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This year marks the 50th Anniversary of author Harper Lee’s award-winning classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and to commemorate this milestone the Houston Public Library (HPL) has planned a full day of entertaining events.
Everyone is invited to join the free celebration on Tuesday, July 13 and Thursday, July 15, 2010 at the Central Library at 500 McKinney, in downtown Houston.
HPL’s Classic Literature Book Club will discuss the book on Tuesday, July 13th at 12 PM in the Inversion Cafe’ area of the Central Library.
The following events planned for Thursday, July 15, 2010 include:
View the film | 1 PM – 3:15 PM
Watch the Academy Award-winning film starring Gregory Peck as a wise and just lawyer in a small town, who defends a poor, black man falsely accused of rape.
View a documentary | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Watch a selection of the documentary film “Hey, Boo,” directed by Mary McDonagh Murphy, author of “Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Book Discussion | 5 PM – 6 PM
Join a book discussion group to talk about Harper Lee’s critically acclaimed, award-winning classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Refreshments will be provided.
Local Author Panel Discussion | 6 PM – 8 PM
Local authors Katherine Center and Gwendolyn Zepeda will talk about the influence Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” has had on both their writings and their lives. Book signings with both Center and Zepeda will commence after the panel discussion. Refreshments will be provided.
About the Book
Harper Lee’s coming-of-age classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” tells the story of six-year-old Scout Finch, her older brother Jem, and their father, Atticus, a small-town Alabama lawyer assigned to defend Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of rape. The reaction of the town, the dignity of Robinson, and the character of their father affect both children as they navigate the path from childhood innocence to adult understanding. The 1962 film adaptation starring Gregory Peck is a classic itself, winning three Academy Awards. This paragraph Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information. (Description by Library Journal)
About the Author
Harper Lee, now 84 years old, is best known for her 1961 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for the only novel she wrote —“To Kill a Mockingbird.” She was born on April 28, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama and attended Huntingdon College, the University of Alabama and Oxford University. Lee also won the Best Sellers’ Paperback of the Year Award in 1962. She was named to the National Council on the Arts by President Lyndon B. Johnson in June 1966. On November 5, 2007, President George W. Bush awarded Lee the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest U.S. civilian award. The book became a mainstay on school reading lists and was adapted as a feature film in 1962 (starring Gregory Peck, who won a Best Actor award for his portrayal of Atticus Finch), and a London stage play in 1987. Lee’s only other published works have been a few short articles that have appeared in various magazines. She travels extensively and still resides in Monroeville.
About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. HPL serves more than 4 million customers per year.