Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters, Book Giveaway (now through August 18)

Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters: What Harper Lee’s Book
and the Iconic American Film Mean To Us Today
Book Giveaway

Meticulous attention to detail… Readers not familiar with the stories behind the novel and film will find much to relish.” -Publishers Weekly

We’re super excited about our next giveaway! This time, we’ll be giving away TWELVE COPIES of the book “Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters” by critically-acclaimed author Thomas Santopietro, courtesy of St. Martin’s Press. This is a must-read for Mockingbird fans, as Thomas explores why this iconic classic matters today more than ever. Plus he reveals behind-the-scenes stories from the film including casting sessions, picking a director and more…

In order to qualify to win one of these books via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, Aug 18 at 9PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick a winner on six different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.

  • July 14: Two Winners
  • July 21: Two Winners
  • July 28: Two Winners
  • Aug 4: Two Winners
  • Aug 11: Two Winners
  • Aug 18: Two Winners

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub (or this blog, depending how you entered), the day after each winner is picked at 9PM EST for example, we will announce our first week’s winner on Sunday July 15 at 9PM EST.

why to kill a mockingbird matters by thomas santopietro


ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, Aug 18 at 9PM EST— BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win the “Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters” #BookGiveaway courtesy of @StMartinsPress author @TomSantopietro  and @ClassicMovieHub contest link: http://ow.ly/6HrF30kS4pe

Why do you love most about “To Kill a Mockingbird” (book or film)? And if you are unfamiliar with it, why do you want to win this book?

*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

ALSO: Please allow us 48 hours to approve your comments. Sorry about that, but we are being overwhelmed with spam, and must sort through 100s of comments…


gregory peck reading to kill a mockingbird

About “Why To Kill a Mockingbird”:  With 40 million copies sold, To Kill a Mockingbird’s poignant but clear eyed examination of human nature has cemented its status as a global classic. Tom Santopietro’s new book, Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters, takes a 360 degree look at the Mockingbird phenomenon both on page and screen. Santopietro traces the writing of To Kill a Mockingbird, the impact of the Pulitzer Prize, and investigates the claims that Lee’s book is actually racist. Here for the first time is the full behind the scenes story regarding the creation of the 1962 film, one which entered the American consciousness in a way that few other films ever have. From the earliest casting sessions to the Oscars and the 50th Anniversary screening at the White House, Santopietro examines exactly what makes the movie and Gregory Peck’s unforgettable performance as Atticus Finch so captivating. As Americans yearn for an end to divisiveness, there is no better time to look at the significance of Harper Lee’s book, the film, and all that came after.

Please note that only residents of the Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) entrants are eligible to win.

For complete rules, click here.

And if you can’t wait to win, you can click on the image below to purchase on amazon :)

And please be sure to check out other classic books by Tom Santopietro too!



Good Luck!

–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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9 Responses to Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters, Book Giveaway (now through August 18)

  1. Cher Bibler says:

    I don’t know why I came so late to the game, but I’d never seen To Kill a Mockingbird until a few years back when a friend sat me down in front of her tv and pushed play, after I’d remarked I’d never seen it. Then I hunted down the book (not hard to do). Why didn’t I watch it before? Gosh, I don’t know. So many movies, so little time? On the other hand, though, I’m glad to know there’s more gems out there I haven’t seen yet. I don’t know what they are, but I know they’re there. I think the thing I liked best about To Kill a Mockingbird was the character of Scout, if I had to choose. It’s an amazing movie, tight, well acted, controlled….(I’m not telling you anything you don’t know, am I?)

  2. Javier Valverde says:

    What I love the most about “To Kill a Mockingbird”, the 1962 film, is Gregory Peck’s magnificent performance as Atticus Finch. I like Mary Badham’s performance as Scout and Brock Peters’ performance as Tom Robinson. I like Robert Mulligan’s sensitive direction of the topic of racism which was a volatile topic in 1960s America and this film brought new light to it. I also love Russell Harlan’s beautiful cinematography which enhances the film in every scene.

  3. Julie Moon says:

    I love the book – the story is timeless and has a lesson told simply through a child’s eyes; the movie is even better, the characters are brought to life by the incredible actors, and it doesn’t seem much different than the prejudice that still occurs today.

  4. The part I love most about to kill a mockingbird is the interaction between the father and his children. It is so rich and warm despite the quirks embedded by southern upbringing

  5. Billy Slobin says:

    Gregory Peck’s performance is a tour de force!

  6. Shelia Worthey says:

    Well Annmarie, I am a Libra and before I even knew THAT or that the symbol was Lady Justice, I was already into ‘fighting for the right, underdog, and justice’ as a kid and reading those kind of books. And sadly this kind of thing still happens today…though seems the tables have turned and you hear equally about blacks accusing whites/police of mistreatment. HA and I’ve even experienced it myself. So it is encouraging to be reminded that there are others who are willing to stand up for justice and truth. That’s what I like.
    Though I have not read the book, I have a copy to read and will probably do that before I read this book, even if I don’t win. =) To me all the performances were spot on. I can’t imagine any other actors

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message. Best of Luck everyone!

  7. David Hollingsworth says:

    What I still love about “To Kill a Mockingbird” is how realistic the novel and the film are. Neither sugarcoated racism with was and still is a very hot-button issue. Gregory Peck’s performance as Atticus remains one of the all-time most iconic and important in film history. He can teach us a thing or two about humanity.

  8. Lori Eber says:

    I love the book and the movie, but I saw the movie first! As a child, I watched many old movies with my parents. This one made a huge impression on me. Atticus Finch was a wonderful parent, lawyer, and all around person. I thought he was so smart and kind. It always brought tears to my eyes when Scout was told, “Miss Jean Louise. Stand up, your father’s passing.” And I love how it was narrated by adult Scout. Harper Lee truly wrote an amazing novel!

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