2018 Read Alabama: The Tradition Continues celebrates 25th season!

As a proud partner of the Read Alabama: The Tradition Continues program, we are excited to share the schedule for the 2018 season with you. Walker College Foundation has been a part of this outstanding program for many years and we are looking forward to another great season. The program is free to the public and provides a rare opportunity for students and community members to meet and spend time with published Alabama authors. Sessions begin at 4 p.m. with an opening reception at 3:30 p.m. in Mathews Lecture Hall - Wade Math & Science Building - Bevill State Community College - Walker College Campus.

This program is a partnership between Bevill State Community College, Walker College Foundation, Alabama Power Company, The Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, Walker County Arts Alliance, Jasper Main Street, and The Literacy Council of Walker County. This year, the Alabama Bicentennial Commission has helped to select authors who have written works that celebrate Alabama’s bicentennial. Join us as we celebrate Read Alabama’s 25th season and Alabama’s 200th birthday.

2018 Featured Authors:

• Tuesday, February 6 – Laura Murray – Amazing Alabama: A Coloring Book Journey Through Our 67 Counties - This is a delightful, one-of-a-kind coloring book whose publication coincides with two significant bicentennial celebrations: the 2017 anniversary of Alabama becoming a territory and the 2019 anniversary of Alabama becoming a state.

• Tuesday, February 20 – John Sledge – These Rugged Days: Alabama in the Civil War - The Civil War has left indelible marks on Alabama’s land, culture, economy, and people. Despite its lasting influence, this wrenching story has been too long neglected by historians preoccupied by events elsewhere. In These Rugged Days: Alabama in the Civil War, Sledge provides a long overdue and riveting narrative of Alabama’s wartime saga.

• Tuesday, March 6 – Edwin C. Bridges – Alabama: The Making of an American State - Here, presented for the first time ever in a single, magnificent volume, Edwin C. Bridges conveys the magisterial sweep of Alabama’s rich, difficult, and remarkable history. It is illustrated lavishly with maps, archival photographs, and archaeological artifacts - many never before published.

• Tuesday, March 20 – Jeanie Thompson – The Myth of Water: Poems from the Life of Helen Keller - The Myth of Water is a cycle of thirty-four poems by award-winning Alabama poet and writer Jeanie Thompson in the voice of world-renowned Alabamian Helen Keller.

Mark your calendars for this outstanding author lineup and plan to join us!

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