You’ve probably already heard about the upcoming publication of Harper Lee’s recently discovered manuscript for Go Set a Watchman, a quasi-sequel of To Kill a Mockingbird. Written in the mid-1950s, before Lee penned TKAM (as high school English teachers probably call it), Go Set a Watchman follows Scout Finch’s return to Maycomb from New York City 20 years after the setting of Lee’s only published work.
But what you might not have known is that local bookstore Joseph-Beth is hosting a midnight release party for the novel. Lee will not make an appearance herself, but Kelly Morton, Marketing Manager for Joseph-Beth, says advance ordering won’t be necessary—they’ll have plenty of copies available at midnight on the dot. Highlights of the two-hour buildup will include “pin the tie on Gregory Peck,” the dapper actor who portrayed Atticus Finch in the 1962 film adaptation; a game of ham hide-and-seek, inspired by Scout’s “ridiculous ham costume;” and a cakewalk, which is “like musical chairs but instead of winning a prize, you get a cake.”
July 13, 10 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, 2652 Madison Rd., (513) 396-8960, josephbeth.com