Go Set a Watchman Book Discussion
If you're planning on attending the discussion and having trouble getting a copy of the book, ask at the Information Desk (we might have one)!
Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.
Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.
Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee's enduring classic.
We have arranged for two guests to help guide the discussion:
David Duer, who teaches Humanities and AP Language and Composition at Washington High School, and Mark Roberts, a lawyer with local firm Simmons, Perrine, Moyer, Bergman PLC, have both agreed to come and join the conversation. Mark will be able to speak to the Supreme Court decision Lee refers to in the book, the 10th amendment, and states' rights. It should be a fascinating hour! We hope you will join us to share your thoughts about the book.