Welcome to Borgo Publishing, an independent book publisher offering a variety of book production options to suit your budget. We can design your book interior and cover as well as provide additional services (editorial, illustration, proofreading, indexing, and photography) to complete your project. With 33 years of book design experience, we keep on top of current trends in the industry to increase the market value of each book. Most importantly, we provide an outlet for non-profits to tell their stories at a very competitive rate.
Borgo Publishing has all of its books available at Ernest & Hadley Booksellers, 1928 7th Street, Tuscaloosa. They would be happy to send copies of these books to you by contacting easty@ernestandhadleybooks.com

Recently Published Works

Library Girls of New York

A Secret Place

Carolyn Rhodes


December 1, 2019

List Price: $15.99

112 pages

65 black/white and color photographs

Library Girls of New York is a true story, a recollection of growing up in an unusual place. The author lived inside an apartment in two New York Public Libraries with her Mom and Dad and two sisters from the 1940s to the 1970s. 

Signed copies available at Ernest & Hadley Booksellers in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Roughwighting.net Blog price: $15.99

Also available at Ernest & Hadley Booksellers in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Molly Finds Her Purr

Pamela S. Wight 


Illustrated by Shelley A. Steinle

October 15, 2019

List Price: $17.99 HB

Ages 3 and up

32 pages, full color

Molly the Cat is lonely. No matter how hard she tries to make friends with birds, they all fly away from her. Even other cats don’t seem to like her. Friendless, Molly has no purr. But a wisecracking squirrel opens Molly’s eyes to a world in which friendship comes in all sizes, shapes, and species.


This delightful tale with dazzling illustrations sparkles with sweet insight that makes all readers purr with pleasure at the end.

Watch Pam Wight on the YouTube program, Be My Guest.

Catwoods, Volume 1

Stories and Studies of Our Feline Companions

Leah T. Alford

July 2019

List Price: $23.95 PB 

364 pages

Catwoods Volume 1 is about a couple who rescue, adopt, and love cats in their deep woods home in the southern US. These cats are all such original characters that they make every day blissful, giddy, poetic, or even somber, the way the moods and phases of real life unfold. Leah Alford observes domestic felines indoors and later studies wildlings like foxes and raccoons who live outdoors amidst the glowing, dense leaves of the Appalachian jungle. This heavily researched volume covers cat coat color and cat genetics, color in nature, cat behavior and affection, multi-cat home dynamics, feral cats, spay and neuter, radial hypoplasia cats, black cat rhapsodies, and more. This first volume extends into the year 2004 and revels in the natural world, the luxuriance of birds, insects, and yelling frogs. Covering many decades, Alford also writes of art, music, and writing in a changing South.

Also available at Ernest & Hadley Booksellers

in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Can ship signed copies from this location.

Tuscaloosa Stories

Tuscaloosa Writers and Illustrators Guild

Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Celebration Book

April 2019

List Price: $21.99 HB 

Ages 8-12

116 pages

Tuscaloosa Stories is a compilation of short tales about the challenges and excitement of living in a thriving Southern city. The stories cover recent history and stretch back to the earliest Native American settlers in the area. Find yourself on the fifty-yard line of an Alabama Crimson Tide football game, and hold your breath at the danger a tugboat faces as it ploughs the frozen depths of the Black Warrior River to make a daring rescue. These stories appeal to young readers as well as adults.

Also available at Ernest & Hadley Booksellers in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Can ship signed copies from this location.

Second Creek Archaeology

A Glimpse into Mississippi's Past

Daniel LaDu and Ian W. Brown

April 2019

List Price: $22.95 PB 

164 pages

The lands surrounding Second Creek, located south of Natchez, were quite important in both the prehistory and history of the State of Mississippi. This book deals with archaeological discoveries made in that region during a survey that lasted only several weeks. What is different about this volume is that the first half offers the personal side of archaeological research. Journal entries provide an even mixture of the trials, tribulations, joys, and delights of doing archaeology in the 21st century. The reader gains a sense of how a survey project proceeds, and despite careful planning, it seldom plays out as expected. It is the authors conviction that the success of most archaeological projects, perhaps all, is directly related to the interest and support of the local population. This book should be of use to anyone going into the field for the first time or perhaps even for those who have spent a lifetime doing archaeology, as many of the stories told will most certainly sound familiar. 

Also available at Ernest & Hadley Booksellers in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Can ship signed copies from this location.

Stepping Stones

Tuscaloosa at 200: Its Most Decisive Years, 1950s-2018

Donald Brown

Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Celebration Book


January 2019

List Price: $20.00 PB 

208 pages


Stepping Stones presents the dramatic truth of the onward, sometimes faltering journey toward prominence of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which observes its 200th birthday in 2019. Veteran journalist Donald Brown weaves 11 chapters of fascinating stories together. 


Alabama's Prehistoric Indians and Artifacts

Second Edition

David M. Johnson, Jr.

Contributions by Steven Meredith, Ashley Dumas, and Ben Hoksbergen 

January 2019

List Price: $42.00 PB

520 pages

This comprehensive guide is an archaeological ambassador, bridging the interests and needs of amateurs, students, and professionals and assisting in their valuable efforts to discover and preserve Alabama’s archaeological resources. Alabama’s diverse projectile points and other artifact types get concise and thorough treatment in this paramount book, as each example is eloquently brought to life with full scale photos, geo-graphic distribution charts, and descriptions. While interesting to the collector, this work is grounded in archaeological theory and method. Archaeological site protection is critical and this work will help instill this value in a wider audience.

Also available at Ernest & Hadley Booksellers in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 

Also available at Ernest & Hadley Booksellers in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Can ship signed copies from this location.


Vikki Grodner

Illustrations by Melissa Shultz-Jones


October 2018

List Price: $22.00 HB

Picture Book, Ages 3-7 

24 pages


Baby tells the timeless tale of children who at a young age seek to assert their independence while simultaneously learning to appreciate the value of family ties. 

Vikki discusses her book:

The Empress and the Archer

Book 1: The Empress' Quest

Erich Otto Wildgrube IV

September 2018

List Price: $12.50 PB 

260 pages


The land of Velicorte has known peace for more than a hundred years, but with the death of the Emperor that has been thrown into chaos. This story follows the young Empress to be Leeta Shepard, as she and her faithful steed Sampson, attempt to unite the land against the foreign invaders. Along the way she is joined by General SIlas Goldfeather, The Emperor's oldest confidant, and Jeremiah S. Wolfwood, a roguish barkeep. Leeta's only hope, however, lies in the fabled "Archer of Queen City" a hero of legend, prophesied to save her people from their most dreadful foe. Alongside this tale lies that of Henry Ian Daniels a young man from Queen City, Alabama. Along with his best friend Anton, Henry works at the local movie theatre and is training hard for the local archery tournament.

Also available at Ernest & Hadley Booksellers in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Can ship signed copies from this location.

Also available at Ernest & Hadley Booksellers in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

2018 International Book Awards Finalist

Birds of Paradise

Pamela S. Wight 


Illustrated by Shelley A. Steinle

April 2017

List Price: $17.99 HB

Ages 3 and up

32 pages, full color

Sweet sparrows Bessie and Bert grow up as differently as night and day. Bessie is fearful of the dangers inherent in being a bird. She's scared to leave her cozy branch. But Bert relishes flying in the sky and pecking delicious seeds on the ground, until he loses half a tail. Bessie and Bert uncover each other's fears and, through a newfound friendship, re-discover the delight in being birds. Charming, lustrous illustrations and light, lilting verse delight children and adults alike as they gain a new appreciation for the joyous birds in their own backyard.

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