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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 |

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 |

#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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

Maya Angelou's most inspirational quotes about life, love and happiness

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 9:21am
Renowned author and poet Maya Angelou died at her home Wednesday, leaving behind a literary legacy of award-winning and inspirational work spanning more than half a century. Alex McDaniel

Mason the Brave Tornado Dog from Alabama featured in new book from People magazine

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 9:00am
After being carried away by winds and missing for 17 days, Mason, a 2-year-old terrier mix crawled back to his Smithfield home on broken front legs. Kelly Kazek |

British Education Secretary didn't ban 'To Kill A Mockingbird' after all

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 11:58am
Reports of British Education Secretary Michal Gove nixing American literary classics such as Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" are false, according to him. Mia Watkins |

How to Save Money on Books and Magazines

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 9:00am
  Love to read? I do, too. But buying brand new books and magazines at a retail store can put a serious dent in your wallet. Here's the secret to getting an armload of books and contemporary magazines for less... LaCherylCillie

Meet a mix of Mobicon's colorful characters

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 5:35pm
Fruity cats and genetically mutated teens Tamara Ikenberg |

Nominations sought for newly launched Alabama Writers Hall of Fame

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 10:50am
Alabama's first comprehensive Alabama Writers Hall of Fame will soon be launched, thanks to a joint initiative of two statewide literary arts entities.

The Man with Three Eyes and 20 other Alabama listings in Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 6:30am
Intrigued, I began looking up a few other Ripley's Believe It or Not listings from Alabama, Kelly Kazek |

Page and Palette bookstore partners with imATHLETE to offer new book by George Hincapie

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 9:46am
George Hincapie has selected imATHLETE – a sports registration company that is changing the way event organizers engage with athletes – in conjunction with Page and Palette bookstore, as the exclusive online provider of personalized autographed copies of his new book, "The Loyal Lieutenant" during the pre-sale period. and Press-Register staff

Selfie, hashtag and tweep added to Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 8:45am
Merriam-Webster has added more than 150 words and definitions to its 2014 edition, including hashtag, selfie, tweep and even catfish. Alex McDaniel

Page and Palette bookstore to host New York Times bestselling author June 13

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 11:56am
Page and Palette bookstore will host Daniel James Brown, New York Times bestselling author of "The Boys in the Boat." and Press-Register staff

Kathryn Tucker Windham Museum to present A Celebration of Memories

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 2:10pm
The Kathryn Tucker Windham Museum will honor Windham's June 2 birthday with A Celebration of Memories. and Press-Register staff

Jefferson County Library looking to raise funds for "The Great Give" campaign

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 4:14pm
Public Libraries in Jefferson County has launched a campaign to raise funds for local libraries. Tamika Moore |