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Letters About Literature Award Ceremony 2016

Letters About Literature Award Ceremony Scheduled for May 14

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama Center for the Book will host the 2016 Letters About Literature Award Ceremony on Saturday, May 14, at 11:00 am in the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library in room 205 at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.  State winners, semi-finalists, families, and teachers are invited to attend the ceremony.  Author Jeff Weddle will be the guest speaker.

Weddle’s stories, poems and essays have appeared in many print and online publications. His latest book is a short story collection, When Giraffes Flew(Southern Yellow Pine, 2015). He won the Eudora Welty Prize for Bohemian New Orleans: The Story of the Outsider and Loujon Press (University Press of Mississippi, 2007). Jeff’s other books include a poetry collection, Betray the Invisible (OEOCO, 2010) and, as co-author, The Librarian’s Guide to Negotiation: Winning Strategies for the Digital Age (Information Today, 2012). He is an associate professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama.

All students will receive a certificate.  Student winners in each level will receive cash prizes. The first place winner in each level will compete at the national level.

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels.

List of Alabama Winners

Level 1 (grades 4-6)

First Place
Caileigh Moose (4th grade)
Highlands School, Birmingham
Teacher: Janie Fahey
Second Place
Caroline Reddington (5th grade)
Highlands School, Birmingham
Teacher: Anna Shelley
Third Place
Jeana Strickland (6th grade)
Chelsea Middle School, Chelsea
Teacher: Brittany Beatty

 

Level 2 (grades 7 & 8)

First Place
Lexie Fowler (8th grade)
Berry Middle School; Hoover
Teacher: Alison Parker
Second Place
Ella Russell (7th grade)
Liberty Park Middle School, Vestavia Hills
Teacher:Linda Rummell
Third Place
JHunter Grace Fairfax (8th grade)
Berry Middle School, Hoover
Teacher: Alison Parker

 

Level 3 (grades 9-12)

First Place
Ariana Cherry (10th grade)
Wenonah High School (Wenonah College Writer’s Program), Birmingham
Teacher:Dr. Fred Ashe
Second Place
Victoria Terry (9th grade)
Wordsmiths Writing Program, Birmingham
Teacher:Gin Phillips
Third Place
Juahmun Sturgeon (10th grade)
Wenonah High School (Wenonah College Writer’s Program)
Teacher: Dr. Fred Ashe

Letters About Literature Contest 2010-2011

Congratulation State Winners 2010-2011

Letters About Literature Contest

Level 1 (grades 4-6)

First Place*
Ellie Guyader
Advent Episcopal School
Birmingham, AL
Second Place
Phillip McKenzie
The Montgomery Academy
Montgomery, AL
Third Place
Alexis Rueve
Highlands School
Birmingham, AL

Level 2 (grades 7-8)

First Place*
Gabrielle Aboki
Baldwin Arts & Academics
Montgomery, AL
Second Place
Ben Dasher
Advent Episcopal School
Birmingham, AL
Third Place
Afsaneh Faki
Advent Episcopal School
Birmingham, AL 

Honorable Mention
Michelle Bui
Oxford Middle School
Oxford, AL

Level 3 (grades 9-10)

First Place*
Mary Locker
Florence High School
Florence, AL
Second Place
Gabrielle Lindley
Florence High School
Florence, AL
Third Place
Shejuti Paul
Florence High School
Florence, AL
Honorable Mention
Cassidy Clevenger
Pelham High School
Pelham, AL

*Will advance to the National Level Judging

Congratulations to Gabrielle Aboki! Gabrielle’s letter was selected as one of the top 11 letters for Level 2’s National Competition.

69,200 letters were submitted in this year’s competition. 7,000 letters advanced to round 3 – state judging.

Thank you to all teachers and students for participating in the 2010-2011 competition. Please visit the Alabama Center for the Book website,www.alabamacenterforthebook.lib.ua.edu , next fall for information about the 2011-2012 contest.

Literary Lunch with Alabama Authors

 

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Authors @ Gorgas presents: Earl H. Tilford, Turning The Tide: The University of Alabama in the 1960s.

 

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Authors @ Gorgas will present Earl H. Tilford, the author of Turning The Tide: The University of Alabama in the 1960s, an institutional and cultural history of a dramatic decade of change at The University of Alabama set against the backdrop of desegregation, the continuing civil rights struggle, and the growing antiwar movement, on Thursday, May 15, 2014.
The event will take place in Gorgas Library, room 205, noon – 1:00pm.

Tilford’s book documents the period when a handful of University of Alabama student activists formed an alliance with President Frank A. Rose, his staff, and a small group of progressive-minded professors in order to transform the university during a time of social and political turmoil. Together they engaged in a struggle against Governor George Wallace and a state legislature that reflected the worst aspects of racism in a state where the passage of civil rights legislation in 1964 and 1965 did little to reduce segregation and much to inflame the fears and passions of many white Alabamians.

“Turning the Tide is essential reading for anyone who ever worked for, attended, or has been a fan or supporter of The University of Alabama. Then, too, anyone interested in the way changes in higher education foretold changes in contemporary society during the tumultuous 1960s will be fascinated by this book,” said Roger Sayers, former president of The University of Alabama.

Tilford is the author of Crosswinds: The Air Force’s Setup in Vietnam and Search and Rescue in Southeast Asia: USAF in Southeast Asia, and coeditor of The Eagle in the Desert: Looking Back on the United States Involvement in the Persian Gulf War.

The room will be set with tables and the attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch or purchase lunch in the library’s grab-and-go café. Limited free public parking is available on Capstone Drive West, behind the library. For other parking options, please visit bamaparking.ua.edu/pages/visitor-parking.html. For more information about the event, please email: jdwilson@uapress.ua.edu.

Authors @ Gorgas is a free lunch-time speaker event spotlighting outstanding books by Alabama writers and is cosponsored by the Alabama Center for the Book, The University of Alabama Libraries and The University of Alabama Press.

Literary Lunch with Alabama Authors

 

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Literary Lunch with Alabama Authors
R. Scott Duncan
Thursday, March 6, 2014

Free Series Offered by Alabama Center for the Book, University Press.

The Alabama Center for the Book, under the aegis of the University Libraries, and The University of Alabama Press have collaborated in a lunchtime speaker series spotlighting recent works by Alabama writers.

Each hour-long, free session will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn from and engage directly with authors whose new books illuminate facets of the University, our state, region and world.

The next session of the series will be on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at noon, in room 205 of the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library. R. Scot Duncan, associate professor of biology and urban environmental studies at Birmingham-Southern College, will explore Alabama’s amazing biological diversity, the reasons for the large number of species in the state, and the importance of their preservation in his new book “Southern Wonder: Alabama’s Surprising Biodiversity.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch or purchase lunch in the library’s grab-and-go café, Java City.

Limited parking is available in a reserved area on West Capstone Drive.

The series continues with the following authors:
• April 3, 2014, Philip D. Beidler, “The Island called Paradise: Cuba in History, Literature, and the Arts”
• May 15, 2014, Dr. Earl Tilford, “Turning the Tide: The University of Alabama in the 1960s”

For more information on the series, contact JD Wilson at jdwilson@uapress.ua.edu or visit uapress.ua.edu/pages/centerforthebook.aspx.

Literary Lunch with Alabama Authors

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The Alabama Center for the Book, under the aegis of the University Libraries, and The University of Alabama Press have collaborated in a lunchtime speaker series spotlighting recent works by Alabama writers.

Each hour-long, free session will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn from and engage directly with authors whose new books illuminate facets of the University, our state, region and world.

The first session of the series will be on Nov. 7 at noon, in room 205 of the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library. Robert Oliver Mellown, associate professor of art history emeritus, will present the fascinating history and hidden by-ways of Alabama’s campus in his new guide “The University of Alabama: A Guide to the Campus and Its Architecture.”

“The little-known stories and surprising facts Robert presents in his book delighted everyone at the Press involved in the editing and production of his book, even long-time residents and Tuscaloosa natives,” said Curtis Clark, executive director of The University of Alabama Press.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch or purchase lunch in the library’s grab-and-go café, Java City. Limited parking is available in a reserved area on West Capstone Drive. 

The series continues in the new year with the following authors:

• Feb. 6, 2014, Lila Quintero Weaver, “Darkroom: a Memoir in Black and White”

• March 6, 2014, R. Scot Duncan, “Southern Wonder: Alabama’s Surprising Biodiversity”

• April 3, 2014, Philip D. Beidler, “The Island called Paradise: Cuba in History, Literature, and the Arts”

• May 15, 2014, Nimrod Frazer, “Send the Alabamians: World War I Fighters in the Rainbow Division”

“The Press looks forward to presenting UAP authors to the larger University and local communities in such an exciting collaboration with the Center for the Book. Given the Press’s dual mission of furthering scholarship and providing service to the region, it is particularly apt that the inaugural event occurs just days before this year’s University Press Week,” said Clark.

For more information on the series, contact JD Wilson at jdwilson@uapress.ua.edu.

Miniature Book Exhibit

 

Gorgas Library, University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

February 15 – April 15

For centuries individuals have been collecting miniature books. To promote knowledge of these tiny treasures, the Miniature Book Society has created a national traveling exhibit showcasing modern masterpieces as well as historic examples. Gorgas Library on the campus of the University of Alabama will be the site of the exhibit February 15 – April 15, 2012. The exhibit is sponsored by University Libraries and the Alabama Center for the Book.

The traveling exhibit also includes books from the Miniature Book Society’s annual competition. Two University of Alabama students from the School of Library and Information Studies Book Arts Program entered the 2011 competition. Their books will be featured in the collection.

Mary Elizabeth Watson’s book, CAT TALK, measures 3” x 2 5/8” and features images hand drawn and printed from photographic plates.

Timothy Winkler’s book, JUMBLE, 3” x 3” in size, is a letterpress book printed with polymer plates and linocuts. The design is meant to represent a chaotic “mess” of ideas. Winkler is both author and illustrator.

To accompany the exhibit, four additional display cases will be filled with 22 miniature books from W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library’s Book Arts Collection and information about the art of collecting miniature books.

In the United States, a miniature book is usually considered to be one which is no more than three inches in height, width, or thickness. These petite jewels can be very valuable. Earlier this year, a miniature book from 1749, ‘T Oranje Geslagt, was priced at $20,000 on a bookseller’s website.

The exhibit is open to the public and can be viewed during regular library hours: Monday-Thursday: 7:30 am – 2:00 am, Friday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm, Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday: 12:00 pm – 2:00 am. For holiday closings and exceptions call (205) 348-1416.

If you are visiting campus during the week between 7:00 am and 6 pm, there are three parking decks you may park in as a visitor: Ferguson Center, Campus Drive, and North ten Hoor. After 6 pm and on weekends a parking permit is not required and visitors may park behind Gorgas Library on Campus Drive. For additional parking information call (205) 348-5471.

Photographs from Dr. Trudier Harris’ Presentation on May 15, 2013

The Alabama Center for the Book co-sponsored Dr. Trudier Harris’ lecture at the National Press Club on May 15, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The presentation was part of the American Women Writer’s National Museum’s 50-state project to showcase women writers from each state.

Her presentation was entitled “Bama Bones: A Black Southerner Talks Place & Creativity.” Dr. Harris was introduced by Dana A. Williams, chair and professor of African American Literature in the Department of English at Howard University.


 

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L-R – Kathryn Yarborough, development director, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Alabama, Janice Law, AWWNM founder, Dr. Trudier Harris, professor of English, University of Alabama, Dr. Dana Williams, chair and professor of African American Literature, Howard University.



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Dr. Trudier Harris speaks with one of her former students.



Slash Pine Press Fourth Annual Festival

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — More than two dozen poets will read from their work during the Slash Pine Press’s fourth annual festival Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13, in venues at The University of Alabama and in downtown Tuscaloosa.

The events are free and open to the public.

Among the poets reading at the festival are Ethan Saul Bull, author of “In the Hour and a Bedroom Later” (Slash Pine Press, 2012); William Burke, author of “The World is Full of Peasants” (Slash Pine, 2011); and Cindy St. John, author of “Be the Heat” (Slash Pine, 2011).

Also featured are Dr. Mark Yakich, associate professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans; and Carol Lynne Knight, co-director of Anhinga Press.

Invited faculty poets are Carolyn Hembree instructor at the University of New Orleans; Bryn Chancellor, assistant professor of English at the University of Montevallo; Dr. Randy Blythe of the University of Alabama-Birmingham; Dr. Norman Golar, assistant professor at Stillman College; and Ashley McWaters, instructor of English and coordinator of undergraduate creative writing at UA.

Also featured are 25 undergraduate creative writers from these institutions.

“The festival mirrors most closely what we do at our press and in our internship program: foster and promote the work of rising writers at all levels, from those who are engaged in undergraduate creative writing programs to those published by nationally significant presses,” said Dr. Patti White, director of Slash Pine Press. “We want to invite everyone in the community to join us as we celebrate the way words bind us together, not only intellectually but in deep and lasting ways that alter the way we see the world.”

The first Slash Pine reading will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, on the lawn in front of Gorgas House and feature poets Summer Upchurch, Alex Munster, Kyle Dennan, Monica Marie Linam, Alexandra Franklin and Riley Patrick.

The second will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at 205 Gorgas Library and feature Carol Lynne Knight, Lindsay Hodgens, JM Gamble, Judah Martin, Debra Logan, Bryn Chancellor, Robert Conditt, Amber Brown and Ethan Saul Bull.

The third will be at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Green Bar, 2350 Fourth St. in Tuscaloosa, and feature Dr. Mark Yakich, Jasmine McElwee, Nadia Barksdale, Evan B. Patton, Ashley McWaters, Laurie Christolear, Dr. Norman Golar, Blake Posey and William Burke.

The fourth will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Mellow Mushroom, 2230 University Blvd. in Tuscaloosa, and feature Cindy St. John, Ethan Taylor, Dr. Randy Blythe, Lauren Howton, Dani Langone, William Gillette and Carolyn Hembree.

For details, go to http://slashpinepress.com/ or contact White at patti.white@ua.edu or Joseph Wood at josephpatrickwood@gmail.com.

Founded in 2009, Slash Pine Press publishes chapbooks of poetry and mixed-genre work. Slash Pine Press is housed in UA’s English department, part of The College of Arts and Sciences, the University’s largest division and the largest liberal arts college in the state. Students from the College have won numerous national awards including Rhodes Scholarships, Goldwater Scholarships and memberships on the USA Today Academic All American Team.

Support for Slash Pine Press comes from the Alabama Writers Forum, the Alabama Center for the Book, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the University of Alabama English department and its creative writing program and UA’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Smith/Thompson Poetry Reading April 3, 2012

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Alabama Center for the Book along with University of Alabama Libraries and the Alabama Writers’ Forum hosted a poetry reading April 3 in Gorgas Library. Returning to their creative roots, two Master of Fine Arts graduates from the University of Alabama, Jeanie Thompson and Abraham Smith read their poetry to a large audience of close to 100 students, faculty, staff, and friends of the poets.

Thompson and Smith, who graduated in 1977 and 2004, respectively, were both recently selected as the 2012 Alabama State Council on the Arts literature fellows.

Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers’ Forum, read selections, for the first time, from her developing new book, “The Myth of W-a-t-e-r”, which delves into the life of Alabama native Helen Keller.

Smith, an English professor at UA and assistant editor of Slash Pine Press, performed a variety of his poems.

Both Thompson and Smith will perform another reading in Montgomery on April 21 in the poetry tent at the Alabama Book Festival.