On the Books Apr. 28: Harper Lee washes hands of upcoming memoir, behind the $24 million book, and more | EW.com

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On the Books Apr. 28: Harper Lee washes hands of upcoming memoir, behind the $24 million book, and more

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Reclusive To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee denies involvement with the upcoming memoir The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by former Chicago Tribune reporter Marja Mills. Penguin announced on Tuesday that Mills had written the book “with direct access to Harper Lee and [her sister] Alice Lee and their friends and family.” Despite Harper Lee’s official statement denying cooperation, Mills’ literary agent says that her client “has the written support of Alice Lee and a lifelong family friend, and prior to Harper Lee’s stroke in 2007, she had the verbal support of Harper Lee.”

How did the price for an out-of-print book about flies (The Making of a Fly) scale to almost $24 million on Amazon? It turns out Amazon vendors use a pricing algorithm to ensure automatically that they’re profiting more than their main competitors. A funny story, but maybe indicative of the retailers’ responsibility in regulating prices.

Argentina is considering paying writers a pension since many authors who contribute “social richness” to society end up impoverished in — or long before — retirement.

We mentioned this “pop-up bookstore” of sorts earlier, but take a closer look at Andrew Kessler’s store dedicated to selling one book: his own. It sounds like shameless self-promotion, but I think it’s a smart and very resourceful way of an author taking ownership of his work. It’s not that easy to sell a book these days!

Love writing lying down? You have some good bedfellows!

Check out these five great books for Mom. But if she’s asking for jewelry, you know, get that for her too!

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