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Celebrate 'Mockingbird' 50th Vegas Style

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch with his daughter Scout, played by Mary Badham, in this 1962 still.
Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch with his daughter Scout, played by Mary Badham, in this 1962 still.
To Kill A Mockingbird



There will be many mentions of the "Mockingbird" this summer, and local authors are planning a day event in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Harper Lee’s American classic.


Local authors are gathering with friends at the Clark County Library July 22 to discuss "To Kill a Mockingbird" and the books effect on their writing and lives.


"To Kill a Mockingbird" is a story about injustice, social status and racial profiling loosely based on Lee's childhood experiences in a small southern town. The well-told tale is about human cruelty and human ignorance. It’s also the story of Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the deep South of the 1930s, and all that is good and right.


"Scout, Atticus and Boo: To Kill a Mockingbird's 50 Years of Influence on Readers and Writers" will get underway at 5 p.m. July 22 at the Clark County Library’s Jewel Box Theater.


The day begins with a screening of the 1962 film adaptation of Lee’s book starring Gregory Peck, whom Lee wasn’t sure could depict her Atticus in just the right way.


At 7 p.m., Stephens press authors P Moss, Tiffannie Bond, Vu Tran along with local historian and author A.D. Hopkins will take the stage for an open panel discussion. That will be followed by a preview screening of Emmy award-winning filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy’s documentary, “Scout, Atticus and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird.”


The event is co-sponsored by Stephens Press and HarperCollin Publishers. For more information, call 507-3459.

 

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