Author, Librarian, and Community Educator.
If I’m not writing at home, or working at Coastal Alabama Community College, you will find me talking about, reading, or listening to stories about Fairhope. I’m a student of all things Fairhope, from the founders to the flowers. After a recent drive around the city, I realized that in the hurry up day-to-day, we either forget why we moved to Fairhope, or just realized there was something different and unique about the place that attracted you. If you’re a visitor looking for it, if you’ve lost it, or if it’s fading, my goal is to bring you a new perspective about Fairhope, it’s history, culture and people. I want to be a bridge between the founders and her new residents. If you lived here yesterday, or if you’re just visiting, you’re part of Fairhope history.
Curious about Fairhope architecture, buy a copy of Alan’s book, Clay City Tile: Frank Brown and the Company that Built Fairhope. Curious about Alan, and really with that leg, how can you not be, buy Stump the Librarian: A Writer’s Book of Legs, a memoir and history of amputees for teens and adults. Books will be available to purchase after the tour.
Alan’s first job in Alabama was writing for the Fairhope Courier. He even earned a Mobile Press Club Award. While obtaining degrees in communication, creative writing (Master of Fine Arts), and librarianship (Master of Library and Information Studies), he volunteered at the Fairhope Museum of History and worked part-time at the Fairhope Public Library. He served briefly as the Fairhope Museum of History director. Part of the gig economy, Alan is a part time librarian, free-lance writer, and walking tour guide.
Alan is a licensed substitute with Baldwin County Public Schools and he holds a Distance Education Certification from Coastal Alabama Community College.