Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | August 8, 2011

To Kill a Mockingbird: we’ve got you covered

Here’s a new DVD that will appeal to lots of book lovers.  If you’re old enough to have read To Kill a Mockingbird, you’ll enjoy this DVD.  It’s a documentary called Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird, and it’s a delightful hour-and-20- minute visual love letter to one of the great American novels.

 This book was first published 50 years ago, and still sells nearly a million copies a year!  The film is full of people like Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Richard Russo, Andrew Young, and others who talk about what the book meant to them personally and to our country’s struggle with racism (then and now).  Viewers visit Monroeville, where the story takes place, and see interviews with locals, including Harper Lee’s 90-year-old sister.  (The author herself has not given an interview since 1964.)

 The documentary looks at the movie as well as the book, revisiting cast members and show clips of the movie that will make you want to see it all over again.  Fortunately, your library can loan you that movie too.

 The film is by Mary McDonagh Murphy, the author of the book Scout, Atticus and Boo… which is–you guessed it–available at your library!

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