Local Books-A-Million opens at midnight for anxious Harper Lee fans

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - Books-A-Million in Madison opened at midnight on Tuesday for Harper Lee fans who could not wait to get their copy of "Go Set a Watchman." It's been more than 50 years since Lee released her first book, "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Many who bought the books overnight said they remember their English teachers forcing them to read "To Kill a Mockingbird." This time, they're choosing to read "Go Set a Watchman."

"I've just been waiting so long and so I didn't want to wait any longer so I probably will stay up all night reading it," Madison resident Andrew Stewart said.

To continue the celebration of the new release, AL.com and Books-A-million are holding "The Next Chapter," a free event on Wednesday beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Huntsville Museum of Art. The staff organized an hour-long presentation starting at 6:00 p.m. which includes panel discussions.

Alabama Gov Robert Bentley proclaimed Tuesday as "Go Set a Watchman" Day in the state to honor the release of Lee’s new novel. Bentley said Lee, who lives in Monroeville, is a great source of pride for the state.

Monroeville, the model for the fictional town of Maycomb in both books, planned a full day of activities to celebrate the new book.

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