Independents are planning celebrations for the publication of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman (William Heinemann) on 14th July, with some holding midnight openings.
Foyles in Charing Cross Road, City Books in Hove, Pengwern Books in Shrewsbury, Castle Bookshop in Ludlow, Rossiter Bookshop in Monmouth and Wallingford Bookshop in Oxfordshire are among shops planning to show the film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird in the lead-up to midnight, with books going on sale at 00.01. Newham Bookshop in East London is planning the same via an event with craft beer emporium The Wanstead Tap.
At Forum Books in Northumberland, opening early on 14th July, champion speed-reader Anne Jones will attempt to read Go Set a Watchman in under 30 minutes; meanwhile Devizes Books in Wiltshire is being joined by musician Liam Rafferty who has written a musical with central character Atticus. Lutyens & Rubinstein in London will host a publication day panel event, with author Louisa Young, her daughter Isabel Adomakoh, and lawyer Philippe Sands, chaired by journalist Hadley Freeman.
Point of sale materials for the new book include tote bags as well as display units, posters, bookmarks and postcards. Indie booksellers will also be taking part in a window display competition launched by PRH, sharing their displays via social media and a #GoSetAWatchman hashtag. Winners from each region will receive a case of wine.
Waterstones has already confirmed plans to hold midnight openings for the book.