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by Erin Z. Bass Deep South's 50th anniversary celebration of the publication of "To Kill A Mockingbird" last weekend was a big success. The highlight of the event - a panel discussion on themes from the book - brought up some serious issues about race, being different and whether a situation like Tom Robinson's could happen today. And the audience, made up of men and women who lived through the Civil Rights movement to local students, wasn't afraid to speak up and contribute. There were some lighter moments too. Panelist Charles Cravins, an assistant disctrict attorney in St. Landry Parish, wore a blue seersucker suit and admitted he knew it was out of season, but couldn't see talking about Atticus Finch without one. Jack Reedy, our panelist who grew up in the Mississippi Delta, spoke about a woman in his town of Inverness who baked cakes for the kids just like Miss Maudie did, and our panelist from UL Lafayette's English Department, Dr. Mary Ann Wilson, did a great job of discussing "To Kill A Mockingbird" and Harper Lee in relation to other Southern literature and characters like Huck Finn. If you weren't able to join us, watch the video below to see

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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

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