Article source for : P. J. O'Rourke and Harper Lee biographer are in the area this week as part of The Big Read
Sep 6, 2007 Toledo Talk posting: [[The Big Read: To Kill a Mockingbird]] :
The Big Read was created to address the national decline in literary reading as documented in the NEA’s 2004 landmark survey, Reading At Risk and is a partnership among the NEA, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest encouraging communities to read and discuss a single book. The book selected for Lucas County is Harper Lee’s "_To Kill A Mockingbird_":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Kill_a_Mockingbird.
"Other related events":http://neabigread.org/events.php?mode=communityCalendar&communityID=731 are scheduled now to early November.
"P. J. O'Rourke":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._J._O%27Rourke will be the speaker at the "Kick-off Event":http://neabigread.org/events.php?mode=detailEvent&EventID=6336 at the Main Library in downtown Toledo, 6:00 p.m., Mon, Sep 24, 2007.
Sep 23, 2007 Blade "story":http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070923/ART02/709220347 :
The author of a biography about Harper Lee, who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird, will speak at six local venues Tuesday and Wednesday. Charles Shields interviewed 600 people over four years to gather material about the media-shy Lee for his 2006 book, Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee. A former English teacher, Shields taught Lee's famous novel, which won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, for years.
*Tuesday*, Shields will speak at Robinson Junior High School at 10 a.m.; the Maumee branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library at 2 p.m., and at the Kent branch in Toledo at 7 p.m. *Wednesday*, he'll lead discussions at Sylvania Southview High School at 10 a.m.; in the West Toledo branch library at 2 p.m., and at Owens Community College's Center for Fine and Performing Arts Theatre at 7 p.m.
Shields' appearance is part of The Big Read in Lucas County, which kicks off tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the Main Library's McMaster Center with P.J. O'Rourke, political humorist.