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Tony Blair to Meet Publishers This Fall

Even though it’s highly likely that a memoir from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is years in the offing, that doesn’t mean there can’t be stories about every permutation and combination relating to such a possible step. To wit, the Bookseller’s Katherine Rushton reports that Blair will meet publishers in London at the start of October, together with Robert Barnett, the Washington lawyer he has instructed to sell his memoirs. Random House and HarperCollins are expected to make bids for the book, and Bloomsbury (in a partnership with Miramax) and Simon & Schuster have confirmed they are also entering the fray. Hachette is understood to have ruled itself out of the competition, although CEO Tim Hely Hutchinson declined to comment to the Bookseller.

As already speculated, Blair’s approach direct to the US is seen as an attempt to bag the biggest deal possible by capitalizing on his popularity there, Rushton explains. Securing Barnett, who won big money for Bill Clinton and Alan Greenspan advance-wise (and also represents James Patterson now) is also likely to inflate Blair’s advance. Rushton also has more in the Telegraph today about the pre-Frankfurt plan for Blair.

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Blair Picks Barnett to Broker Book Deal

Yesterday afternoon the Bookseller broke the story that literary lawyer to the stars Bob Barnett would be representing Tony Blair – and shopping around the former UK prime minister’s interests to America first. So of course, people are wondering a) who will get the book and b) how much they will have to pay for it. Bill Clinton money? Alan Greenspan money? Something even greater?

The advance will be inflated by Blair’s perceived value in the US, said one leading publisher of political books. “The Americans love him. They see him as an articulate George W. Bush. He’ll get a good whack out of a US publisher.” And the direct approach to the US is seen to thwart UK agents who were vying for a slice of the action. “It will be a shoot out between HarperCollins and Random House, but I think HarperCollins will prevail despite the much trumped link with Gail Rebuck‘s husband. [Rupert] Murdoch‘s keen and he’s got deep pockets,” said a major non-fiction publisher. “They’ve been political bedfellows for a very long time, and [News Corp] is a multimedia company,” a leading UK literary agent added. Shootout royale? Major league auction? Stay tuned, as the drill goes..

People Really Want to Buy Keith Richards’ Memoir

As promised, UK superagent Ed Victor held off until this month to shop around Rolling Stones guitarman Keith Richards‘ memoirs, and the gambit has paid off handsomely, according to Crain’s Matthew Flamm. Bidding for a book by the Rolling Stones’ famed founding member, co-song writer and rhythm guitarist has reached $7.1 million for world English rights, according to publishing industry sources. With just three houses vying for the book, now the battle rages between HarperCollins and Little, Brown.

“This is Bill Clinton money,” an executive not involved in the bidding told Flamm. Knopf paid $10 million to $12 million for former President Clinton’s autobiography in 2001, while we’re guessing the final bid will be somewhere in the vicinity of $8 million. Alan Greenspan money, perhaps?

Finding Something to Gripe about Greenspan’s BEA Appearance

AP’s Hillel Italie picked up on the story that Alan Greenspan, who will be Book Expo America‘s keynote speaker this year, will be interviewed by NBC newscaster Andrea Mitchell, who also happens to be his wife. And some people, like Politics & Prose co-owner Barbara Meade, are taking issue. “I think it would be pretty awkward for a wife to interview her husband,” she said. Not so, says BEA’s special events director Roger Billheimer. “Sure, she’s his wife, but she’s a smart lady and she’s been around the block. I certainly think this is an opportunity for a stimulating conversation.”

And let’s be honest here: anyone going to BEA expecting anything but softball, overly positives directed at any keystone speaker’s way – not just the former Federal Reserve Director – is in for a rude awakening. Besides, if Mitchell can get her husband off-script even once, that would be the “major coup” Billheimer touts in the PA piece…

Greenspan to be BEA Keynote Speaker

Book Expo America has announced in a press release sent earlier today that former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan will appear as the conference’s Keynote Speaker on Friday, June 1 at 11am. He will be joined by Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News (and Greenspan’s wife), who will interview Dr. Greenspan in a Q & A format. The appearance will, no doubt, help hype Greenspan’s much-buzzed-about (mostly for the gargantuan advance) book THE AGE OF TURBULENCE: ADVENTURES IN A NEW WORLD, which Penguin Press will publish on September 17.

“We are enormously honored that Dr. Greenspan has agreed to appear at BEA,” notes BEA director Lance Fensterman. “Dr. Greenspan is one of the leading figures of the latter half of the 20th Century and his insight, leadership, and impact has affected citizens in the United States and the world at large. We couldn’t be more proud to have this opportunity to host such an accomplished and respected individual and to have his name associated with BEA and our conference program.” But what GalleyCat wants to know is whether the Q&A format will bring out Greenspan’s much-satirized speech format… Meanwhile, Ron has a dollar says the name “Ayn Rand” doesn’t come up once during the entire “interview,” and even money on his saxophone prowess being mentioned.