With his bestselling All Over but the Shoutin', Rick Bragg gave us memorable stories of his own childhood. In Somebody Told Me, he offers the best of his work as a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist writing the remarkable stories of others.
For twenty years, Bragg has focused his efforts on the common man. So while some of these stories are about people whose names we know-such as Susan Smith, the South Carolina mother who drowned her two sons-most are people whose names we've never heard, people who have survived tornadoes and swamps, racism and bombs. In incisive, unadorned prose that is nonetheless strikingly beautiful, these pieces rise above journalism to become literature and show the triumph of the human spirit.
Never thought you'd read a zombie book? This one may change your mind. Novelist and poet Carter Martin weaves William Faulkner with zombies, a combination that may just surprise you. A former UAH professor, Carter also happens to be a regional authority on Faulkner. He'll join our discussion of his book.
From the back cover: A zombie rises up from the Charles River in Boston to demand that Luke Blue Miller seek William Faulkner and have him change the ending of his greatest novel. Carter's rich cast of characters and their stories populate this literary romp.
Note: Because the book is difficult to order online, Carter is making several copies available for purchase at the Library, starting sometime the week of July 15. We'll send out notice when details have been finalized.
We are proud to partner with the Land Trust of North Alabama, to offer this family-friendly, fun and easy hike on the lovely Wildflower Trail at the foot of Monte Sano Mountain. The trail is 1.1 miles and will take about one to one and half hours to complete.
General guidelines for the hike: The hike will begin at 9 am. Please wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, and bug repellant. We advise against bringing children under 5 years old. You may bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the hike in nearby Hermitage Park. If it rains the day of the hike (and possibly the day before) the hike will be cancelled.
Directions: California to Hermitage Avenue, left onto Cleermont; Wildflower trailhead at end of street. Registration is limited to 20 participants. To register, call Sophie Young at 256-532-2362. Read more about Hike with The Land Trust
Hike the Wildflower Trail in Blossomwood with the Library and the Land Trust. This is a moderate hike, appropriate for all age levels. Closed toe shoes are required, and long pants are recommended. Parents or guardians must accompany youth under the age of 16. Directions: California to Hermitage Avenue, left onto Cleermont; Wildflower trailhead at end of street. Registration is limited to 20 participants. To register, call Sophie Young at 256-532-2362. Read more about Hike with the Land Trust