Monday, August 24, 2009
Mockingbird, and teaching Canlit, defended
(image courtesy wikipedia)
Award-winning Ontario novelist Lawrence Hill has written an opinion piece in the Toronto Star defending Harper Lee's classic American novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Entitled Don't ban the book - read a lot more like it, Lawrence's short essay is a welcome addition to the ongoing freedom of expression discussion in Canada (thanks to the Book and Periodical Council's Franklin Carter for the tip on this article).
Hill not only defends Lee's book from those who would remove it from Ontario's libraries and classrooms, he makes a call for more homegrown literature in classrooms -- a sadly Canadian twist on the idea of free expression. After all, a book has to be added to a reading list before it can be removed from a reading list.