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  • Alabama Power Foundation produces film on WOS in Shelby County Schools

    This past spring marked the fifth year for the Shelby County Arts Council’s Writing Our Stories (WOS) program. Presented in partnership with Alabama Writer’s Forum, the 10-week program reached 150 students from Montevallo Middle School and Columbiana Middle School. The students enjoyed creative writing instruction from published authors.

    The Alabama Power Foundation awarded the Shelby County Arts Council an Elevate grant to help support Writing Our Stories in the Shelby County schools and to produce a short film about the program. READ MORE & VIEW THE FILM…

  • Alabama Booksmith celebrates Harper Lee with literature and art

    Jake Reiss called and asked if I would design a special dust jacket for Harper Lee’s new book, Go Set a Watchman,” said the artist Nall inside Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham. “‘Well, what’s it about?’ ‘No one knows, he said.’ Having been born in Pike County and traveling the world and seeing how other people see Alabama I knew what it was about. Living here was my source of inspiration.” READ MORE…

  • The Next Chapter brings hundreds to Birmingham’s Southside

    People of all ages mingled, nibbled on heavy hors d’oeuvres, and listened to the blues of Gip Gipson inside Iron City on Birmingham’s Southside on July 14 for The Next Chapter, a celebration for the release of Harper Lee’s “new” novel, Go Set a Watchman. Books a Million and the Alabama Media Group, cosponsors of the event, received 400 reservations prior to the event and accepted non-ticketed walk-ups as they arrived.

    “This is the biggest literary event in Alabama in a very long time,” said David Magee, director of news for the Alabama Media Group. “Book sales have been extremely dense.” READ MORE…