Arrow has acquired a book commemorating Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, to be published ahead of the release of Lee’s Go Set a Watchman (William Heinemann).
Publishing director Jenny Geras acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to Scout, Atticus & Boo by Mary McDonagh Murphy from Richard Pine at Inkwell Management.
In Scout, Atticus & Boo, McDonagh Murphy commemorates more than half a century of To Kill a Mockingbird by “exploring the great novel’s history and how it has left its indelible mark”.
Contributions come from Lee’s late sister Alice Finch Lee; Mary Badham, who played Scout in the film of To Kill a Mockingbird; The Reverend Thomas Lane Butts, the pastor of the Church attended by the Lee family; and Mary Tucker, who taught in schools in Monroeville where Lee grew up and still lives from 1954.
The book will also contain contributions from people including James Patterson, Anna Quindlen, Oprah Winfrey, Scott Turow and Adriana Trigiani.
They reflect on their own personal connections to Lee’s literary masterpiece, what it means to them - then and now - and how it ultimately has affected their lives and careers.
McDonagh Murphy said: “At a time when interest in Harper Lee is even higher than usual, I am delighted to share contributions from Lee’s family, close friends and literary admirers. Lee has not spoken to the press since 1964 and so I hope Scout, Atticus & Boo will address reader’s curiosity about the novelist and serve as a lively companion for readers of Lee’s next novel.”
Geras said: “This is the perfect next book for readers who loved To Kill a Mockingbird, and it’s also the perfect book for reading groups talking about Harper Lee to use as a starting point for discussion.”
Arrow will publish as a paperback and e-book on 18th June 2015. Go Set a Watchman will be published on 14th July.