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'Walking Dead' actor, comic artists appearing at Sho'Nuff Comics for Worldwide Free Comic Day

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 2:15pm
Sho'Nuff Comics will welcome Theo Crane, who played Big Tiny on AMC's smash zombie hit "The Walking Dead," at the storewide sale on Saturday. Ben Flanagan |

Poetry workshop by Birmingham Public Library to be temporarily moved to Homewood Library

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 2:46pm
Gifts of a Wordsmith, a monthly poetry workshop by the Birmingham Public Library, will temporarily be moved to Homewood Public Library. Nathan T. Prewett |

Red Clay Readers conclude 5-week study of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 8:06am
Five weeks, 50 stories, a live chat, one panel discussion and almost 1,000 reader comments later,'s Red Clay Readers has concluded its first chapter, a study of Harper Lee’s "To Kill a Mockingbird." Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Is resegregation happening across the South? Hear what Mark Childress and Robert Inman have to say

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 10:28am
During the finale discussion for the first session of's Red Clay Readers, authors Mark Childress and Robert Inman offered comments on segregation in today's world during a panel at the Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Roy Hoffman to sign copies of 'Come Landfall' May 6 at Museum of Mobile

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 9:46am
The Museum of Mobile will play host to author Roy Hoffman for a free speaking and book-signing event May 6. and Press-Register staff

Why 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is Harper Lee's only book

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 4:04pm
Historian Wayne Flynt asked her, and she gave him an answer. Alec Harvey |

Red Clay Readers finale panel features Harper Lee Award recipient Mark Childress

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 7:33am's Red Clay Readers concluded its inaugural book club Friday with a panel discussion of "To Kill a Mockingbird" featuring three of the Alabama literary world's best and brightest. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Join's Kelly Kazek for discussion of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Saturday at Huntsville bookstore

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 3:58pm
Whether you are a "book club" type or just someone who enjoys coffee and friendly conversation, join's Kelly Kazek for a discussion of Lane cake, tomboys, Harper Lee and Judge James Horton at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at Huntsville's Books-a-Million. Kelly Kazek |

'To Kill a Mockingbird' ends with Boo revealed, a story agreed to, and Atticus changed?

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 12:02pm
As we close the book, Scout assures us that Atticus will dependably be there in the morning when she wakes up. William Thornton |

ICYMI: Here are today's top stories in Birmingham entertainment

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 4:00pm
Here's what you may have missed today in the world of Birmingham entertainment Mia Watkins |

Birmingham Public Library to set temporary hours as air conditioning undergoes repairs

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:47pm
The Central branch of the Birmingham Public Library will temporarily change its hours starting on April 28 due to heat problems from a broken air conditioning unit in the building. Nathan T. Prewett |

Harper Lee's Maycomb helped shape those of us who grew up in real-life Monroeville

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 7:43am
When this project began to take shape and "To Kill a Mockingbird" was the clear winner to read, I was as proud as I was excited. Simply put, "To Kill a Mockingbird" and Harper Lee shaped Monroeville, and Monroeville -- a real-life Maycomb -- shaped me. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Lessons yet to learn as Red Clay Readers near the end of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:59am
Atticus Finch has lost his case. Tom Robinson has died. "To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee's masterpiece novel, is winding down. Several of the book's central conflicts have resolved, but there are lessons yet to learn.

Relating to Scout and recognizing injustice: No matter when you read 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' several themes resonate

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:03am
Whether you read "To Kill a Mockingbird" in the 1970s or the 1990s, the themes of race, poverty and injustice resonate. Kelsey Stein |

President Obama gone wild: watch his reading rumpus at the White House Easter Egg Roll

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 4:20pm
Wild White House rumpus Tamara Ikenberg |

Best-selling French author to discuss 'spiritual secrets of walking' in UAB lecture on Saturday

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:46am
Fredéric Gros, a French author and professor, will give a free talk at the UAB Hulsey Recital Hall on Saturday based on his hit book, A Philosophy of Walking. Jesse Chambers |

Pratt City Library to hold emergency preparedness workshop on April 26

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 4:37pm
As the third anniversary of the April 2011 tornado outbreak approaches, an emergency preparedness workshop will be held at Pratt City Library on April 26. Nathan T. Prewett |

Hypocrisy rears its ugly head as Maycomb moves on from Tom Robinson's death

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:01pm
"To Kill a Mockingbird" is one of those books that can change a person. It certainly changed me when I first read it shortly after it was published. It helped to shape my idea of justice and fair play. Reading it again after all these years has made me realize just how much the book helped to change my perception of the world around me. Before reading Harper Lee's classic novel, I'm not sure I had ever really questioned the world around me. Kat Kennedy

Red Clay Readers begin final week of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' study

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:09am
With just one week to go in a five-week study of "To Kill a Mockingbird,"'s Red Clay Readers are gearing up to finish the inaugural book club project with a bang. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

5 questions with Alabama author Roy Hoffman about his latest novel, 'Come Landfall'

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 7:00am
Hoffman will sign copies of his book at the Alabama Booksmith in Homewood and at the Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville. Bob Carlton |