A free screening of "Hey Boo," a documentary about how the great American novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, came to be will be shown on Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Massillon Public Library’s auditorium. This film is being shown in conjunction with the Massillon Museum’s The Big Read and will be followed by a discussion.
One of the biggest bestsellers of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird
(1960) is the first and only novel written by a young woman named Nelle Harper Lee, who once said that she wanted to be South Alabama’s Jane Austen. Lee won the Pulitzer Prize and became a mystery when she stopped speaking to press in 1964. “Hey, Boo” chronicles how this beloved novel came to be written, provides the context and history of the Deep South, where it is set, and documents the many ways the novel has changed minds and shaped history.
"For teachers, students or fans of the classic, 'Hey, Boo' enhances the experience of reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Containing never-before-seen photos and letters, “Hey, Boo” features insightful interviews with friends and an exclusive interview with Lee’s sister, Alice Finch Lee (age 99 at filming), who share intimate recollections, anecdotes and biographical details for the first time, offering new insight into the life and mind of Harper Lee, including why she never published again. Oprah Winfrey; Tom Brokaw; Pulitzer Prize-winners Rick Bragg, Anna Quindlen, Richard Russo, Jon Meacham, and Diane McWhorter; and civil rights leader Andrew Young address the novel’s power, influence, and popularity, and the many ways it has shaped their lives." –PBS
The showing of this 82-minute documentary film is free and open to the public. Free popcorn will be served.
For more information call Laura Klein at 330.832.9831, ext. 319.