The Mobile Bay Art & Music Awards (MODDYs) serve to:
- acknowledge the efforts of local musicians, writers, artists, and filmmakers, and
- expose readers to great local works of art that they may have missed.
We challenge YOU to read each of these books. Writing books is not easy – support local authors.
This list was prepared with the assistance of Bienville Books and Page & Palette. We have not included links to online retailers as we urge you to buy these books from them.
Voting open through Sunday 1/12.
Bonefire of the Vanities by Carolyn Haines. Another in the “Bone” series from one of the Gulf Coast’s most popular and prolific mystery writers.
Bushwhacked at the Flora-Bama by Chris Warner with Joe Gilchrist. A great little history of the local institution, Flora Bama in Gulf Shores. A story full of characters and tales of the last great american roadhouse.
Dancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark. A world traveler goes to Eufala in this romantic comedy.
Fourmile by Watt Key. A coming-of-age tale in Fourmile, Alabama by the author of Alabama Moon.
LongLeaf, As Far As the Eye Can See by Bill Finch, Beth Maynor Young, Rhett Johnson and John C. Hall, a lovely coffee table book that discusses the longleaf pine and its history and significance in the south.
The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera, An Insider’s History of the Florida-Alabama Coast by Harvey H. Jackson III an interesting story of the development of the Florida Alabama coast beginning in the 1920’s to 2010. The author is a historian at Jacksonville State and has personal experience of the many changes that have occurred.
Tributaries 2012: A Collection of Literary Artists from the Mobile Bay Area edited by Kevin B. Lee. More information here
Why We Are Here by Dr. E.O. Wilson and Alex Harris a wonderful coffee table book about Mobile and the Eastern Shore with photographs by award winning Alex Harris.