Category Archives: literary

THE2NDHAND takes over The Bottletree TONIGHT!

The folks from the Chicago/Birmingham/NYC literary broadsheet THE2NDHAND are taking over The Bottletree tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. for a reading. L.A. punk magazine Razorcake co-founder Sean Carswell, Atlanta’s Blake Butler (editor of literary zine Lamination Colony), Birmingham poet (and University of Montevallo English professor) Jim Murphy, and THE2NDHAND’s Todd Dills will help you unwind from a crazy day while enjoying the release of Carswell’s new novel, Train Wreck Girl.

If you click on THE2NDHAND’s link above, you’ll get a taste of what to expect tonight, podcast style.

Susannah Felts’ new book drops tomorrow

This will go down on your Permanent Record bookcoverTomorrow night at 7 p.m., you can find Susannah Felts at The Bottletree reading and signing her new book This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record. The book is all about developing an identity as an artist among the culture of the New South. In anticipation of the book’s release I traded a few emails with Felts, to see what all the buzz was about…

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Looking through the lens of Birmingham books

Birmingham book Collection
Special to The Terminal.

It is no secret that Birmingham’s history is one filled with infamous people and colorful events. It’s also one that has been well documented in the pages of books. But books don’t always survive the decades and the ones that do often find themselves buried in the back of used bookstores or hidden away in a grandmother’s attic, until some kind soul stumbles upon these lost books, reads them. Plucking gems of local history from their pages. This a process that Birmingham-area native John Morse knows something about.

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The Big Read’s Big Kick-Off

Today, the balloons were bought and the were cakes cut in honor of this year’s Big Read. Libraries across Birmingham have activities planned all day to help build awareness and participation in Project Mockingbird, which is the library systems push to get all of Jefferson County reading Harper Lee’s classic To Kill A Mockingbird. Think of it as “one county, one book” kind of a reading plan.

Events and features are planned all the way through this summer. Including a “Read it Forward” program where 1,500 copies of To Kill A Mockingbird will randomly be placed around the county, for people to stumble upon read and pass on.

You can keep up with the project here, and download free gfx, wallpaper and podcasts here. If you are wondering where the nearest launch party is today, check out the JCLC’s calendar page.

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Malcolm’s Reading Room

Malcolm’s Reading Room books

The newest kid on Birmingham’s book selling block is Malcolm’s Reading Room (404 17th St. North) located in the ground level of the historic Masonic Temple building off of 4th Avenue North. Malcolm’s Reading Room is billed as an African-American bookstore – the banners, t-shirts and colors make obvious after stepping through the door. But after spending a few short minutes with co-owner Simone Snelling, one gets the feeling that the store is about something more… passion.

A passion for all things revolutionary and thought provoking.

“We’re going to focus on books about African-Americans and by African-Americans, ” said Snelling. “But we’re also going to offer books on the women’s rights [movement], the Middle East, Che Guevara, music by independent musicians and art by local independent artists. Really, we’re looking for revolutionary things.”

Snelling says she and her husband, co-owner Courtney Snelling, always had the dream of opening a bookstore when they finally got their big break about a year ago.

“My husband was visiting Chicago, which is where he’s from,” said Snelling. “He ran across a going-out-of-business sale at a bookstore and that’s where our first big section of books came from.” She said that first haul netted the couple nearly 500 books and they haven’t looked back since.

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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.

By the Sea, by the Beautiful Sea

Sea Shanties posterWouldn’t a nice evening by the sea feel nice in these 100+ temperatures? While we can’t bring the Gulf any closer, we can enjoy Sea Shanties for the American South, an evening of readings and musical performances at Rojo tonight, August 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event features Chicago musical duo Cup ‘n String, Chicago writer C.T. Ballentine, Birmingham author (and Lemon Puppy editor) Michael Tesney, Birmingham-based novelist and THE2NDHAND co-editor Todd Dills, and Susannah Felts, another local writer whose first novel debuts in May 2008. For details visit THE2NDHAND events page.