As the whole literary world knows, the unbelievable has happened: Harper Lee has published another novel. Up till now her only book was To Kill a Mockingbird, which came out in 1960 and achieved classic and bestseller status, beloved of young and old, it has inspired lawyers, civil rights activists and children. And now we all want to know what the new book, released on Tuesday 14th July, is like.
My good blogging friend Bill Selnes, over at Mysteries and More From Saskatchewan, suggested that, since Lee will not be doing interviews or personal appearances, some keen bloggers should put a blog tour together for the book. He and Margot Kinberg from Confessions of a Mystery Novelist organized us, and they have set up this series of tour dates:
The tour starts at Confessions of a Mystery Novelist… on Thursday, 23 July.
Friday, 24 July – It’s all aboard for Canada, as the tour stops at Bill’s blog, Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan.
Saturday, 25 July – The tour heads off for its UK leg here at Clothes in Books.
Thursday, 30 July – The tour moves along to India, and a stop at Coffee Rings Everywhere.
Friday, 31 July – It’s back to the USA with a stop at Sue Coletta’s Crime Writer blog.
We’d love you to join in the conversation about Go Set a Watchman. Follow along on the tour train, see what your fellow bloggers have to say, and add your own comments.
We’ve all started reading it – we hope you will too, and join in.
And in the meantime, you could look at a Clothes in Books blogpost on To Kill a Mockingbird: in a prescient early criticism of Atticus Finch, it was called
And there is an entry on Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffanys here (with a particularly beautiful photo chosen for Holly Golightly) - Capote and Lee were great friends, and Capote is the model for the character Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird.