Archive for February, 2007

Kathryn Tucker Windham Promotes Literacy with 'Read Across America' at the Alabama Archives and History

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 by Lyndsey

Kathryn Tucker Windham has been invited by the National Education Associaton to participate in their tenth annual ‘Read Across America’ literacy program. On Friday, March 2, 2007 at 10:00 a.m., the beloved Alabama storyteller will be speaking to the public on the importance of reading. The event will be hosted by the Alabama Archives and History and will take place in the Alabama Power Auditorium on the 1st floor of the west wing of the Archives. The event is free and open to the public.

Windham’s book, Jeffreys Favorite 13 Ghost Stories is available directly from NewSouth Books,, or your favorite local or online bookseller.

Dr. Wade Hall Makes Donation of Historical Southern Memorabilia

Monday, February 26th, 2007 by Mary Katherine

NewSouth author Wade Hall has made a generous donation to The University of Alabamas W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library. The gift, which includes books, sheet music, sound recordings and photographs, now comprises the Wade Hall Collection of Southern History and Culture.

Publishers Bindings Online, a digital archive project which collects decorative book bindings from 1815-1930, has selected over 1,000 titles from the Wade Hall Collection for the project, including many signed first-edition books by Southern authors. “I am delighted with the many dimensions being discovered in my collections by the faculty of the library,” said Dr. Hall, “as well as the students, scholars and historians who are using my donations to the University of Alabama.”

To learn more about Publishers Bindings Online and Dr. Hall, visit the PBO Website. Wade Halls NewSouth publications are available from NewSouth Books,, or your favorite local or online book retailer.

Radio Interview with Grievances Author Mark Ethridge To Air

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007 by Lyndsey

Grievances author Mark Ethridge will be interviewed on North Carolina’s Public Radio program, The State of Things. His segment will air on Wednesday, February 21 at 11:45 a.m.

In Grievances, Ethridge, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, tells the story of a pair of reporters who set out to solve the decades-old murder of a thirteen-year-year-old boy during racial unrest in rural South Carolina.

To hear the interview, visit the WFAE website and follow the listening instructions.

Grievancesis nowavailablefrom NewSouth Books,, or your favorite local or online bookretailer.

Roger Reids Young Adult Thriller Longleaf Praised for Wildlife Recognition

Thursday, February 8th, 2007 by Lyndsey

“Roger Reid said it was natural for him to set the story in the Conecuh National Forest,” wrote today’s Andaulsia Star News regarding Reid’s new young adult thriller, Longleaf.

As producer and director of the Emmy nominated Alabama Public Television program Discovering Alabama, Roger has a deep interest in educating children about the forestry of Alabama he’s offered plenty of that information — as well as a great story — in his first young adult novel, Longleaf. And now Longleaf has begun to receive glowing praise from across the state.

“It’s the addition of facts about the Conecuh National Forest that enhance the book for readers of all ages … perhaps the only bad thing about Longleaf is that is finishes so soon,” writes the Florence Times Daily. They continued, “What fills the pages, however, is not just the plot of the story and the solving of the crime. Learning that the longleaf is largely fire-resistant is fascinating in and of itself, but Reid weaves the story about this bit of information into the story thanks to his precocious teen-aged hero.”

The conservation group, Longleaf Alliance also enjoyed Longleaf, noting that “it was interesting to see familiar ponds, roads, and historical events included in this short, but worthy drama.”

From the Andalusia Star Times:

Roger Reid, author of the recently released novel, Longleaf, should know about the forest’s night sounds. As a writer, director and producer of the Emmy nominated public television program Discovering Alabama, he’s spent plenty of time there.

“A couple of the first shows we did after I joined the show were on the longleaf pine,” Reid said Thursday. “I fell in love with the place.”

It wasn’t long after that that he got the idea for the novel, in which 14-year-old Jason Caldwell, headed for a vacation in the National Forest with his parents, witnesses a crime from the window of the airplane. Before the camping trip begins, he finds his way to Andalusia, where he explains what he saw to a deputy in the Covngton County Sheriff’s Office. Soon, Jason finds himself lost among the very longleaf pines that he and his parents had been flying over only days before.

The idea stayed with him and about two years ago, he wrote the book.

“My son was 13 years old. Everything he and his sister brought home for reading material was all centered around cultural experiences. There was no natural history presented in the sense we do with Discovering Alabama.”
Reid said it was natural for him to set the story in the Conecuh National Forest.

“I used to sneak down here a lot and sleep in the forest,” he said. “Every time I get an opportunity, I’m down here.”

He said it is an age appropriate book for middle school students, and that he attempted to make it “a good adventure” that didn’t sound like a textbook.
“There’s a fifth grade teacher in Washington who’s reading it out loud to her kids,” he said. “She said they’re enjoying it and picking up new vocabulary.”

Longleaf is available now from NewSouth Books,, or your favorite online or local book retailers.