Friday, September 17, 2010

Presidential picture book on it's way

Celebrity publishing has just hit new heights.  Now presidents are getting into the act.  In November, Knopf Books for Young Readers will publish Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters, a picture book by US President Barack Obama.  Apparently, the manuscript was completed before Obama took office which is no surprise since it doesn't look like he's had much spare time since he was sworn in!  Any kid's book writer would be thrilled with the print run, which is starting out at 500,000 copies.  Random House has world rights, ensuring the book will be available around the world in English.  Who knows what the translation potential is here folks, but I'm hoping it sells like hotcakes since the proceeds will be donated to a scholarship fund for the children of deceased and disabled soldiers. The only question that remains is, will it be any good?

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