppe@gmail.com. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

What do you think about our gift ideas? Leave us a comment, we would love to hear from you!

Signed Edition of Go Set a Watchman: The Unboxing

Signed Edition of Go Set a Watchman

Signed Edition of Go Set a WatchmanThere have been few things more exciting in the literary world than the release of Harper Lee’s second book, Go Set a Watchman.  Book lovers everywhere speculated as to the contents of the new work and sought out the book as it appeared online and on bookstore shelves.  They immersed themselves in the story as soon as it was available, posting their opinions online and talking about the book around the water cooler at work.  It was big news, and readers all over the world were excited.

More exciting news about the signed edition of Go Set a Watchman

Then, perhaps even more exciting news was shared: There were a very limited number of Signed Editions of Go Set a Watchman.  These books, each hand-signed by Harper Lee were just in time for the holiday season. 500 copies have been made available–and having been put on the market very recently–many of them are already gone.  The good news is that we received some of these books and have a few in stock.

Unboxing a signed edition of Go Set a Watchman

We considered it a very special occasion indeed when we received our highly anticipated allotment of these books. In honor of this special occasion, we decided to do an unboxing video so our readers can see all of the gorgeous details of this special, signed edition of Go Set a Watchman. What better way to celebrate than opening a Signed Edition of Go Set a Watchman to share it with our followers?  Please check out the video of our unboxing of a signed edition of Go Set a Watchman below and pay close attention the beautiful details of the book.

We hope that book lovers everywhere have enjoyed our unboxing presentation of this gorgeous, signed edition of Go Set a Watchman.   Remember, if you–or someone you know–are interested in obtaining a copy for your very own, you still have a chance at owning this amazing piece of literary history. Please give us a call at 251-494-9356. Or, if you prefer, you can order one through our website.

Thank you and we appreciate every one of you!

The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono

The Man Who Planted Trees

As a bookstore owner you have hundreds of books come through your shoppe weekly if not daily and it becomes a little overwhelming at times. You never get a chance to read even a small percentage of those no matter how many you hold back for your reading pile (or in my case room). The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono is just one of those books that crossed my desk and I put aside for an easy read. Sometimes as readers we need those small stories to read between longer novels while we are still digesting the material from them. The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono is an amazing story of how one man can change the world for the better and a story you won’t mind reading time and time again.

The copy of The Man Who Planted Trees that came across my desk was a used copy that got picked up at an estate sale and once I finally got around to reading it I was touched by the simplicity of the story. Sometimes life seems to go by so fast that we don’t realize the simple things around us. I am not trying to be a softy or even persuade anyone to buy a copy, but what I do wish is that you will watch the video below of the story and let me know what you think. We only have a few copies here at the shoppe. If you would like one and you see that we are out, please call us at 251-494-9356.

 

The Man Who Planted Trees from Max Urai on Vimeo.

Christmas Tree of Books 2015

Christmas Tree of Books

It’s holiday season and that means that it is the time of the year for our amazing Christmas Tree of Books again!

Our Christmas Tree of Books (an original creation by one of our lovely owners, Ann Mote) was such a HUGE hit last year, that we have decided to continue with the tradition.

However, to add variety this year, we built the Christmas Tree of Books inside, instead of out on the front porch where it was located last year.

We invite you to come spend some time with us browsing through the pages of our books or perhaps purchasing that special gift for the reader in your life! We are open Monday -Saturday, 9:00 – 6:00!

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