Literary Lunch with Alabama Authors



The Alabama Center for the Book, under the aegis of the University Libraries, and The University of Alabama Press have collaborated in a lunchtime speaker series spotlighting recent works by Alabama writers.

Each hour-long, free session will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn from and engage directly with authors whose new books illuminate facets of the University, our state, region and world.

The first session of the series will be on Nov. 7 at noon, in room 205 of the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library. Robert Oliver Mellown, associate professor of art history emeritus, will present the fascinating history and hidden by-ways of Alabama’s campus in his new guide “The University of Alabama: A Guide to the Campus and Its Architecture.”

“The little-known stories and surprising facts Robert presents in his book delighted everyone at the Press involved in the editing and production of his book, even long-time residents and Tuscaloosa natives,” said Curtis Clark, executive director of The University of Alabama Press.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch or purchase lunch in the library’s grab-and-go café, Java City. Limited parking is available in a reserved area on West Capstone Drive. 

The series continues in the new year with the following authors:

• Feb. 6, 2014, Lila Quintero Weaver, “Darkroom: a Memoir in Black and White”

• March 6, 2014, R. Scot Duncan, “Southern Wonder: Alabama’s Surprising Biodiversity”

• April 3, 2014, Philip D. Beidler, “The Island called Paradise: Cuba in History, Literature, and the Arts”

• May 15, 2014, Nimrod Frazer, “Send the Alabamians: World War I Fighters in the Rainbow Division”

“The Press looks forward to presenting UAP authors to the larger University and local communities in such an exciting collaboration with the Center for the Book. Given the Press’s dual mission of furthering scholarship and providing service to the region, it is particularly apt that the inaugural event occurs just days before this year’s University Press Week,” said Clark.

For more information on the series, contact JD Wilson at