Literary world holds its breath. Fairfax's metropolitan "compacts" will publish the first chapter of Harper Lee's eagerly awaited Go Set A Watchman on July 10. The first chapter will be released online simultaneously through a variety of global publishers, such as The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian, ahead of the July 14 launch.
The novel, Lee's second after To Kill A Mockingbird, has been tightly held by publisher Random House. Bookseller+Publisher reports Random House "hasn’t sent any proofs to reviewers, and has asked that international publishers interested in purchasing the rights fly to London to read the manuscript at the office of literary agent Andrew Nurnberg." Review copies won't be available until after the book launches. Go Set A Watchman, which is a sequel to Mockingbird, is already at the top of the various bestseller lists entirely due to pre-sales. -- Myriam Robin