My Fairhope Living Articles are now in a Book!

Mapping Fairhope: Legends, Locals, and Landmarks, is now on sale. Mapping Fairhope is a collection of my Fairhope Living magazine articles that you can purchase locally and online. I’ve teamed up with some local nonprofits who will benefit from the sale of my book.

The book launch/fundraising event for the Fairhope Public Library is Sunday, November 6, at 2 PM. All the proceeds from the sale of each book, which costs $20.00, will be donated to the Friends of the Fairhope Public Library. Can’t make it to the event? That’s okay, the book will be for sale in the Friends bookstore with all proceeds benefiting the Friends nonprofit.

Mapping Fairhope is also for sale locally at Page and Palette. I will be signing books there on Friday, November 11, from 3-5 pm. Or stop by Page and Palette for the Holiday Open House the afternoon of Sunday, November 20

Other local retailers, including Tom Jones Pottery in Clay City, will have the book for sale soon.

Not in Fairhope? I got you blueprinted…I mean covered. Purchase the book online.

November already booked?

Mark your calendar for the second fund-raising event at the Eastern Shore Art Center on Saturday December 3, at 1 PM. This will be a panel discussion titled, “Mapping Fairhope: The Intersections of Fairhope Art and History.”

Finally, I will be raising funds during an event at the Fairhope Museum of History on Saturday December 10 at 1 PM to benefit the Friends of the Museum.

Books will be sold in the gift shop in the art center and museum after each event, with all proceeds benefiting the respective nonprofits. 

I look forward to seeing you at one of these upcoming book events!

Are you Thankful?

This past month I’ve been on an incredible journey. Here’s a few photos from Stump the Librarian‘s book stops. Thanks for supporting a local author and your hometown librarian.




I was in great company at my Page and Palette book signing. Frye Gaillard (A Hard Rain), political cartoonist, JD Crowe (Half-Thunk Thoughts), and The Grinch!



The event at Barnes & Noble in Spanish Fort on the 28th was special too. The Brewster family came by and so did a former co-worker and now Spanish Fort Public Library Librarian Zach Basler.


Sue’s always by my side, em well, except when The Grinch is around.

Enjoy the holiday season and check my author site to find out where I’ll be signing and telling leg stories next. Thanks for reading Stump the Librarian.

Until then, want to know where you would be cataloged in the Dewey Decimal System?

Take this quiz at Spacefem. It’s fun! You can find Stump the Librarian in Biography, but here’s my nonfiction section. The “What it says part about you” is surprisingly true.

Alan Samry’s Dewey Decimal Section:

997 Atlantic Ocean islands

Alan Samry = 121491385 = 121+491+385 = 997

900 History & Geography

Travel, biographies, ancient history, and histories of continents.

What it says about you:
You’re connected to your past and value the things that have happened to you. You’ve had some conflicted times in your life, but they’ve brought you to where you are today and you don’t ignore it.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at