Upcoming Events

Jane Stanley -- Book Signing

posted Nov 9, 2017, 1:03 PM by Jeremy Burke

Jane Stanley will be signing his book, Jane: A Memoir of Family and Faith, on Saturday, November, 11th from 5:00PM-6:30PM.

In 1969, Jane was cleaning her house when a woman came by her house and told her she had received a prophecy from God that Jane’s husband Neil would leave town and become a minister. Jane dismissed the prophesy. Nearly 40 years later and after a career that included opening both a dress store and a private school, Jane was ordained. She founded The Nourishing Place in Gulfport, Miss., and she currently serves as its pastor.

Jane Stanley has been a teacher, principal, restaurateur, clothier, writer, publisher, stable operator, curriculum specialist, fundraiser, consultant, entrepreneur, and minister. Her book covers the highs and lows in her life, from her childhood in Gulfport, Miss., to five marriages to four men, to answering a call to ministry.

“This beautifully written memoir by Jane Stanley is a compelling story of an intriguing life. After all the ins and outs and ups and downs of her life, and coming out on top, Jane Stanley is a living testament to William Faulkner’s dictum about man ‘not merely enduring, but prevailing.’ Read this book, and you will be better and wiser for it.” David Sansing, historian and author of Mississippi Governors and A Troubled History: The Governance of Higher Education in Mississippi

For more information about this event or to reserve your copy of please contact Bay Books at 228.463.2688

Flim Flam - Book Signing

posted Oct 3, 2017, 12:23 PM by Jeremy Burke

Flim Flam The Truth Behind the Blind-Faith Culture that Led to the Explosive NCAA Investigation of Ole Miss Football Book Signing Bay St Louis MS Mississippi

Steve Robertson will be signing her book, Flim Flam: The Truth Behind the Blind-Faith Culture that Led to the Explosive NCAA Investigation of Ole Miss Football, on Saturday, October, 7th from 11:00-1:00.

Flim Flam is a real-life David and Goliath story where Steve Robertson, a Mississippi State football recruiting writer, found himself in the middle of the biggest NCAA scandal college football has seen in a generation, and likely the most flagrant instance of infractions since the SMU death penalty case Feb. 25, in 1987. The circumstances surrounding this case are larger-than-life.

Flim Flam exposes the ugly side of recruiting, and is a testament to the current climate of illegal football recruiting. It is a thought-provoking, down-and-dirty account of the reward of hard investigative journalism. The book is reality-based with no embellishment of truth. The writing style includes frequent down-home phrases, and raw language of the football world. Illustrations, including individual, family, and archival photographs, will be included to add dimension to Robertson’s story.

The book ends just short of the NCAA sanctions, Freeze and his staff exposed, and the in-state media indicted by their own lack of journalistic integrity.

Robertson’s story is the truth; plain and simple. Telling his story in a voice symbolic of deep south SEC sports, Robertson takes the reader on his journey through the new “good ole boy” network still alive in Mississippi. Flim Flam is the chronicle of how Robertson’s quest for the truth unmasked much more than bragging rights. It threatened his livelihood, his life, and the safety of his family.

For more information about this event or to reserve your copy, Flim Flam: The Truth Behind the Blind-Faith Culture that Led to the Explosive NCAA Investigation of Ole Miss Football, contact Bay Books at 228.463.2688

Marion Bowman -- Book Signing

posted Sep 8, 2017, 12:11 PM by Jeremy Burke

Sailing Into the Wind

Marion Bowman will be signing her book, Sailing Into the Wind: A Memoir of Life Lessons , on Saturday, September, 9th from 5:00-7:00.

What does it mean to be a woman? Marion Bowman  was born in Belize, spent her childhood sailing on the sea, and then relocated to the busy city of New Orleans, Louisiana. After college, she trod a path toward marriage and motherhood, just the same as other young women of the 1950's. Love for her children fostered duty and self-sacrifice, while her role in marriage was guided by society'sconfines. Yet an ache began to churn within her heart.

Sailing Into the Wind examines the struggle of seeking one's own identity beyond the labels of wife and mother. Is it okay to want more? Through raw honesty, Marion reflects on what it means to be a woman and how she discovered the biggest adventure of her life. Ponder this deep question about your own journey as you read along

Marion Bowman has more than thirty years of experience within the realm of education at public, private, and international levels. She holds a BA in Elementary Education from LSU, an MA in Early Childhood Education with a specialty in Montessori from Notre Dame College in Belmont, CA, and also holds an American Montessori Society Consulting Certification. She has served as an owner and manager of Montessori programs. In addition, she is a mother and grandmother. Marion has traveled the world, and lists more than 50 countries on her list of places visited. She loves sailing and sports, and is currently playing “pickle ball.” She lives in Waveland, MS with her beloved pup, Polo.

For more information about this event or to reserve your copy, Sailing Into the Wind: A Memoir of Life Lessons, contact Bay Books at 228.463.2688

Johnnie Bernhard -- Book Signing

posted Jul 5, 2017, 11:02 AM by Jeremy Burke   [ updated Jul 5, 2017, 11:47 AM ]

Johnnie Bernhard will be signing her book, A Good Girl, on Saturday, July, 8th from 5:00-7:00.

Gracey Reiter confronts a painful past and an intimidating future with the approaching death of her father, Henry Mueller, the self- described “last Mohican” from the chaotic gene pool known as the Walsh-Mueller family. The present holds the answer, and the last opportunity for Gracey to understand her father’s alcoholism, her mother’s infidelity, and her siblings’ version of the truth.

The voices of the past give Gracey the courage to find her voice. Using biting humor and gut-level truths for the first time in her life, Gracey walks across the land mines created by a crippling family legacy.

Henry’s funeral and the Irish wedding of Therese Mueller, Gracey’s and husband, Mark Mueller’s daughter, coincide by a few weeks and serve as a completion of the family circle. With the closing of one door, and the opening of the future, Gracey finds forgiveness by realizing six generations of the Walsh-Mueller family, saints and sinners, criminals and heroes, the abandoned and the celebrated, are forever family, forever bound by blood and the dreams of an Irish girl, Patricia Walsh Mueller.

For more information about this event or to reserve your copy, A Good Girl, contact Bay Books at 228.463.2688

Dave Cappello - The People's Grocer

posted Jun 9, 2017, 3:39 PM by Jeremy Burke

THe People's Grocer Book Signing Second 2nd Saturday Bay St Louis Artwalk

Dave Cappello will be signing his book, The People's Grocer: John G. Schwegmann , on Saturday, June, 10th from 5:00-7:00.
The People’s Grocer is a business-based biography of John G. Schwegmann, founder of a legendary New Orleans’ supermarket chain and the most innovative and courageous retailer of the postwar era. Virtually unrecognized in retail history, visionary Schwegmann pioneered the modern big-box concept. Even more important, his 1951 Supreme Court victory over “fair trade” laws played a key role in legalizing discount pricing. A marketer extraordinaire, Schwegmann’s offbeat and controversial ads and shopping bags came to symbolize the Crescent City. As a fierce consumer crusader, his fiery passions ultimately drove him into politics.
Along with spotlighting the life, career, and family legacy of John Schwegmann, this biography illuminates a broad spectrum of neglected socioeconomic topics. Old corner grocery stores, outdoor and public markets, real estate in the Great Depression, manufacturer price fixing, the supermarket revolution, postwar New Orleans politics, and the battle over the Superdome—all these stories and more are explored in an epic book spanning retail history from the pre-industrial 1850s to the post-industrial 1990s.
For more information about this event or to reserve your copy, The People's Grocer: John G. Schwegmann, contact Bay Books at 228.463.2688

Jim Dees -- Book Signing

posted Mar 3, 2017, 5:34 PM by Jeremy Burke   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 1:59 PM ]


Jim Dees will be signing his book, The Statue and the Fury, on Saturday, March, 11th from 4:00-6:00.

In The Statue and the Fury, Jim Dees, host of the public radio program Thacker Mountain Radio, chronicles a tumultuous year in the life of a small Southern town, complete with down-home eccentrics, famous figures and explosive events. In 1997, Oxford, Mississippi, sought to erect a statue to honor the one hundredth birthday of native Nobel laureate, William Faulkner. After a magnolia tree at City Hall was cut down to make room for the sculpture, “all Faulkner broke loose.” The book includes interviews with civil rights pioneers James Meredith and Myrlie Evers; late authors Shelby Foote and Willie Morris; a foggy encounter with legendary singer, Willie Nelson and a sweaty face-off with the late James Brown, the God-father of Soul. Henry Kissinger makes a cameo, as does O.J. lawyer, Johnnie Cochran. Sam Phillips, the visionary who discovered Elvis, descends on Oxford for an up-close rock and roll history lesson. “Bootleg preacher,” the late Reverend Will D. Campbell, triumphantly returns from exile. All of this, and much more, made 1997 a wild year in Oxford, Mississippi, and now it's a wild, insightful and hilarious book.

Jim Dees is the author of Lies and Other Truths: Rants, Raves, Low-Lifes and Highballs and the editor of They Write Among Us: New Stories and Essays From the Best of Oxford Writers. Since 2000, he has been the host of The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, a music and literature program heard weekly on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

For more information or to reserve your copy of, The Statue and the Fury, please contact Bay Books at 228.463.2688.

The Little Purple Mardi Gras Bead -- Books Signing

posted Feb 10, 2017, 9:01 AM by Jeremy Burke

Mardi Gras Bead Dog Julie Rowley Bay Books Bay St Louis

Julie P. Rowley will be signing her book, The Little Purple Mardi Gras Bead, on Saturday, February, 11th from 5:00-7:00.

When Carnival rolls around in New Orleans, it’s time for everyone to celebrate—including the beads! Hanging from his hook on a parade float, a little purple bead hopes to be caught by someone special. He spots a little girl in the crowd who would be perfect for him, but will he be thrown in time for her to catch him? The bigger and more decorated beads tell him that he’s much too plain to ever get picked, but if there’s one thing this bead knows best, it’s that a little hope and determination can go a long way! With delightful illustrations and a story sure to charm the entire family, The Little Purple Mardi Gras Bead delivers all the magic and heart that make Mardi Gras an experience like no other.

Raised in New Orleans among the Mardi Gras madness, Julie Rowley specializes in early childhood education. She holds a master’s of education in early childhood curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans. Her stories were inspired by her daughter’s imagination—a trait that definitely runs in the family as her father illustrated this tale! Rowley lives in Chalmette, Louisiana.      Read more about the story behind the book and Julie Rowley in an article The Times-Picayune wrote about her last week. 

For more information or to reserve your copy of, The Little Purple Mardi Gras Bead please contact Bay Books at 228.463.2688.

Thomas J. Ward Jr. -- Book Signing

posted Jan 13, 2017, 2:30 PM by Jeremy Burke


Thomas J. Ward will be signing his book, Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and Its War on Poverty, on Saturday, January, 13th from 4:30-6:30.

Out in the Rural is the unlikely story of the Tufts-Delta Health Center, which in 1966 opened in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, to become the first rural community health center in the United States. Its goal was simple: to provide health care and outreach to the region's thousands of rural poor, most of them black sharecroppers who had lived without any medical resources for generations.

In Out in the Rural, historian Thomas J. Ward explores the health center's story alongside the remarkable life of its founder, Dr. H. Jack Geiger. A former teenage runaway, through a serendipitous turn of events he was befriended and taken in by the actor and Harlem Renaissance icon Canada Lee. Lee would later loan Geiger money for college, and after stints as a journalist and Merchant Marine, Geiger attended medical school and became a physician.

Geiger's personal history brings a profound human element to what was accomplished deep in the Mississippi Delta. In addition to providing medical care, the staff of the Tufts-Delta Health Center worked upstream to address the fundamental determinants of health-factors such as education, poverty, nutrition, and the environment-and ask the question, "What does it take to stay healthy?"

Equal parts social history and personal history, Out in the Rural is a story of both community health and of a stranger's kindness and determination to bring health care to areas out of reach.

Thomas J. Ward is professor and chair of history department at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, where he teaches a variety of courses in American history.

For more information about this event or to reserve your copy, Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and Its War on Poverty, contact Bay Books at 228.463.2688

Jesse Ellis -- Book Signing

posted Dec 20, 2016, 1:10 PM by Jeremy Burke

Jesse Ellis, will be at Bay Books signing her book,Diamonds Sparkling Across America, A Common Fan's Love Affair with America's Ballparks, on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 from 4:30-6:00 PM.

Professional baseball in America is a source of pride and enjoyment for millions of Americans. As of 2013, 48 of our 50 states had some level of professional baseball. Author Jesse Ellis has visited at least one professional ballpark in each of those states. Travel with Jesse across this great land to over 230 ballparks from Maine to Arizona, Washington, DC, to Seattle, Washington, and beyond the U.S. borders. Visit parks at every level from independent leagues to the major leagues. Check out which parks are classic and which parks are state of the art. Find out which parks have the best accessibility and which are the most fan friendly. Learn a little professional baseball history along the way. Most of all, learn how much fun it can be for you to discover the many great parks that make up the Diamonds Sparkling Across America.

Jesse is a self-proclaimed baseball junkie. As of 2016, he has visited over 280 professional and summer collegiate ballparks in 48 states, six Canadian provinces, Korea, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Mexico. Jesse will have books available for sale and will be happy sign his books or just talk ballparks or baseball with anyone who stops by.

For more information contact Bay Books at 463-2688

Rickey Nobile -- Book Signing

posted Dec 15, 2016, 9:25 AM by Jeremy Burke

Rickey Nobile Sea Coast Echo Bay Books Christmas

Ricky Nobile will be signing his book, Home Grown, Home Drawn! 45 Years of Mississippi Editorial Cartoons, on Friday, December, 16th from 3:00-5:00.

Home Grown, Home Drawn! 45 Years of Mississippi Editorial Cartoons which consists of 129 cartoons selected
from the over 4500 he has drawn since 1971 that have appeared in over 35 Mississippi newspapers, including our own Sea Coast Echo.
The book takes one on a historical journey of Mississippi politics from the 1970s to 2016 and covers all 9 Governors that fall between that period, as well as senators and representatives. Some of the sports cartoons Nobile penned for Athlon Sports on the Manning family and Brett
Favre also appear in the book. 

Nobile currently draws 4 cartoons a week, two for his Mississippi newspaper syndicate, one for The Mississippi Business Journal, and
one for his local paper, The Hattiesburg Post, as well he provides caricature drawing entertainment for weddings, conventions, parties and other events. His cartoons have been featured in The Harvard Political Review, Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year, and the McCain Library Special Collections on the USM Campus. Nobile has been member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists since 1976

Nobile's book retails for $20.00. This book will make a great Christmas gift for those who love history, art, sports, or Mississippi politics,
old and young alike. 

For more information or to reserve your copy of, Home Grown, Home Drawn! 45 Years of Mississippi Editorial Cartoons, please contact Bay Books at 228.463.2688.

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