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BLACK IS... Winner of Inaugural Harper Lee Memorial Award & Scholarship from Facing History

Facing History and Ourselves | Posted 04.28.2016 | Teen
Facing History and Ourselves

BLACK IS... - Diallo Thornton, Moore High School, Louisville KY Black is ... the color they see. Darkness is what they think of me. Find fear is the...

Harper Lee Burns Donald Trump From Beyond The Grave

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 03.28.2016 | Arts

Celebrated author Harper Lee wasn't known for mincing words, and in a newly released letter from decades ago, she had some choice ones for a property ...

What One Special Preschooler Can Teach Us About Kindness

Ken Budd | Posted 03.28.2016 | Fifty
Ken Budd

Subways at rush-hour are unhappy places. Weary commuters slouch in tired clumps, pressed together like gummy bears in a bag, their blank expressions saying: I am in a dank, cramped, subterranean space; I am surly; I want to go home; do NOT attempt verbal communication.

The Tragedy of Teaching To Kill A Mockingbird in Middle School

Kelly Suellentrop | Posted 02.26.2016 | Education
Kelly Suellentrop

As if on cue, eighteen or so sets of preteen eyes would turn and stare at me, sitting behind them at a desk with a small ballpoint tattoo on the bottom left corner. They were looking for the tears I had promised them.

Harper Lee's Passing: A Legend Dies, But Not Sa Raison d'Etre - Part 3

Quenby Wilcox | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics
Quenby Wilcox

My last blog Harper Lee's Passing: A Legend Dies, But Not Sa Raison d'Etre - Part 2, shows how racial profiling, discrimination and oppression of, not...

A Context for Hope: Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

Ellin Jimmerson | Posted 02.22.2016 | Religion
Ellin Jimmerson

Harper Lee died today. She would have been surprised, I think, to know what a profound impact her book, To Kill A Mockingbird, in its film form, had o...

How Harper Lee Taught Me to Breathe Deeply, Embrace Life

Karim Shamsi-Basha | Posted 02.22.2016 | Comedy
Karim Shamsi-Basha

I have known Harper Lee for a long time. OK, truth be told, I didn't really know her; I got to photograph her twice. It is no secret that Harper Lee despised attention including writers and photographers, but this writing is not about photographing the literary giant.

What Atticus Finch Taught Me About Feminism

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 02.22.2016 | Women

The first time I ever picked up To Kill A Mockingbird, I was six years old and going through my mother's schoolbag. She was getting her Bachelor's deg...

Harper Lee Through Grandma's Eyes

Kat Katsanis-Semel | Posted 02.22.2016 | Women
Kat Katsanis-Semel

In honor of Harper Lee, I call on all goofballs to take their talent to heart. You never know what could emerge from you, if you give it a sincere shot. And you might be so successful that someone will - one day - tell her grandchild about you.

Remembering the Day Harper Lee Wrote Back

Lisa Ancona-Roach | Posted 02.19.2016 | Entertainment
Lisa Ancona-Roach

It's not just that I read and loved her novel To Kill a Mockingbird as a young woman. It's that I was given the gift of teaching it for many years, and in doing so, I witnessed my students' growth as readers and thinkers. As a teacher, there is really no better gift than that. It is immeasurable. I am so grateful to Ms. Lee for this gift.

Oprah Pays Tribute To Harper Lee, Her 'First Favorite Author'

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 02.22.2016 | OWN

Oprah joined the countless literary fans mourning the loss of To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee, who died on Friday at age 89. In a tweet, Oprah...

11 Beautiful Truths Harper Lee Taught Us About The World

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 02.19.2016 | Women

Harper Lee -- eminent American author of the 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird -- has died at the age of 89. Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel focuse...

Harper Lee's Death Mourned By Literary World On Social Media

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 02.19.2016 | Arts

Harper Lee's death at the age of 89 hit the literary world, not to mention all those who've been touched by her writing, hard on Friday. Despite havin...

Daily Meditation: Springtime

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.19.2016 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Harper Lee, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Of 'To Kill A Mockingbird,' Dies At 89

The Huffington Post | Hayley Miller | Posted 02.22.2016 | Arts

Celebrated American writer Harper Lee, best known for penning the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, has died at the age of 89. The c...

Aaron Sorkin To Make 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Into A Broadway Play

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 02.10.2016 | Arts

Harper Lee's beloved classic To Kill a Mockingbird will be coming to Broadway for the 2017-2018 season, in a new adaptation penned by screenwriter and...

"Be Frank With Me": A Chat With Julia Claiborne Johnson

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 02.04.2016 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

Julia Claiborne Johnson's debut novel Be Frank with Me is narrated by Alice Whitley, an optimistic, young woman sent from New York to LA to act as ful...

Re-Introducing Harper Lee and the Real Atticus Finch

Michael Schulder | Posted 12.06.2015 | Books
Michael Schulder

Shields became insanely curious about Harper Lee during the 17 years he spent teaching To Kill A Mockingbird to high school freshmen. This is where his curiosity led.

Signed Copies Of Harper Lee Novel Offered At Staggering Price

Associated Press | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.30.2015 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — How much is a signed Harper Lee novel worth? Her publisher is offering a special edition of "Go Set a Watchman" for $1,500. HarperCo...

13 Important Stories to Celebrate Banned Books Week

Off The Shelf | Posted 10.01.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

Greatness often breeds controversy. This has been the case for acclaimed books throughout history. Harry Potter for its glorification of witchcraft, Go Ask Alice for its depiction of harrowing teen drug use, and Brave New World for its unsettling vision of the future, but we love them anyway.

Why Liberals See Barack Obama as Atticus Finch

John A. Tures | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

It's hard to say who has been more disappointed, liberals with Barack Obama, or Harper Lee fans with the portrayal of Atticus Finch in "Go Set A Watchman," the sequel to "To Kill A Mockingbird." Yet the real Obama and the fictitious Finch are not so different, as we have recently learned.

12 Essential Books About Race in America

Off The Shelf | Posted 09.15.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

Talking about race isn't easy. It's personal, it's political, it's visceral. That these were two of the most hotly anticipated and talked-about books of the year only underscores the power of literature to provide a window into this most difficult of subjects. Here are twelve books that have changed the way we talk about race in America.

Dear Self-Published Author: Do NOT Write Four Books a Year

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 09.15.2015 | Books
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Unless they're four gorgeously written, painstakingly molded, amazingly rendered and undeniably memorable books. If you can pull off four of those a year, more power to you. But most can't. I'd go so far as to say no one can, the qualifier being good books.

7 Novelists Who Only Published One Novel

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 09.11.2015 | Books
Paul Anthony Jones

With Go Set A Watchman now selling by the million -- and dividing critics and readers alike, many of whom still question whether it should have been published at all -- who does Lee leave behind her on a list of literary one-hit-wonders?

Murder Mystery: What Happened To Harper Lee's True-Crime Novel?

Associated Press | David Lohr | Posted 09.09.2015 | Crime

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. (AP) — Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Harper Lee politely knocked on truck driver Robert Louis Burns' door in rural Alabama on...