Come join us Thursday, August 6th at 5 p.m. at Off Square Books for this special discussion.
The newly published book by Harper Lee has been a subject of controversy for months. Since several days prior to the publication of Go Set a Watchman on July 14, when a few “exclusive” reviews set off a flurry of press articles about the book and its publication – at least nine in the New York Times in the month of July – at least one calling the book “a fraud,” and “one of the epic money grabs in the modern history of American publishing.” There have been articles about the articles, such as Newsweek’s “How Mad at the New York Times is Harper Lee’s Publisher?”The book sold 1.1 million copies in its first week of publication, and conversations about the book’s legitimacy, or illegitimacy, the people behind its publication, and Harper Lee’s ideas and intentions about both this book and To Kill a Mockingbird continue unabated. We estimate an average of fifteen such conversations a day that take place here at Square Books, and you’re encouraged to take part or attend our event August 6.This event encourages observations and remarks by members of the audience and will be moderated by Richard Howorth. There will be brief opening remarks by Deborah Barker, Professor, University of Mississippi, whose areas of study include gender, southern film, and women writers of the 19th and 20th centuries and by Laurie Jones, Pastor of Marks Presbyterian Church and native of Monroeville, Alabama, Harper Lee's hometown.