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Today is a big day in the world of publishing.  Harper Lee releases her second book.  Her first was To Kill a Mockingbird which was released in 1960 and won the Pulitzer Prize.  The  book inspired millions of Americans and those around the world. Gregory Peck won the Oscar in 1963 for his portrayal of Atticus Finch.  So today is a huge day in the world of American history as well. To Kill a Mockingbird is required reading in every high school or college writing 101 classes.  However, today many are saying they will not read Go Set a Watchman as they assert Finch is portrayed as a racist.

I have not read the book but I’m sure Lee’s portrayal is much more well-rounded and in many ways I’m glad to see that Finch had more dimension than his saintly portrayal in To Kill a Mockingbird. It will be interesting to see how readers respond because rumors are Lee has a third book waiting in the wings.

The following are a few reviews of Go Set a Watchman.  Judge for yourself.

Entertainment Weekly:  http://www.ew.com/article/2015/07/14/go-set-watchman-harper-lee-ew-review?hootPostID=84ed308bd2f692878cead22af903e5b5

New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/14/opinion/go-set-a-watchman-by-harper-lee-atticus-finch-transformed.html

Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/11/go-set-a-watchman_n_7774316.html

 

 

Huge Publishing News!

February 3rd, 2015 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Harper Lee is going to publish a new novel this summer!

According to USA Today, Lee will publish Go Set a Watchman this July.  It is actually the first book she wrote more than 50 years ago.  It was the story of a woman named Scout.  Lee said her publisher was interested in Scout and thought a story of her childhood would be a good story.

“I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I hadn’t realized the original book survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it,” said Lee.

What a discovery!

It will be an exciting summer but don’t expect to see Lee out on the publicity circuit.

The publisher said she is unlikely to do a publicity tour for this book.

To Kill a Mockingbird sold more than 40 million copies.