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Book Signing & Talk • Nancy Callahan

Join us as we welcome Nancy Callahan to Ernest & Hadley Books! She will sign and discuss her new book: Hurricane Creek, a collection of lore and personal accounts of the westernmost free-flowing stream in the Appalachian watershed. Signing starts at 11:00 am, reading and discussion at 11:30 am.

Among Alabama's many waterways, one in Tuscaloosa County is a swell little stream that in places roars like a hurricane. It is Hurricane Creek, The westernmost free-flowing stream in the Appalachian watershed, a magnific sash of Alabama beauty birthed on bedrocks of coal, forming as one meander after another, punctuated by huge old rocks, some honeycombed by water and time. It was created on a fault line separating two periods of geological history, and the place where coalmining began in 19th century Alabama. Hurricane Creek is a natural world of music by great blue herons, pileated woodpeckers, grosbeaks and finches, escapades of otters, and night sounds with screams of wild animals. The wildflowers create a palette of yellows, purples, pinks, and reds. It is also a place that came back from a deadly tornado and decades of pollution. A recreational haven, the water is always in motion, dancing down to its destiny, the Black Warrior River. Nancy Callahan's book invokes the spirit of the creek's 34-mile course by way of essays, interviews, and oral histories. She uses Hurricane Creek as a metaphor in the global push to protect the world's water. Hurricane Creek brims with stories of the heart that need to be preserved.

Nancy Callahan is a journalist, cultural historian, and mental health counselor living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She was first published in The Birmingham News when she was thirteen years old. It was then that she discovered the power of the written word. Throughout her life Callahan has used words as tools to advance her ideas on the arts, history, environmental protection, effective treatment of persons who experience mental illness, the horrors of bigotry, and the hopes of racial reconciliation. With a passion for recording stories, Callahan likes to tease out long-unspoken narratives, preserving memories in print. Since childhood, she has listened to and tape-recorded the dramas of old storytellers who otherwise would be forgotten by history. As in good music, Nancy is fascinated by the range of a storyteller’s pitches, pronunciations, rhythms, speed-ups, slow-downs, serendipities, silent beats, and sudden changes in mood; in short, good music. Along the route, she knows that listening and writing are ways she can better know herself. Nancy Callahan is author of The Freedom Quilting Bee.

Event Date: 
Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
1801 Jack Warner Pkwy
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-1829

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