AU’s Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities launches Pebble Hill Books

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities has launched Pebble Hill Books, an imprint series published in collaboration with the University of Alabama Press and whose titles will grow out of or contribute to the center’s outreach mission for AU’s College of Liberal Arts.

The first book in the series, just released, is “In the Path of the Storms: Bayou La Batre, Coden, and the Alabama Coast.” It is co-authored by award-winning writer Frye Gaillard and artists-in-residence Sheila Hagler and Peggy Denniston.

“The Gulf Coast villages of Bayou La Batre and Coden are two of Alabama’s most distinctive communities, with roots going back to the French settlements of the 18th century,” said center director Jay Lamar.

“In the Path of the Storms” captures in words and photographs the uniqueness of these seafood-producing towns, including the significant southeast Asian refugee population, the cheap imported seafood, the extraordinary challenges of higher gas prices and the rash of hurricanes, including Hurricane Katrina.

“It is a story of tradition as well as the forces of change and of the brave struggle of these Gulf Coast communities to survive and thrive,” said Lamar.

The book’s publication is a result of a community history project funded by the Kettering Foundation of Ohio and undertaken in collaboration with the Truman Pierce Institute in the College of Education at Auburn University.

The Draughon Center is located in Auburn at the historic 1847 Scott-Yarbrough House known as Pebble Hill.

For more information about Pebble Hill Books call (334) 844-4946 or email For information about the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities, go to

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