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Red Clay Readers to examine Watt Key's 'Alabama Moon'

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:10am
During the week-long look at the 2006 book, we will present a book review, a movie review and an interview with the author. At 10 a.m. Friday, be prepared to chat with Key and members of the Red Clay Readers as we discuss his inspiration, what it took to have his book made into a movie and more. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

20 things you may not know about 'Forrest Gump' as the movie celebrates 20 years

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 8:00am
"Forrest Gump" ran onto the big screen on July 6, 1994. The movie was based on the book written by Mobile, Ala. native Winston Groom. Angela Levins |

Auburn surgeon looked into Saddam Hussein's 'cold, deadly eyes' at U.S. base during Iraq War

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:36pm
The late Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, had “cold, deadly eyes,” according to Auburn author and neurosurgeon Dr. W. Lee Warren, who encountered the former dictator at a U.S. Air Force hospital in 2005. Jesse Chambers |

U.S. the 'greatest country' says Auburn surgeon and author who served in military hospital in Iraq War

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 9:42am
America is the greatest country in the world, says an Auburn neurosurgeon and author who has written a book called No Place to Hide about his time operating at a military hospital in Iraq in 2005. Jesse Chambers |

Walter Dean Myers, author of over 100 children's books, dies at 76

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:11pm
Children's book author Walter Dean Myers has died after brief illness at 76. Mia Watkins |

'Alabama Back Road Restaurant Recipes' features favorites from more than 200 state eateries

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 5:50pm
Bessemer native Anita Musgrove compiled the Alabama book and is working on editions for Kentucky and Tennessee. Bob Carlton |

In 'noise, dust, danger' of Iraq, Auburn surgeon found he had 'no place to hide' except faith in God

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:34am
Dr. W. Lee Warren, a neurosurgeon in Auburn, got his dose of war and the hell it brings when he worked as a surgeon at a U.S. military hospital in Iraq in 2005. He tells the story of his time in Iraq, including its mental, physical and spiritual effects, in his new book, No Place to Hide. Jesse Chambers |

Books, screenplays, movies and more: chat live with author Robert Inman and the Red Clay Readers at 10 a.m.

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 8:39am
For the past week, the Red Clay Readers have examined Elba native Robert Inman's 1987 book "Home Fires Burning" as part of an ongoing summer reading series. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Movie adaptation of 'Home Fires Burning' brings the heat, even without all the bite of Robert Inman's brilliant novel

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:58am
The film, a Hallmark TV movie released in 1989, centers around the Tibbetts family during World War II. Kat Kennedy

Paul Finebaum coming back to Birmingham to kick off book tour on Aug. 4

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:40am
Finebaum will sign copies of his book at Books-A-Million at Colonial Brookwood Village. Bob Carlton |

Little Free Libraries offer volumes of goodwill, as well as reading material

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:38am
If you build it, they will read. Michelle Matthews |

John Green's Alabama-based novel 'Looking for Alaska' headed to the silver screen

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 8:38pm
The story takes place at Culver Creek Preparatory School, a fictional boarding school in Alabama heavily based on Birmingham's Indian Springs School, where Green graduated in the mid-1990s. Melissa Brown |

Red Clay Readers interview Robert Inman, author of 'Home Fires Burning'

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 12:00pm
Inman writes of Southern characters and story lines that will be keenly familiar to the Red Clay Readers, as the Elba native says much of his writing is pulled from his own experiences. Melissa Brown |

Characters, setting, storyline make Inman's 'Home Fires Burning' a timeless treat to read

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:29pm
Sometimes you read a novel that grabs you and leaves you thinking of its characters long after you've finished reading -- a work that you rush to finish while hating to see it end. "Home Fires Burning" is that kind of book. Kat Kennedy

'Home Fires Burning' the subject of second week of Red Clay Readers' summer reading series

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 9:35am
The Red Clay Readers' summer reading series continues this week with a look at "Home Fires Burning" by Elba native Robert Inman. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Stephen King’s Money (kind of)

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 3:00pm
One of my favorite new-to-me blogs is Emily Schultz’s Spending the Stephen King Money, where she is journaling what she buys with the money she makes every time a Stephen King fan accidentally buys her book.  You see Schultz’s book Joyland came...

Cool Book Discussion Event

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 10:05pm
They are calling it a “Book Hangout with Carrie and Cal“. What it is though is cool! No doubt about it. Basically you buy a $10 ticket to get in the door at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 24th. You get eats, coffee...

Paul Finebaum's upcoming book about SEC football and his radio show now available for pre-order

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:00am
The book is scheduled to come out Aug. 5, a little more than a week before the launch of the SEC Network. Bob Carlton |

Never too late: Lifelong writer in Linden publishes her first book at 83

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 10:00am
"The time was right" for Betty Jean Tucker, 83, to publish her collection of short stories, each set in the Alabama Black Belt during the Depression. AU Living Democracy

Why 'The Fault in Our Stars' shouldn't be your last dip into young adult fiction

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 10:30am
Young adult fiction, or YA as it's known, is enjoying a moment among the reading public, and in popular culture. William Thornton |