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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

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

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

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

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

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 | bflanaga@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bflanagan/index.html

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

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

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

From California on a mission: Wine writer Jon Bonne in Birmingham talkin' about a revolution (photos)

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 12:22pm
Bonne will sign copies of "The New California Wine" today at the Alabama Booksmith in Homewood. Bob Carlton | bcarlton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bcarlton/index.html

Let the Lenten Bible studies begin: 'The Kingdom Yet to Come' at St. Mary (and others)

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 1:02pm
The study, based on a video series called "The Kingdom Yet to Come," will be held at 6 p.m. each Monday at St. Mary Parish in Mobile. Carol McPhail | cmcphail@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/carolmcphail/index.html

Brenda Ladun faced cancer - and a tornado - with faith: 'I praise God'

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:22am
Brenda Ladun is in her 10th year organizing the Brenda Ladun Conquer Cancer Run, which will be Saturday, March 1. The 5K run begins at 8 a.m. and the 1 mile Fun Run starts at 9 a.m. To register, show up at 7 a.m. at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen Health and Wellness in Hoover. Greg Garrison | ggarrison@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/greggarrison/index.html

Programs at Birmingham Public Library to celebrate Women's History Month

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 4:29pm
Several libraries in the Birmingham Public Library system will celebrate Women's History with programs at the Central, Smithfield, North Birmingham and Pratt City branches. Nathan T. Prewett | nprewett@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/NPrewett/index.html

Spring, Summer hours to change in six Birmingham libraries

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:37pm
Several libraries in the Birmingham Public Library system will be changing their hours in the Spring and Summer. Nathan T. Prewett | nprewett@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/NPrewett/index.html

Hank Jr., Zac Brown Band, other country stars share favorite recipes in new Southern Living cookbook

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:40am
"Country Music's Greatest Eats" comes out on May 6. Bob Carlton | bcarlton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bcarlton/index.html

Shelby County teen author's debut novel, 'Mark of the Corripian,' sees national release

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 10:02am
Bethany Parker, 19, of the Indian Springs area in Shelby County, has released her debut novel, 'Mark of the Corripian,' on Oklahoma-based Tate Publishing on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. (Martin J. Reed / mreed@al.com) SHELBY COUNTY, Alabama -- With... Martin J. Reed | mreed@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/martinjreed/index.html

Q&A with New York Times best-selling author, Auburn grad Tim Dorsey as he starts Alabama book tour

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 8:07am
Dorsey knows his Florida inside and out but also has some roots here in Alabama. He lived in Huntsville briefly following high school then went to Auburn University, graduating in 1983. He was the editor of the student newspaper, The Plainsman. He then became a police and courts reporter for Montgomery’s now-defunct The Alabama Journal from 1983 to 1987. Jonathan Grass | jgrass@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jongrass/index.html

2014 Southern Voices Festival at Hoover library not sellout, but still deemed success by organizers

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 7:31pm
Atlanta book blogger says all the authors were warm, welcoming and interesting. Jon Anderson | janderson@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/janderso/index.html

Learn about Julia Tutwiler at the Shelby County Arts Council on March 9

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 2:52pm
View full size COLUMBIANA, Alabama -- After reading AL.com's many recent stories about the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Alabama, learn about the institution's namesake. The Shelby County Arts Council is hosting a production called "My Name is... Martin J. Reed | mreed@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/martinjreed/index.html