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    LITERATURE

    2nd Annual Alabama Launchpad Innovation Conference Poetry Contest

    Presented by Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA)

    July 1 - July 31, 2015

    In partnership with Create Birmingham, the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA) Foundation is holding a statewide poetry contest. Contestants are asked to submit an original composition on the theme of innovation and creativity in Alabama. Three finalists will be asked to present their work at Alabama Launchpad’s Startup Competition Finale, August 27, where the evening’s attendees will vote on ...more


    Happy Birthday Harry!

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    July 31, 2015

    Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday by watching one of our favorite movies and eating a delicious birthday treat in honor of the boy wizard!  Families welcome!  


    Community of Readers Literacy Program

    Presented by Birmingham Civil Rights Institute at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham

    July 31, 2015

    Families are invited to BCRI's Community of Readers program for books, crafts and snacks.  Reservations are suggested at 205-328-9696 x 249.


    Sci-Fi & Fantasy Festival

    Presented by Hoover Public Library at Hoover Public Library, Hoover

    August 1, 2015

    To wrap up our summer long celebration of all things Sci-Fi and Fantasy, join us for an all-day Sci-Fi and Fantasy Festival!

    - Author programs featuring fantasty author Katherine Harbour...more

    Sci-Fi & Fantasy Festival

    Presented by Hoover Public Library at Hoover Public Library, Hoover

    August 1, 2015

    To wrap up our summer long celebration of all things Sci-Fi and Fantasy, join us for an all-day Sci-Fi and Fantasy Festival! 

    - Author programs featuring fantasy author Katherine...more

    Summer Lovin' Romance Conference

    Presented by North Shelby Library at North Shelby Library, Birmingham

    July 31 - August 1, 2015

    Summer Lovin' Romance Conference with Guest Speaker Dianna Love, New York Times Bestselling Author
    Friday, July 31st 2015...more

    First Thursday Fiction Book Group: The Husband's Secret

    Presented by Hoover Public Library at Hoover Public Library, Hoover

    August 6, 2015

    Join us as we discuss The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty.

    Synopsis: Cecilia Fitzpatrick lives to be perfect: a perfect marriage, three perfect...more

    Pre-Code Film Festival: A 1931 Classic

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    August 6, 2015

    We will show a 1931 classic was without a doubt one of the best films of the pre-Code era, filled with everything that defines pre-Code cinema.  Both dark and hilarious, this fast-paced,...more

    Adaptations Movie Matinee

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Avondale Regional Library (BPL), Birmingham

    August 9, 2015

    Each month Avondale Regional Branch Library spotlights a movie and the book on which the film is based. These programs are free and open to the public. In celebration of Alfred...more

    Second Thursday Fiction Book Group: The Rosie Project

    Presented by Hoover Public Library at Hoover Public Library, Hoover

    August 13, 2015

    Join us as we discuss The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. 

    Synopsis: The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept...more

    Rockin' in My School Shoes

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    August 15, 2015

    Get ready for school "Pete the Cat" style by celebrating some of our favorite Pete adventures!


    Adriane Tharp Book Signing and Reading

    Presented by BAM! Publishing/Espresso Book Machine at Books-A-Million, Birmingham

    August 15, 2015

    Local Author book signing and reading, Saturday August 15th at 2:00 pm, BAM! Publishing and the Espresso Book Machine are proud to present local Birmingham Author and 2015 BAM! Publishing Contest...more

    I Survived Book Club

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    August 18, 2015

    We will be discussing Lauren Tarshis' "I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005".  Enjoy snacks, crafts, and book-specific activities for 4th-6th grade.  Registration required and begins...more

    PJ Storytime

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    August 20, 2015

    Cozy up with this extra-special storytime in your pajamas for nighttime tales and a bedtime snack!


    1st Annual Birmingham Zine Fest Kick-off & Zine Reading

    Presented by Continental Bakery Downtown at Continental Bakery Downtown, Birmingham

    August 21, 2015

    "The 1st Annual Birmingham Zine Fest kicks off at Continental Bakery Downtown with a night of reading and performances from zine makers, poets, performers and more from Alabama, Tennessee and...more

    Rebecca Herrington Book Signing

    Presented by BAM! Publishing/Espresso Book Machine at Books-A-Million, Birmingham

    August 22, 2015

    Local Author book signing, Saturday August 22nd at 2:00 pm, BAM! Publishing and the Espresso Book Machine are proud to present localAlabama Author Rebecca Herrington signing her new book Devil’s...more

    Write Club

    Presented by Hoover Public Library at Hoover Public Library, Hoover

    August 29, 2015

    Meet and mingle with your fellow amateur poets and novelists. Flesh out your characters and tie-up those dangling plot threads! Swap material with other writers, or even read your work aloud....more

    Burningham Birmingham 9 & Fire Ant Film Fest (FAFF)

    Presented by Burningham Birmingham

    August 29 - August 30, 2015

    Burningham Birmingham is a family friendly burning man style event. All ages, abilities, and gender identities welcome. Our 9th annual celebration of Art, Music, and Dance welcomes the...more

    First Thursday Fiction Book Group: Of Mice and Men

    Presented by Hoover Public Library at Hoover Public Library, Hoover

    September 3, 2015

    Join us as we discuss Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.

    SynopsisOf Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck....more

    Oxmoor Page Turners Book Club: Me Before You, by JoJo Moyes

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    September 8, 2015

    Moyes introduces us first to Will Traynor, a formerly high-flying, thrill-seeking executive now confined to a wheelchair as a quadriplegic. Twentysomething Louisa “Lou” Clark has been...more

    Second Thursday Fiction Book Group: Of Mice and Men

    Presented by Hoover Public Library at Hoover Public Library, Hoover

    September 10, 2015

    Join us as we discuss Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.

    SynopsisOf Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck....more

    An Evening with Rick Bragg at The Florentine

    Presented by Urban Ministry, Inc.

    September 17, 2015

    To benefit the programs of URBAN Ministry celebrated Alabama author, Rick Bragg, will share his engaging stories over a delicious dinner in a beautiful setting.  The Florentine is a fully...more

    Reading Roadies Adult Book Club

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL), Birmingham

    June 15 - September 21, 2015

    This group meets to discuss a previously chosen book. Call 205-226-4083 for book choices.
     


    Write Club

    Presented by Hoover Public Library at Hoover Public Library, Hoover

    September 26, 2015

    Meet and mingle with your fellow amateur poets and novelists. Flesh out your characters and tie-up those dangling plot threads! Swap material with other writers, or even read your work aloud....more

    The Little Red Hen

    Presented by Birmingham Children's Theatre at Birmingham Children's Theatre, Birmingham

    September 20 - September 26, 2015

    You may have heard the story before, the Little Red Hen asks for help making her bread but no one will help. That’s not the whole story though, no sirree. There’s much more to it! Come see the...more

    Psychic Fair

    Presented by Books, Beans and Candles Metaphysical Shoppe

    September 26, 2015

    Psychic Fair
    Saturday, September 26th, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Raven will be doing Tarot Readings at
    Books, Beans and Candles Psychic Fair.
    10 minute sessions...more

    Better Than Therapy Book Club: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    September 30, 2015

    A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of...more

    UAB Writers' Series Presents Greg Fraser and Chad Davidson

    Presented by UAB English Department at UAB - Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, Birmingham

    September 30, 2015

    UAB presents a free double reading of Greg Fraser and Chad Davidson. 

    Gregory Fraser is the author of three poetry collections: Strange Pietà (Texas...more

    First Thursday Fiction Book Group: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

    Presented by Hoover Public Library at Hoover Public Library, Hoover

    October 1, 2015

    Join us as we discuss The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.

    Synopsis: A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives...more

    Second Thursday Fiction Book Group: The Husband's Secret

    Presented by Hoover Public Library at Hoover Public Library, Hoover

    October 8, 2015

    Join us as we discuss The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty.

    Synopsis: Cecilia Fitzpatrick lives to be perfect: a perfect marriage, three perfect...more

    The Reluctant Dragon

    Presented by Birmingham Children's Theatre at Birmingham Children's Theatre, Birmingham

    October 4 - October 11, 2015

    We’ve all heard the classic tale; an evil dragon takes captive a damsel in distress while a brave knight is forced to fight him in a blaze of fire and storm but what if there’s more to it than...more

    Oxmoor Page Turners Book Club: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    October 13, 2015

    A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of...more

    Better Than Therapy Book Club: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, by Claire North

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    October 28, 2015

    Harry August is on his deathbed–again. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he...more

    TALENT NEEDED

    Presented by Andrea Lucas Studios at Andrea Lucas Studios, Irondale

    February 16 - October 31, 2015

    Talent needed - all types - all levels. Poets, storytellers, instrumentalist, vocalist, comedians, magicians, historians, etc! 5 talent events planned for the 2015 season. Please get in touch. No...more

    First Thursday Fiction Book Group: The Things They Carried

    Presented by Hoover Public Library at Hoover Public Library, Hoover

    November 5, 2015

    Join us as we discuss The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

    Synopsis: A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives...more

    Oxmoor Page Turners Book Club: The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    November 10, 2015

    Oddly charming genetics professor seeks Perfect Partner.  Quite intelligent barmaid seeks identity of Biological Father.  When their journeys cross, romantic comedy may...more

    Second Thursday Fiction Book Group: The Things They Carried

    Presented by Hoover Public Library at Hoover Public Library, Hoover

    November 12, 2015

    Join us as we discuss The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.

    Synopsis: A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives...more

    Better Than Therapy Book Club: The Hypnotist's Love Story, by Liane Moriarty

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    November 18, 2015

    Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist who works out of the beachfront home she inherited from her grandparents. It’s a nice life, except for her tumultuous relationship...more

    First Thursday Fiction Book Group: A Star for Mrs. Blake

    Presented by Hoover Public Library at Hoover Public Library, Hoover

    December 3, 2015

    Join us as we discuss A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith.

    Synopsis: Cora Blake never dreamed she’d go to Paris. She’s hardly ever left the small...more

    The Bookies Book Group

    Presented by Emmet O'Neal Library at Emmet O'Neal Library (Mountain Brook), Mountain Brook

    April 14 - December 8, 2015

    The Bookies read a variety of popular fiction and nonfiction. The group meets at 10:00 am in the Library's Conference Room. New members are always welcome so make plans to join us! Call the...more

    Oxmoor Page Turners Book Club: The Curiosity, by Stephen P. Kiernan

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    December 8, 2015

    The Curiosity, Stephen Kiernan’s debut novel, is a gripping, poignant, and thoroughly original thriller that raises disturbing questions about the very nature of life and...more

    Second Thursday Fiction Book Group: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

    Presented by Hoover Public Library at Hoover Public Library, Hoover

    December 10, 2015

    Join us as we discuss The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.

    Synopsis: A.J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives...more

    Seussical Theatre Young Audiences

    Presented by Birmingham Children's Theatre at Birmingham Children's Theatre, Birmingham

    December 5 - December 12, 2015

    Horton the elephant hears a small sound coming from a tiny speck of dust and discovers a whole world of people called Whos! Horton vows to take care of them because a person’s a person no matter...more

    Genre Reading Group 2015 Selections

    Presented by Emmet O'Neal Library at Emmet O'Neal Library (Mountain Brook), Mountain Brook

    January 27 - December 29, 2015

    Tired of the same old discussion month after month?  Join the Emmet O'Neal Library's Genre Reading Group!  GRG is not your typical bookgroup.  Instead of all participants reading...more

    UAB Writers' Series Presents Tim Parrish

    Presented by UAB English Department at UAB - Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, Birmingham

    March 9, 2016

    Tim Parrish presents a free reading at UAB. Parrish is the author of three books: Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, a Memoir (University Press of...more

    Pinocchio

    Presented by Birmingham Children's Theatre at Birmingham Children's Theatre, Birmingham

    April 9 - April 23, 2016

    Geppetto is a poor, lonely wood carver wanting nothing more than to have a son of his own. Day after day he whittles a new marionette until, one day, his dreams come true and his marionette,...more

    Great Books Reading & Discussion Group

    Presented by Emmet O'Neal Library at Emmet O'Neal Library (Mountain Brook), Mountain Brook

    July 13, 2015 - July 11, 2016

    The Great Books Reading & Discussion Group is currently reading from "Even Deadlier: A Sequel to The 7 Deadly Sins Sampler" and a limited number are available for check out at...more

    The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    Ongoing

    The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens is the largest public horticultural library in the Southeast and is open to the public. Simply present your Jefferson County Library Card to check out...more

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