This Birmingham author’s new book is already receiving rave reviews, and it’s all about the fascinating life of the woman who wrote ‘Goodnight Moon’

Birmingham resident Amy Gary is the editor of the Margaret Wise Brown estate, and she’s about to release a new biography about Brown, the author of the esteemed children’s book, Goodnight Moon.

In The Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown (Flatiron, 288 pages, $26.99) has opened up to rave reviews, like this one in the Washington Post.

Margaret Wise Brown and her dog, Crispin’s Crispian, via Flat Iron Books

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The city’s magician: how Courtney Haden put a spell on Birmingham, with his words, his work and his knowledge

The outpouring of love, admiration and condolences over the loss of one of Birmingham’s finest continues, as news of Courtney Haden’s passing makes its way through the community.

Courtney Haden, photo courtesy of davidmcelroy.org.

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Birmingham kicks off Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with a special appearance by Jesse Jackson

Join the Reverend Jesse Jackson at Birmingham’s iconic 16th Street Baptist Church this Sunday, January 8, 2016, as he preaches in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s upcoming birthday. The service begins at 10:45 a.m.

The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. at the 16th Street Baptist Church, delivering the eulogies for Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley. Photo by Matt Herron, courtesy of Take Stock/The Image Works via Time Magazine

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Sharing is caring: become a tutor through the Literacy Council of Alabama

Whether it’s understanding a note from your doctor or the beauty of humanity found in Freytag’s pyramid, reading, along with reading comprehension, are two abilities that allow us to navigate the world successfully.

Sometimes I take these endowments for granted, like when I am assembling furniture from IKEA.

Image by IKEA

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Make Birmingham your first stop with this ultimate guide to Alabama’s literary destinations

When it comes to exploring Birmingham’s rich history of writers and creative thinkers, there’s romance in this Magic City, ya’ll.

Author Randi Pink via randypink.com

While the entire state of Alabama is a book lover’s dream, did you know that Birmingham is home to so many writers?

Everyone from literary figures, iconic authors, more journalists than you can shake a stick at, editors, novelists, filmmakers, you name it, we’ve reported it, told it, written it, edited it, produced it, you get the picture.

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Shopping for art and local, handmade goods is the way to go this holiday season

As a southerner, giving gifts is an art in itself. It is my humble opinion that the people of the South take great pride in knowing just what to give our loved ones to celebrate special occasions. You know, by doing things like committing their Amazon wish lists to memory. Or, scrolling through their social media photos to understand their fashion preferences and personal style.

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Want early tickets to see Chris Rock at the BJCC on March 24? You’ll need this password!

He hasn’t toured in nine years, but Comedian and actor Chris Rock is back in 2017.

The best part is that Birmingham is one of the stops for the recently announced Total Blackout tour!

Rock will be performing at the BJCC Concert Hall on March 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets officially go on sale December 9 via Ticketmaster, but you can get them here on Wednesday during the presale, with a password.

Here are all the presale deets, via Mary Calurso:

 

It’s the 25th anniversary of ‘Fried Green Tomatoes,’ so Towanda!

Hey, did you know that it’s been 25 years since Fannie Flagg’s novel Fried Green Tomatoes hit the silver screen? Yeah, me either, but I love everything about this book and film, so Friday got me all like …

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Even better, you can meet the author of both the novel and the screenplay right here in her hometown of Birmingham!  Join Fannie Flagg on December 9th at the Lyric Fine Arts Theatre for an evening of conversation about her brand-new novel “The Whole Town is Talking.

From what I understand, you can get your picture made with her after the book signing, so don’t forget to iron your dresses, darlings! And, be sure to reserve your seats now!

Photo by Irondale Cafe
Photo by Irondale Cafe

This free event is your chance to meet a real-live Alabama writer who knows her way around a screenplay, among other endeavors. The Washington Post said that “even the dead characters are delightful in Fannie Flagg’s latest novel.” Now, that’s a review!

While you’re at it, don’t forget about those fried green tomatoes from Irondale Cafe. I’m always free for a lunch date, just FYI.