Books signing at Carl Elliott Regional Library


Rick Watson is one of many local authors scheduled to participate in an Author's Event to help kick off National Library Week on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 2 to 4 pm. Please mark your calendars for this event.


The contact information is below:
Sandra Underwood, Director

Carl Elliott Regional Library System/Jasper Public Library

98 18th Street East

Jasper, AL 35501

(205) 221-2568/ (205) 221-8512



Rick Watson tells stories through words and music. He writes a weekly column in the Lifestyle sections of newspapers, as well as features and profiles for magazines and other publications.


Watson is an award-winning writer that often uses humor to paint pictures of life situations. "My goal is to leave the reader smiling."


He is also singer/songwriter who writes and performs folk/Americana music at festivals and coffee houses across the south. One of their songs recorded by Lamar Morris was number one on indie label charts in Europe.


Watson lives on a small farm in rural Alabama with his wife Jilda. She was his date to his high school graduation in 1968.


His latest book is available through Amazon or get a signed autographed copy by contacting the writer.


Learn more about Rick Watson at Amazon


Sloss Holler Scholar

Rick Watson grew up in Sloss Hollow (pronounced holler). Sloss Hollow is a small coal mining community near Dora, Alabama in East Walker County.


“The Sloss Holler Scholar” was thought up by Jilda, Rick’s wife of 34 years and songwriting partner. He had been trying to come up with a good title for this first book, which is a compilation of weekly columns written for The Daily Mountain Eagle in Jasper, Alabama. Many of his columns are about growing up in Sloss Hollow. Most of his book titles were so bland, readers would have fallen asleep before ever cracking the cover. Jilda came up with the snappy hook because Scholar rhymed with Holler….once a songwriter, always a songwriter.


“I wouldn’t intentionally describe myself a scholar,” Watson says “though I managed to get a Masters Degree from Birmingham Southern College in a mere 29 years. I would describe myself as a student of life, and I have had my share of tests before I got the lessons. Maybe in that regard, I am a scholar.”


“I can tell you this, had I realized I was going to write, I would have paid more attention in English class when I was in school,” he explains.