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Arnold Schwarzenegger Opens Up about His New Book

“Some information I just keep to myself,” said Arnold Schwarzenegger, in an interview with Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes interview last night.

The former governor and actor did the interview to promote his new book, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Story, a memoir from Simon & Schuster that came out today.

In the interview, Schwarznegger talked about his scandal of having had an affair with his housekeeper Mildred Baena and getting her pregnant, at the time that his wife Maria Shriver was pregnant. ”I found out about it kind of seven year or eight years in,” he to Stahl. He said that it didn’t occur to him that the child was his, because she was with another man.

“I have caused enough pain to everyone as it is, if it is my to my, so I don’t want to reawaken and talk about it because its not going to help them and I just want to protect them as much as I can,” said Schwarzenegger to Stahl.

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Simon & Schuster To Publish Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Memoir

Simon & Schuster has acquired Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography, which is slated for publication in October 2012. The working title of the work is Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story. This will be Schwarzenegger’s second book from the publisher. Simon & Schuster put out The Education of a Bodybuilder, which came out in 1977 and is still in print.

The new book will chronicle the Govenator’s life from immigrating to the U.S. and bodybuilding to acting and running California.

Jonathan Karp, publisher of Simon & Schuster released this statement about the book: “Nobody has a life story even close to his. To go from poor immigrant to world class athlete to the biggest movie star in the world to Governor of California is an incredible journey.”

Simon & Schuster controls the worldwide rights and will be selling the book to international publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair next month. The publisher is putting out editions in the United States, Australia, Canada, India and the U.K. and has already sold the German to Hoffmann und Campe and the Dutch rights to A.W. Bruna.

Politicians at the Comic Book Store

For comic book publisher Bluewater Productions, it’s not superheros that bring in the big bucks, it’s politicians.

According to a piece on Politico, the publisher has sold 130,000 copies of a comic about Michelle Obama. “She competes with Justin Bieber just a little bit,” Darren Davis, the company’s president told Politico about the bestseller.

Comics about other politicians are also popular sellers. Politico has more: “More than 25,000 copies of both Clinton and Palin’s comic books were sold, and Davis and Schultz haven’t looked back since, going on to produce comic books on political figures including Colin Powell, Ronald Reagan, Bill O’Reilly, Caroline Kennedy, Al Franken, Nancy Pelosi, Michelle Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger and George W. Bush.”

Radar Speculates Maria Shriver Could Land $15M Deal for Hypothetical Memoir

RadarOnline.com speculated this weekend that Maria Shriver could receive $15 million or more for a hypothetical tell-all book after her divorce from former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Despite the provocative post, Shriver has not expressed any desire to write such a book.

Here’s more from the article: “One top publishing exec told RadarOnline.com that California’s former First Lady could garner more than the all-time advance record, the $15 million paid to Bill Clinton for his memoir, My Life … But a tell-all about growing up a Kennedy and especially her life with the cheating Arnold and learning he fathered a child by their maid, that’s a whole different story — literally — and it could set sales records.”

Shriver has written three nonfiction titles and three picture books. Her 2000 title, Ten Things I’d Wish I’d Known Before I Went Out Into The Real World, was based on a commencement address she gave at the College of the Holy Cross. Shriver has also established a successful career as a television journalist with two Emmy Award wins under her belt.

Pearson Promises California Schools Digital Content

pearsonlogo.jpgResponding to California’s school budget problem problem, Pearson promised to create digital supplements for “biology, chemistry, algebra 2, and geometry textbooks.”


Publishers Weekly
reports the major textbook company responded to an appeal from California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Last week the governor said he hopes to switch students to digital math and science textbooks to help ease the budget deficit and the $350 million the state spent on school books last year.

Peter Cohen, CEO of Pearson’s North America school curriculum, had this comment: “We believe it is important to take these forward steps toward an online delivery system and we are supporting the Governor’s initiative, recognizing there are numerous challenges ahead for the education community to work through.” (Via Publishers Weekly)

Conan the Digitalist

Movie-Poster-Conan-The-Barbarian.jpgNext year California governor and retired “Conan the Barbarian” star Arnold Schwarzenegger hopes to switch students to digital math and science textbooks.

According to the Guardian, California spent $350 million for school books last year, and Schwarzenegger is convinced digital books can drive down those costs. The governor called print textbook expenses “nonsensical” in this digital age, and, as GalleyCat reported, many companies are vying for control of the digital textbook market.


Here’s a quote
from California’s governor: “Basically kids are feeling as comfortable with their electronic devices as I was with my pencils and crayons. Textbooks are outdated, in my opinion … For so many years, we’ve been trying to teach the kids exactly the same way.” (Via Book Bench)