The Huntsville Library Foundation presents journalist and author Rick Bragg as guest speaker for the 2013 edition of the annual Vive le Livre, Long Live the Book, on Thursday, September 12, in the Thurber Auditorium at Randolph School.
From the book jacket: 'A haunting memoir about growing up dirt-poor in the pines of Alabama...the extraordinary gifts for evocation and insight that earned Rick Bragg a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1996 are here brought to bear on the wrenching story of his own family's life.'
From the book jacket: 'The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'All Over But the Shoutin' continues his personal history of the Deep South with an evocation of his mother's childhood in the Appalachian foothills during the Great Depression and the magnificent story of the man who raised her.'
From the book jacket: "'The Prince of Frogtown' documents a mesmerizing journey back in time to the lush Alabama landscape of Rick's youth, to Jacksonville's one-hundred-year old mill, the town's blight and salvation; and to a troubled, charismatic hustler coming of age in its shadow, Rick's father, a man bound to bring harm even to those he truly loves."
From the book jacket: "...it seemed a miracle to blue-collar people in Jacksonville, Alabama that their mill still bit, shook, and roared....the mill had become almost a living thing, rewarding the hard-working and careful with the best payday they ever had, but punishing the careless and clumsy, taking a finger, a hand, and more."