discover literary heritage
In 1997, the Alabama Legislature designated Monroeville and Monroe County as “The Literary Capital of Alabama” in honor of Monroeville native Harper Lee, Pulitzer Prize winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird, and her childhood friend Truman Capote, author of In Cold Blood, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Grass Harp, and others. Monroeville is also home to Mark Childress, best-selling author of Crazy in Alabama, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Cynthia Tucker, and many others.
Each spring, tickets to the community theatrical production of To Kill a Mockingbird sell out in hours. The production is lauded internationally and has traveled to England, Israel, Chicago, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. However, the play is best seen in the Old Courthouse Museum and Amphitheatre by local players who bring realism and excellence in this original setting.
The Alabama Writers Symposium, is a premier annual event sponsored by Alabama Southern Community College that supports, studies, and celebrates the voices of Alabama literature. Each year, Alabama writers, literary scholars and avid readers make the pilgrimage to Monroeville to honor Alabama’s most distinguished writer of the year with the Harper Lee Award.
The portraits of Alabama’s literary icons, Booker T. Washington, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King, Jr. Truman Capote, and Harper Lee complete the Alabama literary experience by telling the story of the life and works of people who changed America and the world. These exquisite works were painted by American symbolist and Alabama artist Nall.