Sunday Salons

Sunday Salon Speakers for 2013-14

HLA members and guests gather to enjoy readings and discussions by selected authors and poets.

The meetings will be held on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at various locations as shown for each salon below.

For more information about any of these programs, call 256-971-1929.



September 22, 2013 - Rebecca Rozelle Burt .

Rebecca Rozelle Burt was born and grew up in Talladega, Alabama. She attended Auburn University, married, and later graduated from the University of Alabama at Huntsville. After teaching English in junior high and high schools in various northeastern Alabama locations, she spent the last several years of her career in the English Department of Jacksonville State University. She is the author of a novel, Facing Bulls, published in 2010 and is currently working on another novel, Because I Live Here. She lives in Anniston, Alabama, with her husband, Mack.

Ms. Burt will discuss her latest work, the non-fiction I Had a Daughter. The book is a memoir as well as a spiritual diary. Written by a mother who becomes a primary caregiver for her beloved 46-year-old daughter, the book is composed of a chronological narrative interspersed with pertinent e-mails, inner monologues, and medical data. No component of the author’s experience is omitted. Burt does, however, recognize her limitations. “I tell Rozelle’s story only as I could perceive it within the space allowed to those we love, the borders of our private inner worlds. I admit to the subjectivity of my perceptions and memories.”

This book will provide insights for any reader who has faced adversity and survived. It will also be of interest to anyone who has wondered about the mysterious ways in which we incorporate suffering and loss into our lives without falling into despair.


This salon will be held at Ridley Hall, Church of the Nativity, and it is open to the public.


November 3, 2013 - Harry V. Moore & Margaret J. Vann.

Harry Moore, author of What He Would Call Them, and Margaret Vann, author of Can This Be Heaven?, will discuss their works of poetry at the home of Monita Soni, 207 Veranda Drive, Madison 35758

Members & guests only.


March 9, 2014 - Gerald Duff.

Novelist Gerald Duff will discuss his book, Coasters, at the home of Nancy & Bill Munson, 315 White Street, Huntsville 35801

Members & guests only.


April 13, 2014 - William Cobb.

William Cobb will talk about two of his recent books: a collection, Sweet Home: Stories of Alabama and a novel, A Time to Reap. His earlier novel, The Last Queen of the Gypsies is also available in hardcopy and on Kindle. This salon will be held at the home of Nancy and Richard Corbeille, 14113 Monte Vedra, Huntsville 35803

Members & guests only.

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