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'The Fault in Our Stars' is indeed sad, but what is the saddest movie ever?

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:37am
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Sure, people have brought their own boxes of tissues into the movie theatre to see "The Fault in Our Stars" and people who'd already read the book knew the movie version had the high probability of being a... Cheryl Wray | cwray@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/cherylwray/index.html

Issues of Faith: Do near-death experiences clash with the Bible?

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 6:02am
The resolution approved by Southern Baptist messengers warns that devout and well-meaning people allow such stories to become their source of information on the afterlife -- rather than scripture. Carol McPhail | cmcphail@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/carolmcphail/index.html

'Dauphin Island, Alabama' is coming to a bookstore near you

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 10:18pm
Put Dauphin Island on your coffee table. Tamara Ikenberg | tikenberg@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/Ikenberg/index.html

Knoxville children's book author returns to his Huntsville elementary school to share life lessons

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 12:36pm
David Moon, author of "Thoughts Are Things" spoke to children at Rolling Hills Elementary last week about their goals and how writing down their aspirations can help turn dreams into reality. Amethyst Holmes | aholmes@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/amethystholmes/index.html

Indian Springs School shines as 'The Fault in Our Stars' reaches meteoric levels

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 12:03pm
Indian Springs School has had many turns in the limelight, and it's stepping into familiar territory again, thanks to John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars." The movie adaptation of the Springs graduate's novel was the No.1 film at the box office during its debut weekend, and author Green's name has been all over the media as a result. AL.com http://connect.al.com/user/bamaalstaff/index.html

David Sedaris: Before Huntsville book signing, best-selling author on turning down TV gigs, why good reviews made him quit reading reviews, more

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 8:53am
Appearance set for June 17. Matt Wake | mwake@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/mwake/index.html

Check out why 'The Fault in Our Stars' is so clever and engaging, it was made into a movie

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 12:02pm
If you haven't read the book yet, this is a perfect time to delve into one of the best young adult novels in recent years. Its heartbreaking plot (that of two cancer patients who fall in love) is the stuff that teen girls get dewey-eyed over, but it's lyrical power and clever, engaging characters make it meaningful and affecting to readers of all ages. Cheryl Wray | cwray@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/cherylwray/index.html

'The Fault in Our Stars' kicks off Red Clay Readers' summer reading series

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 8:33am
Starting today, we are taking a one-week look at "The Fault in Our Stars," by John Green. The movie version, released June 6 at theaters across the nation, is on track to become the summer's biggest blockbuster among teens and adults alike. Jessica Sawyer Rigby | jsawyer@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jesawyer/index.html

Before 'The Fault in Our Stars,' John Green was an 'awkward' student at Indian Springs in Alabama

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 9:30am
"The biggest thing I wanted was friends, this sense of community that I think most teenagers seek," the author recalled in a 2005 interview with The Birmingham News. Bob Carlton | bcarlton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bcarlton/index.html

Dive into the new book 'Dauphin Island, Alabama'

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 1:17pm
Dauphin Island on your coffee table Tamara Ikenberg | tikenberg@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/Ikenberg/index.html

5 things you'll learn from Jeff Shaara's latest book, 'The Smoke At Dawn'

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 12:08pm
Author Jeff Shaara is scheduled to visit Homewood and Fairhope as part a book tour for the release of "The Smoke at Dawn." Josh Bean | jbean@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jbean/index.html

Former 'Stripper King' brings morality message to troubled souls in 'The Devil's Glove'

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 12:46pm
Louis Agnello Jr., will sign copies of his novel Friday, June 6, at Page & Palette in Fairhope and Sunday, June 8, at Barnes & Noble at The Summit in Birmingham. Carol McPhail | cmcphail@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/carolmcphail/index.html

Alabama State University to host poetry reading memorial for Maya Angelou tonight

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 11:28am
During the free event, attendees will be able to hear live readings of Angelou's work in addition poems and other pieces by local writers. Attendees do not have to recite any writing to participate. Amber Sutton | asutton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/AmberAcker/index.html

Red Clay Readers announce 'books to movies' summer reading series

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 2:55pm
During four, one-week sessions this summer, we will take a look at books by authors with Alabama ties - and we'll also examine the movies they inspired. True to the easygoing spirit of summer, these studies won't be as extensive as our spring series was - but that doesn't mean we won't have great coverage to offer. Jessica Sawyer Rigby | jsawyer@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jesawyer/index.html

#Mockingbird trends after British educators remove famed Alabama novel, other American lit from school lists

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 10:22am
A campaign by Britain's education minister to put British basics back in schools -- purposely omitting American classics such as "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Of Mice and Men" -- has some teachers concerned it "could lead to the narrowing of British minds." Kelly Kazek | kkazek@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/KKazek/index.html

John Grisham among finalists for UA's Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, readers can vote online

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 1:42pm
This is the fourth year for the prize, inspired by Lee's lawyer hero Atticus Finch in her famed novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird." According to a release in the ABA Journal, the prize is awarded to the novel that "best exemplifies the role of lawyers in society." Melissa Brown | mbrown@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/mbrown104/index.html

Rep. Howard Sanderford presents check to Huntsville-Madison County Public Library part of multiyear pledge

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 1:21pm
The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is getting help with expansion efforts from a local state representative. Amethyst Holmes | aholmes@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/amethystholmes/index.html

Superheroes, sci-fi fans and fantasy buffs converge at 2014 Alabama Phoenix Festival in Birmingham

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:32pm
On May 30-June 1, the Sheraton convention center will be filled with imaginative folks who have big dreams, common interests and a taste for the theatrical. "Star Wars" buffs, "Ghostbusters" fans, Trekkers, anime admirers, steampunk fashionistas, Lego lovers, "Dr. Who" fanatics … you name it. Mary Colurso | mcolurso@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/mcolurso/index.html

Alabama's Zelda Fitzgerald makes Huffington Post's list of '9 muses who inspired incredible literature'

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:03pm
Sayre, a native of Montgomery, was married to author F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the couple lived on Felder Avenue briefly from 1931 until 1932. Fitzgerald is known for his novels, including "This Side of Paradise," "The Great Gatsby" and "The Beautiful and the Damned." Amber Sutton | asutton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/AmberAcker/index.html

Read 5 of Maya Angelou's most influential poems

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 12:15pm
Here is a list of five of her most popular poems: Mia Watkins | mwatkins@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/mswatkins1/index.html