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Prattville cookbook author to appear on the 'Today' show on March 30

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:05am
Little will appear in a segment called "Fresh Cooks Live: Today's Spring Cookalong series," which shines a spotlight on up-and-coming chefs and popular self-made cooks. During the show, Little will cook live for 30 minutes, serving up a Southern Sunday brunch of shrimp and grits, quiche as well as a fresh fruit salad with honey-lime dressing. Amber Sutton |

Special edition Bible will be on display at Samford University

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 7:24am
The Samford University Library will host an April 11 presentation on The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition as part of its “Live @ the Library” series. The limited edition manuscript will be on view at a reception and presentation 6 p.m. in Harwell G. Davis Library. The event is open to the public. Greg Garrison |

'Cleanup in Aisle Four:' Mobile-based blogger returns in sequel to 'I Just Want to Pee Alone'

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 5:23am
“I think a lot of husbands will be nervous on Saturday,” says Suzanne McKissack Fleet. Lawrence Specker |

Harper Lee on winning Pulitzer in 1961: 'I am as lucky as I can be'

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 4:14pm
When Harper Lee was asked to comment on her being awarded the greatest prize in American literature, she deflected. Alex Walsh |

'WORD UP!' teen poetry competition to take place at Birmingham Public Library on April 6

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 12:03pm
"WORD UP!" a teen poetry competition is set to take place on April 6 at the Birmingham Public Library with students from 13 Jefferson County schools as contestants. Nathan T. Prewett |

7 cases of twins accused of killing, including 2 with north Alabama ties

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 8:27am
The Investigation Discovery show “Evil Twins” will feature it second episode featuring twins with ties to north Alabama Kelly Kazek |

North Shelby Library is one of three recipients of Bookapalooza grant

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 4:32pm
SHELBY COUNTY, Alabama -- The North Shelby Library is in the process of sorting more than 1,300 children's and young adult books and other materials provided to the institution under a grant awarded to three facilities in the country... Martin J. Reed |

Duggar family to appear at Trussville's Lifeway Tuesday to promote new book (video)

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 10:18am
Members of the Duggar family of TLC’s “19 Kids & Counting” fame will be in town Tuesday, March 18 to promote a new family book. Mia Watkins |

Red Clay Readers to offer fresh look at 'To Kill a Mockingbird' during 5-week book club

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 7:05pm
Whether you are a student who has never read the book or an adult who has read it 100 times - we think we have something to offer to you. The success of this online dive into a classic piece of literature depends on your participation. So, we invite you to get your feet a little muddy and join the Red Clay Readers as we try something fun and new. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

After 14 years, Prattville woman completes novel based on dream she had as a child

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:16am
Sharman, 28, said she labored over the novel through different stages in her life, leaving it behind periodically only to refocus on the task later. However, the author eventually settled into the project fully in 2011 and committed to finishing ""The Legend of Wahkan" once and for all. Amber Sutton |

Holocaust survivor tells story of escaping Nazi Germany at Birmingham Public Library

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 1:12pm
View full sizeRobert May, a Holocaust survivor, spoke at the Birmingham Public Library on his experiences as a child in Nazi Germany. (Nathan Prewett/ BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – "'Never again' is a motto by the Jewish people to remember the... Nathan T. Prewett |

Terror in Termite Hall? Historic home could have been film site (Just Coasting, Lawrence Specker)

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 5:23am
Here’s an astounding fact: Within the space of 10 days, the No. 1 film at the nation’s box office was a thriller co-written by a man from Mobile, and a woman from Mobile was honored for directing the top documentary at the SXSW Film Fest. Lawrence Specker |

A famous Mobilian you should know: William March, author of 'The Bad Seed'

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 6:25pm
Author William March did not live long enough to enjoy the success of his most famous work, "The Bad Seed," which was published April 8, 1954. Sally Pearsall Ericson |

Keith Richards to rock the preschool world with new children's book

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 4:07pm
Yes, you read that right. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is writing a book for children. Mia Watkins |

'A Life of Excellence' - anyone can lead one with these principles, retired CEO says

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:34am
By focusing on having fun instead of cultivating good work habits, Americans of the current generation are driving themselves toward depression, disappointment and a lack of fulfillment, according to retired Birmingham insurance executive Richard Simmons III. Greg Garrison |

Public Libraries in Jefferson County received $15,000 grant for software update

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 5:55pm
Public Libraries in Jefferson County. File photo. A major upgrade to the software used by Public Libraries in Jefferson County (also known legally as the Jefferson County Library Cooperative) was assisted by a $15,000 grant from the Daniel Foundation... Nathan T. Prewett |

Paul Finebaum's book cover revealed; hear what he thinks and what you can expect from the book (photos, audio)

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 1:30pm
Paul Finebaum talks about his new book "My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Rules College Football," which goes on sale Aug. 12, 2014. Ben Flanagan |

Attention word nerds: It's National Grammar Day. Come geek out with us.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:21pm
My name is Anna Claire and I’m a grammar addict.Today is National Grammar Day. Few things can make journalists, English teachers and other word geeks more excited than the chance to bemoan the sorry misuse of the English language –... Anna Claire Vollers

Bay Minette Public Library launches 'Read a Classic, Watch a Classic'

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 9:26am
The Bay Minette Public Library and its book club The Bay Minette Browers are embarking on a new event aimed at promoting the classics, both in book and film. Tina Covington

Mountain Brook's Brys Stephens revisits some old Southern favorites in his new cookbook (photos)

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 11:00am
Stephens, who now lives in Charleston, S.C., shares some of his favorite recipes and the stories behind them in "The New Southern Table." Bob Carlton |