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.
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 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, 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
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.
Author and musician, Johnette Downing, will be at Bay Books signing her book ,Down in Mississippi, on Saturday, December 10th from 5:00-7:00.
Johnette Downing pays homage to the cultural legacy of Mississippi in this charming book that incorporates many of its native flora and fauna. Her delightful text, adapted from a traditional song, presents a lyrical and visual tribute to the many iconic images and symbols to be found in the state. From dolphins splashing in the surf along the coast to adorable ducklings in the wetlands, this commemorative picture book serves to introduce children to the many unique facts about Mississippi. An author’s note gives interesting details about each creature and notes about their habitats and behavior.
For more information about this event or to reserve your copy Down in Mississippi, contact Bay Books at 228.463.2688
John Kemp will be signing his book, Expressions of Place: The Contemporary Landscope, on Saturday, December, 10th from 11:00-1:00.Expressions of Place: The Contemporary Landscape, published by the University Press of Mississippi, is a journey through the rural and urban landscape of Louisiana through the eyes, imaginations and talents of thirty-seven artists located across the state. Many are acclaimed professionals whose paintings are included in major private and public collections regionally and nationally, while others have found their followings closer to home. All, however, are driven to express their impressions of the land with artistic styles that range from traditional representational imagery to the symbolic and almost totally abstract. Yet, each is an interpretation of a landscape that ranges from dark cypress shrouded bayous and the gritty streets of inner city New Orleans to vast wind swept coastal marshes and piney hills of North and Central Louisiana.
Expressions of Place is not an encyclopedia, catalogue or history of the visual arts in Louisiana, though it does include an introductory essay, placing these contemporary artists and their work in historical context to earlier ages. More importantly, Expressions provides readers with individual essays and biographical sketches in which the artists themselves, and in their own words, give insight as to what they paint, how they paint, where they paint, why they are drawn to the Louisiana landscape, and what they are saying in their interpretations of that landscape. In a sense, the artists themselves are speaking to readers.
In a sense, Expressions of Place is as much about the landscape of the artists’ imaginations as it is about the land itself. With each painting, they have created visual poetry and sonnets to the land and the environment that have become so much a part of their lives.
John R. Kemp, the former deputy director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Times-Picayune staff writer, has written hundreds of articles about Louisiana and Southern artists for numerous regional, national and international magazines, including ARTnews (New Orleans Correspondent), American Artist, Arts & Antiques, The Artist’s Magazine, New Orleans Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Country Roads and Louisiana Life. The New Orleans native and Gulf Coast resident covers the New Orleans art scene for WYES Public Television’s weekly show, Steppin’ Out. He also has written, edited and contributed chapters to seventeen books about Louisiana art and history. Expressions of Place: The Contemporary Louisiana Landscape is his most recent book.
For more information or to reserve your copy of,Expressions of Place: The Contemporary Louisiana Landscape, please contact Bay Books at 228.463.2688.
Author and illustrator Michelle Hirstius will be signing her children's book series, Juju the Good voodoo, on Saturday, November, 26th from 12:00-2:00.
From New Orleans author and illustrator Michelle Hirstius creates a charming tale about Juju. Down in "da bayou" of Louisiana, we find a voodoo doll named Juju. Juju is noordinary voodoo doll, she happens to be the one Marie has been looking for. This very special doll comes alive with an enchanting "good deeds" spell in the pages of this delightful fable where we find just the beginning of many adventures.
Juju is adorable and will enter your hearts as she comes off the pages of this delightful tale. Children and adults will fall in love and enjoy reading the origin of where Juju came from and what she is set out to see and what "good deeds" are to come. This book lets children learn something known a negative can be positive. Juju is also different and unique and that's OK. You can be YOU!
For more information about this book signing contact Bay Books at 228.463.2688.
Local author, Peter Sullivan, will be signing his novel, Paddy O’Neil’s Trunk, on Saturday, November, 19th from 11:00-1:00.
It is almost too late for the Donohoe family to learn about their past. The mystery is that so few stories have survived. They had been uprooted suddenly, left Ireland, and survived the harrowing journey to Canada. Later some of them would settle in the States. It is a single page from an old journal that opens a door for the Donohoe descendants, and the path ahead leads to more than an understanding of the family’s past. What they feel is a longing for home. This longing is what they share with those who came before, share in more ways than they can imagine.
Peter worked for many years as a psychotherapist and was an adjunct professor in the social work program at the Rochester Institute of Technology for several years. He is the father of four adult children and lives with his wife in Bay St Louis, Mississippi, and Rochester, New York.
For more information or to reserve your copy of, Paddy O’Neil’s Trunk, please contact Bay Books at 228.463.2688.
Troy Gilbert will be signing his book, On the Coast: Mississippi Tales and Recipes, on Saturday, November, 12th from 5:00-7:00.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast has long been a place where people and water are intertwined: the residents live, breathe, and eat the bounty of the Gulf. This collection of recipes from local chefs and essays showing the intimate relationship between people, industry, and environment provides a compelling portrait of one of the Gulf Coast’s most dynamic regions. Snacks such as Atomic Pelican Beaks, starters including Biloxi Doughnuts, seafood entrees like Shrimp-Stuffed Mirlitons, and more bring the Coast into your kitchen, wherever that may be. Local resources, including marinas, are listed. Accompanied by stunning images and intimate stories, On the Coast: Mississippi Tales and Recipes will transport you to a land that breathes with the rhythm of the Gulf.
A native of New Orleans, Troy Gilbert grew up visiting and sailing the Mississippi Gulf Coast and exploring the Gulf of Mexico. On the Coast is Troy's fourth cookbook and follows Dinner with Tennessee Williams. His earlier two books are New Orleans Kitchens and the Cafe Degas Cookbook.
For more information or to reserve your copy of, On the Coast: Mississippi Tales and Recipes, please contact Bay Books at 228.463.2688.