We are honored to present a special talk by local author and civil rights activist, Dr. Sonnie Hereford, whose newest book, Beside the Troubled Water, chronicles his experiences during the civil rights era in Huntsville. Read more about Dr. Hereford and the book in this excellent Huntsville Times article.
This event will take place in the Main branch, auditorium. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
We are delighted to present talented local author Jessica Penot at this special, seasonal author program on October 20. Ms. Penot will speak about her fascinating books, Haunted North Alabama, and Haunted Chattanooga. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
This event will take place at 6:30 pm in the Main branch's second floor events room. Please contact Luisa at email@example.com with any questions.
About the author:
Jessica Penot is a writer and therapist who lives in Huntsville with her husband, 2 children, and 2 corgis. Her ghost stories have been featured in numerous literary magazines and she's written two collections of regional ghost stories, Haunted Chattanooga and Haunted North Alabama. Jessica loves a good ghost story and collects them on her blog and in her column at the Valley Planet. She's always looking for a new story to send shivers down her spine. You can follow Jessica at her blog: www.ghoststoriesandhauntedplaces.blogspot.com. Read more about A Haunted Evening with author Jessica Penot
Tina Savas is among the first wave of women entrepreneurs in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1983, she founded the Birmingham Business Journal newspaper, followed by Alabama Health News, Alabama Construction News,and Birmingham Weekly, and the area’s only weekly alternative newspaper. She is a continual winner of national editorial awards. Her newspaper legacies include, “The Fifty Richest” series, naming the area’s 50 richest people and their net worth; “The Birmingham 100”, listing the top private companies and their revenues; the “Top 40 Under 40” series, naming the up and coming stars all under the age of 40 (now copied in all U.S. major markets); the “Fast Track 25”, ranking the fastest growing companies in the area; and the “Best in Business” awards. She has served on local boards for community development, advised numerous foundations, colleges and hospitals, and won many awards during her career. Savas continues her entrepreneurial spirit through real estate investment and other business ventures.
About the book:
These 40 first-person narratives put the spotlight on women who reached the top despite adversity and great personal suffering. In their own words, these women share insights about how they were challenged, what inspired them, and what drove them to be successful. By sharing their uplifting stories, these women are acting as mentors for every reader who aspires to great accomplishments. Read more about Author Tina Savas speaks about her book, Women of True Grit
Alone and scared on the dark streets of Moscow, staid, bespectacled Paige Barnes has no choice but to comply with the handsome stranger's command....Little does Paige know she's been rescued by Alexei Voronov--a Russian prince and her boss's deadliest rival. Now he has Paige unexpectedly in his sights, Alexei is prepared to play emotional Russian roulette to keep her close and discover her true motives. But in his splendid gilded palace his game of chance spins out of control and passion takes over.
It's only when she's back home that Paige realizes she's pregnant with the prince's baby... Read more about Behind the Palace Walls: Books & Buns
We are delighted to welcome author Christy Jordan, whose book The Southern Plate is recognized as one of the best Southern cookbooks in America. She also runs the website Southernplate.com, an indispensable resource for anyone who loves delicious, heart-warming Southern food.
Goodreads.com describes The Southern Plate as "a book about love, nostalgia for simpler times, and the unpretentious comfort food that came from Christy's Grandmother's kitchen and went straight into her heart."
This event will take place on Saturday, August 27 at 3 pm in the Main branch auditorium. Books by the author will be available for purchase at the event.
Larry Lester, co-founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, and author of several books on the Negro Leagues, will touch briefly, but distinctly, on each of the six historical panels from 1860 to present day. He will dedicate a substantial portion of the program to answering questions, and will be selling and signing his books at this event.
This program will take place in the second floor events room of our Main branch. It is free and open to the public.
This program is presented in conjuction with the "Pride and Passion: African American Baseball Experience" exhibit on display in the atrium of our Main branch until April 29. Please read more about the exhibit below.
The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is one of only 25 libraries in the United States selected to host the traveling exhibition, which was organized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y., and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, Chicago.
Based upon original documents, photos and artifacts in the collections of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and other institutions across the United States, the exhibition examines the remarkable story of how African-American baseball players in the late 19th century, shut out of major league baseball, formed their own professional leagues and barnstormed around the country, playing an exciting style of fast-running and power-hitting baseball that attracted huge audiences. Negro league players such as Rube Foster, Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, James “Cool Papa” Bell and Satchel Paige became famous, and black teams such as the Chicago American Giants, Kansas City Monarchs, St. Louis Stars, Pittsburgh Crawfords and Homestead Grays were a focus of pride for the African-American community. The exhibition also looks at the career of Jackie Robinson, who broke the 20th-century color barrier in baseball and led the way to integrated teams in the 1950s.
The “Pride and Passion” traveling exhibition is made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): great ideas brought to life. The traveling exhibition is based upon a permanent exhibition on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. For more information, please visit http://web.baseballhalloffame.org/index.jsp