Tag Archives: reading

Birmingham Arts Journal turns 5

I just found out that tonight’s planned reception, celebrating The Birmingham Arts Journal‘s five years of publishing, has been moved to February 29th at Urban Standard (2320 2nd Ave. N). So we’ll all have to wait until then to meet the staff and some of the journal’s more recent contributors. The latest issue is in stores now and also available to view via pdf online, along with all the back issues. Which is pretty darn cool!

And here’s a little haiku for you to help welcome the weekend, which hopeful holds plenty of quiet time for you to read!

Out of the brambles

Alabama is getting a new magazine this month… Thicket is set to hit newsstands in mid-January, promising six issues a year. Lots of notable names in their inaugural issue and a couple of local celebs on their blog.

I’m looking forward to what they have to feature on Alabama and Birmingham. I’ll let y’all know how the first issue looks.

{via Bham Terminal}

List of lists listing lists

I should have posted this a couple of weeks ago, because by now I think we’re all listed out. But it’s new to me and I thought it a pretty cool thing. It’s a site and meta-list that’s new to me. It lists all of the “best of 2007” lists on the web. It’s constantly changing.

As of this post, 66 “best books of 2007” lists, have been submitted. But there are whole bunch more topics to read through too. The best food blogs was another of my favorite categories.

Birmingham’s ‘Big Read’

Susan Swagler posted about the JCLC’s new “one city, one book” type program which kicks off with Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird.

Festivities officially start January 14th and go all the way through April. Looks like lots of movies, group talks, road trips are on the calendar. I’m digging their plan to place 1,500 copies of the book around town for folks to pick up, read and then set loose in the wild again. Could be good fun!

According to Swagler’s post, one of the speakers at the Alabama Bound event, in April, is a scholar who wrote a paper “questioning Atticus’s heroism.” Huh? What blasphemy is this? I’m going to have to find said paper and investigate. You can bet I’ll have red markers at the ready!

Actually, I’m just glad that the JCLC has taken the time to get all this organized.