Who: Anthony Crawford & Daniel Wallace
When: April 26th 6:30 to 8:30
Where: Clubhouse on Highland · 2908 Highland Ave ·Birmingham, AL · 35205
Honoring: Desert Island Supply Company discobham.com
The mission of the Desert Island Supply Co. (DISCO) is to help Birmingham-area students develop the creative tools they need to explore and document their worlds. DISCO’s main in-school program, the Woodlawn Writers Corps, offers weekly, curriculum-aligned creative writing workshops for more than 700 students in Woodlawn-area schools. Outside of schools, the Desert Island Supply Co. has hosted hundreds of creative community events at its unique, exploration-themed space in Woodlawn — everything from writing workshops, readings, art shows, performances, lectures, screenings, community meetings, and concerts — often free or for just a nominal fee.
Anthony left Mountain Brook for Nashville almost 4 decades ago. He became what he is now, a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, who has worked with many well-known musicians in the studio, onstage and as a songwriter including Neil Young, Steve Winwood, Steve Forbert, Dwight Yokam and Vince Gill to drop just a few names. More importantly he now plays in the band Sugarcane Jane with his bride Savana Lee and the mother of their children Dusty, Levon and Loretta. He has many albums to his credit several available for purchase this very minute.
Daniel grew up on Balmoral, graduated from BUS and is author of six novels, including Big Fish (1998), Ray in Reverse (2000), The Watermelon King (2003), Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician (2007), The Kings and Queens of Roam (2013), and most recently Extraordinary Adventures (May 2017). His children’s book, published in 2014, and for which he did both the words and the pictures, is called The Cat’s Pajamas. In 2003 Big Fish was adapted and released as a Tim Burton directed movie which became and remains a cult classic and then in 2013 the book and the movie were mish-mashed together and became a Broadway musical. His novels have been translated into over two-dozen languages.
Daniel is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his alma mater, where he directs the Creative Writing Program.