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BIRMINGHAM (Oct. 20, 2011) – Tom Brokaw, the well-respected television journalist and blockbuster author of “The Greatest Generation” and “Boom!” will be in Birmingham Monday, Nov. 14 for an event sponsored by Alabama Booksmith to benefit the patients at Children’s of Alabama.

An Evening with Tom Brokaw will be held at the Doubletree Hotel (808 S. 20th St., Birmingham 35205). A private reception with Brokaw will begin at 7 p.m. Reception tickets are $150 and include a personalized, signed first edition of Brokaw’s newest book, “The Time of Our Lives: Past, Present, Promise,” admission to the show and the opportunity to meet Brokaw.

The main event begins at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $39 each and include a signed copy of “The Time of Our Lives: Past, Present, Promise.”

Seating is limited. Tickets are available online at or at Alabama Booksmith, 2626 19th Place S., Homewood 35209.

In this latest book, Brokaw writes about where Americans have been, where they are now, where they should go and how to get there, through stories of four generations of his family and others. Brokaw's mother grew up on a farm in South Dakota during the Great Depression. Now 93 years old, she remembers horse-and-buggy trips into town to buy blocks of ice. Like many of their generation, by the 1950s, the Brokaws had an easier life. They valued family, hard work, faith, thrift, moderation, and community. The generation of Tom's grandchildren, born into the great prosperity of the late twentieth century, has almost the opposite kind of life and expectations. The book explores whether the idea that each generation will enjoy more than the last has been discredited.

Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Ten of its divisions – pulmonology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, neonatology, cancer, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and nephrology—were recently ranked in the Top 50 Children’s Hospital Programs by US News & World Report. Children’s is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet-designated hospital for its excellence of nursing care. The hospital is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011. For more information, visit

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