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Author Event: Gregory Benford

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Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Nebula Award-winning science fiction author Gregory Benford presents "The Wonderful Future That Still Can Be."  Gregory will discuss science fiction and its impact on current science.

Gregory Benford – physicist, professor and award-winning science fiction author – has led a life as wide-ranging as his fictional characters, and far more improbable. Gregory was born in Mobile, Alabama.  He holds a B.S. from the University of Oklahoma, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.  Currently Gregory is a professor of physics at the University of California, Irvine, where he conducts research in plasma turbulence theory and in astrophysics.

Gregory is the author of over twenty novels, including Jupiter Project, Artifact, Against Infinity, Eater, andTimescape.  A two-time winner of the Nebula Award, Gregory has also won the John W. Campbell Award, the Australian Ditmar Award, the 1995 Lord Foundation Award for achievement in the sciences, and the 1990 United Nations Medal in Literature.

His television credits include A Galactic Odyssey and Japan 2000. He has served as scientific consultant to the NHK Network and for Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Admission $10.  Reception for participants 6:30pm.  Tickets available online at here or in person at the Main Library.

Co-presented by Huntsville-Madison County Public Library and Deep South Con 50.  For more information, call Sophie Young at 256-532-2362. Read more about Author Event: Gregory Benford

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Author Event: Dave Laurence Rogers

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Friday, June 15, 2012 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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Join us as award-winning journalist and historian D. Laurence Rogers discusses his book Apostles of Equality: The Birneys, the Republicans, and the Civil War, featuring the Birney family and their activities in politics and war.

The first biographical account of the life of James Gillespie Birney in more than fifty years, this insightful history illuminates and elevates an all-but-forgotten figure whose political career contributed mightily to the American political fabric.

Huntsville’s own Topper Birney will introduce Dave and field questions during Q&A as well.

Co-hosted by the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library and J. F. Drake Memorial Learning Resources Center, Alabama A&M University.

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Author Event: Rheta Grimsley Johnson

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Friday, June 8, 2012 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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Rheta Grimsley Johnson comes back to the Library to talk about her latest book, Hank Hung the Moon and Warmed Our Cold, Cold Hearts.

Hang Hung the Moon is Rheta’s evocative and personal tale of 1950s and ‘60s musical staples, all viewed through the life story of Hank Williams and the people he influenced.  The book celebrates a world of 78 rpm records and 5-cent Cokes.  Hank provides the soundtrack and wisdom for this Last Picture Show of a book.

Finally, stories you haven’t heard a thousand times before about people who love Hank, some famous, most not.  This lively little book uses Hank as metaphor for life.  You’ll tap your toe and demand an encore.

Rheta Grimsley Johnson has covered the South for over three decades as a newspaper reporter and columnist.  Her reporting has won numerous awards, and in 1991 she was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for commentary.  In 1986 Johnson was inducted into the Scripps Howard Newspapers Editorial Hall of Fame.  Syndicated today by King Features, Johnson’s column appears in about 50 papers nationwide.  She is the author of Poor Man’s Provence and Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming, both published by NewSouth Books.

 
Location: Main Library Auditorium
Time: Friday June 8 • 6:30-8PM

Tickets: $10
Number of reservations available: 120

 

Tickets available at http://store.hmcpl.org/tickets/rhetagjohnson or  in person at the Main Library.  M-F 9-5 in the Administration Office.  Other hours in the First Floor Circulation Desk. Read more about Author Event: Rheta Grimsley Johnson

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Poet shares "Pieces of Myself"

Acclaimed local poet Anne Rutledge and a few of her friends will read selections from her new book, Pieces of Myself, on Sunday, June 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the second-floor meeting room of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, 915 Monroe St. Read more about Poet shares "Pieces of Myself"

Write Right Lunch & Learn: Plotting and Pacing Your Novel

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Write Right Lunch & Learn: "Plotting and Pacing Your Novel"

Tuesday, June 12

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m

Main Library, 915 Monroe Street

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Presenter: Lynn Raye Harris, author of Strangers in the Desert

How do you decide what happens in your novel? Do you have enough plot to carry you to the end? Is there too much going on? How do you keep the action going and your readers turning pages?  Learn these essentials to fiction writing.

USA Today bestselling author Lynn Raye Harris burst onto the scene when she won a writing contest held by Harlequin. The prize was an editor for a year -- but only six months later, Lynn sold her first novel. A former finalist for the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award, Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome husband and two crazy cats. Her latest book, Strangers in the Desert, was a Romantic Times Book Reviews magazine Top Pick.

Bring a sack lunch. Drinks will be provided. Questions? Contact Mary Moore at askus@hmcpl.org or 256-532-5975. Read more about Write Right Lunch & Learn: Plotting and Pacing Your Novel

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Jefferson Bass turns the "Key"

Dr. Bill Brockton is back with a new forensic puzzle to solve – but this time the clues are 2,000 years old and the solution may be earth-shattering. Find out more about his latest adventure, The Inquisitor’s Key, when his creators, journalist Jon Jefferson and forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass, the writing team Jefferson Bass, return to Huntsville on Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. Read more about Jefferson Bass turns the "Key"

"Titanic" author tells family story

Only a fourth of the families who boarded the "unsinkable" Titanic in 1912 survived. Hear the story of one of them when author Julie Hedgepeth Williams talks about her book, "A Rare Titanic Family," on Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Main Library. Read more about "Titanic" author tells family story

Meet the Author: Hester Bass

How did a game show, a hurricane, and a fairy tale help a childhood dream come true? Find out when award-winning author Hester Bass talks about her work on Sunday, September 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Main Library auditorium. Read more about Meet the Author: Hester Bass

Author Event: Hester Bass

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Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
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How did a game show, a hurricane, and a fairy tale help a childhood dream come true?  Hester Bass tells how a young boy from New Orleans became the “most famous American artist you’ve never heard of” and a dreamy first-grader became an award-winning author.

Meet Hester at the Library as she talks about her latest book, The Secret World of Walter Anderson.  Hester shares the journey of this book to publication and what it was like to work with the illustrator, E. B. Lewis, and the Walter Anderson Family.  Discover details that didn't make it into the book. Read more about Author Event: Hester Bass

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Hear novelist Robert McCammon talk about his work

Robert R. McCammon, author of Boy’s Life, the Matthew Corbett series of historical thrillers and The Five, will talk about his work and sign books on Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Main Library, 915 Monroe St. His visit is sponsored by the Huntsville Literary Association. Admission is free. Read more about Hear novelist Robert McCammon talk about his work

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