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BK Communiqué

"The politicians were talking themselves red, white, and blue in the face."   

                                     -- Claire Booth Luce

Social, Political, and Cultural Awareness

The Book:
The Thom Hartmann Reader


Best known as a political thinker, Thom Hartmann is the most popular progressive radio show host in the nation. In this reader, editor Tai Moses pulls together Hartmann's writings from a dozen books and other sources (along with new material) to present a comprehensive picture of where Hartmann's wide-ranging intellect has led him over the past thirty years.

Hartmann's deepest aspiration has always been that his audience do more than just listen or read, that they become active, awakened agents of change. These essays are meant to inspire and motivate, to spur action of some kind. As Hartmann says at the end of every radio program, "Get out there, get active! Tag, you're it!"

We at BK could think of no better book to highlight during this election time.

Read an excerpt here and buy the book for 30% off here.
For review and media copies, please contact Katie Sheehan 


Publishing News
Looking to 2011...and Beyond

In this issue of the Communiqué, we encourage you to get involved in deciding the fate of our country. It doesn't matter how you vote, just that you vote!

It seems that our political environment is full of all sorts of conflict, difficulty, and downright weirdness. To illustrate the huh? factor, Thom Hartmann presents his video blog list of the Top Five Political WTF Moments of 2010.

It's too early just yet for a comprehensive 2011 list, but Thom assures us that he already has plenty of material.
Other News   

+ The 18 juiciest revelations to be found in Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography can be read here.
+ So the hacker collective known as Anonymous now has a book deal -- with Amazon!

+ Some pretty famous authors have signed on
to support the Occupy Wall Street movement.

+ As Amazon moves into place as a legitimate publisher (with way more financial resources than most), it pays filmmaker Penny Marshall $800,000 for her memoir.

+ Check out the official attendance stats from the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair.

+ No sooner had finalists been announced
for the 2011 National Book Awards when one nominee was asked to withdraw

+ An obscure Swedish poet or a magnificent talent? This year's winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature is drawing mixed responses from readers. 

+ But then again, several previous winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature have been odd choices, too.

+Okay, realistically, how soon before newly released Amanda Knox gets offered a book deal?

+ Rhonda Byrne (whose book The Secret has over 20 million copies in print) has a new title coming out in early 2012 called The Magic.

+ The use of Hitler or Nazis has become standard for representing evil (perhaps too much so), but who was the stand-in for evil before Hitler?
+ Publisher Michael Hyatt explores the reasons to upgrade (or not upgrade) to the new iPhone 4S.



+ Free Excerpt from a New York Times Bestseller: Eight juicy revelations from Dick Cheney's memoir, In My Time. Read them here.

+ Free How-To: Crucial questions that aid in the creation of realistic literary characters can be found here.

+ Free Software: You can find a handy do-it-yourself e-pub converter here.
Free E-Book (for 48 Hours)
For forty-eight hours, we are giving away e-copies of our national bestseller Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class, by Thom Hartmann, and you can download it here. In thanks for your loyal readership, this e-book will be available as a free download exclusively for BK Communiqué subscribers. But act fast! After midnight on October 28, 2011, you're going to have to plunk down $19.07 like everyone else.
BK News
A Changing of the (Editorial) Guard

We always hate having to say good-bye to our interns, but it has to be (mainly because it's against the law to have someone work indefinitely with no pay). Chloe Park completed her internship with flying colors, and as her final internship blog post reveals, she had an okay time, too.     


But before leaving, Chloe hired and trained her replacement (yes, editorial interns now hire and train their replacements -- we like to say it promotes responsibility and accountability, but honestly, we're just lazy). Nicole Richards joined us in late August and is already impressing everyone. Read Nicole's intern blog to find out what smack she's talking about us.    


Books We're Working On
Title: Great Leaders Grow: Becoming a Leader for Life

Authors: Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller

Release Date:
Winter 2012

Synopsis: The authors of the bestseller The Secret (over 350,000 copies sold) -- legendary bestselling author Ken Blanchard and top Chick-fil-A executive Mark Miller -- offer profound wisdom and practical advice for how to keep growing in your leadership effectiveness throughout your life. 
Bonnie Blogs
I'm Bonnie Kaufman, BK's Editorial Associate and Digital Community Builder (and purveyor of painfully cute animal videos). I practically live online and come across some amazing articles and pieces. Here are some that I thought were pretty amazing:

1. Print nerds will drool over these Great Gatsby business cards.
2. A  look into the beautiful but troubling world of Spalding Gray.
3. The original Pinnochio was a dark and far more tragic story.
4. One of these classic Moby Dick covers is not like the others.
5. Who knew the Occupy Wall Street protestors were so cute?
We Recommend
You probably think that Daily Kos is the most popular political news and blog site on the Internet, but it isn't -- at least not any more. Here are four sites (both conservative and liberal) that you might not know of, but that have significantly higher rankings, visitors, and influence than Daily Kos:


Remember that the truth can be better seen when all angles are taken into account.
End Notes


Last time, I issued this challenge. No one guessed the
answer correctly. (Take that, Google!) The answer can be found here

And your next challenge can be found here .  

Email me with any comments or rants as well as your thoughts about the fact that I will never eat sushi again.

And if you successfully chose your own adventure in the previous issue, perhaps you can explain what this is all about.                          

P.S. -- this isn't real, is it?
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