280 FEAT Randy Hemphill 1.jpg

Photos courtesy of Randy Hemphill.

Hemphill published his second book, “The Restored Man,” in 2019, which details his journey from being a religious man to a restored man and provides a process to help men grow both spiritually and emotionally. Read more


“The Reluctant Empress” follows young Ninallia, who agrees to become a surrogate for an infertile couple in order to save her struggling family from poverty. Read more



Photo by Sarah Finnegan.

Signs of Frank Spain’s philanthropy can be seen around Birmingham, from UAB’s Spain Rehabilitation Center to Spain Park High School. Read more

People 2 Comments

Nia Mya Reese gained national attention with her first book, “How to Deal with and Care for Your Annoying Little Brother.” Read more

Elementary/Intermediate Schools

The Alabama Center for the Book selected the young adult novel “Make It Work,” by Hoover author Chandra Sparks Splond, to represent Alabama at the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 2. Read more


HV SH IreneLathamVisit-6.jpg

Photos by Lexi Coon.

"Each of you has a story, and I challenge you to tell it." Read more



Sydney Cromwell

Nia Mya’s illustrated book, “How to Deal with and Care for Your Annoying Little Brother,” was published in December. But it started as a writing assignment in first-grade teacher Beth Hankins’ class last year. Read more

Elementary/Intermediate Schools 10 Comments

SUN COMM Chandra Splond.jpg

Photo courtesy of Chandra Sparks Splond.

For many children in foster care and awaiting adoption, the journey can be very confusing. Hoover resident and author Chandra Sparks Splond aims to help with her latest book. Read more


Jim Langley

Photo courtesy of Jim Langley.

At age 65, Jim Langley finds himself with a new career of creativity—one of writer, storyteller and artist. Read more

People 1 Comments

Riverchase Elementary

Courtesy of Riverchase Elementary

Local author Heather Jones Skaggs announced today that she is working on her third book about Hoover, this one focused on the community of Riverchase. Read more


An evening with Wally Lamb starts at 7 p.m. tonight followed by a conference featuring several authors tomorrow 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Read more


Heather Skaggs

Photo courtesy of Heather Skaggs.

Images of America Hoover by Heather Skaggs was recently released on Oct. 6. Read more


Blind Luck 2014

Photo courtesy of Robert Brown.

Robert Brown’s latest novel, Blind Luck, was released on Aug. 1 for Kindle. Read more


0614 Jon McClure

Photo by Jeremy Bronaugh.

McClure’s latest best-seller, Alabama’s Best Restaurants Cookbook, was re-released this year with a number of delicious updates. The cookbook features the best restaurants from all over the state along with each restaurant’s best recipes. Read more


0614 John Mantooth

Photo courtesy of Jana White.

John Mantooth, a Hoover resident and Social Studies and English teacher at Calera Middle School, was recently nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for his work in “The Year of the Storm.” Read more


Matthew Creighton

Katie Turpen.

Matthew Creighton has turned his life around for the better, and now he takes his message of redemption to schools and churches across the state in hopes of making a difference. Read more


Devon Hind never set out to write a book. Still, quite by accident, that’s exactly what he’s been working toward for the last 20 years. Read more


Tom Bailey, author

Photo courtesy of Olivia Ficken.

Tom Bailey has served as managing editor with The Birmingham News custom publishing division, while also nurturing a side custom publishing business, Seacoast Publishing, since the early 1980s. Read more


Christopher Paul Curtis, award-winning author of several books for children and teens, will visit Bumpus Middle School on Oct. 8. Read more


Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Hoover Sun