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Celebrate 'Mockingbird' 50th Vegas Style

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.