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To Kill A Mockingbird

Lee E. Ernst as Atticus and Mallorey Wallace as Scout in Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s production of Harper Lee’s and Christopher Sergel’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Photo by Michael Brosilow This week, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater kicked off its production of To Kill A Mockingbird , directed by...
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 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...
Woodstock, Georgia March 9, 2010 Taryn Chidebelu-Eze in character as Calpurnia at Towne Lake Arts Center's To Kill a Mockingbird tea. Photo courtesy Towne Lake Art Center. Towne Lake Arts Center in Woodstock, Georgia, recently hosted a Big Read of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird . In the essay...
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 28 , 2009 Washington, DC Olivia Scott as Scout in Hartford Stage Company's spring 2009 production of To Kill a Mockingbird , part of Hartford Public Library's Big Read. Photo by T. Charles Erickson. In this interview excerpt NEA Jazz Master David Baker talks about the universal truths he...
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...