Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Harper Lee's GO SET A WATCHMAN Cover Revealed

HarperCollins is delighted to reveal the jacket for Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman, which will be published on July 14, 2015.

"There are so many wonderful parts of Go Set A Watchman that it was hard to pick just one iconic image to represent the book.  This design is perfect- it draws on the style of the decade the book was written, but with a modern twist.  Go Set A Watchman begins with Scout's train ride home, but more profoundly, it is about the journey Harper Lee's beloved characters have taken in the subsequent 20 years of their lives."
Michael Morrison, President and Publisher U.S. General Books and Canada

Available in hardcover, e-book, digital audio, and CD.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Teaching Materials for Dolen Perkins-Valdez's WENCH

The Pen/Faulkner Foundation has created some wonderful lesson plans for Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s New York Times-bestselling novel Wench, which you can find here. 

Set before the Civil War in the real resort of Tawana House  in Ohio—a favorite of Southern white men who vacationed there with their black enslaved mistresses—Wench explores, with an unflinching eye, the moral complexities of slavery through the lives of the women who became friends during annual visits to the resort. 

The lessons  focus on characterization, history and culture, and close text analysis. They are appropriate for 9th grade and up.