Harper Lee supports Mockingbird memoir

Harper Lee's sister says the author of To Kill a Mockingbird has indeed co-operated with a memoir about her. And the publisher has set a release date: fall 2013.

To Kill a Mockingbird author OK with book, sister says

Gregory Peck, foreground left, and Brock Peters, right, in a scene from the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird. Contrary to previous reports, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, has agreed to co-operate with a memoir about her. (Universal Studios Home Entertainment/Associated Press)

Harper Lee's sister says the author of To Kill a Mockingbird has indeed co-operated with a memoir about her. And the publisher has set a release date: fall 2013.

The law firm Barnett, Bugg, Lee & Carter had released a signed  statement last month from Harper Lee disputing an announcement by Penguin Press that Marja Mills' The Mockingbird Next Door had been written with "full access" to the media-shy novelist.

But Alice Lee, Harper Lee's sister, is a partner in the firm and said in a signed letter dated May 21 and released Monday by Penguin that the statement was prepared without her knowledge and "does not represent" the feelings of either sister.

A woman who answered the phone at Barnett, Bugg declined comment and hung up on a reporter seeking comment.