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Lyons Press Picks up Ill-Fated Mickey Mantle Novel

Remember 7, by Peter Golenblock? The book that was the alleged last straw breaking Judith Regan’s career at HarperCollins? Well, the New York Times’ sports section reports the book has found a new home with the Lyons Press*. “It’s one of those books that a lot of people will love, but some won’t,” Golenbock said to the paper yesterday. He said that Lyons did not edit the book or alter the sex scenes in it, one of which involves Mantle and Marilyn Monroe. “The only change was from ‘Regan’ to ‘Lyons,’” he said.

Gene Brissie, associate publisher of Lyons, said he and other editors read ’7′ soon after HarperCollins canceled it. “Making the decision to publish it and let readers make up their own mind was easy,” said Brissie, whose uncle is the former major league pitcher Lou Brissie. “I think all the negative publicity came from people who haven’t read it.” Well, um, yeah

*Oddly, the Regan listing is still up on Amazon.

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Murdoch Speaks Out About Regan Firing

The New York Daily News’ Paul Colford reports on yesterday’s comments by NewsCorp chair Rupert Murdoch about why Judith Regan simply had to be let go. “She wasn’t for us,” he said, “She turned out not a team player, and that’s putting it mildly.” Interviewed at “Media Summit New York,” held at McGraw-Hill‘s headquarters, Murdoch recalled that he signed off on Regan’s OJ Simpson project, as long as payment would go only to the ex-jock’s kids. “I said [to Regan], ‘If it really reads like a confession, he gets no money,’” Murdoch said. “It’s my fault. I should have been closer to it.”

That’s because he “lost touch” with the project and learned about the public outcry at his ranch in Australia. But since he greenlit the project, that wasn’t why he okayed Regan’s firing: it was the Mickey Mantle book, which Murdoch called a “pseudo, pornographic thing.” Said Murdoch, “I thought, oh God, we don’t want to go through this again. Just cancel that book.” Others can, and will, point out the irony of Murdoch – a longtime peddler in tabloid news – calling Peter Golenblock‘s fictional memoir akin to pornography, but at least now there are on-the-record comments from the head guy…