The Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee (pictured above) avoids media interviews and public appearances and is rarely heard speaking in public. However the author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" broke her silence briefly on Monday at a ceremony inducting four new members into the Alabama Academy of Honor. Lee, who is a member of the academy, was in the audience for Monday's ceremony. At the end of the ceremony, Academy of Honor chairman Tom Carruthers joked with Lee, saying he knew she had something she wanted to say to the crowd.
"Well it's better to be silent than to be a fool," Lee said. The audience burst into laughter and gave Lee a standing ovation.