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Group hoping to make landmark of Athens' historic black high school launches book tracing its past

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:25am
The book traces the history of the school from its founding in 1865 for the education of freedmen. The school is now a derelict building on Brownsferry Street, but the Athens Limestone County Association plans to build a community center at the site and later create a museum to house the school's memorabilia. Kelly Kazek |

Virtually visit Dauphin Island via a beautiful new book

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 6:29pm
Dauphin Island on your coffee table. Tamara Ikenberg |

Summer/Back-to-School Thrifting Tour Was a Success

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:00pm
  Hey, guys! I have to tell you what happened during my Summer/Back-to-School Thrifting Tour on Aug. 16. Forty-five thrifters came with me on this bus tour to thrift stores and consignment shops in central Alabama. We had a wonderful time!... LaCherylCillie

On my nightstand: Author Bonnie Bartel Latino

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 7:40am
In the latest installment of's On My Nightstand weekly feature, Atmore-based author Bonnie Bartel Latino takes on five questions designed to give readers insight into her reading life. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

'Little House on the Prairie' uncensored: Autobiography to reveal grittier childhood of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 5:59pm
"Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography" is slated to be released by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press nationwide this fall. The Associated Press

'I'll tell a story or two': Bestselling author Rick Bragg speaks in Fayette

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 1:40pm
Bestselling author Rick Bragg will be speaking tonight at the Fayette Civic Center Greg Garrison |

Oxford Dictionary's latest volley for word domination adds amazeballs, mansplain, some we can't write in headline

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:03am
Oxford Dictionaries, once thought to be the look-up destination of stuffy European wordies, added its latest volley for word domination this week by including – better sit down for this – words that aren't even words, just letters strung together, like SMH, which means "shaking my head" for those who've never heard of Facebook and Twitter and who go out and make friends by actually talking to people. Kelly Kazek |

Novelist James Rollins, in Birmingham on Aug. 20, using book tour to raise funds, awareness for vets

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 1:53pm
Bestselling novelist James Rollins will appear in Birmingham next Wednesday to sign copies of his new novel, The 6th Extinction, but he is also using his 10-city book tour to promote Authors United for Veterans, a group he founded. Jesse Chambers |

Warning of bio-terrorism, 'bio-hackers,' thriller novelist James Rollins to be in Birmingham Wed. signing 'The 6th Extinction'

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:09am
Superstar thriller novelist James Rollins will be in Birmingham Wednesday to promote his new novel, The 6th Extinction, and is also warning of the dangers posed by bio-terrorism and even the accidental release of viruses and bacteria from poorly regulated labs. Jesse Chambers |

On my nightstand: Author Kelly Kazek

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 7:23am
Kazek is the author of eight books, including a volume of humor columns called "Fairly Odd Mother: Musings of a Slightly Off Southern Mom," and books of regional history. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

See photos from new book that pictorially captures 180 years of Auburn history

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:10am
The limited third edition of "Auburn: Pictorial History of the Loveliest Village," by Jack Simms and Mickey Logue, features 800 narrated images and 450 pages of Auburn history. The book takes readers on a tour of Auburn's history, beginning with a photo of Native Americans roaming Samford Park in the 1830s and wrapping up with the final second of the 2013 Iron Bowl. Amber Sutton |

Paul Finebaum draws large crowd during book signing event in Montgomery

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 7:30am
The event, which attracted a crowd of more than 200 people, was one of several signings throughout the state to promote Finebaum's new book "My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football," which he co-authored with Gene Wojciechowski. Amber Sutton |

Paul Finebaum book tour brings sports radio celebrity to Mobile on Saturday

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:28am
Sports radio personality Paul Finebaum will appear in Mobile Saturday afternoon to meet fans and sign copies of his new book on SEC football. Lawrence Specker |

On my nightstand: Author T.K. Thorne

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 7:25am
We gave the retired Birmingham police captain a list of 10 questions for designed to find out her reading habits and, possibly, discover some new books. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Paul Finebaum enjoys large turnout for Birmingham book signing, teases his 2014 Iron Bowl prediction

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 6:00am
Paul Finebaum's new book "My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football" hit shelves on Monday, and the author hit Birmingham to sign autographs for fans. Ben Flanagan |

Finebaum is back in Birmingham to kick off book tour, has 5 more stops in Alabama

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 7:15am
Finebaum also has stops this week in Huntsville, Dothan, Opelika, Montgomery and Mobile. Bob Carlton |

Harper Lee 'Mockingbird Tribute,' filmed at the Alabama Theatre, airs this weekend on C-SPAN2

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 6:10pm
Author Marja Mills talks with Jake Reiss of the Alabama Booksmith about her new book, "The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee." Bob Carlton |

Finebaum shops at Wal-Mart, and 13 other things we learned from reading his new book

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 12:00pm
Finebaum will kick off his book tour in Birmingham on Monday, and he has more book signings around the state throughout next week. Bob Carlton |

Look who changed its definition of marriage -- a dictionary

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 9:05am
Chambers also added new entries such as cougar (a woman who chooses a lover significantly younger than herself), sexting, whateves and hipster. Carol McPhail |

Lit-star Lauren Willig to appear in Hoover tonight, defends romance writing as the 'whipping boy' of fiction

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 9:32pm
Romance writing superstar Lauren Willig, who will appear with other romance writers at Hoover Library tonight, says that her genre deserves more respect and deals with the basic human need for companionship. Jesse Chambers |