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Go Set A Watchmanwas released on July 14th, though not without stirring up a lot of controversy along the way. Harper Lee, author of "To Kill A Mockingbird", allowed publication of the recently discovered manuscript, written before "Mockingbird" and featuring many of the same characters. The announcement sparked some debate to whether it was done with Ms. Lee consent, as she has previously said she would not be publishing anything else. Lee's lawyer, Tonja Carter, submitted the Watchman manuscript for publication. Ms. Lee currently resides in an assisted-living home in Monroeville, Alabama. The concerns prompted investigations by the Alabama Department of Human Resources, and the Alabama Securities Commission into Lee's conditon. Both investigtions have now been closed, and declared the allegations unfounded. Ms. Lee was photograhed at a private book release lunch in Monroeville, a few weeks ago, putting the issue to rest. The New York Times got the sole review of the book, and readers have expressed shock at the racist remarks attributed to Atticus Finch.

Penguin Random House, the world's largest trade publisher, has reached a multi-year agreement for Amazon to distribute it's print and digital files in the U.S. and UK. It is the last of the Big Five to do so.

John le Carre's 1993 novel,The Night Manager, is being adapted into a miniseries. The production, a collaboration between AMC, BBC One, and the Ink Factory began filming this spring, and star Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie Hollander, Olivia Coleman, and Russell Tovey. The Night Manager follows a former British solider named Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston) who becomes a spy in order to infiltrate the network of a black market arms circle fronted by Richard Onslow Roper (Laurie). Le Carre will be making a cameo appearance in a restaurant scene. The mini-series is set to debut in 2016.