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WSRE Presents: 

Wayne Flynt & Nancy Anderson

“Harper Lee—In Her Own Words”

May 24, 2018

In his book, Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship with Harper Lee, Wayne Flynt says that “Nelle Harper Lee was in many ways like the mockingbirds Miss Maudie described on that hot Maycomb day … complicated and independent.”


Flynt will be joined by Nancy Anderson, an Auburn colleague and sought-after Harper Lee scholar. Together they will read excerpts from Mockingbird Songs—“a collection of letters between Harper Lee and one of her closest friends that reveals the famously private writer as never before, in her own words.” (Harper Collins, 2017)


Wayne Flynt is professor emeritus in the Department of History at Auburn University, author of 14 books and one of the most honored scholars of Southern history, politics and religion. He is also editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Alabama—a free, online reference resource on Alabama’s history, culture, geography and natural environment.



Nancy Anderson is a semi-retired professor. She taught English for 42 years at Auburn University Montgomery, where she continues to serve as the campus liaison for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She also taught many summer institutes on To Kill a Mockingbird and authored the Encyclopedia of Alabama article on Harper Lee.

Flynt will sign copies of Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship with Harper Lee following the presentation, and copies of the book, along with To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman, will be available for purchase from Page and Palette at the event.

Admission is free, though guests are encouraged to bring a book donation for the Open Books Bookstore & Prison Book Project, which sends books to indigent inmates in Florida prisons.