Friendly Competition

I came across the BBC’s 100 Classics book list in the Birmingham magazine and thought it would be fun to see how I stacked up. The article noted that most people have only read 6. I think our book club can do much better than that! I myself lay claim to 39. Check out the link and, using the reply function below, let me know how many you have read. There will be a prize at our February Bookclub for whomever has the highest response!!

Luma to UAB

The central character in our latest read “Outcasts United” will be on UAB’s campus the end of this month to speak a the annual Community Week. See below for more information:

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s annual Community Week celebration will feature the inspirational coach and founder of the Fugees Soccer Team, composed of young refugees from war-torn nations, as part of activities taking place Jan. 22 through 26.

Luma Mufleh, whose experiences are told in the national bestselling book “Outcasts United,” which was featured in the Fall 2010 Freshman Book Discussion, will give a lecture on Tuesday January 25 in the Alumni Auditorium on UAB’s campus at 8:00 p.m.. She will speak on the importance of community as she calls attention to the crucial role of teamwork in bringing about positive social change, and the role of athletics in empowering historically oppressed groups and in bringing together people from diverse backgrounds.
For more information on this event, please contact Creston Lynch at 934-8020.

Author Abraham Verghese coming to UAB

One of the Bookplates most favorite reads this past year was “Cutting for Stone” by Indian-Ethiopian  physician and author Abraham Verghese. Verghese will be coming to Birmingham to accept the Ireland Award next month. For full details click on the link below to read article from UAB’s website below:

Quick Details: Free Public Lecture and Book Signing

When: 5:30 pm February 7th

Where: Alys Stephens Center

Bookplates Begins a New Year!

2011 is here, hopefully all had splendid holidays and ample time to catch up on some good reads.

Norma May is the hostess with the mostest for January. She will be both welcoming us to her home with tomato bisque and crusty bread and leading the discussion on the thought-provoking and touching read “Outcasts United” by Birmingham’s own Warren St. John. We will gather at 6:30. Please do “leave a comment” below and let us know if you will be able to come and what beverage and/or munchie you will be bringing to accompany the tomato bisque.