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Dan Brown’s Televised Treasure Hunt

the_lost_symbol-1.jpgIn September, The Today Show will celebrate the release of Dan Brown‘s new novel, “The Lost Symbol,” with a week-long, televised treasure hunt dedicated to the book.

Here’s more from the release: “In recent weeks, Matt Lauer has been busy traveling to top-secret locations that play key roles in ‘The Lost Symbol.’ Beginning Tuesday, September 8, ‘Today’ will reveal exclusive clues to these locations, one clue a day through September 15. The book’s most important scenes take place in these locations, and viewers are encouraged to log onto TODAYshow.com each day to try to solve the mystery. ‘Today’ will reveal the answers to all of the clues Wednesday, September 16, after the book’s release.”

The morning show has made daily publishing headlines this week, as yesterday they announced that author and former First Daughter Jenna Bush would serve as a monthly correspondent. Brown’s fans can check out more at his elaborate website, and Brown’s detractors can play GalleyCat’s “Nickname Dan Brown’s Release Date” game.

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Author Jenna Bush Joins Today Show

jennabush.jpgConsidering Megan McCain‘s “high six figure” book deal and Liz Cheney‘s recent co-author role in her father’s memoir, the daughters of conservative politicians should form their own publishing imprint.

If such an imprint existed, it would be helmed by Jenna Bush Hager–two time author and now television news reporter. On today’s Morning Media Menu, we discussed the news that Jenna Bush (pictured, via), the daughter of President George W. Bush, will be joining The Today Show as a monthly contributor.

Here’s more from Politico: “[T]he show decided to give Hager a spin after she’d come off as a ‘natural presence’ in two previous appearances on Today to promote her book for young adults, ‘Ana’s Story,’ about a young woman born with HIV/AIDS.”

BEA: Reactions in Print

  • The Washington Post’s Bob Thompson covers the convention for the paper, also got an advance look at Jenna Bush‘s manuscript.
  • Otto Penzler writes what’s assumed to be a somewhat tongue-in-cheek take of how BEA’s gigantism can make one despair.
  • Also in the Sun, Kate Taylor weighs the pros and cons of the Espresso Book Machine.
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    HarperCollins Won the Jenna Bush Auction After All

    I mean, after the initial flurry of activity surrounding the prospect of a Jenna Bush book deal, there’s barely a ripple when HarperCollins announces it wins, and that the book will be published this fall? Ah, well. Anyway, USA TODAY reports that the co-first daughter says her forthcoming book for teens – about a 17-year-old single mother in Panama who is living with HIV – will end with a “call to action.” She adds that her book, which will be supported by a tour to schools, libraries and bookstores, is aimed at “getting kids thinking and involved,” Bush said Monday by phone from Panama, where she has worked since September as an unpaid intern for UNICEF.

    Bush, a former public school teacher in Washington, D.C., says: “I’m aware that not all kids can pick up and fly to Panama. I’m very lucky.” But, Bush says, “there’s so much they can do” to deal with issues of “exclusion” – from research on HIV discrimination to “inviting new kids to sit with them in the cafeteria.” Her book has an expected print run of 500,000 copies; Kate Jackson at HarperCollins Children’s Books was the acquiring editor.

    You Mean There’s Interest in a Book By Jenna Bush?

    When word first circulated last week that Co-First Daughter Jenna Bush was shopping a memoir, we ignored it – well, at least I did – because I didn’t expect there to be much publisher interest in a book about her reported working with underprivileged children in Central & South America. Drunken shenanigans? Oh yeah. But this topic would die a slow death on the proposal table.

    But, as Radar reports, it’s done anything but. According to Jeff Bercovici, Jenna took a meeting with HarperCollins president Jane Friedman last week to pitch the project, and as the auction price climbs, that publisher is still in the running while Simon & Schuster has backed off. Meanwhile, the embryonic project is already drawing interest from the major TV networks’ news divisions, which have been frantically calling around to the publishing houses trying to find out where the book will land in hopes of locking up the exclusive on it. “It’s something everybody’s going to compete for,” says one network insider.

    Perhaps Jenna’s agent might explain the flurry of interest: can anyone really, truly turn down Bob Barnett?