October 5, 2007
"... Samford's 2007 Live @ the Library event will present "Pure Southern," featuring Kathryn Tucker Windham, the legendary Alabama author, journalist, storyteller, historian, photographer and all-around Alabama cultural ambassador..."
Samford's 2007 Live @ the Library event will present "Pure Southern," featuring Kathryn Tucker Windham, the legendary Alabama author, journalist, storyteller, historian, photographer and all-around Alabama cultural ambassador. The event–free of charge and open to the public– will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 20 at in University Library room 235. A book signing and refreshments will follow.
Windham, author of 24 books, covered the tough and grim crime beat for the Montgomery Advertiser during the early 1940s. She also served as the Advertiser's "odd-egg editor," in which capacity she reported on a never-ending parade of unique produce—a peach that resembled Winston Churchill and a startling number of eggs bearing marks interpreted as prophesies of Allied victory in WWII.
Widowed after only a decade of marriage to fellow journalist and Samford alumnus Amasa Windham, the young mother of three wrote a column to help make ends meet. She began reporting for the Selma Times-Journal as that city became the focus of national attention during the Civil Rights era. Soon after, she found a new career introducing Alabama's traditional folk culture to new generations of Alabamians.
Windham's adventures in journalism can be found in her 1990 professional memoir, Odd-Egg Editor, but she is best known for her storytelling and for her many books, including the classic 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey. She was the subject of the award-winning 2004 documentary film Kathryn: The Story of a Teller.