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Harper Lee's hometown celebrates new release

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 01:24

From tours to marathon book readings, the hometown of Harper Lee puts on a celebration for the release of her newest novel, ''Go Set a Watchman.'' Linda So reports.

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Inside the famed courthouse where Atticus Finch became a literary hero... fans took part in a marathon reading of Harper Lee's newest novel, "Go Set a Watchman." SOUNDBITE: MIKE SULLIVAN, RETIRED PROSECUTOR FROM TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA, SAYING: "I will tell you the reading that I have done in this second novel, it's darker, it's grittier, it is much more realistic." This is Lee's only published novel since her 1960 classic "To Kill a Mockingbird." To celebrate, her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama became "Maycomb" for a day... the fictional town depicted in Lee's novels. Tour guides showed off landmarks that inspired scenes in the books... including a red brick bank on the square that once housed the law office of Lee's father. Vintage cars lined the streets outside the courthouse where a monument now stands in honor of Atticus Finch. SOUNDBITE: ANN MICHAEL WINSTEAD, NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENT, SAYING: "To actually be where the movie took place, thinking about the scenes, going over the book. It's incredible." But the verdict is still out on how the shocking new portrayal of the older Finch as a racist and bigot will affect book sales. It's a stark contrast to the noble lawyer in "Mockingbird" who defended a black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman.

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Harper Lee's hometown celebrates new release

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 01:24