Book Release for MANYTHING by dan raphael

dan raphael of Portland, Oregon, Wendy Taylor Carlisle of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and Jeff Weddle of Tuscaloosa will read poetry to celebrate the release of Manything, the 21st book of poetry by dan raphael (Unlikely Books, 2019). Light snacks will be provided; refreshments available for purchase.

An Evening with Sonia Sanchez


Due to an unforeseen medical issue, Sanchez has cancelled her appearance. Please see a note from the organizers of the Magic City Poetry Festival here:


Birmingham native Sonia Sanchez is a nationally-known poet, activist, and educator most often associated with the Black Arts Movement. She is the author of over a dozen books of poetry, as well as critical essays, short stories, plays, and children’s books. Sanchez has been a professor at eight universities and has lectured at over five hundred colleges in the United States, and she was influential in developing Black Studies and African American literature courses. She has received the American Book Award, Robert Frost Medal for poetry, Langston Hughes Poetry Award, and Harper Lee Award, among many others. At this event, she will read from her poems and speak about the writing life.

Book signing (and sales facilitated by Little Professor Bookcenter) to follow.

This event is FREE and open to the public, though tickets are required due to limited space. This evening is only one event of this year’s Magic City Poetry Festival, and it is sponsored by PEN America, AWC, Jefferson State Community College, UAB Department of English, Awesome Foundation, and the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

Find tickets here.

It’s the 25th anniversary of ‘Fried Green Tomatoes,’ so Towanda!

Hey, did you know that it’s been 25 years since Fannie Flagg’s novel Fried Green Tomatoes hit the silver screen? Yeah, me either, but I love everything about this book and film, so Friday got me all like …


Even better, you can meet the author of both the novel and the screenplay right here in her hometown of Birmingham!  Join Fannie Flagg on December 9th at the Lyric Fine Arts Theatre for an evening of conversation about her brand-new novel “The Whole Town is Talking.

From what I understand, you can get your picture made with her after the book signing, so don’t forget to iron your dresses, darlings! And, be sure to reserve your seats now!

Photo by Irondale Cafe
Photo by Irondale Cafe

This free event is your chance to meet a real-live Alabama writer who knows her way around a screenplay, among other endeavors. The Washington Post said that “even the dead characters are delightful in Fannie Flagg’s latest novel.” Now, that’s a review!

While you’re at it, don’t forget about those fried green tomatoes from Irondale Cafe. I’m always free for a lunch date, just FYI.