Opening its doors in 2011, The Hidden Lantern Bookstore is a must for any Rosemary Beach itinerary. With an eye for quality texts, The Hidden Lantern staff curates a selection of books ranging from biography to best seller, children’s to fine art and culture, Christian fiction to mystery. With 10,000 titles lining the shelves, you are certain to find the perfect read. Linger in our beautifully designed space or attend one of our author and bookstore events, listed below.
LAURA ABBOTT | I LOVE YOU INFINITY
SAT. NOV 9, 1PM – 3PM
“Oh infinity!” cried Joshua, imagining a cool red racecar. “What is infinity?”
“It means a number that goes on forever and ever and ever!” Emma exclaimed in her best know-it-all voice.
“Forever?” Joshua’s eyes got big. “Numbers can go on forever?… You mean I can never stop counting?”
When Joshua, the world’s smallest detective, learns about infinity from his older sister, he realizes that numbers may not just be the only things that can go on forever. Join Joshua’s adventure as he realizes something incredibly important that there can also be infinity of!
RICHARD ADAMS | EBEN KRUGE
FRI. NOV 29, 10AM – 12PM
How fitting it is for the 200th anniversary of the birth of the United Kingdom’s most prolific, adored + influential author, Charles Dickens, that there would be a story such as Eben Kruge to take us into the life of Dickens, when he is but thirty years old, and to experience with him what triggered his imagination to write the most beloved Christmas story of all time, A Christmas Carol.
In Eben Kruge, the award-winning author, Richard Barlow Adams, weaves together well-known + little-known facts about Dickens, including the secret he took to his grave, which led to his frenzied writing on the most famous of all Christmas fables.
SNOWDEN WRIGHT | PLAY PRETTY BLUES
FRI. NOV 29, 2AM – 4PM
The mysteries of blues legend Robert Johnson’s life + death long ago became myth. Part researched reconstruction, part vivid imagination, this lyrical novel brings Johnson alive through the voices of his six wives, revealing the husband + son inside the legend, illuminating the vacuum Johnson left in the worlds of those who loved him + those who would never meet him.
Wright, who lives in New York, won the Summer Literary Seminar’s 2012 Graywolf Prize for best novel excerpt. He has written for The Atlantic, Salon, Esquire + New York Daily News, among other publications.
TK HATFIELD | TUMBLING IN THE DOWNDRIFT
SAT. NOV 30, 2PM – 4PM
Tumbling in the Downdrift is the debut novella of T.K. Hatfield that tells the story of murder + betrayal, with a loyal mutt thrown in for good measure. It’s a page-turning mystery that will enthrall readers, who like their characters with a dash of sea salt + their murders served beachside.
We are delighted to announce a new arrival at The Hidden Lantern Bookstore: the smart + endlessly endearing paper creations of Portland-based QUILL & FOX.
QUILL & FOX is a paper design studio created by Yas Imamura. Together with her husband Andrew, they independently run their small Oregon-based shop straight from their own home. The studio specializes in hand-designed cards and stationery that evoke a welcome sense of nostalgia. Being a small company, the studio is continuously growing its line of paper goods and is always looking to delve into different creative ideas to expand the medium of paper.
Pen pal anyone?
THURS OCT 10 | ROSEMARY BEACH TOWN HALL
6PM Wine reception
6:45PM Lecture + Conversation with John Hemingway
A book signing (Strange Tribe) will follow.
Tickets available here. (Fundraiser for Rosemary Beach Foundation)
AUTHOR SIGNING | STRANGE TRIBE | JOHN HEMINGWAY
FRI OCT 11 | THE HIDDEN LANTERN BOOKSTORE
9AM – 11AM
☆ FREE EVENT ☆
The morning following Rosemary Beach Foundation’s reception, The Hidden Lantern Bookstore will host John Hemingway for an intimate author signing.
The author, grandson of Nobel Prize winner Ernest Hemingway, and son of his youngest child, Gregory, investigates the similarities between these two paternal figures + seeks to find his place in their “strange tribe” with a “famous last name.” Sure to excite fans + Hemingway scholars, the book does much to complicate Ernest’s image as a macho man, cataloguing both his dependence on women + his gender-bending proclivities.
However, the true heart of the book is in exploring the Hemingways’ failure as parents + how the familial disposition toward manic-depression created a genetic “Hemingway curse.” The author, having escaped the disease, paints his father + grandfather in blunt strokes as loving + generous men who had little understanding of their psychological disorder; the most endearing + comprehensive portrait of his father’s struggles as a transvestite son of a “pillar of American manhood.”
When describing his own parents’ early neglect (his mother was schizophrenic) + later, his partial reconciliation with his father, the book focuses on the author’s generation of Hemingways—but mostly the book is intent upon setting the record straight about Ernest, his youngest son + their similarities. John Hemingway writes honestly + is a sympathetic scrutinizer of this complicated + famous man, the family he parented + the myths to which his writing has given birth.
Images (from top): Strange Tribe book cover with author John Patrick Hemingway profile; Ernest and Gregory (the author’s father) shooting live pigeons at the Cuba de Cazadores in Cuba (early 1940s); Patrick, Ernest + Gregory Hemingway.
The Rosemary Beach Foundation hosts garden-to-table expert James Farmer SAT SEPT 7 at 6PM in Rosemary Beach’s Town Hall. A designer of all things green + lush, Farmer (who is also Editor-at-Large of Southern Living Magazine) not only has a brilliant green thumb, but he’s also become the new voice on how to incorporate sophisticated seasonal garden living into one’s life, either on a grand scale or modest budget.
A presentation will be followed by drinks from the author’s Sip & Savor: Drinks for Party and Porch + book signings (hosted by The Hidden Lantern). All five of Farmers titles will be on hand, but please reserve in advance to get your top pick!
Tickets to An Evening with James Farmer can be purchased here.
On display + available through The Hidden Lantern: A Time to Cook, Sip & Savor: Drinks for Party and Porch, Porch Living, Wreaths for All Seasons, A Time to Plant.
Swimming with Serpents is a lush plunge into a forgotten corner of American history: the brutal Indian wars at the beginning of the eighteenth century.
The novel was inspired by the discovery that the author's fourth great grandmother, Vashti Jernigan, was Native American. Andrew Jackson asked his friend, Benjamin Jernigan, to settle in the area to herd cattle to feed the army he anticipated needing to fight the Spanish, who then owned Florida. The author's curiosity about the time in which her ancestor lived led to the writing of this novel and the sequel, In Pursuit, which follows the survivors of the Creek War into the First Seminole War. This is the history of this area of the country through the eyes of those who lived here during a turbulent time.
The pivotal event of the novel is the Massacre at Fort Mims, the first battle in the South, in the War of 1812. Fort Mims will honor the 200th anniversary of that event on August 30, 2013. Located around 200 miles from coastal road 30A, the fort will perform a re-enactment on that date.
4PM PRESENTATION | Ramsey will paint the historical backdrop against which Swimming withSerpents is set, in addition to setting the stage for the next installment of the saga, In Pursuit, due this September.
AUTHOR SIGNING + WINE TASTING EVENT
The Hidden Lantern Bookstore in collaboration with Wild Olives Café
FRI JUN 21 | 4 – 6 PM (Held during Wild Olives’ weekly wine tasting)
Wild Olives Café
104 N. Barrett Sq. | Rosemary Beach | FL 32461
Oliver Magny | French tastemaster, founder of France’s #1 wine school, entrepreneur + international best selling author
ON THE MENU
French wines, French-themed petite bites, signed copies of Stuff Parisians Like + Magny’s new release Into Wine. And, a stream of information on wine, but also on all sorts of things far beyond wine that you never knew were connected.
OLIVIER MAGNY BIO
Origin: Paris, France
Wine résumé: Hotel de Crillon; Founder of O Chateau and the blog Mr. Wine Tasting
Food résumé: Short-lived food critic for Time Out; Founder of what’s been written up as “Paris’ Best Wine Bar.” Overall, large appetite.
Fact: World record holder of the highest wine tasting in the world
Strange accomplishment: Creator and host of a wine travel TV show that airs in India and in Hungary but not in the US or in the UK.
Marital status: Happily married (go figure…)
Book 1: Stuff Parisians Like - A cheeky account of Parisian life – Most people find it funny.
Book 2: Into Wine- A bit of a different book, for anyone who likes wine.