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'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 |

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 |

'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 |

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 |

'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 |

'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 |

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 |

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

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

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 7:52am'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 |

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 |

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 |

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

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 9:32am Opinion     About the writerBeth Thames is a Huntsville columnist for the Alabama Media Group. She can be reached at   Read moreSee more by Beth Thames     More opinion on   Once upon a time, before Nooks and... Beth Thames

Author responds to Harper Lee: 'I am sad about one part of that and glad about one part of it'

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 5:35pm
"The Mockingbird Next Door" author Marja Mills will be in Birmingham for a book event at the Alabama Theatre on July 23. Bob Carlton |

Thomas Cahill, who wrote 'How the Irish Saved Civilization,' to speak in Mobile on Sept. 28

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 2:32pm
Cahill's appearance kicks off the Stephen and Ruth Dill Lecture Series, established by the Dauphin Way United Methodist Church Foundation. Carol McPhail |

Harper Lee: 'Hurt, angry and saddened, but not surprised' by new book about her, EW reports

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:02am
"The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee" by Chicago writer Marja Mills arrives in bookstores today. Bob Carlton |

'Muscle Shoals Sound Studio' author details her favorite songs recorded there

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 5:49am
Carla Jean Whitley's book hits shelves on July 22, with book signing on July 21. Alec Harvey |

'To Kill a Mockingbird' sings again today at the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham; here's a preview

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 7:00am
Movie starts at 2 p.m., and tickets are $8 at the door. Bob Carlton |

'To Kill a Mockingbird' celebrates 54 years

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:12am
An American classic was born 54 years ago today with the release of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird." Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Chat live with author Watt Key and the Red Clay Readers at 10 a.m.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 8:54am
Author Watt Key will field questions about his young adult novel "Alabama Moon" at 10 a.m. today. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

'Alabama Moon' film, shot in Louisiana, tells nice coming-of-age tale about trust, tragedy and choice

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 9:55am
"Alabama Moon" constantly references specific Alabama cities and locations, but viewers will find it frustrating that filming didn't take place in the state. Ben Flanagan |