TAB book reviewer celebrates 20 years with paper

Martine Bates Fairbanks had finished her doctorate in educational leadership and was working for the Morgan County Board of Education when she saw a new challenge in the pages of The Alabama Baptist (TAB).

“I saw a notice that (TAB) was looking for writers, so I went to a training at the Madison Baptist Association,” Fairbanks said. That was in 1998. Soon after, she pitched an article and the idea was accepted. She kept her eyes and ears open for potential stories and found “they were everywhere.”

She became a regular correspondent for TAB and continued to work as an educator, serving as a principal, a university professor and currently as pre-K facilitator with Morgan County Schools.

When the opportunity to review books for TAB opened a few years ago, she jumped at the chance. Fairbanks said she has been a “voracious” reader all her life and had reviewed books for other publications. Through the years she has reviewed other media but books remain her favorite.

“I love getting new books to review, and I love helping authors get the word out about their books,” she said. (TAB)