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Teacher suspended over Game of Thrones T-shirt

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:53pm
A shirt got a professor suspended-- and he wasn't even wearing it. What would the Lannisters say? Cassie Fambro | cfambro@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/CassieFambro/index.html

High schoolers talk 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' agree that it still has a message for today’s young people

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 5:49pm
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – “To Kill a Mockingbird” is required reading for most high schoolers in the United States. But does the novel—which sells a million copies a year and has been ranked in many polls as adults’ favorite book—resonate with... Cheryl Wray | cwray@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/cherylwray/index.html

Who would you cast in a 'To Kill a Mockingbird' remake?

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:09pm
Here’s who we would cast in four of the roles Mia Watkins | mwatkins@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/mswatkins1/index.html

Carolyn Haines book reading, signing to take place at Shelby Council Arts Gallery

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:07pm
Author Carolyn Haines will read and sign books at the Shelby Council Arts Gallery in Columbiana. Nathan T. Prewett | nprewett@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/NPrewett/index.html

'Tom's dead... Seventeen bullet holes in him': 2 hard-to-read 'Mockingbird' chapters offer a moment to learn

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:01pm
Atticus Finch was a hero, AL.com's Anthony Cook argues -- but not because he was heroic. Alex Walsh | awalsh@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/awalsh_aldotcom/index.html

Who is Harper Lee? 5 things we know for sure, for Red Clay Readers and other fans of 'Mockingbird'

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:57am
What do we really know about the Monroeville native, born Nelle Harper Lee on April 28, 1926? As AL.com's Red Clay Readers group continues its exploration of "To Kill a Mockingbird," it's the perfect time to identify some key facts. Mary Colurso | mcolurso@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/mcolurso/index.html

Birmingham Public Library to take part in World Book Night on April 23

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:39am
The Birmingham Public Library will take part in World Book Night, an event where free books are given away. Nathan T. Prewett | nprewett@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/NPrewett/index.html

In 'Sandlot Baseball,' Warren St. John discovers diamonds in the rough on the back roads of Alabama

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:50pm
St. John writes about Hale County's Newbern Tigers and Florence's Alabama Slammers in April-May issue of Garden & Gun magazine. Bob Carlton | bcarlton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bcarlton/index.html

The ineffectual power of the press in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 8:21am
Journalism is almost as misbegotten as the Ewell clan, at least as it was practiced in mythical Maycomb, Ala., as imagined by Harper Lee. Mike Marshall | mmarshall@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/mmarshal/index.html

Young North Alabama author will present paranormal novels at Alabama Book Festival this weekend

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:56pm
NEW HOPE, Alabama – Amanda Porter got the writing bug in high school, and most of those early stories “will never see the light of day,” she said. But there was one – about a young Alabama girl – that... Anna Claire Vollers http://connect.al.com/user/avollers/index.html

Tom Robinson's fate: Jem Finch learns that the world isn't always fair

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:00pm
AL.com's Red Clay Readers, in partnership with the Alabama Center for Literary Arts, is a book club designed to take a fresh look at a Southern classic with the help of our readers. Today we look at Chapters 21 and 22 of "To Kill a Mockingbird." Jon Reed | jreed@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jondavidreed/index.html

Yes, sir, No, sir, and mind your own business. Are Southern manners still relevant today? Weigh in with the Red Clay Readers

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:00am
For many of us, our mommas and papas made sure we minded our p's and q's. But do the lessons of yesterday still hold weight today? Angela Levins | alevins@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/alevins/index.html

Southern Literary Trail transports visitors to the worlds of Atticus Finch, Daisy Buchanan, more

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 5:37pm
Most people know about the connections between Alabama and "To Kill a Mockingbird," but did you know that "The Great Gatsby" author F. Scott Fitzgerald lived in Montgomery or that "Invisible Man" author Ralph Ellison was a student at Tuskegee University? Cheryl Wray | cwray@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/cherylwray/index.html

Harper Lee at the movies: 'Mockingbird' author has been character in 2 motion pictures

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:00pm
And the two films were released within a year of each other. William Thornton | wthornton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/Utnaphistim/index.html

Mockingbird Players to celebrate 25 years April 17 in Monroeville

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 4:24pm
The Mockingbird Players will kick off its 25th anniversary of the "To Kill a Mockingbird" production April 17 in Monroeville. Victoria Pruitt | vpruitt@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/vpruitt/index.html

Birmingham Public Library celebrates National Library Week with kids' activities

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 4:23pm
View full sizeKelham McCall (left) and Nigel Cosby (right) at work on Easter coloring sheets in the scavenger hunt. Nathan Prewett (NPrewett@al.com) BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – National Library Week is the week to celebrate libraries throughout the country. Many libraries... Nathan T. Prewett | nprewett@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/NPrewett/index.html

Monroeville to unveil 'A Celebration of Reading' bronze statue April 17

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 4:19pm
A project six years in the making will be unveiled April 17 on Monroeville's Courthouse Square when the bronze sculpture "A Celebration of Reading" is revealed by the Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce. AL.com and Press-Register staff http://connect.al.com/user/bamaprstaff/index.html

Helena library offering book sale, free tote bags on Thursday

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:53pm
Jane B. Holmes Public Library Director Daniel Dearing is encouraging patrons new and old to visit the Helena institution for an appreciation day and book sale on Thursday, April 17, 2014. (File photo) HELENA, Alabama – The Jane B.... Martin J. Reed | mreed@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/martinjreed/index.html

Do we treat mentally handicapped and disabled people better today than during the 'To Kill a Mockingbird' era? Weigh in with the Red Clay Readers

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 8:16am
"Like the folks in Maycomb, we tend to be uncomfortable with those who look and act differently than we do," Vollers wrote. And many commenters agreed. Jessica Sawyer Rigby | jsawyer@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jesawyer/index.html

'Coloring the Cahaba' art fest to take place at Birmingham Public Library on April 13

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 5:25pm
View full sizeA photo by Pelham High student Jamie Thompson. BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The Birmingham Public Library and Cahaba River Society will host an event to celebrate art inspired by the Cahaba River on April 13 at 2:30 p.m.... Nathan T. Prewett | nprewett@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/NPrewett/index.html