Earlier this year, I had the privilege of doing an event with two incredible Phoenixville institutions. The Colonial Theatre hosted a screening of "To Kill a Mockingbird," after which the wonderful crew at Reads & Company led a discussion of the film and Harper Lee's legacy. I was honored to take part and share my new book about Lee and a true-crime project she tried to write in the years after her much beloved novel.

Phoenixville is lucky to have such wonderful institutions, and I hope that as the holidays approach, locals will consider supporting Reads & Company on Bridge Street.

Brick-and-mortar bookstores around the country are thriving thanks to the dedication and talents of booksellers like Robb Cadigan and Jason Hafer, who know more than any algorithm about what delights and entertains, edifies and challenges readers of all ages — and who, in ways ranging from their tax dollars to their events, do a tremendous amount to support the local community.

If you're a book lover, then please consider doing your shopping at a local independent bookstore like Reads & Company.

With thanks,

Casey Cep

Author of "Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee"

Eastern Shore of Maryland

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