Happy Birthday, Dear Mockingbird

to kill a mockingbird bookcoverThis summer marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the most beloved and acclaimed novels in American literature. Publisher HarperCollins is organizing events across the country to mark the anniversary — from readings to live re-enactments — but if you would prefer to celebrate in a more personal way, start by re-reading the book itself.

Timeless and absorbing, the novel still rings true half a century after it was written.

Readers who want to know more about the very private author of this remarkable novel should check out Charles Shields’ Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, which offers an interesting depiction of the publicity-shy writer who never published another book or his biography for kids, I Am Scout.

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