Book looks at Harper Lee

7/18/2014, 9:36 p.m.

Author Marja Mills offers an intimate look at the life of Harper Lee of “To Kill a Mockingbird” fame on July 25 at First Baptist Church Decatur.

The two-hour talk, part of the July Festival of Writers, begins at 7 p.m.

Mills, then a Chicago Tribune reporter, moved next door to Lee and her sister, Alice, in Monroeville, Ala., in 2004. In “The Mockingbird Next Door,” she details her 18 months of life with Lee – sharing coffee at McDonald’s, trips to the Laundromat, feeding the ducks, going out for a catfish supper, and exploring lower Alabama with Lee’s inner circle of friends.

The book shares a rare portrait of Lee, of how “To Kill a Mockingbird” affected her life, and why she chose to never write another novel.

Lee, 88, has said that the book was written without her cooperation or permission.

“The Mockingbird Next Door” is Mills’ first book.

First Baptist Church Decatur is at 308 Clairemont Ave. in Decatur. For more information, visit www.dekalblibrary.org.