Church & Oak November Book Club: The Middlesteins

  Why join a book club? Some people like to gossip and drink wine, but I can do that without reading a book first. Some people want to force themselves to read books, but I don’t think that really works. For me, the reason to join a book club is […]

Movie Trailer Monday: Under the Skin

Under the Skin with Scarlett Johansson doesn’t have a U.S. release date yet, but we’re sufficiently creeped out by the preview to want to include it as a Halloween scary movie trailer. The plot? Johansson is an alien who lures men to their deaths … so maybe not that far […]

Birmingham’s Future Looks Bright

It’s a good time to live — and work — in Birmingham. Revitalization of our city, especially our downtown districts, seems to be getting stronger every day. We’re proud to be part of the positive change by creating sites for fantastic community partners like The Community Foundation (click here to […]

Movie Trailer Monday: Great Expectations

We’ve read the book, and now we’re ready for the October 11 movie release of this Great Expectations remake. There’s a lot to live up to with this one, but we think the casting of Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham is a good sign. When a book morphs into […]

Outlaws at Church Street: Music, Books and Storytelling This Thursday Night!

Creative Commons license: Feliciano Guimarães     Set your calendar alert now for Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Church Street, where we’ll be hosting a night of music and storytelling — the event is free and everyone is welcome.   Michael Streissguth, author of Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris and […]

Battling Giants: Reading Malcolm Gladwell and Rethinking Underdogs

Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, David and Goliath, is released today, and he’s once again challenging our preconceptions — not only of the scriptural story of the shepherd and the giant, but of the whole idea of the underdog, a character that we Americans especially cherish. Gladwell knows we love a […]