A letter from Harper Lee to an old friend in which the To Kill a Mockingbird author rages about the “bad taste” and hypocrisy of people in her home town she felt were “trying to turn [her] into a tourist attraction like Graceland or Elvis” has sold at auction for almost £20,000.
The letter is part of an archive of drawings and letters from Lee to Charles Weldon Carruth. Written in 1993 from Monroeville, Alabama. It sees her complain that “what was once a tiny town of considerable character is now six times its size and populated by appalling people”.
Toy industry upstart Funko has spent the past several years turning their line of Pop! vinyl figures based on popular movie and television licenses into a collecting phenomenon. Now, Funko is hoping to dominate more retail shelf space with a new product: children’s books.
The Everett, Washington-based company recently announced a partnership with Sterling Publishing for a line of young-reader books based on original Pop! characters set in Wetmore Forest, home to an assortment of creatures that hunt for mushberries, play games, and explore their woodland territory. The monsters—Bugsy Wingnut, Tumblebee, Butterhorn, and Snuggletooth among them—have previously appeared in both a vinyl and plush figure line as well as an online video series.
— Zachary Wagman (@zackwagman) March 13, 2019