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Group Plans to Move George W. Bush’s Memoir to Crime Section of Bookstore

The protest blog Waging Nonviolence is urging readers to move copies of George W. Bush‘s forthcoming memoir to the crime section of bookstores.

The blog hopes readers will move Decision Points inside the bookstore and “put Dubya where he belongs.” Waging Nonviolence scheduled the protest to coincide with the book’s release tomorrow.

Here’s more from the post: “If you do decide to participate in this nonviolent act of subversion, please respond to our invitation, take a picture of your “mission accomplished,” and post a photo of your handiwork to our Facebook page.”

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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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Tony Blair to Meet Publishers This Fall

Even though it’s highly likely that a memoir from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is years in the offing, that doesn’t mean there can’t be stories about every permutation and combination relating to such a possible step. To wit, the Bookseller’s Katherine Rushton reports that Blair will meet publishers in London at the start of October, together with Robert Barnett, the Washington lawyer he has instructed to sell his memoirs. Random House and HarperCollins are expected to make bids for the book, and Bloomsbury (in a partnership with Miramax) and Simon & Schuster have confirmed they are also entering the fray. Hachette is understood to have ruled itself out of the competition, although CEO Tim Hely Hutchinson declined to comment to the Bookseller.

As already speculated, Blair’s approach direct to the US is seen as an attempt to bag the biggest deal possible by capitalizing on his popularity there, Rushton explains. Securing Barnett, who won big money for Bill Clinton and Alan Greenspan advance-wise (and also represents James Patterson now) is also likely to inflate Blair’s advance. Rushton also has more in the Telegraph today about the pre-Frankfurt plan for Blair.

Of Course Robert Harris Isn’t Writing About Tony Blair – It’s Fiction!

Forgive the overly ironic headline, but it’s in Robert Harris‘s best interest to demure when asked if the protagonist of his upcoming contemporary political novel, THE GHOST, is based on former pal Tony Blair (now shopping his memoirs, albeit in a slow boat way, via Robert Barnett.) “Actually there are also strong dissimilarities (with Blair), it’s not a hugely hostile portrait,” Harris told the Guardian after publishing sources claimed the likenesses are striking. One friend compares its impact to Joe Klein‘s novel PRIMARY COLORS.

“I had the idea about a ghost writer and a politician when I finished Enigma 12 years ago. But I couldn’t make it work. I thought it would be a good way of writing about Britain and America oddly enough, and the way British prime ministers go and get paid all this money by American publishers,” he added. Which is all true, and only when the book is out can readers make the comparisons for themselves…

Blair Picks Barnett to Broker Book Deal

Yesterday afternoon the Bookseller broke the story that literary lawyer to the stars Bob Barnett would be representing Tony Blair – and shopping around the former UK prime minister’s interests to America first. So of course, people are wondering a) who will get the book and b) how much they will have to pay for it. Bill Clinton money? Alan Greenspan money? Something even greater?

The advance will be inflated by Blair’s perceived value in the US, said one leading publisher of political books. “The Americans love him. They see him as an articulate George W. Bush. He’ll get a good whack out of a US publisher.” And the direct approach to the US is seen to thwart UK agents who were vying for a slice of the action. “It will be a shoot out between HarperCollins and Random House, but I think HarperCollins will prevail despite the much trumped link with Gail Rebuck‘s husband. [Rupert] Murdoch‘s keen and he’s got deep pockets,” said a major non-fiction publisher. “They’ve been political bedfellows for a very long time, and [News Corp] is a multimedia company,” a leading UK literary agent added. Shootout royale? Major league auction? Stay tuned, as the drill goes..

Knighthood for Rushdie

The Associated Press reports that Salman Rushdie, who was forced into hiding for a decade after the leader of Iran’s revolution ordered his assassination, has been made a knight. The author of THE SATANIC VERSES was on the list of honors marking Queen Elizabeth II‘s official birthday. “I am thrilled and humbled to receive this great honor, and am very grateful that my work has been recognized in this way,” he said in a statement about his new OBE, given for “services to literature.”

The Guardian collects reactions from various literary luminaries. “I am delighted for him,” said fellow novelist Ian McEwan said. “He’s a wonderful writer, and this sends a firm message to the book-burners and their appeasers.” John Sutherland, academic and former Booker prize judge, suggested the award might represent a tacit olive branch from those who perhaps had failed to support Sir Salman as he might have hoped. “It’s astonishing that Tony Blair, among others, has been so reluctant to be seen shaking Rushdie’s hand, and here he is getting a knighthood from the Queen,” said the emeritus professor of literature.

Campbell Diaries Beat Gag Rush

With so many politicians spilling their guts in book format, the British Government was starting to get antsy about any secrets revealed or how bad they look. So they decided to create legislation that would curtail the publication of memoirs, diaries and biographies that “may cause damage to the confidential relationships between ministers” last September. Problem is, the Times reports, such legislation has been moving forward at so glacial a pace that one of the very books the new laws were designed to prevent from being published – the diaries of Alistair Campbell – will see the light of day in its original format anyway. The first serial run is expected sometime in July with volume one of the diaries published this fall.

The delay has outraged opposition politicians, who suspect that Tony Blair is personally delaying their introduction to allow Campbell’s diaries maximum room for manoeuvre. Chris Grayling, the Conservative frontbencher, said last night: “The Government now appears to have a completely cavalier attitude to the rules of Whitehall when it comes to looking after people who have been close to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. This is quite obviously a blatant attempt to delay things so that Alastair Campbell can get on with publishing his diaries without anyone intervening to stop him.” The Cabinet Office denied last night that the delay was connected to the Campbell diaries. “This is a complex area and we believe it is important to get it right. On that basis, we will respond in due course.”