Happy 50th Anniversary, To Kill a Mockingbird!

July 11 is the official anniversary date for "To Kill a Mockingbird," the classic American novel by Harper Lee. It's a great day to recall Boo, Scout, Atticus and the other characters that made the multi-layered story come alive. Wherever Lee is today, I hope she's tipping back a flute of champagne -- and maybe dusting off another manuscript. I'd love to see her produce another novel, even if it's been five decades coming.

By the way, I extended the deadline for our "To Kill a Mockingbird" giveaway, so it would coincide with the anniversary date. So you still have a chance to win HarperCollins' special edition of the novel, as well as "Scout, Atticus & Boo," a collection of essays by such literary luminaries as Wally Lamb, Oprah Winfrey, James Patterson, Richard Russo and Scott Turow. We'll give away two pairs of the books. To enter to win, just post a comment about your favorite character in TKAM, or about why the book has remained so important after a half-century. I'll pick a winner Monday -- really.

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