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Poll: Is Harper Lee right or wrong in this flap over the new book about her? Tell us what you think

16 hours 41 min ago
Do you think Lee gave writer Marja Mills permission to write the book? Or did Mills take advantage of her? Bob Carlton |

Chat live with author Homer Hickam and the Red Clay Readers at 10 a.m.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 8:05am
For the past week,'s Red Clay Readers have examined "Rocket Boys," a 1998 memoir by author Homer Hickam of Huntsville and today the author will field questions from readers in a 10 a.m. live chat. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

'October Sky' does good job of telling Homer Hickam Jr.'s remarkable story

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:41pm
I had not heard of Homer Hickam Jr. before moving to Huntsville, and I had not read his memoir, "Rocket Boys," or watched the 1999 big screen adaption of his story, "October Sky" until this week. What an interesting, and inspiring, story I was missing. Crystal Bonvillian |

'50 Shades of Grey,' set for Valentine's Day 2015 release, unveils first full-length trailer

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:06am
The film, which stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, is based on the popular book by author E.L. James. Since its release, "50 Shades of Grey" has generated a lot of attention thanks to its racy approach to, well, bedroom time. Amber Sutton |

Do you really think Harper Lee got hoodwinked by that Yankee writer? Here's yet another opinion

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:00am
The genial and grateful author who spoke at the Alabama Theatre Wednesday night hardly appears to be the manipulative type. Bob Carlton |

'October Sky' actress Natalie Canerday on Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, film's legacy 15 years after debut

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:39pm
That voice. That sandpaper-and-silk voice that makes music when it runs up and down her Southern drawl. Kelly Kazek |

Real vs. Reel: Author Homer Hickam talks differences in 'Rocket Boys' and film 'October Sky'

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:33am
Have you ever wondered how closely the movie followed the true story on which it was based? Kelly Kazek |

'Rocket Boys' author Homer Hickam on writing memoirs, teaching Letterman to dive: Red Clay Readers Q&A

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:32am
Simulated space. Rockets. Astronauts. Not a bad setting for a guy whose first job was deep underground in a West Virginia coal mine in a town whose future seemed as gray as the coal dust covering his face. Kelly Kazek |

'The Mockingbird Next Door' offers a glimpse into the private life of Harper Lee, with photos

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 8:10am
Author Marja Mills will talk about her book tonight at the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham. Bob Carlton |

Homer Hickam Jr.'s 'Rocket Boys' still soars 15 years after publication

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:25pm
It's the touching and often inspiring memoir of Hickam ("Sonny" in the book), who grew up in the mining town of Coalwood, W.V., discovered a love of rockets at an early age and turned that into a successful career as a NASA engineer in Huntsville. Alec Harvey |

Retired Collinsville coach inspires with stories

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:10am
Coach Randy Taylor shares tales of his youth in "Three Goobers and a Nut". AU Living Democracy

Red Clay Readers to conclude summer reading series with 'Rocket Boys'

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 7:52am's Red Clay Readers will conclude its inaugural summer reading series this week with a look at Huntsville resident Homer Hickam's "Rocket Boys." Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Is Harper Lee an Alabama or Auburn fan? Here's a clue from the book 'The Mockingbird Next Door'

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 8:45am
Pat Dye also paid Harper Lee a visit sometime around 2007, and he has said her turned her into an Auburn fan. Bob Carlton |

Daphne man's story included in 'Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries'

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 1:34pm
A Daphne man's story titled "Don't Give Up" is included in the "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries" book that was released in June. Emily Hill |

Remembering Huntsville's independent bookstores, treasuring the art of hand-picked books

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 9:32am Opinion     About the writerBeth Thames is a Huntsville columnist for the Alabama Media Group. She can be reached at   Read moreSee more by Beth Thames     More opinion on   Once upon a time, before Nooks and... Beth Thames

Author responds to Harper Lee: 'I am sad about one part of that and glad about one part of it'

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 5:35pm
"The Mockingbird Next Door" author Marja Mills will be in Birmingham for a book event at the Alabama Theatre on July 23. Bob Carlton |

Thomas Cahill, who wrote 'How the Irish Saved Civilization,' to speak in Mobile on Sept. 28

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 2:32pm
Cahill's appearance kicks off the Stephen and Ruth Dill Lecture Series, established by the Dauphin Way United Methodist Church Foundation. Carol McPhail |

Harper Lee: 'Hurt, angry and saddened, but not surprised' by new book about her, EW reports

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:02am
"The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee" by Chicago writer Marja Mills arrives in bookstores today. Bob Carlton |

'Muscle Shoals Sound Studio' author details her favorite songs recorded there

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 5:49am
Carla Jean Whitley's book hits shelves on July 22, with book signing on July 21. Alec Harvey |

'To Kill a Mockingbird' sings again today at the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham; here's a preview

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 7:00am
Movie starts at 2 p.m., and tickets are $8 at the door. Bob Carlton |