James M Deem writes:

I was honored to be the guest of the Birmingham Public Library and the Birmingham Art Museum for three days.

Birmingham Public Library. The Birmingham Public Library selected my book, Bodies from the Ash, as a Read It Forward selection. Copies of the book were distributed free of charge to readers at library branches. Once they finished the book, readers were encouraged to “Read It Forward" by passing the book along to another person. Readers could then log onto the library’s web site to post a comment.

I visited six branches of the library and two public schools over a two day period in November 2007. I spoke about my book and gave a PowerPoint presentation that included many rare images of Pompeii and the body casts discovered there. My thanks to the students, families, and staff members who attended my talks at the Smithfield, West End, Avondale, Springville Road, and Five Points West branches as well as the students, faculty and staff of North Birmingham Elementary School and Woodlawn High School. 

Birmingham Art Museum. On the third day I gave two talks to students as well as members and their families at the Birmingham Art Museum in honor of the museum's Pompeii exhibit.

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