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Janis Ian Wins Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album

Musician Janis Ian beat out First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, political commentator Rachel Maddow and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres for the “Best Spoken Word Album” Grammy award.

Ian narrated her own book for the win.

Audible released the audiobook edition of her nonfiction book, Society’s Child: My Autobiography, in June 2012. The hardcover print version of this book actually came out back in July 2008.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Michelle Obama & Bill Clinton Get Grammy Nominations for Audiobooks

The Grammy Awards nominations have been revealed for 2013.

Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton lead the Best Spoken Word Album Category for the prestigious music awards.

Follow the links below to listen to free audiobook samples of all the nominated audiobooks below…

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Michelle Obama to Publish Her First Book

Michelle Obama will publish American Grown: How the White House Kitchen Garden Inspires Families, Schools, and Communities next April. Crown will publish the four-color hardcover, the first book written by the First Lady.

Obama will not earn an advance for the book, and plans “to donate all net or after-tax author proceeds to a charity or charities to be named later.” Crown Publishing Group publisher Maya Mavjee made the announcement today.

Here’s more about the book: “Through telling the story of the White House kitchen garden, Mrs. Obama will explore in American Grown how increased access to healthy, affordable food can promote better eating habits and improve health of families and communities across America. Mrs. Obama will describe how her daughters Sasha and Malia were catalysts for change in her own family’s eating behavior, which inspired Mrs. Obama to plant an edible garden on the South Lawn – the first since Eleanor Roosevelt’s ‘Victory Garden’ planted during World War II. The book will be inspirational and instructive and will provide ideas and resources for readers to get involved in the movement to create community, school, and urban gardens, support local farmers’ markets, and make small lifestyle changes to achieve big health results.”

Politicians at the Comic Book Store

For comic book publisher Bluewater Productions, it’s not superheros that bring in the big bucks, it’s politicians.

According to a piece on Politico, the publisher has sold 130,000 copies of a comic about Michelle Obama. “She competes with Justin Bieber just a little bit,” Darren Davis, the company’s president told Politico about the bestseller.

Comics about other politicians are also popular sellers. Politico has more: “More than 25,000 copies of both Clinton and Palin’s comic books were sold, and Davis and Schultz haven’t looked back since, going on to produce comic books on political figures including Colin Powell, Ronald Reagan, Bill O’Reilly, Caroline Kennedy, Al Franken, Nancy Pelosi, Michelle Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger and George W. Bush.”

Kids Write Letters to Michelle Obama

826 National hosted a series of writing workshops where the students composed letters to First Lady Michelle Obama. The results have been compiled in I Live Real Close to Where You Used to Live: Kids’ Letters to Michelle Obama (and to Sasha, Malia and Bo). In this article, The New York Times sampled the letters.

McSweeney’s and 826 National will release the $12 book on December 13th. Proceeds will support 826′s numerous writing programs for students around the country.

Here’s more about the book: “No topic is off-limits; the letters deal with issues ranging from immigration and war to Easy-Bake Ovens and dog food. While some of the messages are heartfelt – ‘Please help to stop bullying so the kids can be safe in school’ – and others are hilarious – ‘Who made up the whales?’ – all of the letters are unabashedly honest.”

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New York Magazine’s Political Fictions Contest

political-fiction-sidebar.gifSick of political memoirs yet? Get revenge at New York magazine with the Political Fictions Contest.

Between now and Dec. 7, the magazine is accepting short stories, movie treatments, or mini one-act plays about real life political figures–Washington DC fan fiction. The contest will help promote the new issue’s short political fictions by writers like Mary Gaitskill and Paul Rudnick. The best stories will be featured on the website. Judges will pick three winners for prizes.

Here’s a list of the fabulous prizes: The first-place winner will receive a one-night stay at Washington, D.C.’s Mayflower Hotel, site of Client No. 9′s infamous dalliance with Ashley Dupre. Second place: dinner for two at Blue Hill, Barack and Michelle Obama‘s date-night destination in May. And third place: a copy of Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin–plus a one-month membership to Playgirl.com, of course.”

NY Times Reporter Lands Seven Figure Deal for Barack Obama Book

obama_portrait_146px.jpgNY Times Washington correspondent Jodi Kantor has sold a book about President Barack Obama in a seven figure deal, according to the NY Observer.

Little, Brown won the book in an auction, and the deal was brokered by Elyse Cheney from Elyse Cheney Literary Associates. The article notes that the book will be edited by Geoff Shandler. Most recently, Kantor wrote a long essay for the NY Times magazine about the Obama’s marriage.

Here’s an excerpt, reflecting the reporter’s unique perspective on the Obamas after covering them for three years: “Long before many Americans, Michelle Obama was seduced by his mind, his charm, his promise of social transformation; long before he held national office, she questioned whether he really could deliver on all his earnest pledges. For nearly two decades, Michelle Obama has lived with the president of the United States. Now the rest of us do, too.”