Saturday, February 17th at 2 PM

Author and Illustrator
speaking & signing
Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird



The inspiring true story of Nelle Harper Lee, the girl who grew up to write To Kill a Mockingbird; by Bethany Hegedus, acclaimed coauthor of Grandfather Gandhi

Nelle Harper Lee grew up in the rocky red soil of Monroeville, Alabama. From the get-go she was a spitfire.

Unlike most girls, Nelle preferred overalls to dresses and climbing trees to tea parties. And along with her neighbor and best friend, Tru, Nelle watched her daddy try cases in the courtroom. But most of all, she loved words.

This love of words eventually took her all the way to New York City, where she dreamed of becoming a writer. Any chance she had, Nelle sat at her typewriter, writing, revising, and chasing her dream. Nelle wouldn’t give up—not until she discovered the right story—the one she was born to tell.

Finally, that story came to her, slowly at first and then in quick spurts. Nelle, inspired by her childhood, penned To Kill a Mockingbird. A groundbreaking book about small-town injustice that sold over forty million copies, Nelle’s novel resonated with readers the world over, who through reading learned what it was like to climb into someone else’s skin and walk around in it.


Bethany Hegedus is the award-winning author of Truth with a Capital T and Between Us Baxters and coauthor along with Arun Gandhi of Grandfather Gandhiand Be the Change. Bethany is a former educator who speaks and teaches across the country. 


Erin McGuire is an illustrator of picture books and middle grade novels, including Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, the Nancy Drew Diaries series, and Sleeping Beauty by Cynthia Rylant. When not drawing, she enjoys reading, cooking, and camping. Erin lives in Dallas, TX, with her husband and two cats.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 2:00pm
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Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird Cover Image
By Bethany Hegedus, Erin McGuire (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062456700
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 23rd, 2018

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