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Harper Lee Versus the Museum, and Other News

September 23, 2013 | by


  • Fresh on the heels of her recent settlement, eighty-seven-year-old Harper Lee is now at loggerheads with the Monroe County Heritage Museum in her hometown of Monroeville. The small museum is largely devoted to To Kill a Mockingbird; Lee is seeking a trademark for the words when used on clothing and souvenirs. The museum, for its part, contends that these sales are vital to its continued operation.
  • “The only thing I ever walked out of was Dr. Doolittle with Eddie Murphy … It’s remarkable what I’ll sit through—it really is.” David Sedaris talks movies.
  • “Few writers in any genre, fiction or nonfiction, have described the workings of white-collar crime with such clarity and precision.” An appreciation of John D. MacDonald
  • Speaking of: Gerald Kersh, “a prolific, strange, and compelling writer who avoided any taint of respectability.”
  • Just in time for Banned Books Week, North Carolina County has voted to ban Invisible Man.



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    1. Amal | September 23, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Harper Lee’s trademark battle with the museum in her county isn’t “Fresh on the heels of her recent settlement.” I believe she filed for the trademark last year (9/12/12), and the museum filed its opposition on August 19, 2013 (I have a link to the filing with the US Patent and Trademark Office on my blog). The settlement with her former agent happened in September 2013.

    2. Sadie Stein | September 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks for the correx, Amal – and the informative post!

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