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Harper Lee

Washington, DC "Read" by flickr user markhillary The 2011-2012 Big Read grantees were announced this morning , which means it's time to start gearing up for our sixth season of the program. As always, we look forward to seeing how our 76 grant recipients will use creative new ways to engage their...
Washington, DC Ever since its publication in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird has been a source of cultural fascination . It is read in schools, watched on the big screen, written about, discussed, and endlessly interpreted. A new documentary, Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird , studies...
Washington, DC Image of book cover used courtesy of HarperCollins. Today we?ll visit Maycomb, Alabama as we discuss the classic 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Deservedly, Lee won a Pulitzer Prize for this heart-wrenching story about race and injustice in a small Southern town. Tom...
Washington, DC Book cover used courtesy of Harper Perennial Modern Classics Part of the artistic success of Harper Lee's classic To Kill a Mockingbird stems from the fact that millions of readers---including playwright Horton Foote and Justice Sandra Day O?Connor--- believe that the novel describes...
Washington, DC Harper Lee received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in 2007. Photo courtesy of The White House To celebrate Harper Lee's birthday, here is one of my favorite quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird : I wanted you to see what real courage is. . . . It's when...
Greenwood, South Carolina January 26, 2010 Greenwood County Library in Greenwood, South Carolina, is hosting a Big Read of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird this January and February. So far, the library has distributed more than 1,500 copies of the novel. At least nine community book groups have...
October 29, 2009 Washington, DC Stack of books, Seattle, Washington by Wonderlane ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderlane/ / CC BY 2.0 ) In a world saturated with self-help books, I still swear by the words of courage, inspiration, and even caution that I've found in works of fiction. Here are a...
September 4 , 2009 Washington, DC "Writing is allowed" by Andwat from Flickr Having started the week with a round-up of quotes on reading, it seems fitting to end the week---and summer---with a quantum of quotes on writing. "I think I write in order to discover on my shelf a new book that I would...
July 13, 2009 Washington, DC One of the things about The Big Read that continually amazes me is the uniqueness of each and every project. There were 33 Big Reads on To Kill a Mockingbird in the last round, and not one project was the exact same as any other project. Sure they have things in common...