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"One Book, One Community" Finale Oct. 29

To Kill a Mockingbird screening, discussion concludes program series

October 15, 2009
Story by Karen Neurohr

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -The community-building project, “One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads To Kill a Mockingbird” culminates with a screening and discussion of the 1962 film based on the classic novel by Harper Lee. The event is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29, in the OSU Student Union Theater.

Dr. Robert Mayer, director of OSU screen studies, will introduce the film, provide concluding remarks and answer audience questions.

Since it is almost Halloween, audience members are invited to dress as their favorite book character or in 1930s period costume. The evening will close with drawings for door prizes.

Published to great acclaim in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird remained on the N.Y. Times Bestseller List for 88 weeks. In 1961, the book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. It is a timeless story, set in the 1930s Deep South.

Horton Foote developed the screenplay. The film stars Gregory Peck and won three Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction/Set Direction and Best Actor.

To Kill a Mockingbird will be closed captioned, and a sign language interpreter for the discussion may be request by phoning 405-744-7116 in advance.

The event scholar, Dr. Robert Mayer was educated at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University, where he took his Ph.D. He is an OSU English professor and has served as the Director of the Screen Studies Program for many years.

Mayer’s research focuses on the eighteenth-century British novel. He has also written essays on film adaptations of eighteenth-century fiction. He is the author of History and the Early English Novel: Matters of Fact from Bacon to Defoe and the editor of Eighteenth-Century Fiction on Screen  and of Historical Boundaries, Narrative Forms.

Mayer’s recent essays include “Robinson Crusoe in Hollywood” in a book published by the Modern Language Association on teaching approaches to the great novel by Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe. He has an essay coming out in an upcoming the Quarterly Review of Film and Video, entitled “Robinson Crusoe on Television.”

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available for purchase with proceeds going to the OSU Student Union Activities Board.

“One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads To Kill a Mockingbird” is collaboration between the university and city, bringing people together to discuss this classic American novel by Harper Lee. More than 1,000 people have participated in the project’s book discussions, theatrical performance and scholarly panel presentations. Partners for the project include OSU Allied Arts, OSU Library, OSU Student Union Activities Board, Stillwater Public Library and Sheerar Museum.

For more information, contact the OSU Library at lib-pub@okstate.edu or 405-744-2376, or Stillwater Public Library at askalibrarian@stillwater.org or 405-372.3633.

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/fall09/TKAMfinale.htm
Last Updated: 10 March 2010