Ace Atkins, author of Wicked City and Pulitzer Prize nominee, will discuss his inspiration for developing the story and his process for writing the book. Refreshments will be served and author book signing will follow. Read more about A Wicked Time with Ace
Anissa Graham, a native of Columbus, GA, will discuss how Phenix City was and is viewed by those who live across the Chattahoochee River. The presentation will focus on the symbiotic relationship of the two towns, from the 1950s to the present. “Up from The Ashes,” the documentary about Phenix City will also be shown. Read more about “A View from across the River”
April 11 Lunch & Learn(noon-1PM) – bring a brown bag lunch – held in the Main Library’s second floor meeting room
Presenter: Ruth Coulter Bentley
Title: Ruth Coulter Bentley – Tracing the Tragedy & Triumph of Phenix City
Ruth Coulter Bentley, a Phenix City native whose family were leaders in the 1954 Cleanup, sets the stage and outlines the story of “The Wicked City” in the 1950’s.
Writing Guide handout will be available to describe and record your own stories from the 1950s.
Ruth Coulter Bentley grew up in Phenix City during its heyday as the "wickedest city in America", the subsequent 1954 Clean Up and the beginning of its current period of economic growth as an "All-American City". Because of her family's involvement in the Clean Up with her mother, Hilda H. Coulter, leading the Russell Betterment Association Auxilliary and its "Angry Women", she had an insider view of this period in the history of her home town. She married Dr. Michael D. Bentley, nephew of Hugh Bentley, who spearheaded the Clean Up as founder and President of the Russell Betterment Association, and they spent most of their professional lives in Maine where she retired as Coordinator of International Student Programs at the University of Maine. In part her Phenix City background spurred her major in Political Science and History, work in Intercultural Education and leadership roles in the League of Women Voters of Maine. In 1996 they returned to Alabama, where Dr. Bentley has continued his career as an organic chemist, presently as Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Serina Therapeutics at Hudson-Alpha Institute. Mrs. Bentley has pursued her interests in history and gardening and been active as a volunteer in the Huntsville community. Read more about Tracing the Tragedy & Triumph of Phenix City (Lunch & Learn)
In partnership with the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library and in support of the 2011 Community Wide Read, Family & MWR Library on Redstone Arsenal is having an Open House on April 5, 2011, from 10 am-6 pm. The Library will also feature Homer Hickam's memoir October Sky/Rocket Boys, giving away copies of October Sky/Rocket Boys and related books for children. Refreshments will be served. For more details, call the Library at 256-876-4741.
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.
In partnership with local bars, Stem & Stein, The Nook, Bandito 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.