Book briefs

North to sign books at Augusta store


Fox News Channel’s War Stories host, Col. Oliver North, will sign copies of his new book, Counterfeit Lies, at 3 p.m. June 15 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in the Augusta Mall.

People who attend will be required to buy a copy of the book from the mall store to get a signature. For more information, call the store at (706) 737-0012.

Literacy Summit
will begin Thursday

The GRU Literacy Center will hold the 2014 Literacy Summit beginning Thursday at the Summerville Campus in University Hall.

Thursday night will include panel discussions and presentations on literacy research at all levels by local and national speakers. These sessions will be held in UH 170.

On Friday and Saturday, Marie Carbo, an internationally known reading expert, will be the keynote speaker. Also, the National Reading Styles Institute (NRSI) will be presenting.

The Literacy Summit is free and open to the public.

For more information or to register, contact Dr. Paulette Harris at or (706) 729-2045 or visit

O’Reilly’s latest book to feature Patton

NEW YORK — Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s fourth book in his multimillion-selling history series will examine the mysterious death surrounding famed World War II Gen. George Patton.

Stephen Rubin, the president and publisher of Henry Holt and Co., announced Wednesday that Killing Patton will be published Sept. 23. Martin Dugard is the co-author.

Patton was a charismatic, controversial commander who led an armored drive across France and into Nazi Germany after the invasion of Normandy. He died after an automobile accident in 1945.

O’Reilly’s previous history series best-sellers include Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot, Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assas­sination That Changed Amer­ica Forever and Killing Jesus: A History.

Writers Hall of Fame planned in Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, ALA. — Two Alabama literary groups are teaming up to launch an Alabama Writers Hall of Fame expected to be housed at the University of Alabama.

The Alabama Center for the Book and the Alabama Writers’ Forum are collaborating on the project aimed at promoting the state’s literary history.

Alabama Writers’ Forum Director Jeanie Thompson says the groups have been working on the idea for about two years.

The groups are assembling a list of potential inductees, and suggestions from the public are being accepted.

– From staff and wire reports