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Former President Bush Gets Ready To Talk

Laura Bush, George Bush and Condoleezza Rice

Former President Bush may be kickin’ up his heels now that he’s back home in Texas – but he won’t be kickin’ back for long.

I got an email today from the folks at Washington Speakers Bureau – they have the biggest of the bigs on their roster – and yep, they just signed W and the former First Lady Laura and Former Secretary Condoleezza Rice.

Following his time in the White House Former President Bill Clinton was a very popular speaker – making more than $40 Million over about six years on the talk circuit, according to the tax records of his wife –  Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Makes you wonder –

Palin Goes Back To Washington

Alaska’s Governor and former VP candidate, Sarah Palin has hired the uber attorney, Bob Barnett to represent her. Barnett, is the driving force behind nearly all the successful book deals that come out of Washington. He handles the Beltway’s A-Listers like President Barack Obama, and both Clintons.

Hanks And Harpo Collaborate

And from the folks at Publishers Marketplace: Universal has just picked up the film rights to David Wroblewski's EDGAR SAWTELLE, with Tom Hanks at Playtone and Oprah Winfrey at Harpo Films producing.

(*Note: Universal, like CNBC is owned by parent company, General Electric)

Lev Grossman has a piece in Time about the future of publishing and says what I have long said in this space – that… "A lot of headlines and blogs to the contrary, publishing isn't dying. But it is evolving, and so radically that we may hardly recognize it when it's done. “

Some predictions, ”More books, written and read by more people, often for little or no money, circulating in a wild diversity of forms, both physical and electronic, far outside the charmed circle of New York City's entrenched publishing culture. Old Publishing is stately, quality-controlled and relatively expensive. New Publishing is cheap, promiscuous and unconstrained by paper, money or institutional taste."

And real readers will love this, "Novels will get longer--electronic books aren't bound by physical constraints--and they'll be patchable and updatable, like software. We'll see more novels doled out episodically, on the model of TV series or, for that matter, the serial novels of the 19th century. We can expect a literary culture of pleasure and immediate gratification. Reading on a screen speeds you up: you don't linger on the language; you just click through. We'll see less modernist-style difficulty and more romance-novel-style sentiment and high-speed-narrative throughput. Novels will compete to hook you in the first paragraph and then hang on for dear life.”

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