Local to hold book signing

Published 12:04 am Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Do you think you’re in Lloyd Albritton’s novel, “Baby Blue?”

Albritton, who grew up in Nokomis and lives in Atmore, is holding a book signing, along with a wine tasting, on Thurs., Feb. 18, at 6 p.m., at Country Place Senior Living.

From an early age, Albritton said he considered himself a storyteller.

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“My father was a great storyteller,” he said. “My mother inspired me to learn to write early in life. I put all of that together and started writing stories.”

“Baby Blue” is a fictional story that’s set in 1951.

Albritton said the tale is a murder mystery involving an old African American man who murders an old white man in the woods of Nokomis.

“A couple of young boys find the body,” he said. “The local deputy sheriff was called in — he’s a farmer and part time deputy — and stumbles around to solve the case. He accidentally stumbles on one of the most wealthiest families of Alabama.”

Albritton said the story covers the time period from the late 1800s to 1961.

“It involves secrets, and a little violence and raw profanity,” he said.

Albritton said the story is one that he’s wanted to write for years.

“I didn’t want to tell a true story,” he said. “I wanted to tell a fictional story. That’s why so many people read it as a true story.”

Albritton said many people in Atmore have read the book and think they are in it.

In addition to the signing, Perdido Vineyards will be offering free samplings of their wines. Perdido Vineyards is Alabama’s first farm winery with wines made exclusively from the finest wine varieties of Muscadine grapes. Perdido Vineyards uses local Alabama artists to design wine labels representing the local history and features.

Country Place Senior Living is located on McRae Street in Atmore.