2013 READ Alabama wraps up with Tucker
by Rachel Davis
Mar 10, 2013 | 1744 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This year’s final installment of READ Alabama will be held Tuesday at Bevill State Community College’s Jasper campus.

The final author will be Skip Tucker, author of “Pale Blue Light.”

“Pale Blue Light” is a fictional thriller set during the Civil War. It deals with a young plantation owner’s son who leaves home at the beginning of the war and befriends Stonewall Jackson. When Jackson is killed at the Battle of Chancellorsville, the young man suspects there is more to the story and embarks on a journey to find the truth.

Other than the young man, the beginning of the novel follows the events of the time as they are recorded historically. Jackson’s assassination ends the historically accurate portion of the novel and begins the twisted fictional tale of espionage.

Tucker was raised in Eldridge and graduated from Carbon Hill High School. He studied journalism at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Tucker worked as a reporter, editor and assistant publisher for the Daily Mountain Eagle for a decade before venturing into politics as a press secretary for two Alabama gubernatorial candidates and deputy press secretary for Alabama Gov. Jim Folson.

He has also served as the director of Alabama Voters Against Lawsuit Abuse.

Tucker told the Eagle last year that he wrote the book’s original draft longhand and spent two years editing it before he was satisfied with the story.

He spent the next 12 years trying to find a publishing house that believed in the story. Finally, Newsouth Books, based in Montgomery, released the book in September of 2012.

Copies of the book will be available at the event and Tucker will be available to sign them afterwards.

READ Alabama is free and open to the public. Refreshments begin at 3:30 p.m. and the program begins at 4 p.m. in Mathews Lecture Hall in the Harold Wade Math and Science Building on the Jasper campus of Bevill State Community College.

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