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Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Walcott/Obama--part three?

The New York Times ran a nifty little story yesterday by Motoko Rich, about the wave of excitement triggered in publishing circles by Barack Obama's mention of a book he's been reading recently--a study of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's first hundred days in office. It turns out there are at least three recent books about FDR's first hundred days, and the publishers of all three titles are hoping the Obama "endorsement" will lead to a bump in sales. A spokesman for Farrar, Straus & Giroux even suggests that Obama might be the book world's "new Oprah." Which leads me to wonder whether FSG has also noticed a surge in orders of another of their titles recently spotted tucked under Mr. Obama's arm....

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