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Stories & Songs: Doc Bailey and Caleb Johnson

  • Druid City Brewing Company 607 14th Street Tuscaloosa, AL, 35401 United States (map)

Join us Saturday June 23 at Druid City Brewing for an evening of stories and songs featuring Caleb Johnson, author of the novel Treeborne (Picador, June 2018), and Doc Dailey one of our favorite songwriters and musicians . A special keg of Chilton County Peach Wheat will be on tap and New Orleans-based chef Nate Barfield of Turkey and Wolf will be providing complimentary BBQ. 

The event starts at 6:00 PM with a short reading from Treeborne, followed by a Q&A session with the author moderated by Blaine Duncan and an opportunity to purchase copies of the novel and have them signed. After the reading, Doc Dailey will perform at 8:00 PM and merriment will be had!

ABOUT TREEBORNE: Janie Treeborne lives on an orchard at the edge of Elberta, Alabama, and in time, she has become its keeper. A place where conquistadors once walked, and where the peaches they left behind now grow, Elberta has seen fierce battles, violent storms, and frantic change―and when the town is once again threatened from without, Janie realizes it won’t withstand much more. So she tells the story of its people: of Hugh, her granddaddy, determined to preserve Elberta’s legacy at any cost; of his wife, Maybelle, the postmaster, whose sudden death throws the town into chaos; of her lover, Lee Malone, a black orchardist harvesting from a land where he is less than welcome; of the time when Janie kidnapped her own Hollywood-obsessed aunt and tore the wrong people apart.

As the world closes in on Elberta, Caleb Johnson’s debut novel lifts the veil and offers one last glimpse. "Treeborne" is a celebration and a reminder: of how the past gets mixed up in thoughts of the future; of how home is a story as much as a place.

Earlier Event: June 15
AWC Annual Conference