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From July 14, 2005...

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is set for release this weekend and anxious fans can't wait to see what J.K. Rowling has up her sleeve! I'm Greg Bass and tonight on Tapestry – the magic of good storytelling. Also – the making of a Supreme Court Justice and music from Rollin' in the Hay. After this wrap-up of arts news...

Arts news

Muggles Alert! Book six of the Harry Potter series is set for release tomorrow at midnight and the Half-Blood Prince is already creating a buzz. Nearly 11 million copies will be available in the U-S alone. But what is it that makes the Harry Potter series so enduring? We asked some local Potter fans.

Montage of Harry Potter fans

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

When Potter fans want to indulge their fantasies, they can log on to one of the most popular Harry Potter fan sites on the web –sugarquill.net. We phoned up sugarquill’s co-founder, Jennie Levine, at her day job – as a curator at the University of Maryland's library. We asked her - what are the biggest questions going into this sixth novel?

Jennie Levine on Harry Potter

Jennie Levine is co-creator of sugarquill.net – a website where Harry Potter fans can submit their own fan fiction...stories that expand on themes in the Harry Potter books. We've got more Potter links, including information on local Potter events, on the Tapestry section of our website – wbhm.org.

President Bush says he's getting closer to making a decision on filling the Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Mr. Bush and advisors met with Democrats and Republicans from the Senate earlier this week – in what will no doubt be a confirmation battle.

Hugo Black of Alabama

If you're interested in how the qualities of a Supreme Court justice are shaped, there's a new book out on Hugo Black, one of America's most important and controversial Supreme Court justices. In his new book, Hugo Black of Alabama, author Steve Suitts contends that Black's hardscrabble upbringing in the hill country of Clay County and his early experiences as a lawyer in Birmingham taught him lessons that he carried with him to the U-S Senate and eventually the Supreme Court...

Steve Suitts interview

Steve Suitts hales from the free-state of Winston County and was founding director of the Alabama Civil Liberties Union. He's the author of Hugo Black of Alabama, published by NewSouth Books of Montgomery. There's an extended version of our interview on the Tapestry section of our website, wbhm.org.

Daniel Alarcon

Authors often write about their homes. But the concept of "home" is a complicated one for Daniel Alarcon, whose new story collection War by Candlelight is receiving high praise from book reviewers. Alarcon was raised in Alabama, but most of these stories take place more than 3,000 miles away, in his native Peru. One reviewer has described the narratives as "stories about characters in transition, from unrepentant terrorists to immigrants wrestling with the idea of never returning home...men and women who are never entirely free of the convulsive conditions that define their lives." Reporter Dale Short talked with Alarcon about his book...

Daniel Alarcon interview

Daniel Alarcon's collection of stories is called War by Candlelight. It's published by Harper-Collins.

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Rollin' in the Hay

"Groove Grass", "Renegade Bluegrass", "Redneck Speed Metal" – whatever you call it, the spicy three-part harmony of Birmingham band Rollin' in the Hay takes you on a ride! This wild, caffeine-laced front porch hoe down is constantly touring colleges and concert halls nationwide, but band member Rick Carter stopped by our studios this week to talk about the music. This is "Caleb Hall" from Rollin’ in the Hay’s self-titled CD. (AUDIO MONTAGE) Rollin’ in the Hay encourages fans to tape their live shows, so there are thousands of hours of bootleg tapes traded on the Internet. But you don’t have to go trawling the world wide web -- just point your browser to wbhm.org – where you'll find downloads of their music on our Tapestry page. You can also see Rollin' in the Hay live tomorrow night at Zydeco and next Friday at Hayfest at the Workplay Theatre.

Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell produces our musician profiles. Additional reporting this week from Dale Short and Raleigh-Elizabeth Smith. I'm Greg Bass. Thanks for joining us!

Support for Tapestry comes from the Jefferson County Commission through the Jefferson County Community Arts Funds administered by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham.