Sandy Springs Reads has announced the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be part of this year’s “One City, One Book” event.

The book will be featured during the annual ArtSSpring Celebration that runs from April 18 to May 17. The celebration will hold several events honoring the book.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is the only novel written by Harper Lee and won the Pulitzer Prize. The book is set in small-town Alabama and the characters grapple with issues of racism, injustice and poverty. The book was also turned into a classic film starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch.

Event chairwoman Laura Jones said in a press release that the planned events will be used to explore different themes of the book.

“The programs feature debates, lectures, and discussions about what makes this novel still socially relevant today in our community, and what lessons can be learned from the humility and integrity of a character like Atticus Finch,” Jones said.

According to the press release, the Sandy Springs Bar Association will hold a mock trial at the public high schools, volunteers will read to public school students, and there will book discussions at the Sandy Springs Library “led by friends of the author.”

“The literary events culminate with a screening of the documentary, “Hey Boo!” which tells the untold story of the novel, on April 27, and the Oscar-winning movie on April 28, both at 10:30 a.m. at the Lefont Theater in Sandy Springs, with a panel discussion after both,” the press release says.

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