Deep South‘s planned celebration of the 50th anniversary of “To Kill A Mockingbird” is official and will take place in Lafayette, Louisiana, on September 25. Our local Barnes & Noble has graciously agreed to host the event, and we owe a big thanks to Community Relations Manager Herman Fuselier! We’ll kick off the Saturday celebration with a panel, including University of Louisiana at Lafayette English professor and Southern lit scholar Mary Ann Wilson, in discussion with several other locals and those in the legal profession. Other events will include readings from the book, children’s activities, a theatrical performance by local high school students and a possible showing of the movie. (We are still working out the logistics for the movie, but hope to either show it from the roof of the bookstore drive-in style or indoors.)
Haven’t read “To Kill A Mockingbird” or don’t know what happened to your copy? Books will be available for purchase at the event, and publisher Harper Collins is also providing us with a few goodies to give away.
We’d also like to thank the law firm of Edwards Stefanski Zaunbrecher, located in Crowley, Louisiana, for signing on as a sponsor. Their support will help with costs associated with the movie and marketing of the event. We are looking for additional sponsors, so if your business is interested, please contact Erin Z. Bass at 337-706-2323 or [email protected]
Mockingbird events are planned across the country throughout September to mark the anniversary. Check Harper Collins’ calendar to find out if one is happening near you. We regret that we can’t take our event to other cities, but will be happy to provide resources and suggestions to those interested in planning their own event!