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VOL. 126 | NO. 117 | Thursday, June 16, 2011

‘Tuscaloosa Ink: Alabama Writers in Memphis’ Set for Tornado Fundraiser Next Week

By Taylor Shoptaw

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Writers from the University of Alabama’s Program in Creative Writing will visit Memphis for a reading of their recent work at a benefit event to raise money for victims of the tornado that devastated Tuscaloosa in April.

“Tuscaloosa Ink: Alabama Writers in Memphis” will be held Thursday, June 23, at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper St.

The evening’s lineup will feature University of Alabama professor Michael Martone, author of “Fort Wayne is Seventh on Hitler’s List”; Barrett Hathcock, a 2004 graduate and visiting associate professor at Rhodes College, whose first collection of short stories “The Portable Son” will be released later this year; and more former and current students from Alabama’s creative writing program.

A silent auction will include signed work by notable Alabama authors Mark Childress, “Crazy in Alabama”; Warren St. John, “Rammer Jammer Yellowhammer”; cartoonist Howard Cruse, “Stuck Rubber Baby”; and other items including a gift subscription to “Alabama Heritage” magazine.

Admission is $10 and proceeds will go to the University of Alabama’s Acts of Kindness fund to assist students, faculty and staff affected by the tornado.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/tuscaloosaink or contact Bard Cole at 337-1695 or tuscaloosaink@gmail.com.

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