Freelance writer Gin Phillips, who has written for American Profile, American Spirit, and Womans World, makes her first offering to the literary gods with her book The Well and the Mine (Hawthorne Books $10.85). Phillips will be at Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road in the Park Road Shopping Center on Thursday, May 22, to sign copies of her debut novel. The book is set in 1931 in the coal-mining town of Carbon Mill, Alabama, and follows the Moore family as they unwrap a murder mystery and face the harsh realities of life made harder by the depression. With an introduction by Fannie Flagg, this novel shows to be the first of many for Gin Phillips. The event starts at 6:30 p.m.