Upcoming Events

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

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.

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