Avondale Library Hosting "Afternoons with Harper Lee" Author Talk by Wayne Flynt on February 26

 On Sunday, February 26, starting at 2:00 p.m., the Birmingham Public Library will host historian Wayne Flynt at the Avondale Regional Branch Library, where he will discuss his new book Afternoons with Harper Lee. The event is free and open to the public. The book will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Thank You Books.

The book recounts conversations that the author and his wife had over 64 visits with Lee in an assisted living facility. Lee and the Flynts share their love of literature, especially the novelist Jane Austin, and a fascination with Alabama history and their families' places in that history.

Afternoons with Harper Lee is part biography and part memoir of a friendship. Harper Lee was not a recluse or a misanthrope. But she was intensely private and uncomfortable with her fame. Wayne Flynt shares his experiences and insights on one of America's most beloved authors.

The February 26 talk at Avondale Library continues a 40-city multi-state book tour Wayne Flynt kicked off last fall. 

Flynt taught history at Auburn University for 30 years, and remains professor emeritus of history there. Flynt was a longtime friend of Harper Lee, and even delivered the eulogy at the famed author's funeral in 2016. 

For more information on the program, contact Jim Baggett at 205-266-3631 or jim.baggett@cobpl.org

By Jim Baggett | Central Library, Archives