Dr. Don Noble and a crew from Alabama Public Television recently were on the Northeast Alabama Community College campus to film a segment for the Emmy-nominated series Bookmark. Noble serves as the host of the program and he was on campus to interview novelist Silas House, who was the featured speaker in NACC’s annual Arts and Humanities Speaker’s Forum.
Noble’s Bookmark series highlights leading writers from throughout the United States, with special emphasis given to Alabama and the Southeast region. Noble is a retired University of Alabama English professor and has been hosting the series since 1988. The success of the show for the past 22 years has been in part to the expert skills of Noble in directing writers to talk about items that audiences find interesting. He says that to make an interview work, the interviewer must make the interview look like a conversation.
In addition to promoting Alabama authors like Mark Childress, Madison Jones, Eugene Walter, Michael Knight, and others, Noble has interviewed Rita Dove, Anne Rice, Lee Smith, James Dickey, Ray Bradbury, just to name a few. Bookmark continues to be a successful program, airing at 11:00 a.m. (CST) each Sunday on Alabama Public Television.
Noble and his producer Wendy Reed filmed in the college’s library and interviewed award-winning Appalachian author, Silas House. House was the keynote speaker for the annual Arts and Humanities Speaker’s Forum at Northeast Alabama Community College. Noble said, “The thing I love about coming here is that I am amazed at how the writer you bring seems to make a lot of sense. For example, Ron Rash and Silas House are a perfect fit for your students. You always seem to have the right writer for the right audience.” Indeed students and faculty stood in long lines to have copies of Clay’s Quilt (2001), A Parchment of Leaves (2003), The Coal Tattoo (2004), Eli the Good (2009), and Something’s Rising (2009) signed.
The NACC Arts and Humanities Speaker’s Forum is an annual event at Northeast. The event is organized by Arts and Humanities Director Joan Reeves. Members of the college’s English honorary, Sigma Kappa Delta, also help with the event. “The respect and popularity of Arts and Humanities Speaker’s Forum and the quality of the program that Mrs. Reeves puts together is evident in that Dr. Noble came to Northeast to interview the keynote speaker,” stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. “Mrs. Reeves does a great job with this and through her efforts we are able to have our students hear and interact with such an outstanding writer as Silas House.”