John Pruett, retired sports editor and columnist for The Huntsville Times, will talk about the integration of football programs in the 1970s during the closing event of Community Read 2012: A Gathering of Old Men on Tuesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Main Library. Read more about Integration and Football
Set on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation in the 1970s, A Gathering of Old Men is a powerful depiction of racial tensions arising over the death of a Cajun farmer at the hands of a black man.
One afternoon, a white woman discovers that a Cajun farmer has been shot in Mathu's, a black man's, yard. She enlists the help of seventeen other old black men by having them come to Mathu's yard, each with a shotgun and one empty number 5 shell. She and the men all claim to be responsible for the murder, in an effort to protect the guilty party and make things difficult for Sheriff Mapes. Read more about S2SB2B: Gathering Of Old Men
In partnership with local bars, Stem & Stein, The Nook, Bandito Burrito Southside, the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library will be kicking off their Community Wide Read for the book Wicked City by Ace Atkins. Local brewery, Straight to Ale, has created the “Wicked City” porter with the book’s setting and time period in mind and the brew will be on tap for bar patrons to purchase. Drop by to learn more about upcoming Community Wide Read events in April and for great giveaways and door prizes.