American Writers Featured on NET Television
LINCOLN, Neb. (March 21, 2012) -- The evening of Monday, April 2, on NET1/HD will be
a night for the literary-minded with three programs focusing on American writers.
Discover the Pulitzer Prize-winning author behind “Gone With the Wind,” one of the world’s
best-selling novels, when “American Masters” presents “Margaret Mitchell: American
Rebel” at 8 p.m. CT. Her esteemed work features two of the world’s great lovers -- Scarlett
and Rhett -- and was adapted into one of the most popular films of all time.
No ordinary writer, Mitchell was a charismatic force who challenged the stifling Southern
social order and struggled with the changing role of women and the liberation of African
Americans. She suffered from depression and illness and experienced profound identity shifts
during her life.
At 9 p.m. CT, explore the phenomenon behind “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the mysterious
life of its Pulitzer Prize-winning author, including why she never published again. “Harper
Lee: Hey Boo” on “American Masters” reveals the context and history of the novel’s Deep
South setting, and the social changes it inspired after publication.
The popular film version, starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, leaves an enduring image
for the novel’s message. Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Anna Quindlen, Scott Turow, Oprah
Winfrey and others reflect on the novel’s power, influence, popularity, and the ways it
shaped their lives.
At 10:30 p.m. CT, the NET Television production “Ted Kooser’s Poetic World” airs.
Produced while Kooser was the 13th Poet Laureate of the United States, the program features
Kooser reading selections of his work, as well as taking viewers on a thoughtful and
philosophical journey as he talks about his poetry, how he writes it and his goal of making
poetry an everyday experience for everyone. The Nebraska resident is the author of 10
collections of poetry, including “Delights & Shadows,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005.
NET1/HD are part of NET Television. NET Television is a service of NET. For a complete
program schedule, visit NET's website (netNebraska.org/television).
RELEASE WRITTEN BY: Larry L. Kubert, 402-472-9333, ext. 389, or e-mail at lkubert@netNebraska.org
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