Find your new favorite reading with 9 Birmingham-Southern Book Clubs – register by October 4


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Pick up a hard copy of these readings at the Little Professor Bookstore. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

With the start of autumn, it’s the perfect season to curl up with a good book, and thanks to Birmingham-Southern College (BSC), you can enjoy a great read and chat with others through one of their nine virtual book clubs. Read on for all the details on how to register before October 4th and start reading your new favorite book from Birmingham-Southern Book Club today.

About the Book Club + how to register

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Some members of the BSC Book Club presented books to the Little Professor Bookstore. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Prepare to read with books you won’t want to let go. With nine different novels that will be part of the Birmingham-Southern Book Club, there are plenty of options to choose from. So go find the story that piques your interest the most.

This fall, Birmingham-Southern Book Clubs will focus on BSC authors, including alumni and faculty. It’s not often that you discuss a book you’ve read with the author who wrote it, but now you can. Almost all of the featured authors will make an appearance in the Book Club discussions, along with a number of interesting presenters from the Birmingham-Southern College community.

Enrollment in these clubs is completely free and open to anyone wishing to enroll, regardless of their age or connection with the college. All you have to do to participate is Register now, choose a book from the list, buy it and finish reading before the virtual discussion.

Here are the dates to know:

Now on the books.

1. Family law

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One of the books featured in the Birmingham-Southern Book Club
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Author Gin Phillips. Photo via Gin Phillips website

Set in Alabama in the early 1980s, an ambitious lawyer is the victim of harassment. She must decide what is most important: the safety of her family or the rights she fights for.

You will follow a journey of self-discovery and struggle as this lawyer faces the dangers of helping other women escape unhealthy and dangerous marriages.

  • About Author: Gin Phillips BSC Class of 96 — Born in Montgomery, Gin graduated from BSC with a degree in political journalism and worked as a magazine editor around the world before returning to Birmingham. She wrote five novels and her first work won a Barnes & Noble Discover award.
  • Facilitator: Dr Fred Ashe — Retired BSC English Teacher
  • Register now

2. Two steps forward, one step back: my life in the world of music

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Explore the exciting world of the music industry. Photo via BSC blog

This is the autobiography of Miles A. Copeland, a maverick manager, promoter, label owner and legend.

Travel across the Middle East with Miles and his CIA agent father, then to London in the late 1960s at the start of his career as a music manager. You will experience the exciting ups, downs, and middles of a lifetime in the music industry.

  • About Author: Miles Copeland BSC Class of ’66 – American music and entertainment executive, Miles directed The Police and Sting. He is also the co-founder of the IRS Records label: producer of REM, The Bangles, Berlin, The Cramps, Dead Kennedys, The Go-Go’s and more.
  • Facilitators: Andrea Paschal, Managing Director of Think Indie Distribution / Coalition of Independent Music Stores and Scott Register, host of Reg’s Coffeehouse on Birmingham Mountain Radio and father of Mitchell Register, freshman at BSC.
  • Register now

3. Riding the waves of Alzheimer’s disease: principles of care that allowed me to stay upright

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Another great read for the Birmingham-Southern Book Club. Photo via Renée Harmon’s website
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Author Renée Harmon. Photo via Renee Harmon website

Follow Renée through her husband’s eight years with Alzheimer’s disease. She uses the structure of a memoir to tell him the incredible story of her husband.

It’s a great read for those who want a taste of what it’s like to live loving and caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.

  • About Author: Dr Renée Harmon BSC Class of ’83 —Renée received her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed residencies at the Medical University of South Carolina in Family Medicine where she and her husband were co-residents chief. They returned to Birmingham to open a private practice together and worked until her husband’s illness forced her to retire. Renée is now also retired and concentrates on her writing, speaking and hiking.
  • Facilitator: Mike Chappell BSC Class of ’82 — Retired from a 31 year career in teaching in 2015 and started a career in real estate at Weichert Realtors – The Space Place
  • Register now

4. Bay Boy: Stories from a Childhood in Point Clear, Alabama

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Growing up in Point Clear, AL. Photo via BSC blog
Author Watt Key
Author Watt Clé. Photo via Watt Key website

Enjoy this fun and colorful coming-of-age memoir of Watt Key’s childhood in Point Clear, Alabama. You can expect to follow the Tom Sawyer’s journeys of an outdoor childhood in Alabama as Watt meets curious characters and experiences the traditions of the Gulf Coast.

  • Author: Watt key BSC Class of ’92 —Watt is an award-winning author from Alabama who has been a hit with reluctant young readers. Her first novel, Alabama Moon, won the 2007 EB White Read-Aloud Award, the 2006 Parent’s Choice Gold Award, and was listed as “100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time” by Time Magazine.
  • Facilitator: Rev. Evan Garner BSC Class of ’02 —Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Register now

5. Madness rises

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Read Madness Rising for a thrilling space adventure. Photo via BSC blog

If you like science fiction and a bit of a thrill, this is the perfect read for you. Robots, aliens, and the last human colony are all elements that this story revolves around.

  • Author: Keith Parker BSC Class of ’86 —Keith is a novelist who enjoys nostalgia, adventure, romantic adventure, coming of age stories, speculative fiction and whiskey. His favorite authors are Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, HP Lovecraft and Ernest Hemingway.
  • Facilitator: Dr Duane Pontius BSC Class of ’81, T. Morris Hackney — Professor of Physics and Daphne powell– Director of donor relations
  • Register now

6. The Newspaper Boy: Coming of Age in Birmingham, AL during the Civil Rights Era

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A great read to add to your fall book list. Photo via BSC Book Club

Here are the memoirs of young Chervis Isom as he grew up working as a press boy amid the racial conflicts unfolding in Birmingham. Follow the journey of a young boy as he tries to make sense of the world he lives in.

  • Author: Chervis Isom BSC Class of ’62 —Chervis has worked extensively in the South with developers and real estate professionals from all walks of life. He is Senior Legal Counsel in the Birmingham office of Baker Donelson Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, and is the former Chairman of the Real Estate Practice Group.
  • Facilitator: Lars Porter BSC Class of ’04 —Technology Coordinator at Mountain Brook Junior High School
  • Register now

7. A family place: a man returns to the center of his life

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A Family Place is a great read on the Birmingham-Southern Book Club List. Photo via BSC blog
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Author Charles Gaines. Photo via Inkwell Management

Read about a couple’s decision to purchase land that would lead to the building of their saving grace. This is perfect for those looking for a heartwarming story about growing up in middle age and the importance of family.

  • Author: Charles Gaines BSC Class of ’64 —Charles is the 2020 Truman Capote Award Winner for Non-Fiction Writing. He moved to Alabama at the age of 10 and is best known for his work in the sport of bodybuilding. His novel Stay Hunger focused on the bodybuilding subculture in the early 70s and was made into a movie set in Birmingham.
  • Facilitator: Sue Dill Grogan BSC Class of ’73
  • Register now
Join the Birmingham-Southern Book Club and read fun stories like this. Photo via BSC blog

It is a must-read book for mystery lovers. What secret has the promoter of the Beauregard Henry shopping center buried under the fountain in his shopping center? Everyone is trying to find out, but maybe you can find out first by reading this novel with the Birmingham-Southern Book Club.

  • Author: Maury levine BSC Class of ’91 —Maury is a call center manager in Birmingham by day and a drummer for musical theater productions by night. Shopping Bagged is her first novel.
  • Facilitator: Kyle Bass BSC Class of ’86 —Executive Director and Founder, Homewood Theater
  • Register now

9. If I were the boss of you: a southern woman’s guide to the sweetness of life

A great choice for the Birmingham-Southern Book Club. Photo via Melinda Rainey Thompson’s website
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Author Melinda Rainey Thompson. Photo via Melinda Rainey Thompson’s website

Prepare to laugh, cry and stay awake the night away with Melidna Rainey Thompson’s portrayal of a modern Southern women’s perspective on life. Each woman will be able to relate to aspects of this novel detailing the nagging concerns we all have about our daily lives.

  • Author: Melinda Rainey Thompson– Melinda is the bestselling author of five books and her work has been reviewed by the New York Journal of Books and many others. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Tulane University and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). When not working on a book, Melinda is freelance and lectures all over the country.
  • Facilitator: Alexis Barton — Senior Communications Consultant at BBVA USA
  • Register now

Learn more about all of these books and authors at BSC Blog.

Which book will you choose to dive into for the Birmingham-Southern Book Club? Once you have made the difficult decision, remember to sign up and read!

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