Alabama Book Festival to conclude with Harper Lee production [Apr 20]
News from the Alabama Book Festival
Date of release: April 14, 2013
Contacts: Bob McLain, b.mclain@...
Jeanie Thompson, 334-354-0881
Alabama Book Festival to conclude with Harper Lee production
MONTGOMERY, AL –Campus columns and a little-known political farce written by Harper Lee are woven into a production to be performed at the conclusion of the Alabama Book Festival, April 20 at Old Alabama Town in Montgomery. “Before Mockingbird: The Campus Journalism of Harper Lee” will be performed by the Alabama Readers Theatre at 4 p.m.
Lee was editor in chief of the student satirical newspaper, “The Rammer Jammer” while at the University of Alabama in 1946. She also wrote “Now Is The Time For All Good Men,” a political farce that “skewered the racist politicians who dominated Alabama in the late 1940s,” according to the Southern Literary Trail, one of the partners in the production. Her columns also appeared in the student newspaper, “The Crimson White.”
The collection of Lee’s columns will be performed by Don Noble of Alabama Public Television’s “Bookmark,” novelist William Cobb (“A Walk Through Fire”), writer Loretta Cobb (“The Ocean Was Salt”) and Alabama poet Jennifer Horne. The production is presented by the Alabama Readers Theatre, the Southern Literary Trail, the Alabama Center for the Book, the Monroe County Heritage Museum, and the Alabama Humanities Foundation. The production will be repeated May 4 in Monroeville at 2 p.m., at the Old Courthouse Museum.
The Alabama Book Festival is in its eighth year and will feature some 45 authors. It is a free, public event promoting literacy, books, and reading. The following sponsors help make the festival possible: The Alabama Humanities Foundation, The Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama Writers’ Forum, the Landmark Foundation of Montgomery, Old Alabama Town, the Alabama Tourism Department, Troy University, Montgomery City-County Library, Capitol Book and News, and the City of Montgomery.
(END) Contact for Southern Literary Trail: William Gantt, 205-297-8849