This Sunday, July 11th is the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Harper Lee's classic TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.
HarperCollins has an official website with events and celebrations planned throughout the summer. Find out more, including a list of national media coverage, events and resources for teachers and book clubs here:
I remember first picking up the book after a viewing of the brilliant movie version of the book during a history class -- I'm guessing was either Grade 9 or 10 -- hey I'm old my memory for little details is gone. And lets face it when isn't really important, what is important was how much I was moved by this incredibly moving tale of Atticus Finch, Scout, Jem and Boo Radley.
I know most people when talking about Atticus can only see Gregory Peck (and well I don't blame them, he was truly brilliant in the role) but when I think of Atticus I always think of my Dad. Like Atticus, my dad David Porter, was a man of true convictions, a man who believed that we were all worthy, no matter our race, class or sex. One of the things I will always truly be grateful for is that I was blessed with this amazing man as a Father. He was a man who taught me right from wrong, about honesty and about the need for us to always look out and help those who need us and to never judge (ok he thought Madonna was a whore--- but hey even he was allowed a little lapse). Both Atticus and my Dad were men that were truly good fathers, and the world needs more like them to help to teach the young about what we should all strive to be like.
Damn, I am going to have to cut this short, I'm writing this at work and the tears are starting to fall, and that really freaks out the students.
If you haven't read this powerful book, you are truly missing something. Go now and get yourself a copy, I can't think of any library that doesn't have at least one copy -- and well hell -- I know I'm a Library Technician and should promote you going to the library to get a copy -- but don't bother -- just go buy the damn thing, read it and if you have kids, read it to them or make them read it. Oh yeah and go rent the movie too!
Note about my Reviews
Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!