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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

Helena author talks about 'Surviving Alzheimer's' at book-signing March 4

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 2:21pm
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Helena resident Martha L. Johnson will sign copies of her book, "Surviving Alzheimer's," at the retirement community Somerby at St. Vincent's One Nineteen on March 4. Johnson will be available to sign her books and talk... Martin J. Reed | mreed@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/martinjreed/index.html

Programs celebrate African-American History Month at Birmingham library system

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 5:00am
Libraries in the Birmingham Public Library system will celebrate African-American History Month with programs in February. Nathan T. Prewett | nprewett@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/NPrewett/index.html

Southern Voices Festival returns to Hoover Public Library with 2014 conference

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 7:33pm
The 2014 Southern Voices Festival had several bestselling authors speak at the Hoover Public Library, with Ann Patchett headlining the event. Nathan T. Prewett | nprewett@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/NPrewett/index.html

Page and Palette among bookstores receiving checks from author James Patterson

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 9:00am
Page and Palette bookstore in Fairhope received a check for $5,000 from bestselling author James Patterson, an advocate for independent booksellers. Michelle Matthews | mmatthews@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/michellerobertsmatthews/index.html

E-bombs, G-Men, drones and bugs are all part of the spy game for Birmingham novelist Keith Thomson

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 9:35am
Thomson launches the release of his latest spy thriller, "7 Grams of Lead," Tuesday at the Alabama Booksmith in Homewood. Bob Carlton | bcarlton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bcarlton/index.html

Author to discuss racial injustice on Thursday during event at Rosa Parks Museum

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 4:01pm
In the memoir, Wenger, a former staff member with President Clinton's initiative on race, looks back at a life devoted to finding ways to address persistent racial injustice. Amber Sutton | asutton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/AmberAcker/index.html

Actor-turned-author: Birmingham's John Wright Jr. publishes collection of short stories

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 2:00pm
Wright will sign copies of "Love Returns to Luverne and Other Original Short Stories" at three events around town. Bob Carlton | bcarlton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bcarlton/index.html

Book signing, art gallery reception for cancer survivor at Birmingham Public Library on Feb. 18

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 5:41pm
A reception will be held at the Birmingham Public Library for local artist and author Joyce E. Brooks, who is a survivor of breast cancer. Nathan T. Prewett | nprewett@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/NPrewett/index.html

'He just decided he could write a book:' Author, 13, pens fantasy novel

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 10:17pm
Carter Sellers, 13, a longtime fantasy fiction fan, "just decided he could write a book," said his mother, Jennifer. And he did: "The Portal of Skendar" is already in its second printing. Sally Pearsall Ericson | sericson@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/sericson/index.html

New Jane Austen Scrap Discovered

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 3:38pm
Go ahead and list this discovery in the “could never happen with an ebook” column. Earlier this week the Jane Austen museum purchased a book about Austen that was written by her nephew. Inside the book they found a five...

Two eReader Apps You Should Check Out

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 8:36am
Here are two iOS ereader apps that I think you should try. Both Readmill and Marvin read ePub files and offer features that iBooks is nowhere close to rolling out. Readmill This app has quickly become my favorite app to read...

Pratt City Library rescheduled to Feb. 10 (Updated)

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 3:36pm
The reopening of the Pratt City Library was canceled last week because of the weather conditions and has been rescheduled to Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. Nathan T. Prewett | nprewett@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/NPrewett/index.html

Romance Readers & Writers Event

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 1:00pm
Tickets for the 2014 Romance Readers Luncheon, Birmingham, AL, are on sale now. The Romance Readers Luncheon isn’t until November 1st, 2014, but with the line-up the SouthernMagic crew have put together you’ll want to mark your calendar. Author Sylvia...

Judge a Book by Its Lover – Book Review

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 6:00am
Lauren Leto’s book Judge a Book By Its Lover is one of the fastest reads I’ve read this year… And it’s all about books. The book feels like it’s collected from a bunch of blog posts, which it may be...

Buy books for your beloved at a sweet sale

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 6:11pm
Book love Tamara Ikenberg | tikenberg@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/Ikenberg/index.html

5 good books: Marriage memoir by Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada, wrestling with 'why' and more (video)

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 2:15pm
Brief reviews of non-fiction books by Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada, Brenda Ladun, Philip Yancey, Matteo Pistono, and a novel by Karen E. Bender. Kay Campbell | kcampbell@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/klcampbel/index.html

Four Southern Book Festivals

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 1:00pm
If you live in the South then you know the value of sweet tea and front porches. It’s those values that the following four book festivals, no matter how big or small they are, has in spades. Plus, you get...

Largest Photo Is of the Inside of a Library

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 6:15am
One of the largest indoor photos ever posted online comes in at over 40 gigapixels and is a fly-around-the-room tour of a library! How awesome is this place? This single image is made up of more than 3,000 images stitched...

New Site Focuses on Business Books

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 1:37pm
Simon & Schuster has launched 250words.com, which professes to be a “publisher agnostic” site focused on business books. Staffed by five folks from with in S&S’s ranks, they report they will deliver daily a short single 250-word single post sharing...