Don Noble

Program Host: Book Reviews

Dr. Noble is the host of APR's book review series as well as host of BOOKMARK which airs on Alabama Public Television.  A widely published scholar specializing in American and Southern literature, Dr. Noble received the Eugene Current-Garcia Award as Alabama's distinguished literary scholar for the year 2000 and was nominated for a Regional Emmy Award in 2006 and 2011.  In addition he is on the planning committee of several literary conferences.

Dr. Noble's book reviews air during Morning Edition and feature works primarily by Alabama writers.  His reviews focus on why these writers are concerned with their particular subjects and how they succeed or fail  in addressing issues of concern to Alabama readers.

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Don Noble
12:35 pm
Mon February 27, 2006

The Catcher: Baseball Behind the Seams

Rob Trucks, who holds the MFA from the University of Alabama, published a pair of books, The Pitcher and The Catcher, in what will be a series, a book for every position, "Baseball Behind the Seams."

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Don Noble
2:42 pm
Mon February 20, 2006

At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years 1965-68

With At Canaan's Edge, Taylor Branch brings his three-volume history of America in the King Years to a close. Volume one, Parting the Waters 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize, and volume two, Pillar of Fire, was a best-seller.

With At Canaan's Edge, Taylor Branch brings his three-volume history of America in the King Years to a close. Volume one, Parting the Waters 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize, and volume two, Pillar of Fire, was a best-seller.

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Don Noble
2:22 pm
Mon February 13, 2006

The Magic Keys

The Magic Keys is a kind of love letter from Murray to his wife, to New York City fifty years ago, and to the music that he loves. Murray's last three novels and now The Magic Keys are centered around Scooter, a bright boy growing up in fictional Gasoline Point, Alabama, in north Mobile County.

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Don Noble
10:22 am
Mon January 30, 2006

The Point of Fracture

Frank Turner Hollon is a practicing attorney in Robertsdale, Alabama, and one of the fastest, seemingly effortless writers to come along in Alabama for a long time. All of Hollon's novels involve crime, the law, lawyers, courtroom procedures, rules of evidence, and the rest of what you would expect to find in an attorney's fiction, but The Point of Fracture is the best yet.

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Don Noble
4:12 pm
Thu January 26, 2006

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt

"Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt" is Anne Rice's twenty-eighth book. Beginning in 1976 with "Interview with the Vampire," Ms. Rice has been on the bestseller list many times with the vampire books, a series on witches.

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Don Noble
3:17 pm
Mon January 16, 2006

Ellen Foster/The Life All Around Me

Gibbons, in 1987, at the tender age of 26, published a minor masterpiece, "Ellen Foster." This is a small book in the voice of a ten-year-old North Carolina girl whose mother dies, drunken father dies, selfish, vain grandmother dies, who may have been sexually abused, and whose aunt and cousin are rotten and cruel.

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Don Noble
3:38 pm
Mon January 9, 2006

Sober Justice and Double Take

Joseph Hilley has written two mystery novels, Sober Justice and Double Take, set in Mobile/Fairhope, Alabama. While the first book claims religious interventions help lawyer Mike Connolly find evidence in a murder case, the second book is along the lines of a more traditional mystery novel.

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Don Noble
2:34 pm
Mon January 2, 2006

A Woman of the Town

This book chronicles the life of Louise Wooster, a widely known madam in historic Birmingham. Based off her memoirs published in 1911, Baggett included an introduction, along with newspaper articles about her and entries from the Birmingham City Directory.

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Don Noble
3:57 pm
Tue December 27, 2005

The Hermit King

A collection of Cobb's "best stories," along with the reprinted novel set in a fictionalized Demopolis.

Bill Cobb, along with Albert Murray, Helen Norris, Elise Sanguinetti, Harper Lee, Madison Jones, and H. E. Francis, is now one of the senior citizens of Alabama fiction.

He now has such a reputation that his early, out-of-print work is being put back into print for contemporary readers.

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Don Noble
10:21 am
Tue December 27, 2005

The Hermit King

A collection of Cobb's "best stories," along with the reprinted novel set in a fictionalized Demopolis.

Bill Cobb, along with Albert Murray, Helen Norris, Elise Sanguinetti, Harper Lee, Madison Jones, and H. E. Francis, is now one of the senior citizens of Alabama fiction.

He now has such a reputation that his early, out-of-print work is being put back into print for contemporary readers.

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Don Noble
12:00 pm
Sun December 25, 2005

Love and Duty

An in-depth look at the lives of Amelia and Josiah Gorgas as well as their influence on the University of Alabama.

The lives of Amelia Gayle Gorgas and Josiah Gorgas have not gone unexamined.

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Don Noble
4:09 pm
Thu December 22, 2005

Stop the Presses (So I Can Get Off)

A retired sports writer takes no prisoners and tells all in this memoir.

During his 46 years as a newspaperman, 40 of them with the Birmingham News, Clyde Bolton earned a reputation as a straight-talking reporter.

He covered mainly sports, all the major sports and teams in the state of Alabama and, along the way, wrote 16 books before this one.

Six of those books were novels, the best being Nancy Swimmer; Story of the Cherokee Nation.

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Don Noble
12:15 pm
Thu December 22, 2005

Stop the Presses (So I Can Get Off)

A retired sports writer takes no prisoners and tells all in this memoir.

During his 46 years as a newspaperman, 40 of them with the Birmingham News, Clyde Bolton earned a reputation as a straight-talking reporter.

He covered mainly sports, all the major sports and teams in the state of Alabama and, along the way, wrote 16 books before this one.

Six of those books were novels, the best being Nancy Swimmer; Story of the Cherokee Nation.

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Don Noble
3:18 pm
Mon December 19, 2005

Dancing by the River

A third collection of Faulkner-style stories from an "impressive young writer."

After a fine debut book of stories, The Dry Well, in 2001, and a novel, A Broken Thing, chronicling a failed marriage, in 2003, Marlin ?Bart? Barton is back again with a new book of stories, Dancing by the River.

This talented young man is building a career.

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Don Noble
9:36 am
Mon November 21, 2005

Picture Taker: Photographs by Ken Elkins

These photos, all black and white, are stunning. Engaging, beautifully composed, many telling a story in a flash, this collection is worth anyone's attention.

Picture Taker: Photographs by Ken Elkins

Ken Elkins took photographs for the Anniston Star for decades, thousands and thousands of them--local events, stock car races, beauty pageants, high school football games--and won his share of prizes along the way.

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