Friday, September 10, 2010

Happy 50th for To Kill a Mockingbird

July 11, 2010, marked the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird written by Southern novelist Harper Lee. This book is considered to be one of the ten most important books of the last century. The importance of issues such as: race and diversity; prejudice and tolerance; friendship and family; fear and change; morality and ethics; justice and judgment; and compassion and forgiveness are woven into this compelling story.

In 1961, the novel won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Additionally, To Kill a Mockingbird has a world-wide following, for it has been translated into nearly 50 languages, and more than 40 million copies have been sold worldwide. In 1962 the book became an Oscar-winning film starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch.

Many of the books and other resources that are located on the display relate to themes that are found in To Kill a Mockingbird. Stop by and take a look at these materials and spend a few minutes viewing a scene from the film as part of the celebration.

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