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Go Set a Watchman

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The popularity and influence of Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird has transcended generations. For 55 years, fans of Lee’s writing had only that novel to go on, so it’s understandable that the release yesterday of her new book, Go Set a Watchman, has stirred up a lot of interest. It’s also generated intense debate. Wednesday, biographer Charles Shields joins us as we discuss Lee’s new novel and try to understand it through the lens of her life, her legacy, and America’s history of racial tension.

GUESTS

Charles Shields is a biographer of 20th-century writers. His most recent book is And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life [Amazon|Indiebound]. His biography of Harper Lee, Mockingbird, came out in 2006 [Amazon|Indiebound].

Catherine Weller is a co-owner and co-manager of Weller Book Works alongside her husband, Tony Weller.

Betsy Burton is a co-owner and co-founder of The King's English.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.