‘To Kill A Mocking Bird’ Is 50

This classic of a book written by Harper Lee and adapted into a successful motion picture is celebrating its 50th anniversary. I remember after seeing the movie, I felt it was one of the best novel-adapted movies ever. Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Mary Badham as Scout was just superb, to say the least.

In honour of the anniversary, theatres, art galleries, publishers and others in New York and elsewhere have planned more than 50 events that include book readings, enacts  from the film and screenings, walking tour of the author’s hometown in Alabama and silent auctions. HarperCollins also plans to bring out four new editions of the novel, with elegant new covers.

The literary achievements and recognitions that this book has received is humongous. It was originally published in 1960 by JB Lippincott and Co, which is now part of HarperCollins, won a Pulitzer Prize. The book sold about a million copies and in the past five years has been the second-best-selling backlist title in the country, beaten out only by The Kite Runner.

There’s artwork also created to honour ths great book. As part of the Alabama Humanities Foundation celebration the Stonehenge Gallery in Montegomery has displayed 36 pieces of work and movie showing at the Capri theatre.

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