These last few weeks have been pretty crazy! I’ve been helping plan my library’s Read Across Lawrence festival, which has been on hiatus for a few years but is back with a vengeance this April. This year’s book is To Kill a Mockingbird, which I’m really loving during my first post-adolescence read — Scout, Boo, and Atticus stand up to the test of time, unlike certain other beloved novels that I wish I’d never tried to reread… has that ever happened to you? And then there’s Dill! After reading Charles Shields’ biography of Harper Lee, I Am Scout, I realized that Scout Finch’s childhood friend Dill is based on Truman Capote, who was Harper Lee’s next door neighbor growing up in Monroeville, Alabama. Crazy!
We’ve planned a lot of fabulous events for Read Across Lawrence (stay tuned), but one of the events I’m most excited about is our library’s first ever Twitter Book Club. And my first ever, too. Local tweeps @larryvillelife, @THERaymondMunoz and @nuthousepunks will be using the hashtag #TKAMB to help us explore the hipster dilemma: “what can Atticus and Boo and Scout still tell us about ourselves, as contemporary scenesters?”
And now, back to the “Lyla’s disillusionment” episode of Friday Night Lights…
One of my favorite favorite books of all time. I will have to check out that biography. I read a horrible one that I couldn’t even finish, though its name escapes me…I hope the whole thing goes well!
We are honored to participate and confident that the book has much to offer for the scenester world (perhaps as much or more than Franzen, Chabon, Foer, etc etc).