It is nearly impossible to get through high school in the United States without reading Harper Lee’s classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. The book was written for adults, however, and re-reading the book as an adult is a marvelous experience. First published in 1960, the story, and exceptional writing, resonates and delights to this day.
Whether Go Set a Watchman, the second book published (though rumored to be the first written) by Harper Lee, will mark readers the same way is yet to be determined. But after a 55 year wait, there is no doubt that this is THE book to read this year. Events celebrating this publication have already begun.
Barnes and Noble stores throughout the area are hosting a Read-A-Thon all day Monday, July 13th, from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.;
All Barnes &Noble stores nationwide will read To Kill a Mockingbird aloud from start to finish. The all-day read-a-thon will feature a variety of special guest readers, including authors and local celebrities. Come join us to celebrate this classic book in anticipation of the July 14 publication of Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee’s second book.
Additional activities may include trivia, actors in period costumes, and film clips from the movie adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. Call your local Barnes & Noble for details. (The nearest Barnes and Noble stores in our area are at the Promenade, Center Valley; Lehigh Valley Mall, Allentown; Montgomery Square, Montgomeryville; Southmont Center, Bethlehem.)
Closer to the Upper Perk Valley, the Harleysville Bookstore is hosting a Watchman Release Party Monday night, July 13th (call for details, admittance may be limited due to the small size of the store – 215-259-9311)
Pre-order your copy of this new novel with us and you are invited to take place in a release party full of Southern Charm and Fun! We will gather together at 9pm to watch the classic film adaptation of Harper Lee’s first book, To Kill a Mockingbird, while we enjoy popcorn, pecan pie and southern-style lemonade. Distribution of the book takes place following the movie. There will also be giveaways and door prizes. This would be a perfect night out for bookclubs! Due to the lateness of the hour, we do ask that you do not bring young children.
The Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main Street, Bethlehem, is celebrating the book release on Saturday, July 18th, starting with the showing of the 1963 film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird in the afternoon, followed by live theater in the shop (all free, no reservations required!);
- 5:30 pm—Actor Jack Armstrong will bring Lee’s characters to life with a performance inspired by the theatrical adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird.
- 6:00 pm—Selkie Theatre will present A Moment With Nelle Harper Lee directed by George B. Miller and starring Elizabeth McDonald. This interactive theatre piece created by Miller and McDonald, will introduce you to an older Harper, still wickedly smart and cantankerous, as she rebuffs an interview about her life and “new” novel, then answers audience questions.
Enjoy treats, raffles, and other surprises as we celebrate the work of Harper Lee!
Go Tell a Watchman will officially hit the shelves at bookstores (and at your local library, no doubt) on Tuesday, July 14th, 2015.