To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee has been selected as the 2014 Virginia Yerxa Community Read. Now in its fifth year, the VYCR, or “Virginia Read,” is a book-in-common project for Colusa County that draws members of the community around the same literary work. The selected title becomes a common thread connecting the people who choose to read it. Book discussions and events for next spring are in the planning stages, leading up to the annual Virginia Read Day, scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 2014.
First published in 1960, Lee’s unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it became an instant bestseller and critical success. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic. Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior—to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos.
Anyone who would like to get involved in this year’s “Virginia Read” simply needs to pick up a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird and start reading. Many sources are available for the book, including our school and county libraries. New copies may be purchased at Davison Drug and Stationery; check for used copies at The Bookworm and Picket Fence. More information about upcoming events and resources for the 2014 “Virginia Read” can be found on the website: www.virginiaread.net. Readers are also encouraged to connect with others on the VYCR Facebook page.