Category Archives: books

Back to back book signings this weekend

The Alabama Booksmith is hosting Michael Knight tonight at 6pm. He’s signing his new book The Holiday Season. The book contains two novellas exploring loss, loneliness and family. This is a book that had the New York Book Review calling Knight “… authentic and intense.”

And then Saturday, at 3:30 p.m., Wayne Greenhaw will stop by The Alabama Booksmith to sign his latest, Ghosts on the Road. With this latest release, Greenhaw fans will be treated to a peek at his “poet’s soul” as they flip through page after page of “portraits…” which he describes as “…snatches of myself, my observations, my life that has been so enhanced by loved ones and great friends, some of whom I remember here.”

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BPL launches book review podcasts

The Birmingham Public Library has posted a stocking full of podcasts. They feature local librarians’ reviews and recommendations for gift-worthy reads this season. Looks like they’re using PodBean and it loads verrrry fast! So it’s no hassle to cruise them all rather quickly. Very cool!I’m going to have to check out Yvonne Crumpler’s take on Wayne Flynt’s book to see if we agree. And then check back later to see what else she recommends.

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Kathryn Tucker Windham to speak at Samford

The beloved author and storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham is scheduled to take part in a program at Samford University’s Library on October 20 according to this post on NewSouth’s blog.

A quick look at the university’s calendar does not mention the event, but it is important to note that it is scheduled to occur during their homecoming weekend, so more information may yet be released if it is to be open to the public.

Click here to view portions of Ms. Windham’s schedule for the next month as reported by NewSouth. Windham is scheduled to read from Alabama, One Big Front Porch, re-published in September by NewSouth Books with support from Alabama Southern Community College.

Winner of 2ndHand/Artwalk short story competition announced

The 2NDHAND/ArtWalk short story competition winner has been announced. Nadria Tucker, a creative writing masters degree candidate at UAB, will have her winning piece, “318,” published in a special edition of the Chicago/Birmingham based literary broadsheet in August and have the opportunity to read the piece at an as of yet unnamed location during ArtWalk’s annual downtown festival on September 7.

“318,” a blend of southern Gothic and coming-of-age narrative, tells the tory of 16-year-old Ebony’s preparations for a beauty pageant she is sure to lose. Lessons learned, or lack thereof, along the way fill the ride with moments of beauty and sorrow.

Other people reading that evening include Chicago-based novelist and books editor at Time Out Chicago Jonathan Messinger, contest runner-up and Alabama School of Fine Arts instructor T.J. Beitelman, and THE2NDHAND editor Todd Dills.

A Daniel Wallace contest… no, seriously

wallace book coverWe’re going to see if we can’t help jump start this contest that Daniel Wallace is running over on his website. Yes, the same Daniel Wallace that wrote Big Fish.

The simple way to do this is to have you click here and read it directly from him. If you’re just waiting for us to tell you about it, we’ll try our best:

Wallace wants to know people’s predictions about how  his new book, Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician, is going to do after it’s released on Tuesday, July 3.

And he doesn’t want vague ones either; he wants specific details as to how successful (or unsuccessful) his latest literary work will be.

 The person who wins the contest gets a 10" x 15" glossy print of the book’s cover. If you want to enter, you’re probably going to want to post your entires as comments on that blog entry that you skipped up above.

We’ll try to let you know what the winning entry is once he decides. Of course, you can always head on over to The Alabama Booksmith on July 10 at 6 p.m. and pick up a signed copy. Maybe he’ll even let you know where you stand in the contest.