Monday, May 3, 2010

Gnu's Room Events

Here's the latest from our favorite rare and used book store:

Tuesday, May 4th, 2:00 p.m. - The Write Time

Writers at any level of expertise are invited to meet each week at the
Gnu's Room for an hour of inspiration, sharing and information. The
meetings are facilitated by Helen Silverstein, editor of The Southern
Women's Review. Each week you are encouraged to bring copies of work
you wish to share and have edited. Those in the group who have the
time may volunteer to critique/edit.  Please limit the work you bring
to between 10 and 20 pages, since this is a weekly group. During at
least every other group meeting, there will be a brief presentation on
different writing techniques. If you would like to participate, but
the meeting time is not convenient, or if you have any questions about
the meetings, please email Helen at

Wednesday, May 5th, 5:30 p.m. - Coffee Cupping

Join Sarah Barnett, proprietor of Mama Mocha's Coffee Roastery at the
Gnu's Room, for a professional coffee cupping. Barnett will be
offering a cupping (tasting) every Wednesday. Space is limited and is
on a first come, first served basis.  Experience coffee from three
different regions and learn the subtle, and sometimes not so subtle,
differences in beans from various countries. If you participate in a
cupping, you may purchase the featured beans at a 25% discount on the
day of the cupping.

Friday, May 7th, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Celebrate Southern Belles

Amsterdam Cafe and the Gnu's Room are teaming up for a special event
just in time for Mother's Day. Former Auburn resident, Olivia deBelle
Byrd's recently published book, Miss Hildreth Wore Brown, Anecdotes of
a Southern Belle, will be featured at a luncheon and book signing.
Tickets for the event are $25.00 and include your choice of 1 of 3
delicious entrees, a non-alcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity, plus a
signed copy of the book. Ms. deBelle Byrd will be on hand to share
selections from the book and will be delighted to inscribe a copy of
the book for you or your favorite Southern Belle. Tickets are
available at the Gnu's Room through Thursday, May 6th. If you will not
be able to attend the luncheon, but would like a signed or inscribed
copy of the book, please call (334.821.5550) or email the Gnu's Room
to reserve a copy.

Olivia deBelle Byrd was born and bred in the South. She is a graduate
of Birmingham-Southern College and a Kappa Delta. She lived in Auburn
for a time and taught in the public school system. She now resides in
Panama City, Florida with her husband, Tommy, and is the proud mother
of Tommy, Jr. and Elizabeth. You may visit the author's website at


Saturday, May 8th, 7:00 p.m. - Live Music with Jason Connelly

Jason Connelly makes a return concert appearance at the Gnu's Room. If
you missed his concert in February, you won't want to miss this chance
to hear his soulful sounds. If you have heard him before, there is no
doubt you will want to grab an opportunity to hear him again.

Connelly originally hails from Fort Meyers, Florida, but spent some
formative years in Smith's Station, Alabama before settling in the
Atlanta area. His vocal roots are from a gospel choir and they shine
through the delivery of his songs. Having spent 10 years traveling and
singing, Connelly is still learning and perfecting the craft of
songwriting, but he has a lot to share. He says, "In the beginning it
was all about melody and filling a floor. Now after years of open road
soul-searching, it's about life and all of its missed opportunities
and misguided emotions. If the floor fills this time, it's because I
said something worth hearing." There will be no cover for this event,
however, a suggested donation of $5.00 will go to the performer, and
he will also have CDs available for purchase. To sample Jason's music,
go to

The Gnu's Room Bookstore & Coffee House
414 S Gay St
Auburn, AL 36830


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