Alabama home­town of Harper Lee abuzz over re­lease of se­quel to ‘Mock­ing­bird’


As an owner of the only sec­u­lar book­store in Harper Lee's home­town, Spencer Madrie fig­ured he'd sell hun­dreds of books - maybe more - af­ter the stun­ning an­nounce­ment that the au­thor was re­leas­ing a se­quel to her 1960 block­buster “To Kill a Mock­ing­bird.”

Five months later, more than 7,000 copies of Lee's new novel “Go Set a Watch­man” are headed to Madrie's Ol' Cu­riosi- ties & Book Shoppe, lo­cated in a con­verted three-bed­room house near the court­house square in Mon­roeville.

He had to buy a new build­ing across the street just to store all the books, many of which he will ship to online pur­chasers.

“We've sold to a bunch of dif­fer­ent coun­tries around the world and, of course, a ton of them in the United States,” said Madrie. “That's ex­cit­ing when you think that so many peo­ple care so much about a book re­lease.”

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