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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 |

Want to see bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates? A few seats left for Huntsville event

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 9:30am
Joyce Carol Oates (File)HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – A few tickets are still available to see award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates speak on Saturday at the Huntsville Museum of Art.The presentation is part of the Voices of Our Times series, and will... Anna Claire Vollers

Winston Groom helps kick off Red Clay Readers' introduction to 'To Kill a Mockingbird' cast of characters

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 11:55am
In my preparation to reread "To Kill a Mockingbird" once again, my first important question was: which copy should I read from? I have six different copies held on bookshelves throughout my home. Cheryl Wray |

'Love Does' author Bob Goff coming to Mobile to speak at benefit for Victory Health Partners

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:33am
The event, "Hope for Healing," begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m., and a dinner and program from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Renaissance Riverview Hotel. Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table of 10. Carol McPhail |

Should a classic book be edited to be more politically correct? Share your thoughts with the Red Clay Readers

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 7:58am
The n-word appears early on in "To Kill a Mockingbird." Should TKaM be banned or edited to make it more politically correct for today's audience? Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Get ready to read 'To Kill a Mockingbird' with the Red Clay Readers

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 7:52am
We're pulling out all the stops in our effort to find a collaborative way to interact with you, our readers, as we delve into Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," an Alabama classic that many haven't picked up since high school. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Monte Sano Writers Conference provides advice to aspiring authors

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 1:27pm
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Current and aspiring writers are invited to attend the 2nd annual Monte Sano Writers Conference, which will take place at Monte Sano United Methodist Church on April 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The day-long conference... Pat Ammons |