NewSouth Bookstore

The NewSouth Bookstore actively hosts bookstore and off-site literary programs — book talks and readings — along with a variety of other programs both entertaining and educational. These include presentations by historians, readings of plays, music events, and community service programs. We enjoy such gatherings quite a lot. Our bookstore events calendar is always evolving, so please regularly check back here for updates to our calendar (and/or follow us on social media, where all such activities are also posted). We welcome your event suggestions and thank you for your support.


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Reading of Thornton Wilder’s The Long Christmas Dinner

December 3, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The best event of Montgomery’s 2023 holiday season may be our one-afternoon-only reading of The Long Christmas Dinner by Thornton Wilder, which John Martello kindly agreed to take on as a project for The NewSouth Bookstore. The little-performed play, short in running length, showcases the lives of several generations of the Bayard family, and some of their Christmas dinners, over a period of nine decades. Wilder breaks the boundaries of time as we measure it, and invites us to partake of “one long, happy Christmas dinner” — past, present and future. As generations appear, have children, wither and depart, only the audience appreciates what changes and what remains the same. This is a masterpiece of twentieth-century theater — a little gem. The reading is directed by John Martello, with Judith Broadway, Rodney Clark, Greta Lambert, Maire Martello, and Greg Thornton in the cast.


December 3, 2023
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


The NewSouth Bookstore
105 S Court St
Montgomery, AL 36104-4003 United States
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