Upcoming Events

Malcolm White -- Book Signing

posted Jun 6, 2018, 3:11 PM by Jeremy Burke

Malcom White will be at Bay Books signing, The Artful Evolution of Hal & Mal's, on Saturday, June 9th from 5:00-7:00

The Artful Evolution of Hal & Mal's is a collaboration between artist Ginger Williams Cook and author Malcolm White about the people, the place, and the history of Hal & Mal's, an iconic institution in downtown Jackson, Mississippi.

Featuring beautiful watercolor paintings, the book brings together thirty years of family history, live music performances, and cafe society through graphic designs of old photographs, original illustrations, Hal's legendary recipe cards, and the written word. Opening with a foreword by the renowned author and chef Robert St. John and featuring Ginger's bold and vibrant look at a place she grew up patronizing, The Artful Evolution of Hal & Mal's captures the reflective, quirky voice of one half of the dynamic team known to millions as Hal & Mal.

Hal & Mal's was conceived by brothers Hal and Malcolm White. The dream was rooted in a childhood on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, reinforced by years of living and working in New Orleans, and ultimately launched in Jackson in 1985. This gathering place has always been owned and operated by family--now the second and third generations. The multifunctional, southern-soul-soaked rooms are adorned with memorabilia and chock-full of local character; each one also features a stage for live music. The kitchen serves a steady offering of hearty regional staples with a nod toward the Gulf of Mexico.

Hal & Mal's is the most-talked-about upscale honky-tonk in all of Mississippi, where art is made, music plays, and folks gather to share community and celebrate the very best of Mississippi's creative spirit.

Malcolm White, Jackson, Mississippi, is a public servant and entrepreneur who has worked in the fields of food, music, art, and culture for more than forty years. With their extended family, he and his late brother Hal created and lovingly nurtured the evolution of one of Mississippi's most renowned public gathering places.

Ginger Williams Cook, Jackson, Mississippi, is an artist, mother, and arts educator. Her illustrations have appeared on national publications and products.

Stennis Space Center -- Book Signing

posted May 9, 2018, 2:37 PM by Jeremy Burke

Stennis Space Center Bay Books

Cindy Donze Manto will be at Bay Books signing his memoir, Stennis Space Center: Images of America, on Saturday, May 12th from 4:00-6:00

Originally known simply as Mississippi Field Operations, Stennis Space Center arose from the dissolution of two towns and several surrounding communities that had served the lumber industry since the 1800s. Its sole purpose was to static test the free world's most powerful rockets after they arrived by barge via the Pearl River. Spurred on by an intense Cold War race to the moon, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) battled mud, mosquitoes, and snakes as it cleared the way for its colossal test stands for the Apollo program. When completed, the A & B Test Complexes towered between 200 and 400 feet high, the tallest structures in the state of Mississippi in 1965. Dr. Wernher von Braun, the first director of Marshall Space Flight Center, was fond of saying that "to get to the moon, we will have to go through Mississippi to get there!" Today, Stennis Space Center is NASA's largest propulsion test complex and also home to a diverse collection of resident agencies: federal, military, private, local, national, and international.

Cindy Donze Manto, a historian, urban planner, and the author of Michoud Assembly Facility, has assembled a compilation of photographic images and maps culled from an array of libraries, museums, private collections, and NASA.

George Malvaney -- Book Signing

posted May 7, 2018, 12:12 PM by Jeremy Burke


George Malvaney will be at Bay Books signing his memoir, Cups Up: How I Organized a Klavern, Plotted a Coup, Survived Prison, Graduated College, Fought Polluters, and Started a Business, on Saturday, May 12th from 12:00-2:00

George T. Malvaney's life epitomizes the old maxim that "You cannot make this stuff up." Combine a young Klansman from Mississippi, an armed coup attempt in the Caribbean, a stay in prison, and a life-changing epiphany, and you have but half of this swashbuckling tale. Throw in the worst man-made ecological disaster in the history of the United States, and you have unleashed Malvaney's full life story. The Klansman, the soldier of fortune, the wild-eyed prisoner transforms into a renowned leader of the Mississippi Gulf Coast cleanup effort in the wake of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

In his too-crazy-not-to-be-true memoir, Malvaney chronicles what easily should be several lifetimes of adventure--and misadventure. Growing up in a close-knit family in Jackson, Mississippi, the young Malvaney preferred woods and swamps to the drudgery of high school. He dropped out, enlisted in the Navy, and shortly afterwards joined the Ku Klux Klan. While onboard, he organized a branch of the Klan, corrupting and endangering his crewmen. After his discharge, he answered a mercenary call to take part in an invasion of Dominica, a Caribbean fiasco known as the "Bayou of Pigs." That madness landed him in a federal penitentiary. And there, somehow, he vowed to turn his life around.

Cups Up, a title drawn from the wake-up call shouted at prisoners, is a story of perseverance, cleansing, and redemption. It chronicles the roller coaster life of a high school dropout, ex-Klansman, ex-mercenary, ex-felon, and ex-con, who went on to become a college graduate, a hardnosed environmental regulator, and a widely respected top executive in a company with more than a thousand employees.

Cher Hunt -- Book Signing

posted Apr 12, 2018, 10:55 AM by Jeremy Burke

Cher Levis Hunt, will be at Bay Books signing her children's book, The Bayou Fairies, on Saturday,April 14th from 11:00-1:00

Have you ever heard of the Bayou Fairies? Learn about the wildlife, plants, and flowers of the South as you hear the adventures of the fairies and their Forever Friends.

Come and sit around the Story Ring to hear how these extraordinary creatures made friends with the animals of the southern swamp through acts of kindness. Meet Queen Nolia, the Southern Magnolia Fairy, and her feathered friend Bleu, the Great Blue Heron. Let Cy, the adventurous Cypress Fairy, tell you how he saved Buck, the swamp rabbit, from the bite of a water moccasin. Through their friendship, the fairies and the animals help each other thrive.

The gorgeous illustrations in this book transport us to the special home of the Bayou Fairies and make us want to visit similar real spots in the South. Hearing about the world of the Bayou Fairies reminds us to respect and appreciate nature, animals, and unique environments.

Cher Levis Hunt is a southern children’s book author. She graduated from Louisiana State University in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. Growing up on the bayous of Southeast Louisiana, and having had a grandmother who loved fairies, inspired her to write The Bayou Fairies. She is a wife and mama and resides in Covington, Louisiana.

Steve Hoffman -- Book Signing

posted Dec 7, 2017, 2:56 PM by Jeremy Burke

Steve Hoffman Bay Books signing 2nd Saturday

Steve Hoffman will be at Bay Books signing his book, Fleurdy Birds: An Illustrated Field Guide Saturday, December 9th from 4:00-6:00

A bird shaped like a fleur de lis? It's true. Marty and Gracie are Fleurdy Birds and they're thoroughly fleur'd from head to toe. Watch the march of the magnificent Fleurdy Birds of Paradise parading down the streets of New Orleans and discover their nests deep in the bayou - home of the Pontchartrain Penguin. With purple, green, black and gold feathers, these birds don't fly - they fleur!

Steve Hoffmann is an artist and author of numerous poems and short stories. He is a graphic designer with an M.A. in Publications Writing and Design and a two-time winner of Hancock County's Arts Alive Flash Fiction competition. But, Steve has a bit of a confession to make. Steve doesn't know the first thing about birds. He just likes them, especially on his Christmas tree. He lives in Waveland, Mississippi and is the father of two small children.

To reserve your copy of, Fleurdy Birds: An Illustrated Field Guide, contact Bay Books at 228.463.2688

Alex North -- Signing

posted Nov 29, 2017, 12:06 PM by Jeremy Burke

Alex North Bay Books signing calendar book print Bay St Louis

Well-known Coast photographer, Alex North, will be at Bay Books signing latest calendar, book and will have selected individual prints on Saturday, December 9th from 12:00-2:00

A native of the Gulf Coast, North is an avid outdoorsman, gardener and photographer. "As a photographer," North says, "my main subject matter is our God-given natural surroundings and the wildlife which call it home. I try to capture things you don't see, be it a stunning sunrise, Osprey fishing, or a bloom opening. My goal is to capture it as it happens and share it with you through photography."

For more information about this event or to reserve your copy of,  Heaven's Gateway V or Mississippi Coast Blessing, contact Bay Books at 228.463.2688

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

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