Jul 23 2015
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News from the world of books and writers

gosetawatchmanIt’s been an eventful summer for books and writers. Here are a few big stories in the literary world:

  • There is controversy (again) over Harper Lee’s sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. Have you read Go Set a Watchman? I have not, yet. The narratives playing out in the media raise interesting questions about authors and their intentions both before and after publication. Fans of To Kill a Mockingbird’s Atticus Finch recoiled at his racism in the sequel, while others rationalized the character’s development based on the mystery surrounding which book was intended to be published first: “So did Lee soften and polish Atticus Finch in the transition from ‘Watchman’ to ‘Mockingbird’? Or sharpen his edges to depict the complexities of the South’s transition out of segregation?” Still others have looked more critically at the arguable source text, judging Mockingbird again for taking up undeserved space in the literary canon. Why is it always women? The Guardian asks.

What did I miss? What’s the most interesting piece of book or writer news you’ve read lately?