Thursday, January 11, 2007

Mockingbird's Grand Dame

I admit that it's been years since I read To Kill A Mockingbird but always appreciated it during readings in high school and at university. But how amazing would it have been to be these kids in Montgomery, Alabama?

(AP) -- Reclusive author Harper Lee attended a high school play based on her book, "To Kill a Mockingbird," on Wednesday, then met with students who appeared in the production.

The 80-year-old Lee was invited as a special guest to be honored by education and arts officials. Famous for prizing her privacy, she rarely speaks to reporters, though she does occasionally meet with students.

The author has not published another book since "Mockingbird," which remains a best-seller even decades after its publication in 1960. Lee did not address the crowd, but later talked to students at a private reception.