Friends and Farmers' Market team up for tasty Table Talks


Author (and animal lover) Carolyn Haines is the featured speaker at the June 4 Table Talk at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library.

Author (and animal lover) Carolyn Haines is the featured speaker at the June 4 Table Talk at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. Photo by: Courtesy photo


Special to The Dispatch



The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market again join forces for their fourth summer Table Talk series focusing on cooking, food and fun. This season's opening presentation on June 4 features Mississippi author Carolyn Haines, who is best known for her Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series. 


During the double-feature presentation, Haines will introduce her newest mystery novel, "Booty Bones," and her collaborative "Bone-A-Fied Delicious" cookbook. Assembled by her friends and readers, this unique work features illustrations and running commentary by the characters from her Mississippi Delta mystery series. 


"All the profits from this cookbook," stressed Haines, "get donated to the Good Fortune Farm Refuge (GFFR), which gives rescue animals medical treatment and a new home." 


The "Bone-a-Fied Delicious" cookbook is " ... a collection of over 700 recipes and commentary compiled by 13 cookbook directors," continued Haines. "Assuming the voices of characters from the series, they comment on recipes, life, relationships, sex and each other." 


Local Columbus resident Hope Harrington Oakes, who voices the feisty, rebellious ex-debutante Sarah Booth Delaney, was also a major contributor and collaborator on the cookbook. 


Born in Lucedale, Haines is the fiction coordinator at the University of South Alabama where she teaches graduate and undergraduate fiction writing. "Booty Bones" is the 14th novel in the series, which began in 1999. Haines was honored in 2010 with the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writing. In 2009, she received the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence. 


Table Talks will be presented on Wednesdays in June at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh Street North. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for those wishing to bring their lunch and socialize before the program begins at noon. The Friends will serve iced tea. 


Join the Friends for these other events during June: 


  • June 11: Sharon Hodge of Gulfport, owner of Cloud Nine Artisan Marshmallows, shares the dos and don'ts of turning a part-time hobby into a full-time business; 


  • June 12: Book sale at the library from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; 


  • June 14: Book sale at the library from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; 


  • June 18: Oxford-based chef John Currence discusses his break-out cookbook "Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes from My Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some"; 


  • June 25: Share one of your favorite recipes at our recipe swap and tasting session. This audience-participation program brings together local food-lovers at our summer "indoor picnic."



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