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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New Documentary Shines Light On ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Author

Author Harper Lee during a ceremony honoring new members of the Alabama Academy of Honor in 2007. (AP)

Author Harper Lee during a ceremony honoring new members of the Alabama Academy of Honor in 2007. (AP)

In the fifty years since its publication, “To Kill A Mockingbird” has become an American classic, a staple in English classes and a critically-acclaimed movie.

A new documentary, “Hey Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird,” looks at how the story broke ground when it was first published and unearths a rare radio interview with the now-reclusive author Harper Lee.  In the interview, Lee talks about the success of her book. “My reaction to it, was not one of surprise,” she said, “It was of sheer numbness… of being hit over the head and knocked out cold.”

We speak to the documentary’s writer, producer, and director Mary McDonagh Murphy.


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