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'Home Fires Burning' the subject of second week of Red Clay Readers' summer reading series

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 9:35am
The Red Clay Readers' summer reading series continues this week with a look at "Home Fires Burning" by Elba native Robert Inman. Jessica Sawyer Rigby | jsawyer@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jesawyer/index.html

Stephen King’s Money (kind of)

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 3:00pm
One of my favorite new-to-me blogs is Emily Schultz’s Spending the Stephen King Money, where she is journaling what she buys with the money she makes every time a Stephen King fan accidentally buys her book.  You see Schultz’s book Joyland came...

Cool Book Discussion Event

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 10:05pm
They are calling it a “Book Hangout with Carrie and Cal“. What it is though is cool! No doubt about it. Basically you buy a $10 ticket to get in the door at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 24th. You get eats, coffee...

Paul Finebaum's upcoming book about SEC football and his radio show now available for pre-order

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:00am
The book is scheduled to come out Aug. 5, a little more than a week before the launch of the SEC Network. Bob Carlton | bcarlton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bcarlton/index.html

Never too late: Lifelong writer in Linden publishes her first book at 83

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 10:00am
"The time was right" for Betty Jean Tucker, 83, to publish her collection of short stories, each set in the Alabama Black Belt during the Depression. AU Living Democracy http://connect.al.com/user/aulivingdemocracy/index.html

Why 'The Fault in Our Stars' shouldn't be your last dip into young adult fiction

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 10:30am
Young adult fiction, or YA as it's known, is enjoying a moment among the reading public, and in popular culture. William Thornton | wthornton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/Utnaphistim/index.html

Birmingham Then and Now: New book captures city's past and present in photos; here's a peek

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 7:00am
Coffee table book features old and new images of such familiar Magic City landmarks as the Alabama Theatre, Rickwood Field, Sloss Furnaces and Vulcan. Bob Carlton | bcarlton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bcarlton/index.html

'Fault in Our Stars' movie a sweet tale of love and loss; and no, it isn't too sad

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 5:00pm
"The Fault in Our Stars" takes a candid approach to facing cancer as a young adult, and how to let yourself stay happy in the midst of tragedy and mortality. Ben Flanagan | bflanaga@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bflanagan/index.html

What did you think of 'The Fault in Our Stars'? Chat with the Red Clay Readers at 10 a.m.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 9:29am
Members of AL.com's Red Clay Readers will be available for a live chat about the book, the movie and more in the comments section of this story from 10-10:30 a.m. Jessica Sawyer Rigby | jsawyer@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jesawyer/index.html

Author picks his top 5 Birmingham landmarks: What are your favorites?

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:06am
Todd Keith will be signing "Birmingham Then and Now" in Homewood on Saturday. Alec Harvey | aharvey@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/aharvey/index.html

'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