This photo taken Wednesday, July 8, 2015, shows a sign welcoming book fans to Monroeville, Ala., the hometown of "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee. Lee's second book "Go Set a Watchman" is set for release July 14, 2015, and town officials are hoping the new novel draws more visitors to the quiet town of 6,300 people. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
LOOK: Alabama hometown of Harper Lee abuzz over new book
Associated Press / 12:18 AM July 12, 2015
MONROEVILLE, Alabama— The Alabama hometown of author Harper Lee is getting ready for the release of her second book 55 years after her novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” became a sensation worldwide.
A small bookstore in Monroeville, Alabama, has sold more than 7,000 copies of the book — so many the owner had to purchase an additional building just for storage.
Volunteers will gather for public readings of Lee’s new book “Go Set a Watchman” after it’s officially released Tuesday. Organizers also are planning walking tours around Monroeville, which serves as the model for the fictional town of Maycomb in both books.
One person who’s not expected to attend any of the events is Lee.
The 89-year-old Lee still lives in Monroeville, but she’s in declining health and guards her privacy closely.