Sunday, January 30, 2011

New Book Award Honors Harper Lee's Atticus Finch

To honor the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, The University of Alabama School of Law and the American Bar Association Journal partnered to create The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. The Prize honors Lee for the role model she created for the legal profession and for the extraordinary cultural phenomenon that her novel has become.

In the spirit of To Kill a Mockingbird, the Prize will be given in conjunction with the Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., in September 2011. The winner will receive a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird signed by Harper Lee. To qualify, an entry must be a book-length work of legal fiction first published in 2010, with an ISBN, readily available for purchase in retail or online bookstores.

The Harper Lee Prize 2011 Selection Committee will choose 3 finalists, who will be announced in early June, 2011. The public will be invited to vote on the finalists on the ABA Journal website. The winner of the public vote will be accorded the same weight as the vote of each of the judges. The winner will be announced in July 2011.

Learn more about the award.

BTC wants to know: Who would YOU pick for this award? Please add your "vote" to the comments below.

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