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Dana Perino Appointed Editorial Director of Crown Forum

Former White House press secretary Dana Perino (pictured) has been appointed editorial director of Crown Forum, the conservative books imprint at the Crown Publishing Group.

Perino served during George W. Bush‘s presidency. She also worked as communications strategist for Bush’s memoir, Decision Points, and former First Lady Laura Bush‘s book, Spoken From the Heart. She went on to become a contributor for Fox News.

Here’s more from the press release: “Ms. Perino will recommend, initiate, and submit exclusively to Crown Forum six to eight nonfiction book projects each year, to be written by conservative political or media personalities. Ms. Perino will also play an active role in devising and implementing the promotional campaigns for select Crown Forum publications. Ms. Perino will collaborate closely with Tina Constable, Senior Vice President, Crown Forum, and Sean Desmond, who has been promoted to Executive Editor, Crown Forum.”

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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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Stephenie Meyer Casting; Elderly iPad; and Colin Meloy Book Deal: Weekend Reading

As we enjoy a sunny weekend in New York City, enjoy that video of a 99-year-old poet exploring the iPad–along with the rest of the headlines you may have missed this week.

Casting opened for a new adaptation of a Stephenie Meyer novel–send your headshots today!

To celebrate a new genre of publishing publicity, Melville House launched a new book trailer awards ceremony.

Frustrated with his own writing, one writer created a documentary about Bad Writing.

Despite an embargo, Laura Bush‘s memoir was leaked, sparking commentary from the literary Twitter-sphere.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish a two-volume edition of the late Philip K. Dick‘s Exegesis & 39 backlist titles–Exegesis will be edited by Jonathan Lethem.

Finally, the great detective Nancy Drew turned 80-years-old.

Laura Bush Memoir Leaked: Literary Twitter-Sphere Responds

9781439155202.jpgToday the NY Times broke a Scribner embargo and published excerpts from Laura Bush‘s new memoir, Spoken from the Heart. You can read the article here.

We were more interested in the literary Twitter-sphere’s response to the leak. Washington Post Book World fiction editor Ron Charles tweeted: “‘Embargo’ is just what we call unspoken agreement between publishers & NYT to let the Times have exclusive coverage for few days.”

Publishers Weekly tweeted: “2 calls in past hour looking for Laura Bush memoir but only if we can sell it NOW. Every reporter in NYC is frantic it seems!”

Finally, Yahoo! News media writer Michael Calderone linked to an article about Laura’s husband’s memoir, writing: “What do ex-Bush staffers hope to see in Bush’s book, and can it help his legacy?”

NEA Announces Cycle 2 Big Read Grants to 117 Communities

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced yesterday that more than doubled the number of communities taking part in its nationwide reading program, the Big Read. One hundred seventeen cities were awarded grants to produce celebrations of American literature from September through December 2007. The Big Read, launched nationally in October 2006 by the NEA, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Arts Midwest, encourages literary reading by asking communities to come together to read and discuss one book. Laura Bush is the honorary chair of the Big Read.

“By joining the Big Read, these cities and towns are showing that reading is necessary to the cultural, civic, even economic fabric of their communities. They understand the benefit of having people from different generations and walks of life reading and discussing a great book,” said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. “Yes, this is about reading, but it’s also about getting people to leave their homes and offices, unplug themselves for a few hours, and enjoy the pleasures of literature with their neighbors.”