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Kathryn Tucker Windham Receives Alabama Living Legacy Award

Thursday, June 4th, 2009 by Lyle

The State Arts Council recently honored Kathryn Tucker Windham and seven other artists for their influence on the arts and culture of Alabama. In the elegant concert hall of the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre, Mrs. Windham accepted the “Alabama Living Legacy Award” for her long career in journalism, fiction writing, and storytelling. Mrs. Windham’s contributions give shape to the modern Southern identity, from her fight for acceptance as a female journalist to her active support of Selma in the 1950s to today, to her storytelling and preservation of Southern lore.

To honor Mrs. Windham, the State Arts Council arranged for her close friend, folk artist Charlie Lucas, speak about his experiences with her as his neighbor. The soft guitar pickings of Bobby Horton were a good backdrop for Mr. Lucas’s warm, funny tribute. Both Lucas and Horton expressed the love and reverence all Alabamians feel for Ms. Windham and her stories.

This year, NewSouth published Mrs. Windham’s newest book, the memoir Spit, Scarey Ann and Sweat Bees: One Thing Leads to Another. The book offers glimpses of Mrs. Windham’s early years growing up with her mother and storytelling father, as well as a mischievous older brother. As readers, we see for the first time how this quintessential Southern storyteller came to be the woman we know today as Kathryn Tucker Windham.

Spit, Scarey Ann, and Sweat Bees is available directly from NewSouth Books, Amazon.com, or your favorite local or online book retailer.

Kathryn Tucker Windham Celebrates Ninetieth Birthday with Music, Laughter

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008 by Josh

Happy Birthday, Ms. Windham! NewSouth joins the over two-hundred people who gathered last Sunday, June 1, at the Selma Public Library in wishing Kathryn Tucker Windham a happy ninetieth birthday. Guests at the library serenaded Alabama’s favorite storyteller with the sound of comb music, played with a comb and wax paper.

As Ms. Windham described, “I’m a great believer in laughter. That’s why I think these comb concerts work, because they make people laugh.”

Click to watch a video of Kathryn Tucker Windham’s birthday party courtesy of the Montgomery Advertiser.

Kathryn Tucker Windham is one of America’s best-loved storytellers. She began writing as one of the first women daily newspaper reporters in Alabama. After a successful career as a journalist, she turned to writing books of ghost stories and folklore. She remains one of the most popular performers at national storytelling festivals and has been a featured commentator on National Public Radio and Alabama Public Radio. She lives in Selma, Alabama.

Ms. Windham’s Alabama, One Big Front Porch, re-released by NewSouth in 2007, is available from NewSouth Books, Amazon.com, or your favorite local or online book retailer.

Kathryn Tucker Windham: Alabama, One Big Front Porch Returns to Print; Busier Than Ever Calendar

Monday, October 1st, 2007 by Suzanne La Rosa

On October 23 at 4pm, Kathryn Tucker Windham kicks off the 2007-2008 season of Alabama Voices: Writers in the Communities with a front-porch reading and book-signing at the Haigler House in Montgomery’s Old Alabama Town. Alabama Voices was begun in 1995, and is co-sponsored by the Alabama Writers’ Forum and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities, with funding from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, Alabama Writers’ Forum, and Auburn University. Mrs. Windham will tell stories from one of her favorite books, Alabama, One Big Front Porch, re-published last month by NewSouth Books with the support of Alabama Southern Community College.

The October 23 program ushers in a busy season for Alabama’s beloved storyteller. Among the many dates of Mrs. Windham’s calendar:

  • 10/11: a noon program at the Selma-Dallas County Public Library in Selma, Alabama;
  • 10/12-13: programs at the Selma 29th Annual Tale-Tellin’ Festival in Selma, Alabama;
  • 10/20: a speaking program at the Samford University Library in Birmingham;
  • 10/23: a front-porch reading and book-signing in Old Alabama Town at the Haigler House in Montgomery, Alabama;
  • 10/25-28: appearances at the Athens Tale-Telling Festival in Athens, Alabama;
  • 11/11: story-telling at the Ashland Theatre, in Ashland, Alabama, a program supported by the Ashland City Library;
  • 11/15: an evening of storytelling at the Benjamin Russell High School in Alex City, Alabama;
  • 12/8: a book-signing at Montgomery’s Capitol Book & News for their Holiday Open House;
  • 12/16: a slide show of Mrs. Windham’s photographs, with a reception and book-signing to follow, at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Please tell us, Mrs. Windham, do you get the Thanksgiving holiday off?

    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, Amazon.com, or your favorite local or online bookseller.

    Kathryn Tucker Windham's Spooky Southern Ghost Stories Praised on Halloween

    Tuesday, October 31st, 2006 by Brian Seidman

    “Kathryn Tucker Windham loves Halloween,” says the Florence Times-Daily newspaper. And Kathryn certainly does: she’s the author of eight books of Southern ghost story collections (along with her personal ghost, Jeffrey), including her newest, Jeffrey’s Favorite 13 Ghost Stories. Says the article, “Although she’s not sure if the South is more haunted than any other region of the country, Windham is sure of one thing: ‘We may not have more, but our ghosts are better.'” From the article:

    As she’s gathered these bits and pieces of oral history, mostly from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee, there have been those stories that have touched her more deeply than others.

    “I couldn’t pick one, you understand,” she said. “That would be like asking me which of my children I like best.”

    Windham made sure as she gathered pieces of the stories together to listen to as many retellings as possible. From them, she would write a version that was the most plausible.

    “I’d write a version of the story, but all of them are based on fact, and I tried to create one that would work,” she said.

    The author was also careful to avoid tales of gore and fright. As a result, her ghost stories have been the most popular with school children and get told time and again as the leaves on the trees fall, days get shorter and Halloween approaches.

    “You don’t need a special time to tell these stories,” Windham said. “But there’s something special about a fall night with a full moon and a little wind blowing and strange noises on the periphery just outside the campfire.

    “These stories can stand alone in any setting, and that’s why they’ve endured.”

    Read the full article, “Author says South ‘may not have more, but our ghosts are better'” at the Times Daily.

    Jeffrey’s Favorite 13 Ghost Stories is available directly from NewSouth Books, Amazon.com, or your favorite local or online bookseller.

    Kathryn Tucker Windham Speaking at LaFayette and Valley Libraries

    Thursday, September 7th, 2006 by Brian Seidman

    NewSouth author Kathryn Tucker Windham will appear today at the LaFayette Pilot Public Library in LaFayette, Alabama at noon CST, and at the Langdale Auditorium in Valley, Alabama at 7 pm EST. Ms. Windham will speak, followed by a booksigning; both events are free to the public.

    Kathryn Tucker Windham is one of Americas best-loved storytellers. Now in her eighties, she began writing as one of the first women daily newspaper reporters in Alabama. After a successful career as a journalist, she turned to writing books of ghost stories and folklore, including six collections of “Jeffrey” stories beginning in 1969. She remains one of the most popular performers at national storytelling festivals and has been a featured commentator on National Public Radio and Alabama Public Radio. Her 2004 book, Ernest’s Gift, commemorated the Selma Public Library’s 100th anniversary.

    Jeffrey’s Favorite 13 Ghost Stories is available directly from NewSouth Books, Amazon.com, or your favorite local or online bookseller.

    For more information about the library programs, call Mary Hamilton or Tabitha Truitt at (334)768-2161.