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Paul Finebaum coming back to Birmingham to kick off book tour on Aug. 4

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:40am
Finebaum will sign copies of his book at Books-A-Million at Colonial Brookwood Village. Bob Carlton | bcarlton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bcarlton/index.html

Little Free Libraries offer volumes of goodwill, as well as reading material

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:38am
If you build it, they will read. Michelle Matthews | mmatthews@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/michellerobertsmatthews/index.html

John Green's Alabama-based novel 'Looking for Alaska' headed to the silver screen

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 8:38pm
The story takes place at Culver Creek Preparatory School, a fictional boarding school in Alabama heavily based on Birmingham's Indian Springs School, where Green graduated in the mid-1990s. Melissa Brown | mbrown@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/mbrown104/index.html

Red Clay Readers interview Robert Inman, author of 'Home Fires Burning'

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 12:00pm
Inman writes of Southern characters and story lines that will be keenly familiar to the Red Clay Readers, as the Elba native says much of his writing is pulled from his own experiences. Melissa Brown | mbrown@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/mbrown104/index.html

Characters, setting, storyline make Inman's 'Home Fires Burning' a timeless treat to read

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:29pm
Sometimes you read a novel that grabs you and leaves you thinking of its characters long after you've finished reading -- a work that you rush to finish while hating to see it end. "Home Fires Burning" is that kind of book. Kat Kennedy http://connect.al.com/user/katkennedy75/index.html

'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