In the interest of full disclosure, I need to start by saying that To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of my all time favorite novels. I remember reading it with my class in school, and I have read it several times again since. I know that many others feel the same as I do about this book – librarians especially. In 1999, Library Journal ran a poll of its readers in which To Kill a Mockingbird was voted the best novel of the century.
55 years ago this July 11th, To Kill a Mockingbird was first published and the world was introduced to Atticus, Scout and Jem Finch (not to mention Boo Radley). The book was an instant bestseller, and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961.
In celebration of this wonderful novel, the Nevins Memorial Library will be screening the equally impressive movie adaptation featuring the incomparable Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. The screening will take place on Tuesday, July 7th at 6pm. You may reserve your seat for this free screening by clicking HERE.
There has also been some major excitement around here regarding the release of Harper Lee’s novel Go Set a Watchman on July 14th. This long anticipated novel was actually written by Lee before To Kill a Mockingbird, but takes place 20 years later. In this novel, Scout is now an adult and is returning to Maycomb, Alabama. The wait list for this novel is already growing, so click HERE to add yourself to the list!