“To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee railed against her Alabama hometown for trying to exploit her success in a letter that helps explain later legal battles involving commercialization of her novel.
The writer's bitter assessment of Monroeville came in a three-page letter that is being sold with other items by the London-based Bonhams auctions.
Lee used Monroeville as the model for fictional Maycomb, Alabama, in her Pulitzer Prize-winning book about racial injustice in the Jim Crow South. But in a letter she wrote to a friend in 1993, Lee complained harshly about the town.
Aside from the letter, the auction includes several sketches by Lee and a signed first edition of “Mockingbird.” Lee died in 2016.
Songs on stage
Britney Spears is throwing her fedora onto the stage.
Producers of the new musical stage comedy “Once Upon a One More Time” say their show will use Spears' hit songs, which include “Oops!... I Did It Again,” ''... Baby One More Time,” ''Toxic” and “Stronger.”
The show will have its world premiere this fall in Chicago at the James M. Nederlander Theatre. Previews begin in October.
The show's story centers on classic fairytale princesses like Cinderella and Snow White learning that being happy ever after may take some work.
New Stern book
Howard Stern fans are clearly up for his new book.
The shock jock's “Howard Stern Comes Again” will be published May 14, Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday. It's his first book in more than 20 years and was No. 1 on Amazon.com within hours of its announcement. Stern's previous books, “Private Parts” and “Miss America,” both spent months on the New York Times' best-seller list.
The publisher didn't immediately provide details about the new book.
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Among celebrity birthdays today: Drummer Roy Haynes is 94. Singer Jan Howard is 89. Songwriter Mike Stoller is 86. Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka is 80. Actor William H. Macy is 69. Comedian Robin Duke is 65. Actress Dana Delaney is 63. Trumpeter Terence Blanchard is 57. Actress Annabeth Gish is 48. Actress Tracy Wells is 48. Rapper Common is 47. Rapper Khujo is 47. Singer Glenn Lewis is 44. Actor Emile Hirsch is 34.