Caryn Thurman • May 22nd, 2005
Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird
, made a rare public appearance on Thursday to accept an award from the Los Angeles Public Library
during their annual awards dinner. Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of racism, justice and coming of age in the Depression-era South is required reading for most junior and senior high school students in the U.S. and transcends any stigma that a "required reading" list may bring to a book. The story has affected and inspired many since its 1960 publication and in 1999 was deservedly voted the "best novel of the century" by a survey of librarians. It's nice to see Harper Lee continuing to be recognized for this important book and I wonder how many of us have the shared memory of discovering this story for ourselves.