Arts & Life

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.

On this edition of Alabama Life we preview Prototype, a new podcast show from Alabama Public Radio.

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The Magic Keys

Feb 13, 2006

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.

On this episode of Alabama Life - Congressman Artur Davis visits congregations in his district whose church buildings were burned. A convenience store in Snead offers free drinks for knowing Bible verses. Hear a report from Mardi Gras in Mobile. And listen to snow stories from the Storyteller.

The recent string of church burnings caught the attention of the nation, including Congressman Artur Davis. He toured four of those churches in his district and spoke with APR's Brett Tannehill about what he saw.

The StoryCorps MobileBooth came to Alabama in November. On this edition of Alabama Life, we will replay four of those stories heard during the original broadcast on November 6, 2005.

StoryCorps is a national oral history project. The StoryCorps MobileBooth that?s been touring the country is now in Alabama. They?re parked in historic downtown Northport till November 21.

Their visit to Alabama is sponsored by Jim Walter Resources and Hampton Inns of Tuscaloosa.

The Point of Fracture

Jan 30, 2006

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.

Alabama Life - January 29, 2006

Jan 29, 2006

On this episode of Alabama Life: Celebrating the Chinese New Year in Alabama, Alabama's sister city in China, and organizational ideas from storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham.

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APR's Brett Tannehill spoke with Pat James of the Children's Hands-On Museum (CHOM) in Tuscaloosa about their celebration of the Chinese New Year.

News director Butler Cain spoke with Scotty Colson about Birmingham's sister city in Anshan, China.

"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.

On this episode of Alabama Life - Those behind the scenes who make sure legislative procedure is carried out properly; remembering Wilson Pickett; and things you don't normally hear in church.

* Each year you hear plenty about lawmakers during the legislative session. What you do not usually hear are the stories of the ones behind the scenes who make sure legislative procedure is carried out properly. Well, on this episode of Alabama Life, you will hear about three of them.

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.

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.

A Woman of the Town

Jan 2, 2006

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.

The Hermit King

Dec 27, 2005

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.

The Hermit King

Dec 27, 2005

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.

Love and Duty

Dec 25, 2005

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.

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.

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.

Dancing by the River

Dec 19, 2005

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.

Several feature stories from the APR News team and a story from Kathryn Tucker Windham.

Listen to Alabama Life from 12-04-2005

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Brett Tannehill brings a story about a recent federal court ruling that has given new life for the endangered Alabama sturgeon.

Jennifer DeFrance has a story about hunting and fishing opportunities the state offers for people with disabilities.

On this edition of Alabama Life: StoryCorps interviews, Events Calendar and a story from the Storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham.

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On this week's show, two StoryCorps interviews: 1) Two friends who had to leave their homes in Louisiana because of Hurricane Katrina. 2) A daughter interviews her mother about moving from Nicaragua to the United States.

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.

On this edition of Alabama Life: Two StoryCorps interviews, a preview of holiday events, and old sayings from Kathryn Tucker Windham.

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Today on Alabama Life, we continue to bring you the interviews and stories told by Alabamians who have participated in the StoryCorps project.

Bass player Cleveland Eaton talks with his daughter, Tania Adams.

Hank Williams was, in his own way, an enigma. He was also a kind of genius. Hardly educated, a high-school drop-out, neither a reader nor a writer, he was a poet. Hank was writing songs in his teens that will be played for another hundred years.

Lovesick Blues: The Life of Hank Williams, by Paul Hemphill

On this edition of Alabama Life, listen to a story from a veteran of WWII, hear the history of Discovering Alabama, and learn what it was like to work in the newspaper business before computers.

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StoryCorps is still in Alabama. On Veterans' Day they recorded several stories with veterans. On this edition of Alabama Life, we'll hear from one who was taken prisoner during World War II.

Novel: A Novel

Nov 7, 2005

This is a highly self-conscious, playful, post-modern kind of novel, with many digressions and red herrings and no certainty for the reader that anything is "true."

It is very difficult indeed in America to establish a writing career producing only short stories. Few have remained pure. O. Henry, Alice Munro, and Harold Brodskey perhaps come the closest, though others, like Peter Taylor, Flannery O'Connor, John Cheever, and Katherine Anne Porter have given in and written one or two novels.

The StoryCorps MobileBooth is now in Alabama. They began recording stories this past Thursday and through the weekend, and on this edition of Alabama Life, we will play four of those stories.

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StoryCorps is a national oral history project. The StoryCorps MobileBooth that?s been touring the country is now in Alabama. They?re parked in historic downtown Northport till November 21.

Was Eudora Welty a reclusive, shy, a provincial, untravelled, unloved, and always at home in Jackson, Mississippi. Much of this is wrong. Welty traveled quite frequently on lecture and reading tours, and accepting many prizes such as the Pulitzer Prize, the Howells Medal and eight O. Henry short story awards. This book has captured her in a way that is accurate, objective, and full of the right kind of intelligent affection.

Eudora Welty : A Biography.

Now that Harriet Miers has taken herself out of consideration for a seat on the Supreme Court, people are talking about the qualifications they'd like to see in the President's next choice. We'll see what some senators in Washington are saying, including Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions.

Also, we have a report on former governor Don Siegelman's indictment on charges of bribery, extortion and racketeering.

Listen to some of the people who attended a memorial service for Rosa Parks who talk about what an inspiration she was to them.

The Thunder of Angels

Oct 24, 2005

On the evening of December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks took her seat on bus number 2857. When a white passenger boarded, Mrs. Parks was ordered to give up her seat, refused, and was arrested. In this book, the Montgomery bus boycott that lasted 381 days is fully fleshed out, using extensive research.

The Thunder of Angels

The U.S. Secretary of State came home for a visit and lecture. Condoleeza Rice visited the University of Alabama and talked about growing up in Alabama and how the nation overcame segregation. Listen to some of her comments on this edition of Alabama Life. We'll also look at the APR Events Calendar and hear from the storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham.

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