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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 | aharvey@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/aharvey/index.html

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 http://connect.al.com/user/aulivingdemocracy/index.html

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

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 7:52am
AL.com'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 | jsawyer@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jesawyer/index.html

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 | bcarlton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bcarlton/index.html

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 | ehill@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/ehill1/index.html

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

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 9:32am
  AL.com Opinion     About the writerBeth Thames is a Huntsville columnist for the Alabama Media Group. She can be reached at bethmthames@gmail.com.   Read moreSee more by Beth Thames     More opinion on AL.com   Once upon a time, before Nooks and... Beth Thames http://connect.al.com/user/bthames/index.html

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 | bcarlton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bcarlton/index.html

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 | cmcphail@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/carolmcphail/index.html

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 | bcarlton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bcarlton/index.html

'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 | aharvey@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/aharvey/index.html

'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 | bcarlton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bcarlton/index.html

'To Kill a Mockingbird' celebrates 54 years

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:12am
An American classic was born 54 years ago today with the release of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird." Jessica Sawyer Rigby | jsawyer@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jesawyer/index.html

Chat live with author Watt Key and the Red Clay Readers at 10 a.m.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 8:54am
Author Watt Key will field questions about his young adult novel "Alabama Moon" at 10 a.m. today. Jessica Sawyer Rigby | jsawyer@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jesawyer/index.html

'Alabama Moon' film, shot in Louisiana, tells nice coming-of-age tale about trust, tragedy and choice

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 9:55am
"Alabama Moon" constantly references specific Alabama cities and locations, but viewers will find it frustrating that filming didn't take place in the state. Ben Flanagan | bflanaga@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bflanagan/index.html

Launch party for '13 Alabama Ghosts' reissue brings answer to burning question: Is Jeffrey still around?

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 7:56am
How popular is Jeffrey, the spirit who "haunted" beloved Alabama author Kathryn Tucker Windham and starred in his own book series? Once, a group of Japanese tourists parked a bus in front of Windham's Selma home, wanting to see where Jeffrey lived. Kelly Kazek | kkazek@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/KKazek/index.html

Author Patti Callahan Henry to discuss 'The Stories We Tell' at July 15 lunch event

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 4:00pm
Henry, a Mountain Brook resident, has published 11 books. "The Stories We Tell," released by St. Martin's Press in June, has been lauded as "the most innovative story of her career." Jessica Sawyer Rigby | jsawyer@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jesawyer/index.html

Rick Bragg to speak during Alabama Writers' Conclave annual conference July 11-13 in Fairhope

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 2:52pm
Author Rick Bragg will serve as the keynote speaker during the 2014 conference of the Alabama Writers' Conclave, set for Friday-Sunday on the Fairhope campus at the University of South Alabama. Jessica Sawyer Rigby | jsawyer@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jesawyer/index.html

Winston Groom's 'The Aviators' delves into the Golden Age of Flight

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 8:48am
POINT CLEAR, Alabama -- Winston Groom just celebrated the 20th anniversary of his 1986 epic novel "Forrest Gump" turn as a blockbuster movie, but the Alabama author hasn't slowed down in producing interesting, informative works of literature since then. His latest... Jessica Sawyer Rigby | jsawyer@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jesawyer/index.html

Take a photo tour of real sites from '13 Alabama Ghosts' as beloved book is reissued

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 7:05am
What is it about those 13 ghosts? Kelly Kazek | kkazek@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/KKazek/index.html

Red Clay Readers: 'Alabama Moon' author Watt Key talks about writing through rejection, becoming screenwriter 'by mistake'

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:44pm
In an interview with AL.com, Key talked about writing as both a hobby and a career, his experiences talking to people young and old about his work and how he became a screenwriter "by mistake." Kelsey Stein | kstein@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/kelseystein/index.html