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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

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

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:00pm'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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 ( BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – National Library Week is the week to celebrate libraries throughout the country. Many libraries... Nathan T. Prewett |

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. and Press-Register staff

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 |

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 |

'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 |

Presumed guilty: Robinson trial opens, Red Clay Readers and author B.J. Hollars discuss 'Mockingbird'

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:00pm'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 17 and 18 of "To Kill a Mockingbird." Theresa Seiger |

Jefferson County libraries collect signatures for upcoming National Library Week

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:25am
The Birmingham Public Library system has been collecting signatures for "Declaration for the Right to Libraries" as part of National Library Week on April 13-19. Nathan T. Prewett |

From the Pulpit: The difference between independence and 'in dependence'

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 6:00am
(Franklin L. Kirksey is pastor of First Baptist Church of Spanish Fort. He is the author of "Sound Biblical Preaching: Giving the Bible a Voice."

Lynch mobs and courthouse spectators: A look at Chapters 15 and 16 of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:55am
The chapter starts with a knock on the door, and Sheriff Heck Tate is there, flanked by several men. He won't come in, and they want Atticus to come out. Tate states that Tom Robinson "a black man accused of rape" will be moved to the county jail the next day. "I don't look for any trouble, but I can't guarantee there won't be any..." Tate says. "Don't be foolish, Heck." Atticus replies. "This is Maycomb." Madison Underwood |

Boo Radley and folks who are 'different': Do we treat them better today than in 1930s?

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:10am
Do we treat disabled and mentally handicapped people any better today than they did in the 1930s?At first blush, that question seemed obvious to me. Sure we do, overall. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, most people with... Anna Claire Vollers

Journals, list books can read like a diary of a busy life

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 2:23pm
The journals of columnist Beth Thames. (Beth Thames) Now they call it journal writing, but back when I started keeping a daily log in a notebook, it was simply called “making a list.” The list helped me manage daily chores,... Beth Thames

Red Clay Readers, author T.K. Thorne discuss 'Mockingbird' as trial of Tom Robinson looms near

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:00pm'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 13 and 14 of "To Kill a Mockingbird." Crystal Bonvillian |

Is a formal education more important today than it was 80 years ago? Weigh in with the Red Clay Readers

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 7:58am
Is a formal education more important now than it was in Maycomb 80 years ago? Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Jefferson County libraries to host programs for 'Money Smart Week'

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 2:26pm
View full sizePhoto courtesy of Public Libraries in Jefferson County. Several libraries throughout Jefferson County are set to take part in "Money Smart Week @ Your Library," starting on April 7 as part of "Money Smart Week," which is... Nathan T. Prewett |