Gaithersburg Officials Remember Author Harper Lee
According to a statement released by HarperCollinsPublishers, Lee died in her hometown of Monroeville, Ala. Her critically acclaimed novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” continues to have an impact on American culture and Lee received many literary awards for the book, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
City of Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman, who is also the chair of the Gaithersburg Book Festival Committee, and City Council Vice President Mike Sesma, paid homage to the late author.
“May she rest in peace and may we continue to remember the lessons [from to ‘Kill a Mockingbird’] and may later generations continue to read the book and remember those lessons,” Ashman said.
“Very saddened to learn of the passing of the author of one of the most important books I have ever read. Personally, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is one of the most powerful pieces of modern American literature,” Sesma said in a Facebook post.
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