Harper Lee to release sequel to classic ‘To Kill a Mockingbird

By: Aiyana Moore ~Staff Writer~ Tonja Carter, close friend and lawyer of Harper Lee, planned to spend her day working through legal documents for her client but found, instead, what she thought to be the original manuscript of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” This old manuscript, though it contained many recognizable names from “Mockingbird,” was something completely different. Immediately, Carter called Lee to ask about the newfound book. “Complete?” Lee said when asked if the manuscript was finished. “I guess so. It was the parent of Mockingbird.” “Go Set a Watchman,” the title of the recently discovered manuscript, was the novel that Lee originally intended to to publish. When the publisher suggested that protagonist, Scout, be written as a child instead of an adult, … Continue reading Harper Lee to release sequel to classic ‘To Kill a Mockingbird

Banned Books Week

Every year during the last week of September, a number of authors, readers, teachers, journalists and publishers are brought together during Banned Books Week to celebrate the freedom to read and share ideas. Banned Books Week began in 1982 when a number of schools and libraries started “challenging,” or attempting to restrict or remove, certain books. According to the American Library Association (ALA), over 11,300 books have been removed or restricted from various locations across the country since Banned Books Week began. Books are often challenged to protect children from “offensive language” and “inappropriate sexual content.” Though many challenges are … Continue reading Banned Books Week