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Group Plans to Move George W. Bush’s Memoir to Crime Section of Bookstore

The protest blog Waging Nonviolence is urging readers to move copies of George W. Bush‘s forthcoming memoir to the crime section of bookstores.

The blog hopes readers will move Decision Points inside the bookstore and “put Dubya where he belongs.” Waging Nonviolence scheduled the protest to coincide with the book’s release tomorrow.

Here’s more from the post: “If you do decide to participate in this nonviolent act of subversion, please respond to our invitation, take a picture of your “mission accomplished,” and post a photo of your handiwork to our Facebook page.”

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Harry Reid Taken ‘To Task’ in George W. Bush’s Memoir

bushbook.jpgSenate majority leader Harry Reid (D- Nevada) beat Republican candidate  Sharron Angle in a close race last night. In his upcoming memoir, President George W. Bush reportedly has some harsh words for the Congressional leader.

The New York Times examined a leaked copy of Bush’s memoir, Decision Points: “He takes Senator Harry M. Reid of Nevada, the Democratic majority leader, to task for saying during the worst of the violence in Iraq that the war was lost, calling that ‘one of the most irresponsible acts I witnessed’ in Washington … He also recalls sharp exchanges with other officials.”

Following Republican victories around the country, everyone will look to Bush’s memoir next week for clues about the tumultuous 2010 election. Reid published a statement this morning urging leaders to search for “shared solutions to our shared problems.”

George W. Bush to Open Miami Book Fair; Tickets Cost $40

bushbook.jpgAccording to Book Signing Central, former President George W. Bush will make an appearance on November 11th at the National Museum of the US Air Force. Next, Bush will open the Miami Book Fair on November 14th.

The Washington Post reports: “Bush is scheduled to speak at the 27th annual Miami Book Fair International, which runs from Nov. 14-21. The former president will present his memoir ‘Decision Points,’ on Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. Book fair organizers told The Associated Press that tickets to Bush’s presentation are $40. That includes a presigned copy of the book.”

The Drudge Report revealed a few passages from the Bush memoir last week. Matt Lauer will be airing an interview with Bush on November 8th and Oprah Winfrey will interview the former President the next day. (Via Huffington Post)

Oprah Winfrey & Matt Lauer to Interview George W. Bush on Memoir Release

bushbook.jpgAlthough book tour dates have yet to be announced, former President George W. Bush will be interviewed by Matt Lauer and Oprah Winfrey when his memoir arrives next month.

Lauer will air his interview November 8th. Winfrey will air her interview on November 9th, the day of the book’s release. The regular hardcover will cost $35, but 1,000 copies of it will be signed and specially cloth-bound with a $350 price-tag.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair received a reception of shoes, eggs, and protests during his book tour this year. Would you go to a book signing by former President Bush? Let us know in the comments section.

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Paul McCartney’s Pro-Library and Anti-Bush Comments Cut by PBS

According to Mediaite, when PBS airs a television special about Paul McCartney‘s White House performance in June, they will cut the 20-second clip embedded above–where McCartney criticizes the library skills of former President George W. Bush.

At a ceremony where he was awarded the the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song by President Barack Obama, the former Beatle concluded: “After the last eight years, it’s good to have a president that knows what a library is.”

Libraries have made headlines for the last month, as we spotlighted library card art, found the best library feeds on Twitter, and highlighted the Old Spice guy’s love for libraries. (Via

George W. Bush’s Memoir Cover Unveiled: Decision Points

bushbook.jpgToday The Random House imprint Crown announced that they will release Decision Points, a memoir by former President George W. Bush, on November 9. It will cost $35, and the publisher will issue 1,000 clothbound and signed copies costing $350 each.

Here’s more about the release, via the NY Times: “Crown said that Mr. Bush had given few speeches or interviews since leaving office, ‘instead, he has spent almost every day writing Decision Points.’ It added: ‘He writes honestly and directly about his flaws and mistakes, as well as his historic achievements.’ The book will be released in hardcover and in audio and e-book formats. Mr. Bush will also go on a national tour for the book.”

For other takes on the memoir, check out Gawker’s alternate covers and The Awl’s imaginary excerpt.

President Barack Obama to Write about Haiti

obama_portrait_146px.jpgPolitico reported today that President Barack Obama will write a cover story for Newsweek about the earthquake in Haiti.

National Review columnist and author Jonah Goldberg responded with a dismissive column: “some might wonder, given Newsweek’s fawning coverage of the man, whether this is the first time he’s written for Newsweek or whether this is just the first time he got a byline.” GalleyCat has always celebrated Obama’s writing credentials. The President’s memoir was a bestseller, and last year he urged This well-known author urged children to grow up to be writers in a speech.

What do you think? The Politico article also included a response from Newsweek editor Jon Meacham responding to critics: “We’ve published Ronald Reagan and John McCain, and we invited George W. Bush to write in our pages … The occasion for the Obama essay is an international tragedy with humanitarian and political implications.”

Most importantly, if you want to donate money to the recovery effort, The Rumpus has an amazing list of aid organizations.

Karl Rove Memoir Coming in March 2010

karlrove23.jpgToday Threshold Editions announced that they will publish Karl Rove‘s 592-page memoir, “Courage and Consequence” on March 9, 2010.

The political strategist helped elect President George W. Bush and served as White House deputy chief of staff in Bush’s administration. His book promises to “set the record straight on those controversial years”–a popular theme with former Bush staffers. In 2011, both Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney will publish their own memoirs. Cheney has already promised to reveal the “heated arguments” behind the scenes at the White House.

Threshold editor-in-chief Mary Matalin (a conservative leader in her own right, profiled here) had this statement: “Karl has always been in a league of his own in the world of electoral politics and now he creates a unique genre for historians, policy makers, political junkies and serious readers.”

Steve Rubin Resigns at Random House

rh23.jpgAfter serving as executive VP and publisher-at-large for Random House since February, former Doubleday Broadway Group publisher Steve Rubin has resigned from the restructured conglomerate.

According to Publishers Weekly, the executive decided to move on after 25 years at the company. In February Rubin took on a new position, serving as a “new business advocate” after the company rearranged its imprints and laid-off many employees–a move that altered his old Doubleday Broadway Group position.

Here’s more from the article: “In his memo about Rubin’s resignation, Random chairman Markus Dohle praised Rubin for having ‘one of the most accomplished and distinguished careers in our company’s history.’ Dohle said that since becoming publisher-at-large Rubin has contributed to shaping Random’s global strategy and helped land several promising projects, including the book to be written by former President George W. Bush.”

Dick Cheney Memoir to Reveal “Heated Arguments” with George W. Bush

225px-Richard_Cheney_2005_official_portrait.jpgThe gloves will come off in former Vice President Dick Cheney‘s upcoming memoir, the Washington Post reports.

Recently Cheney held informal talks with “authors, diplomats, [and] policy experts” about his book, which sold in a deal “likely worth at least $2 million,” according to the AP. An attendee of one such conversation said that the former VP felt that George W. Bush “had hardened against Cheney’s advice” towards the end of his presidency. The memoir is scheduled for publication in Spring 2011, a few months after Bush’s memoir hits bookstores.

Here’s another excerpt, about Cheney’s quarrel with Bush over a presidential pardon: “[H]e accused Bush of abandoning ‘an innocent man’ who had served the president with honor and then become the ‘victim of a severe miscarriage of justice.’ Cheney now says privately that his memoir, expected to be published in spring 2011, will describe their heated arguments in full.”

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