Monday, April 05, 2004

Publisher Pulls Cheney Book

When has an author ever sent her lawyer to demand that a book of hers NOT be reissued as a paperback? When the author is Second Lady Lynne Cheney and the book includes a very mockable lesbian love affair! That is to say, the book gets pulled when the author is a big old sitting hypocrite.

First reported here in a posting last week, Cheney's 1981 novel "Sisters" was scheduled for paperback treatment without Cheney's knowledge (and it's very much within the rights of the publisher to issue a paperback edition when "conditions warrant"), but Cheney sicced her lawyer on New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), and the next thing we know, the book's been pulled from publication tomorrow. Which has to have cost NAL a pretty penny, since the typesetting, the cover design, the printing, and much of the publicity must already have been done. But they'll eat it, evidently, rather than defy The Queen Bee. (AP story on this most recent development is here.)

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