50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird

Alabama is celebrating the 50th anniversary of one America's great books: "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. She is, unfortunately, among the most famous one-hit wonders, along with Margaret Mitchell. Lee was, at times, reportedly working on a novel or non-fiction book. But nothing has materialized

I'm hoping that she has a surprise waiting for us, and someday will unveil a new book. It's not too late! For those who haven't read To Kill a Mockingbird in a while, it's worth another look. It has all the ingredients for a great read: interesting characters, moral questions and a compelling story line. All wrapped in spare but powerful prose. Somehow, it was never assigned in my English classes, so I didn't come to the book until I was an adult. But the story seemed fresh after all these years.

Though Lee has not been a major presence in the anniversary celebrations, she did contribute three autographed copies for a benefit auction. You can read more about the festivities at the Alabama Humanities Foundation and the Montgomery Advertiser.

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