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'Language of Comics' history exhibit returns to University of Montevallo

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 1:47pm
The art exhibit "The Language of Comics" at the University of Montevallo's Carmichael Library in Montevallo offers several examples of graphic narratives that people can review from April 11 through May 12. (File photo) MONTEVALLO, Alabama -- An exhibit... Martin J. Reed |

Red Clay Readers examine Depression-era attitudes toward education, how they translate today

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 2:00pm
While shocking, perhaps, to some readers unable to even fathom working in fields much less being expected to sacrifice self-gain and improvement for household benefit, Walter Cunningham Jr.'s story was far more commonplace than one might expect among the group that went on to be dubbed the "Greatest Generation." Kelli Dugan |

Red Clay Readers examine Ol' One-Shot's reaction to rabies in Harper Lee's Maycomb

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:00pm
Chapter 10 features a potentially disheartening meeting with Tim Johnson, the "liver-colored bird dog, the pet of Maycomb." Joey Kennedy |

Red Clay Readers vote to keep classic books unedited for context, clarity

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 9:16am
Hundreds of readers took to the comments section and social media to answer the first Red Clay Readers discussion question last week. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Cross-gender actors, sword fighting, sleuthing and improv part of Shakespeare month at Huntsville libraries

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 4:49pm
As part of Community Read Month, all branches will host events centered around William Shakespeare and his works. There will read ing groups, improvisation comedy, hand-on children's learning, films and a series of special presentations and speakers. Paul Huggins |

Fannie Flagg reflects on 'Mockingbird,' Red Clay Readers' Kelly Kazek ponders Scottsboro Boys connection

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:00pm
As Harper Lee grew older, she would have understood Judge Horton realized he was in effect ending his career when he threw out (the Scottsboro boy's) guilty verdict and said: "Let justice be done though the heavens fall." Kelly Kazek |

In 'Mockingbird' food is comfort, Lane cake a bounty of riches. A history and recipe

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:00pm
Food is comfort. Food is love. While it doesn't have to be elaborate, the time and effort required is often seen as directly proportional to the amount of love a dish expresses. Kelly Kazek |

Is religion as big a deal today as it used to be? Weigh in with the Red Clay Readers

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 7:57am
In the first chapters, Lee called going to church "Maycomb's principal recreation." Is that still true for towns and cities throughout the state? If not, why is religion or attending church not as big a deal as it was then? Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Red Clay Readers prepare for second week of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 7:55am's Red Clay Readers book club is off to a rousing start, thanks to participants around the state joining in to offered more than 360 comments this week on one America’s classic novels. But it is never too late to join. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

George R.R. Martin releases 2 new chapters from 'Game of Thrones' saga as Season 4 premiere approaches on HBO

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 2:41pm
Sixteen cast portraits for the TV show remind fans of a dominant theme in the author's "A Song of Ice and Fire" cycle: "Valar Morghulis." (Translation: "All men must die.") Mary Colurso |

Controversial language in 'To Kill a Mockingbird?' Harper Lee addressed that in scathing letter

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 1:39pm
Since the novel became a topic for discussion in classrooms in the mid-1960s, teachers, school boards and parents have challenged the content and its appropriateness for school-aged kids. Be it the subject matter, or the vocabulary, "To Kill a Mockingbird's" place in the classroom hasn't always been a given. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Red Clay Readers, Rick Bragg, reflect on how 'To Kill a Mockingbird' makes us feel

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:00pm
I read Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” while I was a sixth-grade student in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I read it not because it was on my school’s curriculum, but because a family friend suggested it. Ana Rodriguez |

Novelist, lawyer, sleuth ... just a day's work for Shelby County's Steven Gregory

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 10:53am
Shelby County author and lawyer Steven Gregory is hard at work on his sequel to his debut hardboiled novel, "Cold Winter Rain," that came out last summer. (Courtesy / Steven Gregory) SHELBY COUNTY, Alabama -- Steven Gregory was a... Martin J. Reed |

Mark Childress, Wayne Flynt and more at Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 8:00am
Mark Childress and Wayne Flynt are this year's award winners. Alec Harvey |

Fiddle Dee Dee, Gone With the Wind prequel on its way

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:50pm
An author is taking on the "Gone with the Wind" story and going backwards, focusing on Mammy's background, whom he calls Ruth. Cassie Fambro |

Books-A-Million offers sweet deal to's Red Clay Readers

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 9:34am's Red Clay Readers jumped head-first into "To Kill a Mockingbird" on Monday, but it is never too late to join. And thanks to the good folks at Books-A-Million, getting your copy of the book just got a little sweeter. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Writer says cops didn't 'get' David Koresh, might have ended Waco standoff peacefully

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 3:04pm
Gladwell is writing about a new book called "A Journey to Waco" by a survivor of the standoff and follower of Koresh Lee Roop |

'To Kill a Mockingbird' gives Red Clay Readers an early glimpse into the social customs of Maycomb

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:00pm
I have to admit, it has been a while since I've read "To Kill a Mockingbird" from front to back. I have my favorite passages and quotes highlighted in the copy I keep instead, and I often simply flip to those when I feel like visiting my old friends, Scout, Jem and Atticus. Amber Sutton |

Check out Shelby County author Bethany Parker at North Shelby Library on April 6

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:16am
Bethany Parker, 19, of the Indian Springs area in Shelby County, will sign copies of her debut novel, 'Mark of the Corripian,' at the North Shelby Library on April 6. (File photo) SHELBY COUNTY, Alabama -- Following last month's... Martin J. Reed |

Widow of Coast Guard pilot tells inspirational story of Dale Taylor's life, and death, in new book

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:38am
Teresa Taylor's book, "Night Flight: The Courage and Calling of a Coast Guard Pilot," is about her husband, Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor, who died in a helicopter crash along with three other crew members two years ago. Michelle Matthews |