Book fans all over the country are celebrating their favorites through The Great American Read, an eight-part television and online series designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that inspired, moved and shaped us. With such a rich literary history, it's hard not to find books and authors with a southern connection on The Great American Reads list. With classics like Gone with the Wind and modern favorites like The Help, it's easy to see why southern tales, culture, and history have inspired so many great reads.
Join us for a discussion unpacking some of the themes found in southern literature, the unique characters and landscapes that shape us, that make us laugh and make us cry.
To everyone's surprise, fifty-five years after the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee published another novel. Go Set a Watchman was written before Lee's beloved masterpiece, as director Mary McDonagh Murphy explains in this update of her 2011 documentary Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird.
Murphy's new film, Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman, sifts through the facts and speculation surrounding Lee and both her novels, and includes interviews with Lee's older sister, close friends, and admirers including Oprah Winfrey, Scott Turow, Anna Quindlen, Tom Brokaw, Wally Lamb and more.
Join us for this free exclusive screening and stick around immediately following for optional book club-style discussion about one of America's great reads!
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin examines the life and work of one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. Jennifer Kroot's documentary about the creator of Tales of the City also gets by with some help from the author's friends - including Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan - along with Maupin himself to offer a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took him from the jungles of Vietnam to the batthouses of '70s San Francisco to the frontlines of America's ongoing culture war.
Out on Film's Craig Hardesty will be joined in conversation by Armistead Maupin following the film.