In Sunapee Atticus Finch Steps from the Pages

Abbott Library, Sunapee, is participating with other Granite State libraries this month in the The Big Read: New Hampshire Reads To Kill a Mockingbird,” a statewide program organized by the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library. The Sunapee library will host a portrayal of Atticus Finch by Richard Clark, an actor with over thirty years of experience in New England regional theater, New York Theater and television on Wednesday, March 3 at the Sunapee Methodist Church at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

Libraries, schools, bookstores and other organizations throughout New Hampshire will be holding Big Read events during March 2010. A list of participating libraries can be found at the Big Read website.

Programs include film screenings, book discussions, a panel discussion on adapting literature to film, presentations by local attorneys and appearances by Atticus Finch himself. Events are scheduled at 100 different venues according to the Big Read NH website.

  • Tracy Library and community partners in New London have Big Read events planned throughout March.
  • Pillsbury Free Library, Warner, on March 2 will welcome New Hampshire criminal defense attorney Lisa Wellman-Ally using the portrayal of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird as a jumping off point to discuss the role of defense attorneys.
  • Richard’s Free Library, Newport, will host a Southern potluck dinner and book discussion on March 17.
According to the The Center for the Book, it chose to focus on Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird “not only because it is a great coming of age story but also because of the many topics of discussion it inspires: who is a hero, the importance of standing up for what is right, the role of defense attorneys in society, relationships between the races, courage, justice and more.”
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