To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (1960)

PDX Women Who Read
PDX Women Who Read
Public group
RSVP opens
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
10:00 AM

Millennium Plaza Park

200 1st St · Lake Oswego, OR

How to find us

Look for the large group of laughing women in the park. :-)

Location image of event venue


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Millennium Plaza Park in downtown Lake Oswego appears ideal for our group, at least for the warm days of summer ahead. There are several spaces to choose from, including a lovely lawn shaded by large trees, a long 3-foot wide water feature, and a covered area in case we get a a burst of light rain. Clean public restrooms are nearby, as is St. Honore and Pete's Coffee. And perhaps best of all, there's a large, covered parking lot.

Guidelines as of March 25, 2021 allow for outdoor recreation in large groups with 3-foot social distancing. A face covering is required ONLY if 3-foot distancing is not feasible. Because of the size of our group, we may need to separate into two or more groups for discussion.

Please be aware that some participants will not be wearing face coverings for a variety of very good reasons. We respect everyone's right to choose what's best for them. To insure that everyone feels welcome and comfortable, we will NOT discuss C-19 or politics at this event. DO NOT register for this event if you are uncomfortable with this approach.

No conference table/chairs for this event, so please bring something comfortable to sit on--blanket, yoga cushion, camp chair, etc. And prepare for the weather. It may be cool in the morning.

Also bring your annotated novel, any notes you have taken, and two discussion questions written on separate slips of paper--plus whatever else you need to glide through two hours of far-ranging, engaging conversation-- open mind, adventurous spirit, sense of humor, etc.

From Kirkus Review: "A first novel, this novel is also a first-person account of Scout's (Jean Louise) recall of the years that led to the ending of a mystery, the breaking of her brother Jem's elbow, the death of her father's enemy -- and the close of childhood years.

A widower, Atticus raises his children with legal dispassion and paternal intelligence and is ably abetted by Calpurnia, the colored cook, while the Alabama town of Maycomb, in the 1930's, remains aloof to their divergence from its tribal patterns.

Scout and Jem, with their summer-time companion, Dill, find their paths free from interference -- but not from dangers; their curiosity about the imprisoned Boo, whose miserable past is incorporated in their play, results in a tentative friendliness; their fears of Atticus' lack of distinction is dissipated when he shoots a mad dog; his defense of a Negro accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell, is followed with avid interest and turns the rabble whites against him.

Scout is the means of averting an attack on Atticus but when he loses the case it is Boo who saves Jem and Scout by killing Mayella's father when he attempts to murder them. The shadows of a beginning for black-white understanding, the persistent fight that Scout carries on against school, Jem's emergence into adulthood, Calpurnia's quiet power, and all the incidents touching on the children's "growing outward" keep this southern picture pert and provocative."

I'll kick things off with a brief overview of the novel, emphasizing its key themes. Then your discussion questions will be folded up, thrown into a heap and selected at random for insightful rumination by the group. :-)

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