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2015-07-12 10:18 am

Harper Lee and the Iconic Tale (link)

The Wood River Reads Project has launched, and libraries around the Valley are promoting To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee for a community wide read and discussion.

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The release of Go Set A Watchman is setting a cat among the literary pigeons this week. The term "cognitive dissonance" has been freely bandied about, particularly relating to Atticus Finch. After rereading To Kill a Mockingbird just last month, this librarian is quite looking forward to reading the new book, and the new conversation that it will generate. I note that the media are showing a number of cuts from the movie--I'm thinking that the generous spin in the movie version may be obscuring troubling aspects of the paternal character in the book.

I wonder if anyone has done a study on how many people have just seen the movie, and not read the book?

Related discussion and library links at the "main" LibraryDenizen site on Wordpress.

The new book comes out Tuesday--reviews are already trickling out, but I'm trying to avoid them before the book arrives. I will be shelving Go Set A Watchman on the lay-down date at The Community Library. And hopefully, to quote Suzette Hayden Elgin, "…and Then There'll be Fireworks."