O’Bryant featured speaker for READ Alabama
by Rachel Davis
Feb 06, 2012 | 1211 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The second installment of Bevill State Community College’s annual READ Alabama event will be held Tuesday at the Harold Wade Math and Science Building on the Jasper Campus. The speaker will be Robin O’Bryant, author of “Ketchup is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves.”

The Jasper native is excited about coming home and speaking about her memories of growing up in the area.

“I grew up in Jasper and I’m gonna talk some about my love of reading and how that has pushed me toward wanting to be a writer,” O’Bryant said. “I had some really great teachers who read really great books to me. Even in elementary school, Margaret Parks read “Dixie North.” That is one of my most vivid childhood memories — sitting on the reading square and her reading that book to us.”

O’Bryant will talk more about her love of reading and how she became a writer just by chronicling her family’s adventures for distant relatives.

The event will begin with refreshments at 3:30 p.m. and O’Bryant will begin speaking at 4 p.m. and a book signing will follow the program.

William Cobb, whose first novel in nine years, “The Last Queen of the Gypsies,” was recently released, will be the featured guest on Feb. 21.

READ Alabama will wrap up its 19th year on March 6, with Carolyn Maull McKinstry who tells her firsthand account of living through Birmingham’s notorious 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in her book, “While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age during the Civil Rights Movement.”

READ Alabama is a partnership between Bevill State Community College, New South Books, The Walker College Foundation, Alabama Power Company, The Chamber of Commerce of Walker County and the Walker County Arts Alliance.

Admission is free and the events are always open to the public. For more information, call 387-0511, ext. 5715.