There is much excitement at Waterstones Leeds as the booksellers get ready to celebrate the publication on 14th July of Go Set A Watchman (Cornerstone £18.99), the hotly anticipated companion novel to Harper Lee’s much loved classic To Kill A Mockingbird.
Waterstones Leeds are inviting customers to join them for a free Harper Lee Celebration evening on Monday 13th July, from 7pm. The evening starts with a ‘Great American’ quiz at 7.30, complete with drinks and more American snacks than you can shake a hay bale at. After that comes a screening of the classic 1962 film adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird at 9.30, before Go Set A Watchman is officially launched at midnight, giving people the chance to be amongst the very first in the world to own Go Set A Watchman. Add in straw hats and dungarees, and the Leeds Waterstones is turning in to the 51st state for the evening!
For those unable to make the evening, Waterstones is holding a special early opening on Tuesday 14th July, from 8am, and there’ll be plenty of snacks and American spirit to celebrate the release.
Reading groups, quiz nights and midnight openings are just some of the special events to be held at Waterstones bookshops around the country to mark the launch of Go Set a Watchman. The follow-up volume to To Kill A Mockingbird, one of the most iconic and widely read novels of the twentieth century, is set to be one of the biggest books of the year.
After To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960, Harper Lee set aside Go Set a Watchman, and never returned to it. The original manuscript of the novel was considered to have been lost until the autumn of 2014, when Tonja Carter discovered it in a secure location where it had been affixed to an original typescript of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Go Set a Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Scout has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.
Waterstones Events Manager Joe Thomas says
“The release of Go Set A Watchman is a real dream come true for a lot of readers, and we’re absolutely delighted to be able to celebrate Harper Lee’s incredible works with the book lovers of Leeds. This is guaranteed to be one of the literary highlights of the year, if not the decade, and it’s only right that we celebrate it in good old American style.”
Tickets are free and spaces can be reserved in-store or by phone. For further information contact Waterstones Leeds on 01132444588.