On the Books Apr. 28: Harper Lee washes hands of upcoming memoir, behind the $24 million book, and more


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Reclusive To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee denies involvement with the upcoming memoir The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by former Chicago Tribune reporter Marja Mills. Penguin announced on Tuesday that Mills had written the book "with direct access to Harper Lee and [her sister]

Alice Lee and their friends and family.” Despite Harper Lee’s official statement denying cooperation, Mills’ literary agent says that her client “has the written support of Alice Lee and a lifelong family friend, and prior to Harper Lee’s stroke in 2007, she had the verbal support of Harper Lee.”

How did the price for an out-of-print book about flies (The Making of a Fly) scale to almost $24 million on Amazon? It turns out Amazon vendors use a pricing algorithm to ensure automatically that they’re profiting more than their main competitors. A funny story, but maybe indicative of the retailers’ responsibility in regulating prices.

Argentina is considering paying writers a pension since many authors who contribute “social richness” to society end up impoverished in — or long before — retirement.

We mentioned this “pop-up bookstore” of sorts earlier, but take a closer look at Andrew Kessler’s store dedicated to selling one book: his own. It sounds like shameless self-promotion, but I think it’s a smart and very resourceful way of an author taking ownership of his work. It’s not that easy to sell a book these days!

Love writing lying down? You have some good bedfellows!

Check out these five great books for Mom. But if she’s asking for jewelry, you know, get that for her too!

Comments (18 total) Add your comment
  • Janice

    VERY clumsy and ambiguous writing style.
    Weak stuff, EW. WEAK.

    • Caryn

      yeah, i have no idea what this writer’s intention is talking about!

      • Caryn

        darnit, and my comment made about as much sense

    • ks

      Good, I hought it was me.

    • apowell

      I’ve been reading “On the Books” for months now, and I don’t see anything wrong with this. It’s not supposed to be read as an article. It’s just a bunch of links to different book news/trivia items.

    • JoMarch

      THANK you; I was confused by the style of this article. I guess it makes sense after reading @apowell’s comment, but until then, Yikes!

  • RT

    Harper Lee is NOT a recluse. She goes about her life, is involved in her church, and can be seen about her hometown, she simply does not do interviews or seek out any publicity. She’s not JD Salinger.

    • DFSF

      Nor does Lee care about your coming to her defense.

  • Sue1

    Agree with Janice-AWFUL article.
    Agree with RT- Lee is no recluse.

  • mike

    Jorge Luis Borges is dead. Has been since 1986!

  • Marcus Johnson

    Does this columnist have ADD?

  • Clete

    Whoever wrote the article needs to go back to writing 101. The paragraphs don’t seem to be about the same subject. I read it twice and had trouble following it.

    • Lucas

      That’s because they are not. They are, rather, bullet points without the bullets.

  • Conan the Grammarian

    People! I’m 55 and can follow it just fine, so you should be able to as well. Yes, Stephan Lee has ADD, but he obviously came by it honestly—look how distracted his parents were when spelling “Stephen” on his birth certificate. Yet isn’t that episodicness (episodicity? sorry, got distracted there…) part of the charm (possibly the *entirety* of the charm) of his randomized, scattershot, utterly diverting maunderings? Stephan Lee ADDs up nicely for me!

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