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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On my nightstand: Author Philip Shirley

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 8:08am
Author and Alabama native Philip Shirley stepped up to the plate for the first installment of this new weekly series. We put Shirley to the test with a laundry list of questions designed to find out exactly how his reading list takes shape. Jessica Sawyer Rigby | jsawyer@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jesawyer/index.html

Free 'Poetry of Songwriting' event features Rheta Grimsley Johnson, Frye Gaillard, more

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:08am
The line between lyrics and literature isn't always a sharp one, and a quartet of distinctively Southern writers intend to blur it further at a special event coming up Tuesday, Aug. 5. Lawrence Specker | lspecker@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/lfspecke/index.html

'Mockingbird' mystery: Results of our Harper Lee poll are in, and here's what you have to say

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 8:00am
The highest percentage of our readers believe no one will ever know if the secretive Monroeville author did or did not give her approval to the new book about her. Bob Carlton | bcarlton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bcarlton/index.html

Hoover Library to celebrate the popularity of romance writing with 'Love in the Library' Fri. & Sat.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:43pm
Romance writing is hugely popular, but the genre still seems to get little respect. The Hoover Library will try to help change that when it hosts its "Love in the Library" event, featuring appearances by acclaimed romance authors from Alabama and around the country, on Friday and Saturday. Jesse Chambers | jchambers@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jessechambers/index.html

Heading there and back again: See the teaser trailer for the final 'Hobbit' movie

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:54pm
The first look at "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" was released Monday. The two-minute ad is billed as a teaser, indicating several more trailers will pop up to keep Middle-Earth fans salivating until the December release date. Jonathan Grass | jgrass@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jongrass/index.html

New 'Hunger Games' teaser for 'Mockingjay' heavily features the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:31pm
Hoffman was just a week away from completing filming for the second installment when he died from a drug overdose last February. Filmmakers said at the time they would redistribute his dialogue as necessary to complete the film. Melissa Brown | mbrown@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/mbrown104/index.html

Poll: Is Harper Lee right or wrong in this flap over the new book about her? Tell us what you think

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 6:30am
Do you think Lee gave writer Marja Mills permission to write the book? Or did Mills take advantage of her? Bob Carlton | bcarlton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bcarlton/index.html

Chat live with author Homer Hickam and the Red Clay Readers at 10 a.m.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 8:05am
For the past week, AL.com's Red Clay Readers have examined "Rocket Boys," a 1998 memoir by author Homer Hickam of Huntsville and today the author will field questions from readers in a 10 a.m. live chat. Jessica Sawyer Rigby | jsawyer@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jesawyer/index.html

'October Sky' does good job of telling Homer Hickam Jr.'s remarkable story

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:41pm
I had not heard of Homer Hickam Jr. before moving to Huntsville, and I had not read his memoir, "Rocket Boys," or watched the 1999 big screen adaption of his story, "October Sky" until this week. What an interesting, and inspiring, story I was missing. Crystal Bonvillian | cbonvillian@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/crystalb/index.html

'50 Shades of Grey,' set for Valentine's Day 2015 release, unveils first full-length trailer

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:06am
The film, which stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, is based on the popular book by author E.L. James. Since its release, "50 Shades of Grey" has generated a lot of attention thanks to its racy approach to, well, bedroom time. Amber Sutton | asutton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/AmberAcker/index.html

Do you really think Harper Lee got hoodwinked by that Yankee writer? Here's yet another opinion

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:00am
The genial and grateful author who spoke at the Alabama Theatre Wednesday night hardly appears to be the manipulative type. Bob Carlton | bcarlton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bcarlton/index.html

'October Sky' actress Natalie Canerday on Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, film's legacy 15 years after debut

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:39pm
That voice. That sandpaper-and-silk voice that makes music when it runs up and down her Southern drawl. Kelly Kazek | kkazek@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/KKazek/index.html