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Walter Dean Myers, author of over 100 children's books, dies at 76

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:11pm
Children's book author Walter Dean Myers has died after brief illness at 76. Mia Watkins | mwatkins@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/mswatkins1/index.html

'Alabama Back Road Restaurant Recipes' features favorites from more than 200 state eateries

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 5:50pm
Bessemer native Anita Musgrove compiled the Alabama book and is working on editions for Kentucky and Tennessee. Bob Carlton | bcarlton@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bcarlton/index.html

In 'noise, dust, danger' of Iraq, Auburn surgeon found he had 'no place to hide' except faith in God

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:34am
Dr. W. Lee Warren, a neurosurgeon in Auburn, got his dose of war and the hell it brings when he worked as a surgeon at a U.S. military hospital in Iraq in 2005. He tells the story of his time in Iraq, including its mental, physical and spiritual effects, in his new book, No Place to Hide. Jesse Chambers | jchambers@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jessechambers/index.html

Books, screenplays, movies and more: chat live with author Robert Inman and the Red Clay Readers at 10 a.m.

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 8:39am
For the past week, the Red Clay Readers have examined Elba native Robert Inman's 1987 book "Home Fires Burning" as part of an ongoing summer reading series. Jessica Sawyer Rigby | jsawyer@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jesawyer/index.html

Movie adaptation of 'Home Fires Burning' brings the heat, even without all the bite of Robert Inman's brilliant novel

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:58am
The film, a Hallmark TV movie released in 1989, centers around the Tibbetts family during World War II. Kat Kennedy http://connect.al.com/user/katkennedy75/index.html

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