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For immediate release Friday, Feb. 19, 2016
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Birmingham Public Library mourns the death of To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee
 
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama-Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee, a native of Monroeville, Ala., has died, according to multiple media outlets today, Friday, Feb. 19. She was 89.
 
“Lee’s voice in the literary world will be sorely missed,” said Angela Fisher Hall, director of the Birmingham Public Library.
 
“The Birmingham Public Library joins fans across the world in mourning the death of author Harper Lee,” Hall said. “She was a true icon in American Literature.” 
 
Born Nelle Harper Lee on April 28, 1926, Lee became famous for her 1961 book, To Kill a Mockingbird. The book won accolades for its depiction of racism in a small Alabama town.  It featured a young white girl named Scout and her father, lawyer Atticus Finch, who defended a black man accused of a horrible crime.
   
Published in July 1960 by J.B. Lippincott & Co., To Kill a Mockingbird was both a critical and commercial success, winning the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961. A film adaption of To Kill a Mockingbird, featuring Mary Badham as the child hero Scout, was also a big hit upon its release on Christmas Day of 1962.
 
Her book put Monroeville on the world map, with many Lee fans visiting from across the globe. The town holds theater productions of To Kill a Mockingbird annually. Lee, who preferred life outside the public eye, gained national attention after suffering a stroke in 2007. Last year, HarperCollins published Lee’s long-awaited follow-up to To Kill a Mockingbird. The book, Go Set a Watchman, got mixed reviews, but became an instant best-seller.
 
Funeral arrangements for Lee have not been set.
 
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