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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

Real vs. Reel: Author Homer Hickam talks differences in 'Rocket Boys' and film 'October Sky'

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:33am
Have you ever wondered how closely the movie followed the true story on which it was based? Kelly Kazek | kkazek@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/KKazek/index.html

'Rocket Boys' author Homer Hickam on writing memoirs, teaching Letterman to dive: Red Clay Readers Q&A

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:32am
Simulated space. Rockets. Astronauts. Not a bad setting for a guy whose first job was deep underground in a West Virginia coal mine in a town whose future seemed as gray as the coal dust covering his face. Kelly Kazek | kkazek@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/KKazek/index.html

'The Mockingbird Next Door' offers a glimpse into the private life of Harper Lee, with photos

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 8:10am
Author Marja Mills will talk about her book tonight at the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham. Bob Carlton | bcarlton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bcarlton/index.html

Homer Hickam Jr.'s 'Rocket Boys' still soars 15 years after publication

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:25pm
It's the touching and often inspiring memoir of Hickam ("Sonny" in the book), who grew up in the mining town of Coalwood, W.V., discovered a love of rockets at an early age and turned that into a successful career as a NASA engineer in Huntsville. Alec Harvey | aharvey@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/aharvey/index.html

Retired Collinsville coach inspires with stories

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:10am
Coach Randy Taylor shares tales of his youth in "Three Goobers and a Nut". AU Living Democracy http://connect.al.com/user/aulivingdemocracy/index.html

Red Clay Readers to conclude summer reading series with 'Rocket Boys'

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 7:52am
AL.com's Red Clay Readers will conclude its inaugural summer reading series this week with a look at Huntsville resident Homer Hickam's "Rocket Boys." Jessica Sawyer Rigby | jsawyer@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jesawyer/index.html

Is Harper Lee an Alabama or Auburn fan? Here's a clue from the book 'The Mockingbird Next Door'

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 8:45am
Pat Dye also paid Harper Lee a visit sometime around 2007, and he has said her turned her into an Auburn fan. Bob Carlton | bcarlton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bcarlton/index.html

Daphne man's story included in 'Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries'

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 1:34pm
A Daphne man's story titled "Don't Give Up" is included in the "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries" book that was released in June. Emily Hill | ehill@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/ehill1/index.html

Remembering Huntsville's independent bookstores, treasuring the art of hand-picked books

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 9:32am
  AL.com Opinion     About the writerBeth Thames is a Huntsville columnist for the Alabama Media Group. She can be reached at bethmthames@gmail.com.   Read moreSee more by Beth Thames     More opinion on AL.com   Once upon a time, before Nooks and... Beth Thames http://connect.al.com/user/bthames/index.html