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  • Nonfiction film: 'Hey, Boo' spotlights the 'To Kill a Mockingbird' sensation

    Nonfiction film: 'Hey, Boo' spotlights the 'To Kill a Mockingbird' sensation
    Harper Lee was working as an airline reservations agent in New York City, struggling to write a novel tentatively titled "Atticus," when a close friend gave her enough money to take time off and finish her book. Published in 1960 with an initial print run of just 5,000 copies, "To Kill a Mockingbird" became an instant phenomenon: a critically acclaimed bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner, followed by a multiple-Oscar-winning 1962 film featuring the iconic performance of Gregory Peck as courageous Southern lawyer Atticus Finch.
  • Chasing Down the Muse: Family stories shape us all

    "All well-regulated families set apart an hour every morning for tea and bread and butter." * Times have sure changed since the 17th century when Joseph Addison penned those words. A "well-regulated" family may be many things to many people and...

    Stars, stripes and stories

    Stars, stripes and stories
    Let the fireworks begin. When talk turns to naming the Great American Novel — the upper-case designation is required by custom, if not by law — tempers tend to flare. Each time I approach the subject in a column, and display the shameless...

    Roberts Blossom dies at 87; character played neighbor in 'Home Alone'

    Roberts Blossom dies at 87; character played neighbor in 'Home Alone'
    Roberts Blossom, a veteran character actor who played the old, white-bearded next-door neighbor who befriends young Macaulay Culkin in the hit movie "Home Alone," has died. He was 87. Blossom died Friday of natural causes at a nursing home in Santa...

    Baltimore Messenger calendar of events

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