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The public is invited to a book talk by Wayne Flynt, author "Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship with Harper Lee," on Wednesday, May 10 at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

Spanning a quarter century, from 1992 until Harper Lee's death in February 2016, "Mockingbird Songs" is a collection of letters between the beloved writer and her dear friend, Wayne Flynt, one of the few people in the world to truly know the author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Go Set a Watchman." Their correspondence offers a telling look into the life of the famously private author, revealing Harper Lee's later years with thoughtfulness and warmth. 

Flynt, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Auburn, is the author of thirteen books and one of the most recognized and honored scholars of Southern history politics, and religion. He has won numerous teaching awards and has been a Distinguished University Professor for many years. Flynt has taught and lectured extensively about "To Kill a Mockingbird" around the world and was one of Harper Lee's closest friends.

The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center is located at 241 South College St. 

For more information on the program, call 844-4903 or visit the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities website.