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Books-A-Million and Kim Cross Partner to Support Alabama Tornado Victims

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Books-A-Million will host Kim Cross for five appearances on her tour promoting her debut book, “What Stands in a Storm.” The tour begins March 10 at the Brookwood Mall Books-A-Million in Birmingham, Alabama. Copies of the book will be available for purchase through Books-A-Million at the signing events, and a portion of sales will be donated to memorial scholarship funds that honor college students that died during the April 27, 2011 tornadoes that hit Alabama.

“We are happy to be able to help some of the families that were devastated by the tornadoes,” said Scott Kappler, Vice President of Marketing for Books-A-Million. “The storms made an indelible mark on Alabama and we shouldn’t forget those that were affected the most. Kim’s book helps us to remember that day and the havoc it caused for so many people.”

Cross’s debut book, “What Stands in a Storm” gives a narrative nonfiction account of the tornadoes that hit Alabama on April 27, 2011. The book describes how the events of the day unfolded through the eyes of the first responders, families, meteorologists and storm chasers that the tornadoes impacted the most. The book will be released in conjunction with the start of the book tour on March 10.

“This book is not about tornadoes,” said Cross. “It is a timeless true story of love and loss, and the power of people to weather the unthinkable and lift each other up.”

To participate in a book tour event, customers can purchase “What Stands in a Storm” from Books-A-Million on the day of or before the event. Some stops on the book tour will feature characters from the book, including meteorologists James Spann and Jason Simpson, among others.

Cross begins her book tour in Alabama and travels throughout the Southeast. All signing events at Books-A-Million locations can be found below:

  • 7 pm on Tuesday, March 10 in the Birmingham, Ala. Books-A-Million
    • Store address: Brookwood Village, 757 Brookwood Village, Birmingham, Ala. 35209
    • Store phone number: 205-870-0213
  • 7 pm on Thursday, March 12 in the Huntsville, Ala. Books-A-Million
    • Store address: 1001-7 North Memorial Parkway, Huntsville, Ala. 35801
    • Store phone number: 256-536-1940
  • 2 pm on Sunday, March 15 in the Little Rock, Ark. Books-A-Million
    • Store address: 2747 Lakewood Village Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72116
    • Store phone number: 501-771-7581
  • 7 pm on Tuesday, March 24 in the Montgomery, Ala. Books-A-Million
    • Store address: 7074 East Chase Parkway, Montgomery, Ala. 36117
    • Store phone number: 334-263-4679
  • 7 pm on Thursday, April 9 in the Cullman, Ala. Books-A-Million
    • Store address: 719 2nd Avenue NW, Cullman, AL 35055
    • Store phone number: 256-734-7135

Cross is an Alabama resident and award-winning feature writer. She is also an editor-at-large for Southern Living, and put together a Southern Living feature that focused on the Alabama tornadoes in August of 2011.


Books-A-Million, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading book retailers and sells on the Internet at The Company presently operates 257 stores in 32 states and the District of Columbia. The Company operates large superstores under the names Books-A-Million (BAM!), Books & Co. and 2nd & Charles and traditional bookstores operating under the names Bookland and Books-A-Million. Also included in the Company’s retail operations is the operation of Yogurt Mountain Holding, LLC, a retailer and franchisor of self-serve frozen yogurt stores with 44 locations. The Company also develops and manages commercial real estate investments through its subsidiary, Preferred Growth Properties, which presently include four retail shopping centers. The common stock of Books-A-Million, Inc. is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol BAMM. For more information, visit the Company’s corporate website at

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