2015 was a great year for BAM! Publishing and our local authors in Birmingham. It was our second full year in operation with the Espresso Book Machine, and it proved to be the best one yet! The competition was fierce for top five bestselling books. They range in genre with topics including devotional, fiction, history, and poetry.
On Saturday, November 21st, the Brookwood Village Books-A-Million in Birmingham hosted newly self-published author Slay James as he signed his brand new novel Hero, book one in a series he is writing called The Changelings Trilogy. The book is about a young man from rural Alabama who never thought he would be extraordinary, but whose world is suddenly changed when he is gifted with supernatural abilities–abilities that make him the hero he never thought he would be.
“…December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” These words were spoken 74 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Congress as he asked for a declaration of war. This would launch America into WWII, a conflict that was well under way on two fronts: Europe and the Pacific. It would also change the course of many young people’s lives as they would serve in one of America’s bloodiest wars. This is the subject of Dr. Donald E. Wilson’s bestselling book Alabama Bomber Boys: 70th Anniversary Memorial Edition (BAM! Publishing, 2015). The book specifically chronicles the war through the eyes of young men from Alabama who served in Europe in the Army’s Eighth Air Force (this unit is now the under the U.S. Air Force stationed in Louisiana). Recently, we sat down with Dr. Wilson to discuss his book and the significance of WWII in American history, as well as its importance for new generations.