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February 1, 2015


The Southernness of being: Nationally recognized poet wrestled with the legacy of civil rights violence

For the boy, the poetry first showed up in the trees behind his family’s home in Gadsden. The words came to him through the sunlight in the loblollies, with the swallowtails in the pines —  in the Alabama he knew and loved on that Etowah-Calhoun county line.

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Saturday 09/20/2014
Book review: From Norway, a ruthless, knotty crime thriller
Posted: September 20, 2014

The reputation of Jo Nesbø is already firmly established by his wildly popular Harry Hole series. A sensation in Europe, the series first gained international attention with "The Snowman," an unsettling and gripping police procedural. Nesbø has also found time to write a series of children's books ("Doctor Proctor") as well as stand-alone suspense novels. "The Son" is one of the latter, as spellbinding as the author's "Headhunters" and any of the 10 books in the Hole series.

Sunday 09/14/2014
FALL ARTS PREVIEW: A season’s worth of theater, dance, music and art
Posted: September 14, 2014

From Oxford to Anniston to Jacksonville to Gadsden, the fall calendar is packed with events, including Natalie Cole, Rick Bragg, Agatha Christie, the Wicked Witch of the West, tubas and more.

Sunday 08/24/2014
‘Fallout’ studies the emotional detritus of 1970s theater scene
Posted: August 24, 2014

Sadie Jones knows the human heart—and she reaches deep into it—in her extraordinary, affecting new novel. “Fallout” is very much about just that: the debris that descends in the wake of explosion. It is also very much about love, duplicity, art and “the nonsense fairy tale of salvation.”

Saturday 08/16/2014
Local author shares his search for classic cars of the South
Posted: August 16, 2014

What’s in your garage? Is it an automotive beauty growing old gracefully, or is it a racy sports car just waiting for a competition?

'Natchez Burning' a gripping, furious look at past sins of the South
Posted: August 16, 2014

“Natchez Burning” has many faces. It is a tough, brutal book, just short of sensationalistic on occasion, yet, at the same time, a well-intentioned, furious look at the legacy of Southern racism.

Sunday 07/27/2014
SMALL TALK: 'Friends of the Public Library' offer invaluable support
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Drew Burgin remembers when he joined Friends of the Public Library.  

Friday 07/11/2014
Eastaboga woman shares mother’s wisdom in new book
Posted: July 11, 2014

Homespun wisdom is a vanishing art in Southern storytelling. But Cornelia Wills has found a way to keep it alive with her new book, “Mama Said: A Word to the Wise is Sufficient.”

Sunday 07/06/2014
A lost treasure, stolen by Nazis, links three tales of love and loyalty
Updated: July 06, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Movingly recounting, through three interrelated episodes, the redeeming magnitude of love in even the most horrific circumstances, this epic, deeply moving novel will haunt any reader fortunate enough to discover it.

Saturday 06/07/2014
Moving collection explores change with understanding
Posted: June 07, 2014

Francesca Marciano's characters, mostly women of various ages, are all experiencing endings. How each of them moves on makes for one of the most consistently moving collections of stories in a long while.

Sunday 06/01/2014
In passing, Angelou leaves monumental legacy
Posted: June 01, 2014

One of the country’s most accomplished writers passed away Wednesday, as acclaimed author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou was found dead at the age of 86 in her home in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Saturday 05/24/2014
Acclaimed author, educator to speak in Anniston
Updated: May 31, 2014 - 10:28 pm

Internationally acclaimed writer and educator Sharon Draper will speak to students and teachers alike May 31 at the Anniston Performing Arts Center.

Sunday 05/18/2014
Characters try to move on in Moore’s collection on loss
Updated: May 20, 2014 - 8:16 pm

It’s something from the final story in “Bark,” Lorrie Moore’s new collection of short stories, it’s something that infuses all eight of these remarkable stories about loss and how tentatively we process it.

Sunday 04/27/2014
Wham! Bang! Pow!: Oxford store participates in Free Comic Book Day
Posted: April 27, 2014

Holy mountain of comics, Batman!

Sunday 03/16/2014
The night writer: Daughter of former Star journalists wins poetry prize
Posted: March 16, 2014

She likes to writes when everyone else is asleep, during the hour of the wolf — between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. — the time of night when, according to folklore, the most people die and the most babies are born.

'Dept. of Speculation': Offill proves brilliant things come in small packages
Posted: March 16, 2014

“Dept. of Speculation”

Friday 03/14/2014
POETIC PEDIGREE Daughter of former Star photographer Ken Elkins publishing book of poetry.
Posted: March 14, 2014

“Like a bearded prophet out of the Old Testament he travels through our county roads on foot with his iron- wheeled wagon drawn by a herd of thirty goats, the solitary music of trembling tinware, beaten pails and

Saturday 02/15/2014
Book Review: 'Days of Anna Madrigal’ a tender end to Maupin’s ‘Tales’
Posted: February 15, 2014

“The Days of Anna Madrigal”

Saturday 02/08/2014
'Police': Latest Harry Hole novel is wildly intricate
Posted: February 08, 2014


Saturday 01/11/2014
'Command and Control': Schlosser reveals what stands between us and nuclear doomsday
Posted: January 11, 2014

“Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety”

Sunday 12/29/2013
Book Review: ‘A Time to Kill’ continues to thrill in ‘Sycamore Row’
Posted: December 29, 2013

“Sycamore Row”

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