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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 | mreed@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/martinjreed/index.html

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 | mmatthews@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/michellerobertsmatthews/index.html

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 http://connect.al.com/user/avollers/index.html

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 | cwray@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/cherylwray/index.html

'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 | cmcphail@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/carolmcphail/index.html

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 | jsawyer@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jesawyer/index.html

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 | jsawyer@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jesawyer/index.html

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 | pammons@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/pammons1/index.html

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 | asutton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/AmberAcker/index.html

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 | ggarrison@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/greggarrison/index.html

'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 | lspecker@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/lfspecke/index.html

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 | awalsh@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/awalsh_aldotcom/index.html

'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 | nprewett@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/NPrewett/index.html

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 | kkazek@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/KKazek/index.html

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 | mreed@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/martinjreed/index.html

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 | mwatkins@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/mswatkins1/index.html

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 | jsawyer@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jesawyer/index.html

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 | asutton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/AmberAcker/index.html

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/NPrewett@al.com) BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – "'Never again' is a motto by the Jewish people to remember the... Nathan T. Prewett | nprewett@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/NPrewett/index.html

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 | lspecker@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/lfspecke/index.html