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.”