Huie name will attract visitors to Hartselle
William Bradford Huie wrote some important pieces of American literature. Some of what he wrote hurt; some of it was information people needed to know. He was controversial, but he helped shape who we are today.
And he was Southern, like so many of the nation's great writers.
Hartselle takes proper note of his prolific writing career today at a ceremony that renames the public library in his memory.
A 2 p.m. ceremony will officially rename the library the William Bradford Huie Library of Hartselle. He was born there in 1910 and returned to live some of his happiest years.
The renaming recognizes his contributions to American literature, and is an opportunity to capitalize on his reputation.
Former City Councilman Andy Vest, who helped initiate the name change, wants to bring literary festivals to Hartselle where writers and aspiring authors gather to celebrate their craft.
He wants to establish an archive of Mr. Huie's works, papers and documents.
Mr. Huie was known worldwide for his 23 books, eight of which became movies. His name will attract people to Hartselle and cast the city in a favorable light.
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