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Environmental Injustice: Reckoning with American Waste

Alabama author Catherine Coleman Flowers will participate in the upcoming Virginia Festival of the Book in a virtual panel discussion entitled:
 
Environmental Injustice: Reckoning with American Waste
 
Saturday March 20th from 7-8pm EST
 
You can also check out the many other virtual events offered by the Virginia Festival of the Book to be held March 13-26, 2021 by visiting https://vabook.org/festival-info/
 
For more information and to register to attend virtually please visit the link below.

Gone With The Wind Exhibit and Lecture

Do you remember the first time you saw the movie,Gone With the Wind?  David Williams of Tuscaloosa does.  In fact, after seeing the movie in 1969, he bought the soundtrack complete with a 28-page booklet about the author, Margaret Mitchell, the book and the film.  Thus began his collection ofGone With the Wind memorabilia.

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the book, selections of Williams’ collection are currently on display in the Pearce Foyer, Gorgas Library, until August 5. A replica of the famous Green Curtain Dress, foreign copies of the book, a flyer advertising the showing of the movie at Tuscaloosa’s Dale Drive-In and the Atlanta Constitution  newspaper dated August 12, 1949, announcing Margaret Mitchell tragic accident are just a few items on display.

Gone With The Wind Flyer

Sponsored by University Libraries and the Alabama Center for the Book, Williams will give a lecture about his collection on Thursday, June 23 at 3:00 p.m. in Gorgas Library, room 205.  The public is invited to attend.

Williams remembers seeing the film at the Capri Theater in downtown Tuscaloosa.  He was 14 years old and went with a church group.  His ticket cost $2.00.  He had heard of the movie but didn’t know much about it.  In fact, at intermission he thought the film was over and remembered thinking he enjoyed the movie but wanted the story to continue.  He shared his experience with his parents when he returned home and together they remembered their first time of viewing the film.  He was hooked.

When asked how many times he has seen the movie, Williams replied, “More than I should have; enough to memorize the dialogue!”  He tells a story of watching the film at the Ferguson Center once and the sound suddenly stopped.  The movie continued but there was no spoken word.  So until the problem was rectified, about a minute later, he was able to deliver the lines for those seated around him.

An original unused ticket to the world premier in Atlanta on December 15, 1939, is his favorite item in the collection and is on display.  Williams has only seen one complete ticket for sale and feels fortunate to get it.

Family members, friends and even members of audiences of groups he speaks to help him find items to add to his collection. The invention of e-bay has made items more assessable.  However, you must have a good knowledge of the material Williams reports.

“Many times I have seen books for sale that were autographed by Margaret Mitchell in 1938 or later.  Margaret Mitchell may have signed the book but not the Margaret Mitchell. She stopped signing books after January 1937,” Williams said.

The vast majority of items in his collection are originals with a few copies.

Williams and his family just returned from a family vacation in southern California where they toured Culver Studios.  In 1939, this was Selznick International Pictures where Gone With the Wind was filmed. Although studio tours are not given, Williams was able to look at the office of  GWTW producer, Davis O. Selznick, and the main administration building shown in the opening credits of all SIP films, including Gone With the Wind.  He was also able to stand on the front walk where a scene from the movie was filmed.  A big thrill for any GWTW collector.

Williams, a native of Moundville, has lived in Tuscaloosa since 1978.  He is a loan officer with Alabama Credit Union and music director at Moundville Baptist Church.  His wife, Libby is assistant director of Graduate Admissions for International Admissions and Recruitment at UA.  Their son, Spencer, recently graduated from Paul W. Bryant High School and will be attending Shelton State this fall with plans to transfer to the University.

Letters About Literature

 

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All entries will be accepted until January 21, 2014

Writing Contest for Young Readers
Sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Alabama Center for the Book and other participating state centers.

For a complete list of guidelines and to get your official contest entry forms visit: www.read.gov/letters.

Attention Students in Grades 4-12!

Take the Letters About Literature writing challenge! Read a book and write a personal letter to an author you admire or inspired you. Your letter must explain how the author’s work changed your view of yourself or your world.
Level 1 – Grades 4-6
Level 2- Grade 7-8
Level 3 – Grades 9-12
One National Winner will receive a $1,000 cash award on each competition level.
One Second Place Winner will receive a $200 cash award on each competition level.

Alabama Center for the Book will award a $100 cash award for first place, $50 cash award for second place, $25 cash award for second place, and a $15 cash award for honorable mention (judge’s discretion) on each competition level. All Alabama semi-finalists will receive a certificate and invitation to the award ceremony, tentatively scheduled for April 2014.
For additional information about the state contest, contact Donna Adcock, dbadcock@ua.edu or 205-348-1416.

Letters About Literature – Alabama Finalists and Semi-Finalists

Finalists
 
Level 1
 
First Place – Whitney Byington
Highlands School, Anna Shelley, teacher
 
Second Place – Matthew Coleman
Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell, teacher
 
Third Place – Ella Russell
Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell, teacher
 
Level 2
 
First Place – Abby Fleenor
Tuscaloosa Academy, Cita Smith, teacher
 
Second Place – Anastasia Zellner
Berry Middle School, Alison Parker, teacher
 
Third Place – Anna Kulczycka
Advent Episcopal School, Wanda Williams, teacher
 
Level 3
First Place – Kate Gorveatte
Tuscaloosa, Individual Entry
Second Place – Ella Huffaker
Tuscaloosa Academy, Cita Smith, teacher
Third Place – Brandon Rieff
Florence High School, Darlene Freemon, teacher
 
Semi-Finalists 
Level 1
Name School,Teacher
Alexander, Reese Highlands School, Anna Shelley
Altamirano, Olivia Highlands School, Anna Shelley
Ayers, Alli Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty
Bayne, Audrey Liberty Middle School, Linda Rummell
Bentley, Victoria Anne Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell
Bergert, Olivia Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty
Bodnar, Francie Highlands School, Anna Shelley
Bramblett, Jake Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty
Brown, Alden Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty
Cannon, Emily Gray Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty
Crawford Adelia Highlands School, Janie Fahey
David, Kiersten Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty
Davis, Maddox Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty
Dixon, Julie Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell
Donald, William Highlands School, Anna Shelley
Downes, Harrison Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell
Effinger, Katherine Highlands School, Anna Shelley
Escario, Elgen Nathan Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell
Gonzalez, Arabella Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty
Gonzalez, Carys Highlands School, Janie Fahey
Green, Lexi Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell
Honeycutt, Olivia Highlands School, Anna Shelley
Humphrey, Will Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty
Komisar, Sela Highlands School, Anna Shelley
Kratz, Lydia Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty
Kugler, Kaden Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty
LaHue, Molly Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty
Lee, Nathan Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty
MacNicol, Tate Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty
Meacham, Virginia The Montgomery Academy, Gene Johnson
Miller, Anne Claire Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell
Miller, Kayla Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell
Morris, Gordy Highlands School, Anna Shelley
Murch, Kellyn Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell
Murray, Braeden Halcyon Elementary, Robin Dean
Osborne, Savannah Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty
Pak, Finn Highlands School, Janie Fahey
Parisher, Caroline Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty
Patterson, Lee Taylor Edgewood Elementary, Christian Sloderbeck
Reese, Leighton Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell
Rinker, Claire Anneliese Edgewood Elementary, Christian Sloderbeck
Rosser, Levi Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty
Schwebel, Andy Highlands School, Anna Shelley
Serrano, Nelson Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty
Simms, Rachel Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell
Slaughter, Taylor Beverly Middle School, Sarah Sansbury
Teel, Emily Liberty Park Middle School, Linda Rummell
Thompson, Avery Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty
Thompson, Lauren Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty
Thompson, Zola Highlands School, Bobbie Pyron
Tucker, Jeb The Montgomery Academy, Gene Johnson
Wever, Morganne Highlands School, Anna Shelley
Wolfe, Emma Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty
Wood, Kelsey Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty
Yi, Lukas The Montgomery Academy, Gene Johnson
Zhang, Emily Chelsea Middle School, Brittany Beatty

Letters About Literature – Author Ted Dunagan Coming

Author Ted Dunagan will be speaking at the Letters About Literature Award Ceremony May 9th.
 
Ted is an award winning young adult fiction writer. He has successfully completed four books with a fifth on the way. 
 
Ted got started on his writing journey young in life. At five years old his cousin shared with him his first story. Ted says he remembers repeatedly running through the story in his head. To this day the story of Hansel and Gretel is still burned into his mind from that fateful day. 
 
From then on Ted was hooked on books. His next literary stage took place at age 12 when he was introduced to works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Daniel Defoe, Mark Twain, and many others. At first he thought he wanted to be just like the characters Tom and Huck. Later on in life however, he realized he wanted to emulate not the characters, but the authors. 
 
Life however got in his way and he engaged in business instead of his true passion. The flame however never died, always waiting in the back of his mind, ready to strike. 
 
His opportunity to become a writer soon presented itself to him and he jumped on it with full force. Many obstacles presented themselves along the journey, but nothing could stop him from attaining his dream. 
 
So he took his first steps forward, swearing that what he wrote would be of the highest good, and would inspire, not degrade. “Something that would make my grandchildren proud” he said. Fast forward a few years and he has done just that. 
 
Now Ted either spends his time writing new books, or traveling across the south visiting elementary and middle schools. He loves teaching kids about what it was like to be a kid long ago, the wonder of reading, and the art of writing. 
 
We are honored to welcome Ted as our 2015 Letters About Literature guest author. To read more about Ted Dunagan visit his website at http://teddunagan.com.

Letters About Literature 2012-2013

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Letters About Literature (LAL) invites young readers in grades 4 – 10 to enter the 21st Annual LAL letter writing competition. The contest challenges young readers to write a personal letter to an author explaining how that author’s work somehow changed the readers’ view of their world.

LAL is a national reading and writing promotion program for young readers sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and presented in partnership with participating affiliate state centers for the book including the Alabama Center for the Book.

Students may enter the contest individually or through their school as a class project. The 2013 entry guidelines and entry coupons may be found on the Alabama Center for the Book’s website:

Alabama Center for the Book

Submission deadline is postmark January 11, 2013.

Teachers, librarians, and parents can download free teaching materials, including lesson plans, assessment checklists, and student writing samples by visiting the LAL website.

LAL awards prizes on both state and national level in three competition levels: Level 1 for children in grades 4 – 6; Level 2 for children in grades 7 – 8; and Level 3 for children in grades 9 – 10.

The Alabama Center for the Book will announce the state winners in April 2013. All semi-finalists, their families, and teachers will be invited to the Alabama Letters About Literature awards ceremony and reception to be held at The University of Alabama in the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library. The three first place winners’ letters will be submitted for national judging.

National winners will receive a cash award of $1,000 and will be announced in May 2013.

The Alabama Center for the Book is the Alabama Affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book and is housed in the University of Alabama Libraries at the University of Alabama.

Letters About Literature 2014 National Winners

 

Letters About Literature 

 
2014 National Winners
  • National Winners Level 1 (tie): Becky Miller, Wellesley, MA & Jayanth V. Uppaluri, Clayton, MO
  • National Winner Level 2: Jisoo Choi, Ellicott City, MD
    National Honorable Mention Level 2: Jane Wang, Chandler, AZ
  • National Winner Level 3: Devi Acharya, University, MO
    National Honorable Mention Level 3: Riddhi Sangam, Saratoga, CA