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Bad Kitty Author Nick Bruel on Politics, Writing & Illustrating

Forget Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich! Children’s author Nick Bruel has cast the “purrfect” candidate in his latest chapter book: Bad Kitty for President. We’ve embedded the book trailer above.

We caught up with Bruel to ask a few questions about politics, writing and illustrating.

Q: With your latest title, Bad Kitty for President, why did you decide to touch on such a
topical event?
A: I find politics in general to be a very weird, absurd, and sort of wonderful creature in this country. As Americans I think we have a propensity to take politics too seriously (myself included), but at the same time I don’t think many Americans understand our political system as much as they should. It’s a bit like watching a full season of baseball but never really understanding the rules of the game.

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Iowa Caucuses: Free Book Samples from the Republian Candidates

Tonight the whole country will keep an eye on Iowa caucuses as Republican candidates battle to win their party’s presidential nomination at 99 conventions around Iowa.

This year, the five major contenders in Iowa all happen to be writers. Follow the links below to read free book samples by the candidates competing in the Iowa caucuses.

Mitt Romney No Apology: The Case for American Greatness

Ron Paul The Revolution: A Manifesto

Rick Santorum It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good

Newt Gingrich A Nation Like No Other:Why American Exceptionalism Matters

Rick Perry Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington

Michele Bachmann Core of Conviction: My Story

 

4 Serious Republican Presidential Candidates & Authors on Fox News Payroll

A Politico article recently pointed out that Fox News has four serious Republican contenders for the 2012 Presidential election on its payroll: Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Mike Huckabee. What do you think?

In addition to being Fox News contributors, all four political figures are authors as well. Palin wrote the bestselling memoir, Going Rogue. Huckabee most recently wrote A Simple Christmas. Santorum wrote It Takes a Family. Gingrich most recently wrote To Save America.

Politico explored the tricky problem: “With the exception of Mitt Romney, Fox now has deals with every major potential Republican presidential candidate not currently in elected office … At issue are basic matters of political and journalistic fairness and propriety. With Fox effectively becoming the flagship network of the right and, more specifically, the tea party movement, the four Republicans it employs enjoy an unparalleled platform from which to speak directly to primary voters who will determine the party’s next nominee.”

Newt Gingrich Among Top Twitter Authors

NewtinofficeW2.jpgFormer House Speaker Newt Gingrich scored a book deal with Regnery Publishing today, but the conservative writer has earned some Twitter-influence as well–he is also the third most popular Twitter user with the word “author” in their profile.

As part of our unscientific literary Twitter survey via TweepSearch, we found that television host and author Chelsea Handler leads the list with 1,939,114 followers. Here are the top five self-identified authors on Twitter, according to TweepSearch:

1. Chelsea Handler
2. Brandon Mendelson
3. Newt Gingrich
4. Joe Trippi
5. Jack Welch

Here are some more Twitter-stats for your afternoon pleasure. According to simple TweepSearch queries, there are 1,790 novelists, 9,139 poets, 19,490 journalists, 28,529 authors, and a staggering 99,082 writers on Twitter. The publishing world latched on to the microblogging site in 2009, as Twitter writers scored book deals, serialized stories, and saw their work adapted to film. Finally, eBookNewser opened its Twitter page for business.

Visit eBookNewser for some digital publishing Twitter numbers. Editor’s Note: Chelsea Handler’s name was incorrectly cited in an earlier version of this post.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal To Write Book

BobbyJindal.jpgLouisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced that he will write a book for Regnery Publishing, home to authors like House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Ann Coulter. It is scheduled for a 2010 release.

According to NOLA.com, the book will be co-written by Peter Schweizer, who helped former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger write a novel. Some see the book as a sign that Jindal may be pondering a Presidential bid.

Here’s more from the article: “‘One of the reasons I’m doing this with a co-author is to make sure there’s somebody else doing a lot of the heavy lifting,’ Jindal said, adding that he expects that most of his work on the book will be in the evenings and on weekends.” (Via Sarahw and JasonPinter)