Author Archives: Kerry Madden

About Kerry Madden

Kerry writes books for kids and teaches creative writing. Her books include: Offsides, Writing Smarts, Gentle's Holler, Louisiana's Song, Jessie's Mountain, Up Close Harper Lee, and Nothing Fancy About Kathryn and Charlie. She writes essays for the LA Times among other places and divided her life between Birmingham and Los Angeles. Her newest book, Ernestine's Milky Way, will be published by Schwartz & Wade (Random House) in 2019. She is on the faculty at Antioch's Low Residency MFA Program and the Director of Creative Writing at UAB.

NOTHING FANCY ABOUT KATHRYN & CHARLIE blogpost We are guests on Elizabeth Dulemba’s blogspot today talking about the making, writing, and inspiration of NOTHING FANCY ABOUT KATHRYN & CHARLIE. We are planning more library visits soon – this time in … Continue reading

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Dothan Houston County Public Library (and Olive meets the Boll Weevil)

Dothan was our last stop on the June 2013 Library barnstorming tour across Alabama. We left Monroeville at the crack of dawn and drove the back-roads to Dothan passing over a bridge outside of Evergreen called “Murder Creek” and onto … Continue reading

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Monroeville, Alabama – A GOAT-ROPING (and Home of Harper Lee and Truman Capote too) and 9th Library

I’m beginning this blog with a letter from the rock star librarian of Monroeville, Alabama, Jacqueline “Bunny” Hines, who wrote us this letter yesterday: Hey ya’ll, It was  just divine having you all here yesterday!! The program was top notch, … Continue reading

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“Nothing Fancy” in Fairhope, Alabama – 8th Workshop on the road :)

I’m catching up on the blog this morning because we’ve been so busy crisscrossing Alabama we just fell asleep at night, too sleepy to post. Anyway, we loved our visit to Fairhope, Alabama on Monday afternoon. This little coastal town … Continue reading

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Number Seven in Butler, AL in Choctaw County!

It’s Saturday night and I’m catching up on yesterday’s visit to Butler, Alabama, which is approximately 17 miles from the Mississippi state line in the piney woods and timberlands of western Alabama in Choctaw County. The lovely librarian, Ashley Taylor, … Continue reading

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Sixth Library Visit in Gadsden, AL!

We headed up I-59 to Gadsden yesterday morning bright and early for a visit to the Gadsden Public Library where we were greeted by two wonderful librarians, Jillian Reeves and Carol Roark York, who welcomed us with open arms and … Continue reading

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Library Visit Number Five in Selma, AL – Home of Kathryn & Charlie

 “She was twice blessed, she was happy and she knew it.” Kathryn Tucker Windham The sign on the Selma water tower says, “History and Hospitality,” and we got both today with the extraordinary kids, teachers, and librarian wonder, Becky Nichols, … Continue reading

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