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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

J.K. Rowling updates fans on Harry Potter characters with new short story

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 9:58am
Dumbledore's Army forever! Mia Watkins | mwatkins@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/mswatkins1/index.html

Baldwin County grad releases first book in True Blue Trilogy

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:12pm
Baldwin County High School graduate Angela Hayes has released her first book as part of the True Blue Trilogy. Tina Covington http://connect.al.com/user/TinaCCovington/index.html

AL.com readers share their 20 favorite 'Forrest Gump' quotes as the movie celebrates 20 years

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 3:00pm
"Forrest Gump" is 20 years old. AL.com asked you to share your favorite quotes, and you responded with 20 moments that are hard to forget. Angela Levins | alevins@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/alevins/index.html

Photographer Ray Smith to attend gallery talk and book signing on Thursday in Montgomery

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 1:02pm
During the event, Smith will discuss his photographs featured in the exhibition, titled "In Time We Shall Know Ourselves: Photographs by Raymond Smith." The discussion will be followed by a book-signing of the catalog, which illustrates all 52 photos with essays by Richard King and Alexander Nemerov. Amber Sutton | asutton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/AmberAcker/index.html

'Alabama Moon' wrestles with questions about truth, life and death

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:46pm
Alabama Moon is so much more than just survival. It's learning about friendship and trust and sacrifice. It's wrestling with questions about truth, life, and death. It's pulling yourself from the depths of grief to find the highest peaks of joy and falling back into the cavernous pit of despair again and finally realizing that it's not what's at the top or the bottom – it's the stuff in the middle that matters. Reese Reed, Writer http://connect.al.com/user/ReeseReedWriter/index.html

Red Clay Readers to examine Watt Key's 'Alabama Moon'

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:10am
During the week-long look at the 2006 book, we will present a book review, a movie review and an interview with the author. At 10 a.m. Friday, be prepared to chat with Key and members of the Red Clay Readers as we discuss his inspiration, what it took to have his book made into a movie and more. Jessica Sawyer Rigby | jsawyer@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jesawyer/index.html

20 things you may not know about 'Forrest Gump' as the movie celebrates 20 years

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 8:00am
"Forrest Gump" ran onto the big screen on July 6, 1994. The movie was based on the book written by Mobile, Ala. native Winston Groom. Angela Levins | alevins@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/alevins/index.html

Auburn surgeon looked into Saddam Hussein's 'cold, deadly eyes' at U.S. base during Iraq War

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:36pm
The late Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, had “cold, deadly eyes,” according to Auburn author and neurosurgeon Dr. W. Lee Warren, who encountered the former dictator at a U.S. Air Force hospital in 2005. Jesse Chambers | jchambers@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jessechambers/index.html

U.S. the 'greatest country' says Auburn surgeon and author who served in military hospital in Iraq War

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 9:42am
America is the greatest country in the world, says an Auburn neurosurgeon and author who has written a book called No Place to Hide about his time operating at a military hospital in Iraq in 2005. Jesse Chambers | jchambers@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jessechambers/index.html

Walter Dean Myers, author of over 100 children's books, dies at 76

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:11pm
Children's book author Walter Dean Myers has died after brief illness at 76. Mia Watkins | mwatkins@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/mswatkins1/index.html

'Alabama Back Road Restaurant Recipes' features favorites from more than 200 state eateries

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 5:50pm
Bessemer native Anita Musgrove compiled the Alabama book and is working on editions for Kentucky and Tennessee. Bob Carlton | bcarlton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bcarlton/index.html

In 'noise, dust, danger' of Iraq, Auburn surgeon found he had 'no place to hide' except faith in God

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:34am
Dr. W. Lee Warren, a neurosurgeon in Auburn, got his dose of war and the hell it brings when he worked as a surgeon at a U.S. military hospital in Iraq in 2005. He tells the story of his time in Iraq, including its mental, physical and spiritual effects, in his new book, No Place to Hide. Jesse Chambers | jchambers@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jessechambers/index.html

Books, screenplays, movies and more: chat live with author Robert Inman and the Red Clay Readers at 10 a.m.

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 8:39am
For the past week, the Red Clay Readers have examined Elba native Robert Inman's 1987 book "Home Fires Burning" as part of an ongoing summer reading series. Jessica Sawyer Rigby | jsawyer@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jesawyer/index.html

Movie adaptation of 'Home Fires Burning' brings the heat, even without all the bite of Robert Inman's brilliant novel

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:58am
The film, a Hallmark TV movie released in 1989, centers around the Tibbetts family during World War II. Kat Kennedy http://connect.al.com/user/katkennedy75/index.html

Paul Finebaum coming back to Birmingham to kick off book tour on Aug. 4

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:40am
Finebaum will sign copies of his book at Books-A-Million at Colonial Brookwood Village. Bob Carlton | bcarlton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bcarlton/index.html

Little Free Libraries offer volumes of goodwill, as well as reading material

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:38am
If you build it, they will read. Michelle Matthews | mmatthews@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/michellerobertsmatthews/index.html

John Green's Alabama-based novel 'Looking for Alaska' headed to the silver screen

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 8:38pm
The story takes place at Culver Creek Preparatory School, a fictional boarding school in Alabama heavily based on Birmingham's Indian Springs School, where Green graduated in the mid-1990s. Melissa Brown | mbrown@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/mbrown104/index.html

Red Clay Readers interview Robert Inman, author of 'Home Fires Burning'

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 12:00pm
Inman writes of Southern characters and story lines that will be keenly familiar to the Red Clay Readers, as the Elba native says much of his writing is pulled from his own experiences. Melissa Brown | mbrown@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/mbrown104/index.html

Characters, setting, storyline make Inman's 'Home Fires Burning' a timeless treat to read

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:29pm
Sometimes you read a novel that grabs you and leaves you thinking of its characters long after you've finished reading -- a work that you rush to finish while hating to see it end. "Home Fires Burning" is that kind of book. Kat Kennedy http://connect.al.com/user/katkennedy75/index.html