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Media Beat: Brian Stelter on Being Matt Lauer’s Nemesis

Brian Stelter, who launched TVNewser almost 10 years ago, is now a published author. “Top of the Morning,” out today, lays bare a tumultuous year for network morning news shows which saw one anchor pack her bags, another face a serious health issue, a ratings leader fall — and lose a quarter of its audience — and an entirely new show launch.

In his first interview for the book, Stelter tells us about the secrecy behind “Top of the Morning,” the access he got, and what he thinks about being called Matt Lauer‘s nemesis.

  • Part II, tomorrow: What happens when Brian Stelter Tweets something he shouldn’t?

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5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Herman Cain Sings and Matt Lauer Goes Missing

In this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” Herman Cain sings about sexual harassment, Justin Bieber has a baby with Kate Middleton (I think I have that right), and nobody seems to know the whereabouts of Matt Lauer. Plus, we debut the 1st annual “Where in the World is ‘Five Things You Need to Know This Week?’”

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Katie Couric on Her First Book: ‘I Don’t Really Consider This My Book’

Random House will release TV news anchor Katie Couric‘s first book on April 12th. The Best Advice I Ever Got will be a collection of essays, commentary, and poems Couric collected from 114 celebrities. She wrote the book’s introduction and introduced each section.

According to The New York Times, Couric’s former Today Show partner Matt Lauer composed an essay, Modern Family actor Eric Stonestreet wrote a poem, and Twitter co-founder Isaac “Biz” Stone provided a tweet. Other contributors included rock star Sheryl Crow, Google executive Eric Schmidt, and novelist Salman Rushdie.

In a telephone interview, Couric explained: “Some [entries] are maybe four or five pages long. Some are maybe two lines … I don’t really consider this my book. It’s a collection, and I’m sort of the overseer.” She went on to reveal that the book’s contents discusses topics such as the power of tenacity and finding your passion in work. (via TV Newser)

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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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.

Another “Unexpected” Publishing Success Story

The New York Times’ Motoko Rich reports on the bestseller status of former Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell‘s LONE SURVIVOR, a dramatic memoir of his time in Afghanistan. Luttrell’s book, with 275,000 copies in print, describes how was the only one of four men on the mission to survive after a violent clash with dozens of Taliban fighters. Eight members of the Seals and eight Army special operations soldiers who came by helicopter to rescue the original four were shot down, and all aboard were killed.

So no wonder the book (which was co-authored with Patrick Robinson and bought by Little, Brown in an auction for a seven-figure advance) been doing well, but the surprise is that so far, LONE SURVIVOR has outsold books about Pat Tillman or Jessica Lynch, and that it’s crawled up to the top of the NYT Bestseller list. Less surprising is how this happened: strong support from military blogs and right-wing pundits like Michelle Malkin as well as appearances with Matt Lauer on the TODAY Show with Glenn Beck on the radio and on CNN Headline News. But the media exposure helped regular readers like to find, and then buy, the book. “It’s obvious that there are some people reading it who aren’t traditional military readers,” said Mary McCarthy, director of merchandising at wholesaler Ingram Book Group.

Luttrell said that his main goal was to tell the story of his comrades who did not make it out alive. “Now I think the American public knows who they are, and now they are forever immortalized,” said Luttrell, who added that he has set up a trust with all the proceeds from the book to help the families of the dead and to donate to military charities. “Their memory will never die out, and that’s what I wanted.”