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Former John McCain Campaign Adviser Releases Political Novel

Former John McCain campaign adviser Nicole Wallace used the frustrations resulting from her work on the McCain-Palin campaign to write her debut novel, Eighteen Acres. The embedded video from Simon & Schuster’s Atria imprint shows a scene from the book launch party at SoHo House.

Wallace began writing her novel immediately after Barack Obama‘s win ended the McCain and Sarah Palin‘s campaign. The novel explores the ups and downs faced by the first female president and her two female staff members during a re-election battle.

Here’ s more from Publisher’s Weekly: “The book is ‘partly an emotional response to the election’ admitted Wallace, whose contentious relationship with Sarah Palin was spotlighted in Going Rogue. Yet it is not a retaliation (as fun as that sounds). Wallace instead toyed with the genre of political fiction as a medium for exploring the complexity or ‘indignities’ of woman’s role in politics. Drawing mainly from her six years as a senior aid with the George W. Bush administration, she offers a glimpse into the inner workings of the White House from an ambitious female’s perspective.”
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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.”

Sarah Palin Spoofed in Jean Carper Book Trailer

Author Jean Carper imitated former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in a book trailer for her latest title, 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Loss. In the trailer embedded above, Carper donned Palin’s hairdo and red jacket, quipping:  “Gosh darn it, this is the best book on memory loss you are ever going to read.”

Carper has authored more than 20 books; she is currently in her 70s and genetically disposed to Alzheimer’s. Her book offers common sense advice like not smoking and daily multivitamin intake. However, she also makes lesser-known recommendations such as consumption of an apple juice-vinegar mixture and meditation.

Palin recently told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren: “If nobody else wanted to step up, Greta, I would offer myself up in the name of service to the public.” Palin will be releasing her second book, American By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag on November 23rd. HarperCollins plans to initially print 1 million hardcover copies.

Tea Party Coloring Book for Children

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Really Big Coloring Books has published the most political children’s book of the year–The Tea Party Coloring Book for Kids!. Sample photos are included above.

The 32-page book retails for $3.59, introducing children to the growing political movement championed by bestselling authors like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. It includes puzzles, mazes, connect the dots, word search, and many other pages to color.

Here’s more about the book: “A wonderful book of The Tea Party for Kids! Teaches children (and parents) about the origins of the Tea Party and what it involves. A very pleasant song, coloring and activity book on Liberty, Faith, Freedom and so much more! Get involved, participate, self reliance, freedom of choice, work, government-of-for-by the people, Leadership, Ingenuity, Jobs and responsibilty!” (Via Jezebel)

Tea Party Coloring Book for Children

TeaParty.jpg

Really Big Coloring Books has published the most political children’s book of the year–The Tea Party Coloring Book for Kids!. Sample photos are included above.

The 32-page book retails for $3.59, introducing children to the growing political movement championed by bestselling authors like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. It includes puzzles, mazes, connect the dots, word search, and many other pages to color.

Here’s more about the book: “A wonderful book of The Tea Party for Kids! Teaches children (and parents) about the origins of the Tea Party and what it involves. A very pleasant song, coloring and activity book on Liberty, Faith, Freedom and so much more! Get involved, participate, self reliance, freedom of choice, work, government-of-for-by the people, Leadership, Ingenuity, Jobs and responsibilty!” (Via Jezebel)

Sarah Palin Versus Joe McGinniss in Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair just published a long essay attacking author and political figure Sarah Palin. The article also featured a dismissive take on Palin’s reading habits.

Check it out: “[Aides] would give her some books to read in hopes of improving the candidate’s learning curve. On one such occasion, Palin accepted the books, set them aside, and for the next 25 minutes was held rapt by one of her three BlackBerrys. Eventually, an aide asked, ‘What are you working on?’ ‘I’m reading these great e-mails,’ she said, ‘from the prayer warriors.’”

The essay also explored how journalist Joe McGinniss faced death threats after he moved beside the Palin home in Alaska while writing his upcoming book about the politician. Watch McGinniss himself discuss the experience in the video embedded above. (Via Jezebel)

Rebecca Traister on Writing Political Books in the 21st Century

rtauthorphoto.jpgMore than any other generation of writers, 21st Century political reporters know exactly what their readership is thinking–bombarded daily with comments, blog posts, and emails.

Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was Rebecca Traister, Salon.com columnist and author of the upcoming book, Big Girls Don’t Cry. She discussed her recent op-ed about Sarah Palin and gave advice for writers hoping to cover the 2012 election.

Press play below to listen.

“I’m not a traditional political beat reporter,” Traister said, explaining how her work at Salon.com shaped the book. “As soon as I would write something, I would get hundreds and sometimes thousands of people telling me what they thought. It helped me understand what the sentiment was out there, at least among the sector of people I was writing for. There’s some of that in my book–I write about the reactions I got at Salon, because they helped me understand how these conversations were playing out across the country.”

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Sarah Palin Post Removed & Restored by Facebook

palinmemoir.jpegAuthor Sarah Palin made headlines this week for opposing (via a Facebook post) the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero. The post drew thousands of responses, and was temporarily removed by Facebook on Thursday.

The post was quickly restored, and Facebook publicly apologized to the memorist and public figure. According to Politico, the controversial post was “removed by an automated system and had nothing to do with the content of the post.” The issue has already sparked a Twitter fight with the mayor of New York City. What do you think?

Here is an excerpt from Palin’s Facebook post: “Earlier today, Mayor Bloomberg responded to my comments about the planned mosque at Ground Zero by suggesting that a decision not to allow the building of a mosque at that sacred place would somehow violate American principles of tolerance and openness. No one is disputing that America stands for — and should stand for — religious tolerance. It is a foundation of our republic. This is not an issue of religious tolerance but of common moral sense. To build a mosque at Ground Zero is a stab in the heart of the families of the innocent victims of those horrific attacks.”

UPDATE: At The Daily Beast, editor Brian Ries outlines a grassroots campaign he started that may have shut down Palin’s post: “I snapped a screenshot and posted it to Tumblr with a call to arms: ‘Tumblr: Help Report Sarah Palin’s Ground Zero mosque note to Facebook for being ‘Racist/Hate Speech.’ Click-through to do it’ … Less than 24 hours after I published the first post, it had pretty much ‘popped.’ In a grassroots campaign that’s part-4chanian, part-Orwellian, hundreds of users of the community blogging platform Tumblr had shared my post, offered their own commentary, and logged onto Facebook on Wednesday to report Palin’s note as hate speech.”

Sarah Palin Biography Delayed at Zondervan

zlogo.pngZondervan has delayed a children’s biography of author and political pundit Sarah Palin for children. Entitled Speaking Up: the Sarah Palin Story, the book was written by Kim Washburn and scheduled for fall 2010 release.

The AP has the story: “Cheryl Lundberg, Zondervan’s director of customer service, said in an e-mail that after ‘careful review and discussion,’ it was deemed that October was not an ‘optimal time’ to publish the book. She said no decision had been made on when the book would be printed.”

Here’s the book’s description, now removed from the Zondervan site: “As a child growing up amidst the harsh beauty of Alaska, Sarah Palin sought to find her purpose in life. But this small-town girl never dreamed that God’s plan would lead her to become a household name. Feeling called to make a change in the world, Sarah got involved in politics, eventually running for vice president of the United States. Even under constant political pressure, Sarah stood tall. Her steady faith in God kept her strong, along with the love and support of her family. Sarah’s story inspires each of us to follow our dreams without compromising our beliefs.”

The book was scheduled to be part part of the new ZonderKidz Biography series, which features biographies of everybody from rock star Bono to football star Tim Tebow.

Levi Johnston’s Sister Dishes on Sarah Palin & Fishes for Book Deal

palininlaw.jpgBestselling author Sarah Palin may have a new writer to worry about–her daughter’s old boyfriend.

According to Gawker, Levi Johnston‘s sister Mercede Johnston has started a blog and is already dishing about Sarah’s relationship with Bristol and Levi. Gawker posted about her blog yesterday, generating more than 19,000 views in a single day. The link is no longer active.

In a post earlier this week, Mercede (pictured) was fishing for a book deal: “I would LOVE to write a book. I only wish I knew how to go about doing so. I know that people would be drawn to my story if they had the chance to see it in print. I really hope to get the opportunity to write one sometime soon.”

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