• Their Eyes Were Watching Zora

    By Don Noble

    On June 8, 2015, Zora Neale Hurston will be one of twelve writers taken into the newly established Alabama Writers Hall of Fame. Over the years I have admired much of Hurston’s work and taught the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God but had not read Valerie Boyd’s highly acclaimed biography, Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston (Scribner, 2003). It was time to learn more about Hurston, a larger than life, nearly mythological figure, whose simple biographical facts were in doubt or dispute. Read More

  • Hank Lazer accepts 2015 Harper Lee Award

    Editor’s Note: Hank Lazer accepted the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year at the 18th annual Alabama Writers Symposium Awards Luncheon held in Monroeville on April 24, 2015.

    Good afternoon. What do you say after [Jackie Trimble’s introduction]? I think I was told what to do. I was supposed to channel Sally Field. I'm just not capable of that, so let me try to channel myself for a little bit. First of all I want to thank Alabama Southern Community College for its very, very warm reception here and for an absolutely amazing organization of the conference. And from working with Creative Campus, I deeply appreciate good organization. It's not something that happens everywhere. I want to thank George Landegger for his generous support. It means a great deal. I want to thank Don Noble for a superb and engaging TV interview. I'm deeply appreciative of your preparation for the interview and for our interactions and friendship. Read More

  • Zelda & Me

    In March 1922 F. Scott Fitzgerald published his second novel, and Burton Rascoe, an enterprising editor at the New York Tribune, went to the Plaza where the Fitzgeralds were living and asked Zelda to review it. Review a spouse’s book? How? This was unheard of!

    Right this minute I find on various surfaces around the house my wife’s attractive new collection of stories, Tell the World You’re a Wildflower. Friends have dared me to review it. If Zelda can, I can. Read More