BANGOR, Maine — Maine supreme court Justice Andrew Mead will kick off this year’s Bangor Reads event with a talk titled “To Kill A Mockingbird: Exploring the Tension between the Rule of Law and Society’s Prejudices — Lessons for Today” at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, in the Bangor Public Library’s Lecture Hall.
Mead will focus on the importance of lawyers who are willing to represent unpopular clients in today’s society.
Mead has served on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court since 2007 and is a past president of the Maine State Bar Association.
He has been active in several court technology and jury reform initiatives and is a member of the University of Maine adjunct faculty.
This year’s Bangor Reads book, “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, was voted the best book by Bangor Public Library patrons in spring 1999.
It is the story of 8-year-old Jean Louise, nicknamed Scout, the daughter of widowed lawyer Atticus Finch, in the small town of Maycomb, Ala., during the 1930s.
She and her older brother Jem happily occupy themselves bedeviling the neighbors and stalking the local bogeyman until their father’s courageous defense of a black man falsely accused of rape introduces them to the problems of racial prejudice. This year is the 50th anniversary of the publication of the book.
Attendees at Thursday’s event are invited to enjoy a Southern dinner during the presentation.
Bangor Reads is an annual celebration of reading that asks people to read the same book at the same time so it can be discussed and enjoyed by neighbors.
This year’s Bangor Reads will culminate in a March production of the work at Penobscot Theatre and a showing of the movie by River City Cinema.
More programs and discussions scheduled for January, February and March will be announced soon. All events at the library are free and open to the public.