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Harper Lee: 'Hurt, angry and saddened, but not surprised' by new book about her, EW reports

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:02am
"The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee" by Chicago writer Marja Mills arrives in bookstores today. Bob Carlton |

'Muscle Shoals Sound Studio' author details her favorite songs recorded there

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 5:49am
Carla Jean Whitley's book hits shelves on July 22, with book signing on July 21. Alec Harvey |

'To Kill a Mockingbird' sings again today at the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham; here's a preview

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 7:00am
Movie starts at 2 p.m., and tickets are $8 at the door. Bob Carlton |

'To Kill a Mockingbird' celebrates 54 years

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:12am
An American classic was born 54 years ago today with the release of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird." Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Chat live with author Watt Key and the Red Clay Readers at 10 a.m.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 8:54am
Author Watt Key will field questions about his young adult novel "Alabama Moon" at 10 a.m. today. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

'Alabama Moon' film, shot in Louisiana, tells nice coming-of-age tale about trust, tragedy and choice

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 9:55am
"Alabama Moon" constantly references specific Alabama cities and locations, but viewers will find it frustrating that filming didn't take place in the state. Ben Flanagan |

Launch party for '13 Alabama Ghosts' reissue brings answer to burning question: Is Jeffrey still around?

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 7:56am
How popular is Jeffrey, the spirit who "haunted" beloved Alabama author Kathryn Tucker Windham and starred in his own book series? Once, a group of Japanese tourists parked a bus in front of Windham's Selma home, wanting to see where Jeffrey lived. Kelly Kazek |

Author Patti Callahan Henry to discuss 'The Stories We Tell' at July 15 lunch event

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 4:00pm
Henry, a Mountain Brook resident, has published 11 books. "The Stories We Tell," released by St. Martin's Press in June, has been lauded as "the most innovative story of her career." Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Rick Bragg to speak during Alabama Writers' Conclave annual conference July 11-13 in Fairhope

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 2:52pm
Author Rick Bragg will serve as the keynote speaker during the 2014 conference of the Alabama Writers' Conclave, set for Friday-Sunday on the Fairhope campus at the University of South Alabama. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Winston Groom's 'The Aviators' delves into the Golden Age of Flight

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 8:48am
POINT CLEAR, Alabama -- Winston Groom just celebrated the 20th anniversary of his 1986 epic novel "Forrest Gump" turn as a blockbuster movie, but the Alabama author hasn't slowed down in producing interesting, informative works of literature since then. His latest... Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Take a photo tour of real sites from '13 Alabama Ghosts' as beloved book is reissued

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 7:05am
What is it about those 13 ghosts? Kelly Kazek |

Red Clay Readers: 'Alabama Moon' author Watt Key talks about writing through rejection, becoming screenwriter 'by mistake'

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:44pm
In an interview with, Key talked about writing as both a hobby and a career, his experiences talking to people young and old about his work and how he became a screenwriter "by mistake." Kelsey Stein |

J.K. Rowling updates fans on Harry Potter characters with new short story

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 9:58am
Dumbledore's Army forever! Mia Watkins |

Baldwin County grad releases first book in True Blue Trilogy

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:12pm
Baldwin County High School graduate Angela Hayes has released her first book as part of the True Blue Trilogy. Tina Covington readers share their 20 favorite 'Forrest Gump' quotes as the movie celebrates 20 years

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 3:00pm
"Forrest Gump" is 20 years old. asked you to share your favorite quotes, and you responded with 20 moments that are hard to forget. Angela Levins |

Photographer Ray Smith to attend gallery talk and book signing on Thursday in Montgomery

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 1:02pm
During the event, Smith will discuss his photographs featured in the exhibition, titled "In Time We Shall Know Ourselves: Photographs by Raymond Smith." The discussion will be followed by a book-signing of the catalog, which illustrates all 52 photos with essays by Richard King and Alexander Nemerov. Amber Sutton |

'Alabama Moon' wrestles with questions about truth, life and death

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:46pm
Alabama Moon is so much more than just survival. It's learning about friendship and trust and sacrifice. It's wrestling with questions about truth, life, and death. It's pulling yourself from the depths of grief to find the highest peaks of joy and falling back into the cavernous pit of despair again and finally realizing that it's not what's at the top or the bottom – it's the stuff in the middle that matters. Reese Reed, Writer

Red Clay Readers to examine Watt Key's 'Alabama Moon'

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:10am
During the week-long look at the 2006 book, we will present a book review, a movie review and an interview with the author. At 10 a.m. Friday, be prepared to chat with Key and members of the Red Clay Readers as we discuss his inspiration, what it took to have his book made into a movie and more. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

20 things you may not know about 'Forrest Gump' as the movie celebrates 20 years

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 8:00am
"Forrest Gump" ran onto the big screen on July 6, 1994. The movie was based on the book written by Mobile, Ala. native Winston Groom. Angela Levins |

Auburn surgeon looked into Saddam Hussein's 'cold, deadly eyes' at U.S. base during Iraq War

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:36pm
The late Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, had “cold, deadly eyes,” according to Auburn author and neurosurgeon Dr. W. Lee Warren, who encountered the former dictator at a U.S. Air Force hospital in 2005. Jesse Chambers |