Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird”

Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird”

Our ‘national novel’ – Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” “To Kill A Mockingbird” became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. Not only did it earn author Harper Lee the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, it was also...
Have you planted “Marigolds”?

Have you planted “Marigolds”?

Eugenia Collier’s short story challenges us to think about that moment when we transition from youth to adulthood. It’s clear that her narrator has thought about this deeply, and only after several years has she been able to put her thoughts and experiences into...
“Heart of the Game”

“Heart of the Game”

“The Heart of the Game” Here are several resources for you about this fantastic documentary. THOTG_DIRECTORS_COMMENTS Heart of the Game 3 Heart of the Game 4 In the years since these compelling stories were captured on film, much has transpired – some good news and...
Spike Lee’s “Crooklyn”

Spike Lee’s “Crooklyn”

In this 1994 release, director Spike Lee takes us on a trip to Brooklyn, New York in the early 1970s. Co-written by Lee and his sister Joie and youngest brother Cinqué, this is a quasi-autobiographical snapshot of the richly diverse environment of one of America’s...
“Secondhand Lions” and “The Secret Lion”

“Secondhand Lions” and “The Secret Lion”

“The Secret Lion” Author Alberto Álvaro Ríos tells this wonderfully conversational coming of age tale that is somewhat autobiographical. Ríos is an educator and an author, too, and still actively involved in the academic community. Check out his Web page: • Alberto...
Juan Rulfo’s “No Dogs Bark”

Juan Rulfo’s “No Dogs Bark”

This story by Juan Rulfo – “No Dogs Bark” – is simple and short, but don’t let that fool you. Like a great piece of music or an abstract painting, much of what you take away from reading Rulfo’s work depends upon what you bring to it. For more information about Rulfo...