Amazing diversity are the key words for events in March at The Booksellers. Something for everyone? Perhaps. We’ve got everything from a Pulitzer Prize-winning author to a legendary studio performer. There’s probably one or two authors in here to catch your interest. Just take a look.
Peforming live & in person selections from his CD Next Right Thing
Thursday, March 1st, 6 p.m.
Chris Carpenter is a Winchester, Kentucky native who now lives and makes music in Nashville, TN. Chris’s songs have been featured in Ray Romano’s TV show “Men of a Certain Age”, as the theme song for Billy & Mac on “The Young and the Restless” and in 8 episodes of the online reality show
“Hallo Hollywood”. Chris tours both acoustically and with his stellar four – piece band and writes and records all of his own songs.
Fogelman Executive Center
Discussing & Signing The Warmth of Other Suns:
The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
Thursday, March 1st, 7 p.m.
Please join Facing History and Ourselves in welcoming Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration for a discussion and book signing event at The University of Memphis’ Fogelman Executive Center. In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million
people changed the face of America.
J. Scott Hopkins
Discussing & Signing Eker and the Secret of Peltaron
Saturday, March 3rd, 1 p.m.
Eker and the Secret of Peltaron is about a kid who finds he’s all alone.
There is nobody quite like him–literally. He is born into a race of aliens who
have never seen humans, yet he looks completely human from head to toe.
Puberty is complicated enough: crushes, school dances, changing friendships
and overprotective parents are bad enough, but throw in a few million angry
aliens, some beastly battles and the job of saving humanity and you’ve pretty
much spent a day as our human looking alien; Eker. Despite all these obstacles,
Eker faces his destiny and becomes a hero and an inspiration for humanity.
Paul & Angel Knipple
Discussing & Signing The World in a Skillet
(UNC Press, $35.00)
Tuesday, March 6th, 6 p.m.
Paul and Angela Knipple’s culinary tour of the contemporary American South
celebrates the flourishing of global food traditions “down home.” Drawing
on their firsthand interviews and reportage from Richmond to Mobile and enriched by a cornucopia of photographs and original recipes, the Knipples present engaging, poignant profiles of a host of first-generation immigrants from all over the world who are cooking their way through life as professional chefs, food entrepreneurs and restaurateurs, and home cooks in the South.
Discussing & Signing Mycophilia
(Rodall Press, $25.99)
Wednesday, March 7th, 6 p.m.
Throughout history, fungus has been prized for its diverse properties–medicinal, ecological, and even recreational–and has spawned its own quirky subculture dedicated to exploring the weird biology and celebrating its unique role. Accomplished food writer and cookbook author Bone examines the role of fungi as exotic delicacy, curative, poison, and hallucinogen.
Discussing & Signing Here Come the Girl Scouts!
(Scholastic Press, $17.99)
Thursday, March 8th, 6 p.m.
The amazing all-true story of the first Girl Scouts and their visionary founder.
Juliette Gordon Low–Daisy to her friends and family–wasn’t like most girls of the Victorian era. She loved the outdoor and longed for adventure. Born into a family of pathfinders and pioneers, she too wanted to make a difference in the world–and nothing would stop her. Combining her family’s passion for service with her own adventurous spirit and her belief that girls could do anything, she went on to estblish the Girl Scouts. One hundred years later, they continue to have adventures, do good deeds, and make a difference.
Discussing & Signing Someday, Too
Saturday, March 10th, 1 p.m.
Jae Henderson returns with the sequel to her debut inspirational romance, Someday. The second book of this three-part series provides further encouragement to women to live a life of good moral character and pursue their dreams. Delving into the complexities of love, friendship and faith, it reminds us that God can provide all your needs, but first, you have to be willing to trust Him.
Discussing & Signing The Portable Son
(Aqueous Books, $14.00)
Sunday, March 11th, 2:30 p.m.
Something is off in Peter Traxler. Born and raised in Mississippi in the last quarter of the 20th century, he finds himself sick with nostalgia for his upper-middle class childhood. The stories begin with his sexual initiation in a cotton field and follow him and his closest friends as they blindly make their way through their 20s. As Peter’s father is dying, his friends are establishing stable adult versions of themselves. Peter carries himself from one location to another,trying to find life as a man.
Discussing & Signing Witness Tree 1910
(Twisted Pines, $15.00)
Thursday, March 15th, 6 p.m.
Witness Tree 1910 is a historical novel, and the sequel to Ledbetter’s first novel, The Branch and the Vine. Both novels follow the lives of several Civil War survivors through the Reconstruction Era. The novel reveals numerous historical details and little known facts about the early settlements of the South Arkansas region, from Hot Springs to Pine Bluff.
Discussing & Signing The Lost Saints of Tennessee
(Atlantic Monthly Press, $25.00)
Saturday, March 17th, 1 p.m.
Here’s what some of the reviewers are saying about The Lost Saints of Tennessee
“Pitch-perfect . . . In her powerful debut, Franklin-Willis expertly crafts
a Southern novel that stands with genre classics like The Prince of Tides
and Bastard out of Carolina. . . . A measured, slow-burning book, with complex,
compelling characters and secrets that reveal themselves slowly. A beautiful
novel from a talented new author, The Lost Saints of Tennessee proves that
in great literature, as in life, we must always expect the unexpected.” —Bookpage
“Compelling . . . It is the natural voices of Franklin-Willis’s characters
and the Southern setting that carry this novel. . . . The author’s honest
prose rises from the heart. . . . Leaves the reader rooting for the characters
until the novel’s last page.”—The Boston Globe
“Poignant . . . Franklin-Willis plumbs the depths of family dynamics,
compassionately depicting her characters as they struggle with situations
over which they have no control.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“Franklin-Willis’s well-rendered debut charms.”—Publishers Weekly
Discussing & Signing Every Night is a Saturday Night
(Counterpoint, LLC, $25.00)
Wednesday, March 21st, 6 p.m.
The Booksellers at Laurelwood is thrilled to host the legendary Bobby Keys for a book signing event,Born in Slaton, Texas, Bobby Keys has lived the kind of life that qualifies as a rock ‘n’ roll folktale. In his early teens, Keys bribed his way into Buddy Holly’s garage band rehearsals. He took up the saxophone because it was the only instrument left unclaimed in the school band, and
he convinced his grandfather to sign his guardianship over to Crickets drummer J.I. Allison so that he could go on the road as a teenager. Keys spent years on the road during the early days of rock ‘n’ roll with hit makers like Bobby Vee and the various acts on Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars Tour, followed by decades as top touring and session sax man for the likes of Mad Dogs and Englishmen, George Harrison, John Lennon, and onto his gig with The Rolling Stones from 1970 onward. “Every Night’s a Saturday Night” finds Keys setting down the many tales of an over-the-top rock ‘n’ roll life in his own inimitable voice. Augmented by exclusive contributions from famous friends like Keith Richards, Joe Cocker, and Jim Keltner, Every Night’s a Saturday Night” paints a unique picture of the coming-of-age of rock ‘n’ roll.
Discussing & Signing Twelve Best Practices for Early Childhood Education:
Integrating Reggio & Other Inspired Approaches.
(Teachers College Press, $31.95)
Thursday, March 22nd, 6 p.m.
Popular author Ann Lewin-Benham draws on her experience with the Reggio
Approach to present 12 “best practices” inspired not only by Reggio, but also
by play-based and Montessori approaches to early childhood education. These practices are demonstrated, one per chapter, with scenarios from classrooms, dialogues of children and teachers, and work samples showing the outcome of using each practice. This resource includes a self-assessment tool to assist you in examining your practices and those of your school.
Discussing & Signing Self Publishing for Virgins
(Darby Press, $21.95)
Sunday, March 25th, 3 p.m.
Please join us as we welcome Peggy DeKay, the author of Self Publishing for Virgins for a book signing and presentation on “How to Self Publish and Market Your Book”. This presentation not only introduces people to the idea of self publishing but how to do so profitably.
Camillla Gray-NelsonDiscussing & Signing Lipstick and the Leash
(Double Dove Press, $17.95)
Saturday, March 31st, 1 p.m.
An instruction guide for women who need help controlling their dogs, these lessons use personal wisdom to show how people can use the same methods relied upon in the animal world–quiet focus, feedback, and follow-through with a cool, calm, and collected demeanor. The book is filled with anecdotal stories from a farm-girl childhood surrounded by animal mentors, with the country upbringing providing a fluency in nonverbal language, quiet strength, and effectiveness. The book stresses the importance of powerful body language, eye contact, a calm voice, and consistent enforcement of rules, while also outlining specific types of behaviors that can undermine a woman’s natural power. Numerous photos throughout show dogs communicating non verbally with each other and illustrate how women can use these same techniques to instruct their dogs more naturally and effectively.