Jim Phillips will gather ‘round listeners for his own historical tales of the mysterious past on Oct. 6, 6 p.m., at the Ben May Main Library (701 Government St.). A lecturer on antebellum Alabama who speaks throughout the South, he will talk about the states’ pioneer settlement and more.

Among the subjects covered will be the lost treasures of Dauphin Island and Perdido Bay, the haunting of Alabama plantations and Mobile riverboat tragedies of the era. He will also have a display of antebellum artifacts and relics.

For more information call 251-208-7097.

Perez’s parochial page-turner premieres
Mobile playwright and author Tom Perez has sent word of his latest novel and a chance for locals to catch snippets as read by the author. The title is “Sister Bartholomew’s Basic Training Manual for Religious Tyrants” and the novelist’s own history within Mobile’s religious educational system stirs curiosity as to its roman à clef status.

“You don’t have to be a survivor of Catholic schools to enjoy this ‘embellished’ memoir. Vicious nuns crack skulls with hickory rulers and pesky priests swig Irish whiskey. For Baby Boomers, it’s a jaunt back to the 1950s, Holden Caulfield meets Mother Superior,” Perez said in a press release.

He will host a reading and book signing on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2 p.m., at the Moorer Branch of the Mobile Public Library (4 S. McGregor Ave.). Admission is free and copies of the work will be available for purchase along with his previous books.

The book is available on Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle formats, plus most eBook versions. It is also available at Bienville Books in downtown Mobile as well as Page and Palette in Fairhope.

Deadly disease is focus of Science Café
Chances are you’ve never heard of Chagas disease. Regardless, cases of this tropical malady have been reported throughout the Sunbelt.

The vector for the ailment is a common insect known as a “kissing bug” and its incidence is most common in tropical America. Reports of cases in other parts of the United States are slowly growing.

This will be the subject of the University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum’s next Science Café when USA Assistant Professor in the Earth Sciences Department Dr. Frances Mujica leads “You Can Bite Me, Suck My Blood, But Please Don’t Poop on Me!” on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m., at Moe’s Original Barbecue (701 Spring Hill Ave.).

The informal event is designed to spark discussion between science professionals and the public in a relaxed setting. Admission is free.