RCB Lands ‘Mockingbird’ Author!

OK, given that I wrote that header the way I did you might be wondering whether Harper Lee herself was coming out of hiding and appearing at my favorite bookstore. That is what we in the book blogging bidness call a teaser. In fact, the author To Kill a Mockingbird will remain as likely to make a public appearance at RCB as a living-breathing and barbecue-wielding Elvis.

However, I am happy to report a pretty cool author event has been added to the store calendar. Loretta Ellsworth, author of In Search of Mockingbird, will read from and discuss her book at 1 p.m., Thursday, July 26, at River City Books. 

Ellsworth’s appearance coincides with Northfield’s Crazy Days and, weather permitting, she will appear outside the store, where River City will have a tent full of bargain books on sale.

“In Search of Mockingbird” is the story of a runaway who seeks Harper Lee for answers. Erin, the book’s main character, is certain that the things that she needs to discover aren’t easily found at home. A book is all that connects Erin to her mother, who died when she was a baby. But how much can Erin really learn about her mother from a tattered copy of “To Kill a Mockingbird”? On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Erin decides it’ s time to find out. And so begins her bus journey from Minnesota to Alabama in search of Harper Lee, the reclusive author of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

In a novel full of quirky characters, strange coincidences, and on-the-road adventures, Ellsworth, a Minnesota native, traces a unique voyage of self-discovery.

“Ellsworth’s story shows just how easily poor communication with adults can sidetrack and endanger teens,” Booklist said of the book, “and how clear talk and caring can rescue them.”

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