In this lively presentation exploring the events of 1621, author Diane Z. Shore, dressed in period costume and in Olde English language, tells about 17th Century America. Through the eyes of Ellinor Billington, a colorful and rather opinionated colonist, who along with her troublesome husband and two mischievous sons traveled to the New World aboard the Mayflower, Diane shares stories of the Mayflower voyage, that first year of hardship in the New World, and everyday life in Plimoth.
Includes a hands-on interactive demonstration of the 17th century European and Native American children’s toys and games. Come and play Hoop and Stick, Ninepins, Whip Top and more, and learn how to write your name with a real quill pen! It’s an entertaining and educational time travel that brings history to life. Read more about Ellinor Billington, 17th Century Pilgrim
Please join us for an exciting visit with New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction, Scott Oden, as he talks about his work, including his most recent novel, The Lion of Cairo.
In The Lion of Cairo, Oden masterfully blends history and adventure in the style of Robert E. Howard. Bringing medieval Cario, the true jewel of the Arabian Nights, to exhilarating life, full of intrigue and thunderous battle, Oden resurrects one of the Ancient World’s most beautiful and beguiling countries.
This event will take place in the auditorium of the Main branch.
Local authors gather at Sister to Sister Brother to Brother Book Club event!
On September 18, Ms. Nicole Schroeder, Mr. Chris Love and Ms. T.W. Spalding will headline the Sister to Sister Brother to Brother Book Club Local Authors Expo. From 2 - 5 p.m. Our guest authors will be at the Huntsville Madison County Main Branch's auditorium to discuss their latest works, share insights and tips on how to get published. Refreshments will be served. The authors will have individual booths set up for additional information. This event is open to all who have a desire to write a book or trying to get one published.
We are pleased to welcome nationally syndicated, and award-winning columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson to speak about her newest book, Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming: A Memoir.
The publisher describes Johnson's new book as a "frank, exhilarating, wise, poignant, and brave memoir. Her territory ranges from childhood memories of ritual pre-interstate trips in the family station wagon to visit foot-washing Baptist relatives to young-girl fixations on the Barbie dolls of the title, from the simultaneous exuberance and proto-feminist doubts of young marriage to the aches of loves lost through divorce and death."
Please join us for this fascinating talk from one of our favorite Southern writers!
This event will take place at 2 pm in the Main branch auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
We are pleased to welcome author and Samford University journalism professor Julie Williams, who will be discussing her exciting new book, Wings of Opportunity: The Wright Brothers in Montgomery, AL. Please join us to hear about Williams' intriguing account of uncovering the history of the nation's first flight school, founded by the Wrights in Montgomery 100 years ago.