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Hartselle literary festival good idea for all of county

Now that Hartselle's public library is getting a new name, let's all get behind the idea to celebrate the literary works of the man for whom it will be renamed.

That's William Bradford Huie, of course, the Hartselle native who sold more than 30 million copies of the books he wrote. He was born in Hartselle in 1910. Before he died in 1986, Mr. Huie published 23 books, eight of which became movies.

The Hartselle City Council agreed with the unanimous recommendation of the library board and Tuesday night named the facility in Mr. Huie's memory.

Former councilman Andy Vest was a primary advocate for making the change because he believes Mr. Huie's prolific work should bring more honor and recognition to Alabama and to Hartselle.

With the exact name of the library yet to be decided, Mr. Vest is already thinking about the future. He wants to establish an archive of Mr. Huie's work and documents, and he wants the library to sponsor literary festivals.

This is a project that all of the county should embrace, including Calhoun Community College.

Mr. Huie's stature in the literary world would be a magnet to attract some of the nation's greatest writers and scholars to Hartselle as part of a festival. Being part of the literary festival would add to Calhoun's status as a leading community college.

"I'm not going to leave you," Mr. Vest told library board members Monday. "I'm going to be around to help make all of this happen."

He will have help. Mr. Vest will find corporations and volunteers eager to help because he truly has a good idea.

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