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Kathryn Tucker Windham Celebrates Ninetieth Birthday with Music, Laughter

Happy Birthday, Ms. Windham! NewSouth joins the over two-hundred people who gathered last Sunday, June 1, at the Selma Public Library in wishing Kathryn Tucker Windham a happy ninetieth birthday. Guests at the library serenaded Alabama’s favorite storyteller with the sound of comb music, played with a comb and wax paper.

As Ms. Windham described, “I’m a great believer in laughter. That’s why I think these comb concerts work, because they make people laugh.”

Click to watch a video of Kathryn Tucker Windham’s birthday party courtesy of the Montgomery Advertiser.

Kathryn Tucker Windham is one of America’s best-loved storytellers. She began writing as one of the first women daily newspaper reporters in Alabama. After a successful career as a journalist, she turned to writing books of ghost stories and folklore. She remains one of the most popular performers at national storytelling festivals and has been a featured commentator on National Public Radio and Alabama Public Radio. She lives in Selma, Alabama.

Ms. Windham’s Alabama, One Big Front Porch, re-released by NewSouth in 2007, is available from NewSouth Books,, or your favorite local or online book retailer.