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Books-A-Million offers sweet deal to's Red Clay Readers

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 9:34am's Red Clay Readers jumped head-first into "To Kill a Mockingbird" on Monday, but it is never too late to join. And thanks to the good folks at Books-A-Million, getting your copy of the book just got a little sweeter. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Writer says cops didn't 'get' David Koresh, might have ended Waco standoff peacefully

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 3:04pm
Gladwell is writing about a new book called "A Journey to Waco" by a survivor of the standoff and follower of Koresh Lee Roop |

'To Kill a Mockingbird' gives Red Clay Readers an early glimpse into the social customs of Maycomb

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:00pm
I have to admit, it has been a while since I've read "To Kill a Mockingbird" from front to back. I have my favorite passages and quotes highlighted in the copy I keep instead, and I often simply flip to those when I feel like visiting my old friends, Scout, Jem and Atticus. Amber Sutton |

Check out Shelby County author Bethany Parker at North Shelby Library on April 6

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:16am
Bethany Parker, 19, of the Indian Springs area in Shelby County, will sign copies of her debut novel, 'Mark of the Corripian,' at the North Shelby Library on April 6. (File photo) SHELBY COUNTY, Alabama -- Following last month's... Martin J. Reed |

Widow of Coast Guard pilot tells inspirational story of Dale Taylor's life, and death, in new book

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:38am
Teresa Taylor's book, "Night Flight: The Courage and Calling of a Coast Guard Pilot," is about her husband, Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor, who died in a helicopter crash along with three other crew members two years ago. Michelle Matthews |

Want to see bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates? A few seats left for Huntsville event

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 9:30am
Joyce Carol Oates (File)HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – A few tickets are still available to see award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates speak on Saturday at the Huntsville Museum of Art.The presentation is part of the Voices of Our Times series, and will... Anna Claire Vollers

Winston Groom helps kick off Red Clay Readers' introduction to 'To Kill a Mockingbird' cast of characters

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 11:55am
In my preparation to reread "To Kill a Mockingbird" once again, my first important question was: which copy should I read from? I have six different copies held on bookshelves throughout my home. Cheryl Wray |

'Love Does' author Bob Goff coming to Mobile to speak at benefit for Victory Health Partners

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:33am
The event, "Hope for Healing," begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m., and a dinner and program from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Renaissance Riverview Hotel. Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table of 10. Carol McPhail |

Should a classic book be edited to be more politically correct? Share your thoughts with the Red Clay Readers

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 7:58am
The n-word appears early on in "To Kill a Mockingbird." Should TKaM be banned or edited to make it more politically correct for today's audience? Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Get ready to read 'To Kill a Mockingbird' with the Red Clay Readers

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 7:52am
We're pulling out all the stops in our effort to find a collaborative way to interact with you, our readers, as we delve into Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," an Alabama classic that many haven't picked up since high school. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Monte Sano Writers Conference provides advice to aspiring authors

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 1:27pm
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Current and aspiring writers are invited to attend the 2nd annual Monte Sano Writers Conference, which will take place at Monte Sano United Methodist Church on April 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The day-long conference... Pat Ammons |

Prattville cookbook author to appear on the 'Today' show on March 30

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:05am
Little will appear in a segment called "Fresh Cooks Live: Today's Spring Cookalong series," which shines a spotlight on up-and-coming chefs and popular self-made cooks. During the show, Little will cook live for 30 minutes, serving up a Southern Sunday brunch of shrimp and grits, quiche as well as a fresh fruit salad with honey-lime dressing. Amber Sutton |

Special edition Bible will be on display at Samford University

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 7:24am
The Samford University Library will host an April 11 presentation on The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition as part of its “Live @ the Library” series. The limited edition manuscript will be on view at a reception and presentation 6 p.m. in Harwell G. Davis Library. The event is open to the public. Greg Garrison |

'Cleanup in Aisle Four:' Mobile-based blogger returns in sequel to 'I Just Want to Pee Alone'

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 5:23am
“I think a lot of husbands will be nervous on Saturday,” says Suzanne McKissack Fleet. Lawrence Specker |

Harper Lee on winning Pulitzer in 1961: 'I am as lucky as I can be'

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 4:14pm
When Harper Lee was asked to comment on her being awarded the greatest prize in American literature, she deflected. Alex Walsh |

'WORD UP!' teen poetry competition to take place at Birmingham Public Library on April 6

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 12:03pm
"WORD UP!" a teen poetry competition is set to take place on April 6 at the Birmingham Public Library with students from 13 Jefferson County schools as contestants. Nathan T. Prewett |

7 cases of twins accused of killing, including 2 with north Alabama ties

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 8:27am
The Investigation Discovery show “Evil Twins” will feature it second episode featuring twins with ties to north Alabama Kelly Kazek |

North Shelby Library is one of three recipients of Bookapalooza grant

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 4:32pm
SHELBY COUNTY, Alabama -- The North Shelby Library is in the process of sorting more than 1,300 children's and young adult books and other materials provided to the institution under a grant awarded to three facilities in the country... Martin J. Reed |

Duggar family to appear at Trussville's Lifeway Tuesday to promote new book (video)

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 10:18am
Members of the Duggar family of TLC’s “19 Kids & Counting” fame will be in town Tuesday, March 18 to promote a new family book. Mia Watkins |

Red Clay Readers to offer fresh look at 'To Kill a Mockingbird' during 5-week book club

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 7:05pm
Whether you are a student who has never read the book or an adult who has read it 100 times - we think we have something to offer to you. The success of this online dive into a classic piece of literature depends on your participation. So, we invite you to get your feet a little muddy and join the Red Clay Readers as we try something fun and new. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |