Most, if not all, of us read Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird
in school. Many of us loved this book about the love of family, principles, racism and the South so deeply we have re-read it again and again. For true To Kill A Mockingbird
acolytes, the Harper Lee lore is just as fascinating as the book. The Pulitizer Prize-winner only wrote that one novel and has lived nearly all of her life in seclusion, instead of chasing fame. A new documentary
, “Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird,” by Mary McDonagh Murphy explores Harper Lee’s life and tries to answer why she never published again. Harper Lee hasn’t given an interview since 1964, but the filmmaker spoke with her friends and sister, as well as accessed photos and documents that have never been seen before. Literary bigwhigs like Anna Quindlen, James McBride and yes, the big O, all participated in the doc, as well. “Hey Boo” opens in New York City and Los Angeles tonight — and I, for one, am dying to see it. [First Run Features
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We asked last week for you to share with us the most memorable book you read in your high school English classes for a chance to win a special 50th anniversary edition of To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. The Frisky had no idea we had such bookworms reading our site. We’ll reveal our winner, after the jump: Keep reading »
Earlier this week marked the 50th anniversary of the classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. In the past half-century, Scout, Jem, Atticus and, of course, Boo Radley have charmed millions of readers (if not necessarily high school English classes) with their tale about coming of age, family, and racism in the South. I can’t be the only one who was inspired as a kid by spunky Scout and her wild imagination! This summer, libraries and book clubs around the U.S. and Canada are celebrating the 50th anniversary, so be sure to check out events in your area.
WIN THIS! We’re giving away one copy of the special 50th anniversary edition of To Kill A Mockingbird, plus a new companion book, Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of 50 Years of To Kill A Mockingbird, a collection of interviews with famous authors on how Harper Lee’s novel influenced their own work. But you have to work if you want them! In the comments, tell us which was the most memorable book you read in high school English class and why by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 22. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner Friday, July 23. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck!
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July 11 marks the golden anniversary of Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird. So in honor of this novel, whose themes still ring true today, we’ve decided to celebrate the tomboy style of narrator Scout Finch. Keep reading »