AL.com has just announced the creation of the on-line book club Red Clay Readers. The first selection is To Kill a Mockingbird, the pivotal, Pulitzer prize-winning novel by Monroeville native Harper Lee.
I was honored to be asked to do a short video about how the book influenced me as a reader and writer.
So this week, a video crew came to my home to interview me about the work. As I quickly began to get my house in order for their visit, my mind raced with ideas and thoughts about the novel. I had re-read the work a few weeks ago, and as usually is the case when picking up a beloved book and reading it with fresh (older) eyes, I was amazed at how the work had indeed shaped my thoughts and opinions.
This was my first introduction to Southern Literature in general and Southern Gothic in particular. I was in love. With the book, with Scout and Jem, with Boo Radley. It was a work to which I could relate.
If any of you would like to join us in the discussion, you can sign up at AL.com. There are several articles by Jessica Sawyer Rigby on the Red Clay Readers. This week kicks off with Monday’s discussion and a video from Winston Groom. Remaining video’s for the week will be yours truly on Wednesday and Rick Bragg on Friday.
In the coming weeks, I’ll be posting a few thoughts about the work and sharing some of the videos with you.
Hope to see you in the discussion.