The Mockingbird: On wings of song

Mockingbirds are a group of songbirds best known for their habit of mimicking the sounds of other birds, insects and amphibians. Native to the Americas, the Mockingbird is cited in a poem by Walt Whitman and, of course, in the only novel by Harper Lee. Continue reading The Mockingbird: On wings of song

“To Kill a Mockingbird” and scuppernongs

Scuppernongs are a variety of muscadine, a species of grape native to the southern USA. Greenish or bronze in colour, they might have languished in obscurity but for Harper Lee’s vibrantly humorous anti-racist novel. Continue reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” and scuppernongs