Like most towns in the South, Monroeville, AL , is a place where visitors feel warmth and welcome. Unlike other towns, though, Monroeville boasts some famous current and past residents who have helps mark its place on the map for literary and history buffs throughout the United States. Monroeville is best known for being the real-life Maycomb that its most famous resident, Harper Lee, described in her classic American novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Of course, literary enthusiast flock to Monroeville for other reasons –the beloved novel wasn’t the only famous book written by a one-time resident of Monroeville. Lee’s childhood confidant and friend, Truman Capote wrote the first “true crime” novel, In Cold Blood—Lee event accompanied him to Kansas to do research for that title. Readers will also be familiar with names like Fannie Flagg, who wrote Fried Green Tomatoes, and Mark Childress, best known for his book, Crazy in Alabama.
Those who journey to Monroeville will want to see the Old Courthouse Museum that mirrors the one of the movie version of Mockingbird, complete with balcony. At certain time of the year, a Mockingbird play is also offered –with one act on the courthouse lawn and the other in the courtroom itself.
The Alabama Writer’s Symposium is perhaps the biggest and best known event held in Monroeville, and authors and writers about on or about the first week of May each year. One native Alabama author is annually bestowed with the Harper Lee Award based on his or her outstanding contribution to literature.
Whether you’re a die-hard literary buff, or just a reader with whom To Kill a Mockingbird struck a chord, make plans soon to visit the little town of Monroeville and revel its welcome, character, and dedication to the written word as you stay in this quaint Southern Alabama town.
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