"Go Set a Watchman" going fast in Hattiesburg

"Go Set a Watchman" going fast in Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Fans of reclusive Southern author Harper Lee had a reason to celebrate Tuesday.

Her much-anticipated new novel, "Go Set a Watchman," went on sale around the world.

It is a follow-up to her 1960 Pulitzer-Prize winning work, "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Some bookstores in Hattiesburg are reporting a lot of interest in the book and Hub City fans said they have waited a long time for the new story.

"We're pleased to have it as the second book by Harper Lee and probably the last book by Harper Lee," said Norma Hoverman with Main Street Books. "There's been a good bit of phone calls asking to reserve the book and a good bit of buzz about it."

"Many of our readers can't wait to read it," said Pamela Pridgen, director of the Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County Library. "There are others who love 'To Kill a Mockingbird' so much that they don't want to read it, but everybody wants to talk about it."

The 1962 film version of "To Kill a Mockingbird" won three Academy Awards.