Archive for November, 2010

Keith Donnelly follows Three Deuces Down with two sequel mysteries, including his latest, Three Devils Dancing

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 by Noelle Matteson

“It started with the book title and a very small premise of a missing person.” So author Keith Donnelly told a crowd at Elizabethton Book Club about the first of his Donald Youngblood mysteries, a book called Three Deuces Down, published in 2008 by NewSouth Books. Not three years later, he’s just published his third in the series. He debuted Three Devils Dancing with a program last month in Gatlinburg, Tennessee for Friends in Need, a church-based community outreach program.

In the third novel, Detective Youngblood investigates the death of a young woman on the Sugarlands Nature Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. One of the three devils is found in a tattoo on her dead body.

According to The Mountain Press, Donnelly thinks that the third book may be the best out of the three: “I learned so much going from book one to book two, but book three is darker.”

Donnelly’s next book signing will be on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 1 PM at Waldenbooks in Charleston, South Carolina. Three Deuces Down is available from NewSouth Books and

Senator Lister Hill subject of memoir published 50 years later

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 by Lisa Harrison

Recent articles in The Gadsden Times and The Montgomery Advertiser praised the new memoir A Senator’s Wife Remembers: From the Great Depression to the Great Society, noting its importance for Alabama political history. The book has an unusual gestation, being a memoir composed of a manuscripts and letters written by the wife of the late Senator Lister Hill and compiled and edited by her daughter, who discovered the materials in a box in the attic of the Hills’ Eufaula home.

Dana Beyerle, in The Gadsden Times, points out that “Lister Hill was a significant force in national and Alabama politics during the Roaring Twenties, Depression World War II and the post-war era.” Hill co-sponsored the Hill-Burton Act, or correctly the Hospital Center Construction Act of 1946, that provided grants to improve public health. He sponsored the TVA Act and the National Defense Education Act, or the G.I. Bill, among other legislation. He served as Senate Majority Whip from 1941-47.

About the journey to publication, daughter Henrietta Hubbard says, “I started last fall going over making corrections, ensuring things were right,” she said. “I did [it] in loving memory. My grandmother was named Henrietta, my mother was named Henrietta and I was named Henrietta. It took three Henriettas to put this together.”

The Montgomery Advertiser covered a celebratory party given by Henrietta Hubbard’s son Lister at his Garden District home in honor of his mother’s work seeing the publication of the book to its fruition. According to the Advertiser, more than 40 guests enjoyed the event and booksigning.

John Andrews, a nephew of Henrietta Hubbard, will speak about the book and his family’s connection to Eufuala, Henrietta Hill’s hometown, at the Eufaula Carnegie Library on November 9 at 6:30 pm.

A Senator’s Wife Remembers provides valuable information about the family life of a man whose political legacy is assured. The memoir provides insight into his many achievements.

A Senator’s Wife Remembers is available from NewSouth Books,, or your favorite retail or online book seller.

Ted Dunagan received warmly by 1,000 schoolchildren on south Alabama tour

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 by Lisa Harrison

Young adult author Ted Dunagan recently concluded an exhilarating two weeks of presentations at schools and libraries in south Alabama, speaking to over 1,000 youngsters about his award-winning book, A Yellow Watermelon, and its newly published sequel, Secret of the Satilfa. An appearance at the Georgia Literary Festival in Statesboro concluded his trip.

Of Ted’s visit to schools and libraries in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Patsy Rose, children’s librarian at the Orange Beach Public Library, enthused, “Everyone had nothing but praise for his presentations.” Lynn Lilly of the Georgia Literary Festival complimented Ted on having written “such amazing-and important-books for kids” that help “them understand a difficult subject in a very human way. . . . and to see how to live out their values.”

Ted Dunagan speaks at the Orange Beach Public Library (Rachel Bobo)

Ted Dunagan speaks at the Orange Beach Public Library (Rachel Bobo)

Ted’s visits included his first presentation to a homeschooling group of moms and kids, in a meeting at the Orange Beach Library. Rachel Bobo made photos at the event, which she called an “informing, inspiring and enjoyable experience of getting to meet a real live author.”

Ted thoroughly enjoyed visiting the kids, teachers, moms and librarians of Alabama’s gulf coast, and was delighted to observe that many things were back to normal in the region: “Folks were eating oysters, catching fish, and listening to Jimmy Buffet.”

A Yellow Watermelon and Secret of the Satilfa are available from NewSouth Books or your favorite local or online bookstore.