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Amazon Election Map Shows Political Races Based On Book Sales

President Barack Obama‘s memoir The Audacity of Hope has sold more copies than presidential contender Mitt Romney‘s No Apology: The Case for American Greatness in the last 30 days, according to Amazon’s new election heat map.

According to the map, when pitted against each other, Obama’s book holds 64 percent of purchases, where as Romney’s book has only 36 percent. At the same time, “red” books are outselling “blue” books in most states on Amazon’s map.

On the flip side, Republican running mate Paul Ryan‘s book Young Guns, which he co-wrote with Eric Cantor, is much more popular than vice president Joe Biden‘s book Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics. Ryan’s book has garnered 94 percent of sales when put up against Biden’s book.

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Ann Coulter to Publish Mugged in October

Conservative author Ann Coulter has revealed the cover and subject of her next book, Mugged: Racial Demagoguery From the Seventies to Obama. TownHall had the exclusive details, explaining that the book “specifically blows President Obama’s racial posturing.”

William Morris Endeavor agent Mel Berger negotiated the deal with Sentinel publisher Adrian Zackheim. Coulter had previously published her work with Random House’s Crown Forum imprint. Here’s more about the book:

It took the O. J. Simpson verdict—the race-based acquittal of a spectacularly guilty black celebrity as blacks across America erupted in cheers—to shut down the white guilt bank. But now, fewer than two decades later, our “postracial” president has returned us to the pre-OJ era of nonstop racial posturing. A half-black, half-white Democrat, not descended from American slaves, has brought racial unrest back with a whoop. The Obama candidacy allowed liberals to engage in self-righteousness about race and get a hard-core Leftie in the White House at the same time. In 2008, we were told the only way for the nation to move past race was to elect him as president. And 53 percent of voters fell for it.

Barack Obama Salutes Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury died today, but writers around the world are reflecting on this great author’s legacy. President, science fiction fan and author Barack Obama shared this tribute:

For many Americans, the news of Ray Bradbury’s death immediately brought to mind images from his work, imprinted in our minds, often from a young age.  His gift for storytelling reshaped our culture and expanded our world.  But Ray also understood that our imaginations could be used as a tool for better understanding, a vehicle for change, and an expression of our most cherished values.  There is no doubt that Ray will continue to inspire many more generations with his writing, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

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A Portrait of Barack Obama as a Literary Young Man

Vanity Fair has published a long excerpt from David Maraniss‘ upcoming biography, Barack Obama: The Story. The article features excerpts from letters Barack Obama wrote to an old girlfriend and passages from another girlfriend’s diary.

UPDATE: The essay caused a minor controversy this week as reporters debated character compression in Obama’s memoir. Former Kodansha America editorial executive Philip Turner cleared up all the controversy at Talking Points Memo.

In one letter from 1982, the future President shared a long analysis of T. S. Eliot‘s epic poem, “The Waste Land.” You can test your own analysis skills against the President by reading this free digital book copy of Eliot’s most famous poem. Check it out below…

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Stephen King to Mitt Romney: ‘you couldn’t have made it in America without America’

In an expletive filled essay at The Daily Beast, novelist Stephen King warned wealthy Americans to pay their “fair share” of taxes before civil unrest deepens in the United States.

Do you agree with King’s bombastic essay? His essay also took aim at Presidential candidate, author and fellow wealthy person Mitt Romney. Check it out:

Mitt Romney has said, in effect, “I’m rich and I don’t apologize for it.” Nobody wants you to, Mitt. What some of us want—those who aren’t blinded by a lot of bullsh** persiflage thrown up to mask the idea that rich folks want to keep their damn money—is for you to acknowledge that you couldn’t have made it in America without America. That you were fortunate enough to be born in a country where upward mobility is possible (a subject upon which Barack Obama can speak with the authority of experience), but where the channels making such upward mobility possible are being increasingly clogged. That it’s not fair to ask the middle class to assume a disproportionate amount of the tax burden. Not fair? It’s un-fu**ing-American is what it is. I don’t want you to apologize for being rich; I want you to acknowledge that in America, we all should have to pay our fair share.

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School Library Petition Seeks 25,000 Signatures

California librarian Seanean Shanahan hopes to collect more than 25,000 signatures on a petition urging President Barack Obama to protect libraries in federally funded schools.

The petition has already raised more than 8,000 signatures on We the People, the White House’s new platform for petitions. According to the terms of participation, the White House will respond to any petition that can raise 25,000 signatures in 30 days.

Here’s an excerpt from the petition: “Any school receiving Federal funds should be required to have a credentialed School Librarian on staff full time with a library that contains a minimum of 18 books per student. Failure to have a school library open to all students and/or failure to have a credentialed School Librarian to run that library should be punishable by a immediate withdrawal of all Federal monies … All children have the right to read and to have access to materials that will help them grow as learners and as people. No Library = No Freedom to Learn.” (Via School Library Journal)

Alice Walker Publishes eBooks with Open Road Integrated Media

Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, has cut a deal with Open Road Integrated Media to publish eBook editions of some of her most beloved work. Today they released eBook editions of The Color Purple (1982), The Temple of My Familiar (1989) and Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992).

In the video embedded above, Walker talks about her life’s work.  According to the Associated Press, eight more books (not-yet-named) will follow on November 22nd.

Here’s more from the article: “The e-books will include author interviews, photographs and personal documents…Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which originally published The Color Purple and the other works being issued electronically by Open Road, did not immediately return phone and email requests for comment Monday.”

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White House Videographer Arun Chaudhary Inks Book Deal

White House videographer Arun Chaudhary has landed a book deal with Henry Holt & Company’s Times Books division. The book is slated for a summer 2012 release.

Chaudhary will tell the story of how he went from teaching at New York University professor to documenting Barack Obama‘s presidency. Editor Serena Jones negotiated the deal with Zachary Shuster Harmsworth literary agent Bridget Wagner.

In the announcement, Chaudhary said the book will focus on “the interplay of art, media, and politics through the prism of the historic Obama campaign and presidency … You won’t learn what the President eats for breakfast, but you will find out what makes space hero Buzz Aldrin mad in a staff van at 8 a.m.”

David Gessner Successfully Targeted Barack Obama in Book Video

Author David Gessner recently targeted President Barack Obama in a book video. In the video embedded above, he shared five reasons on why the President should read his book, My Green Manifesto: Down the Charles River in Pursuit of a New Environmentalism.

According to The Boston Globe, it worked (with a little help from a newspaper column). Obama’s two young daughters, Sasha and Malia, were reportedly seen carrying a bag full of books that included Gessner’s nonfiction title.

What book would you recommend to the president?

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Free Samples from Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List

For his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard this week, President Barack Obama has packed a long list of books to read.

If you want to build a presidential reading list, we’ve put together Obama’s five reads with links to free samples of each title.

  1. 1. The Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell Publisher Mulholland Books describes this work: “The Bayou Trilogy highlights the origins of a one-of-a-kind author, a writer who for over two decades has created an indelible representation of the shadows of the rural American experience and has steadily built a devoted following among crime fiction aficionados and esteemed literary critics alike.” Read more

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