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"To Kill a Mockingbird

America Deserves A Racist Atticus Finch

MaryAnn McKibben Dana | Posted 07.14.2015 | Books
MaryAnn McKibben Dana

I don't delight in such a portrayal of Atticus, and will likely read the book with a sick feeling. But I suspect 2015 America needs this Atticus. I'll be reading the book, not as a novel, but as an historical document. Go Set a Watchman will give us a glimpse into our own soul as a nation.

Atticus Finch Meets Black Lives Matter

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 07.14.2015 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

It is my religious faith, and the practices of the traditions I inherit and claim as an Asian-American, Anglican Christian, by which I mean a faith rooted in historical realities, which compels me to confront my complacency.

Innocence and Experience: Nelle Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Go Set A Watchman

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.14.2015 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

Not all succeed. Nelle Lee, publishing as Harper, has now done so twice: first, with To Kill A Mockingbird, its sales in the hundreds of millions already; and now, with Go Set A Watchman, the presale orders for which have smashed prior records to bits.

The Emergency Book Club Reads 'To Kill A Mockingbird' For The First Time

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 07.14.2015 | Arts

Claire: Welcome to our first meeting of Emergency Book Club, the book club for literary critics who rarely plan more than three days in advance for se...

What Will Readers Make Of A Bigoted Atticus Finch?

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.14.2015 | Arts

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Harper Lee May Have Written A Third Novel

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.13.2015 | Arts

A lawyer representing Harper Lee claims the celebrated author of "To Kill A Mockingbird" may have written a third novel. In an op-ed published by t...

Dear White People: We Are All Atticus Finch

Sam Chaltain | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Sam Chaltain

Being that Atticus Finch doesn't require that we attend white supremacy meetings, support police brutality or poison our own children with hate. It merely requires that we maintain our innocence amidst the maw of institutionalized racism, and mask our complicity in that system via periodic outrages at current events that clash with the saintly pictures we have painted of ourselves.

High School English Teachers On Why Harper Lee's 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Endures

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.13.2015 | Arts

Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchmen” will finally go on sale Tuesday, soon to be delivered to hoards of anxious pre-orderers. Last week...

Atticus And Me

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 07.12.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

When I heard about Go Set a Watchman, a sort of sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, being released I was ecstatic. But this weekend, when the first chapter was released, my heart ached a bit. Because, as it turns out, Atticus Finch might not be such a hero after all.

Maybe You Should Re-Read 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Before You Read 'Go Set A Watchman'

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 07.12.2015 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

In Go Set a Watchman, the novel Harper Lee wrote two years before she wrote To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus is light years from the saint of "Mockingbird." And that has readers who have cherished To Kill a Mockingbird upset. Worse, really. More like unhinged.

Is Go Set a Watchman Disingenuous?

Steven Petite | Posted 07.11.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

The biggest literary event in decades is coming to stores this upcoming Tuesday, but is Harper Lee's long desired and completely unexpected follow-up to her 1955 masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird, what it claims to be?

Harper Lee's New Novel Features A Racist Atticus Finch

AP | By HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 07.12.2015 | Books

NEW YORK (AP) — Harper Lee's unexpected new novel offers an unexpected and startling take on an American literary saint, Atticus Finch. ...

Growing Up Gay in Harper Lee's Maycomb

Michael Lambert | Posted 07.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Lambert

Ms. Lee may have found her watchman, but the queer children of Maycomb and of all the forgotten rural lands that dot our republic have no watchman.

Writing She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.30.2015 | Books
Jill S. Tietjen

To celebrate the success of Harper Lee's previous and anticipated novels, let's discover other women authors through history. Match the woman with her accomplishment.

Reading 'To Kill a Mockingbird' With Fresh Eyes

Nick Norton | Posted 06.29.2015 | Books
Nick Norton

When I read Lee's next novel, I'm excited to see how Scout grows as an adult. If her tenacity and spunk are still as fierce, I'm sure I won't be disappointed. Until then, I'm enjoying reentering the world Lee created which isn't so different from our own.

Harper Lee Among Inaugural Inductees Into Alabama Writers Hall of Fame

AP | By JAY REEVES | Posted 06.09.2015 | Arts

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee missed her induction as an inaugural member of the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame on...

'To Kill A Mockingbird' Play Continues To Run In Harper Lee's Hometown

AP | Posted 04.26.2015 | Arts

MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee has started a nonprofit company that will produce a play about the book, ending a...

A Brief (Pun Intended) History of Lawyers in Movies

Alex Simon | Posted 06.13.2015 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented.

5 Books That Changed My Perspective of the World

Allison Underhill | Posted 05.26.2015 | Books
Allison Underhill

In the future, opinions will change, people will change, and the world will change. Books, however, are a constant force. Their themes will continue to be relevant, no matter how different the world may appear in the years to come.

The State Of Alabama Has Now Entered The Harper Lee Debate

The New York Times | Posted 03.11.2015 | Books

MONROEVILLE, Ala. — The doubts arose almost immediately when HarperCollins announced last month that it would release a rediscovered book by Harper ...

The 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sequel Is Exciting Enough to Rip Your Pants Over!

Jilly Rolnick | Posted 04.29.2015 | Teen
Jilly Rolnick

While America has taken huge steps towards equality, issues are still being fought over today. This month is Black History Month so it is especially important to celebrate how far our country has come and also address the shortcomings that remain.

Top 10 Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of February 21

Digital Book World | Posted 04.27.2015 | Books
Digital Book World

It's perhaps noteworthy to find Paula Hawkins's The Girl on the Train settle into its fourth week at No. 1, even while a considerable handful of media-tie ins filled out the spots beneath it in the week heading into the Oscars.

'Go Set the Watchmen' by Harper Lee

Robert Brenner | Posted 04.20.2015 | Comedy
Robert Brenner

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, is to publish a second novel, according to the New York Times. I guess it all started the night the Comedian was murdered. Of course Jem said it started much earlier than that, with Ozymandias.

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of February 7

Digital Book World | Posted 04.13.2015 | Books
Digital Book World

The film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey is due to hit theaters on Valentine's Day, likely propelling two-thirds of James's trilogy up the rankings much the way the Bradley Cooper movie recently helped American Sniper into the No. 1 spot a few weeks ago.

What Did Atticus Finch Think of the Civil Rights Movement?

Richard H. McAdams | Posted 04.12.2015 | Books
Richard H. McAdams

As with the recent film Selma, Watchman will acquaint or reacquaint Americans with the nation's long struggle for civil rights. As Selma prompted renewed attention to LBJ, Harper Lee's new book will rekindle the debate over Atticus Finch. Those who revere him may have to reassess his heroic status.