Articles tagged "John Sargent"


Media is at a fever pitch for Michael Wolff’s FIRE AND FURY: Inside the Trump White House!

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New York Magazine (on stands 1/8, online now)

1/5 The Today Show
1/7 Meet the Press
1/8 CBS This Morning
1/8 Morning Joe
1/8 MSNBC, Katy Tur
1/8 NBC Nightly News
1/8 MSNBC, Lawrence O’Donnell
1/8 Late Night with Stephen Colbert
1/8, Fox News, Ingraham Angle
1/9 MSNBC, Hardball with Chris Matthews
1/10 The View
1/10 CNN, Don Lemon Show
1/13 CNN, Michael Smerconish

NPR’s “All Things Considered” — (1/5/181/7/18book review)

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A message from Macmillan CEO John Sargent regarding FIRE AND FURY:

Last Thursday, shortly after 7:00 a.m., we received a demand from the President of the United States to “immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination” of Michael Wolff’s FIRE AND FURY. On Thursday afternoon we responded with a short statement saying that we would publish the book, and we moved the pub date forward to the next day. Later today we will send our legal response to President Trump.

Our response is firm, as it has to be. I am writing you today to explain why this is a matter of great importance. It is about much more than FIRE AND FURY.

The president is free to call news “fake” and to blast the media. That goes against convention, but it is not unconstitutional. But a demand to cease and desist publication—a clear effort by the President of the United States to intimidate a publisher into halting publication of an important book on the workings of the government—is an attempt to achieve what is called prior restraint. That is something that no American court would order as it is flagrantly unconstitutional.

This is very clearly defined in Supreme Court case law, most prominently in the Pentagon Papers case. As Justice Hugo Black explained in his concurrence:

“Both the history and language of the First Amendment support the view that the press must be left free to publish news, whatever the source, without censorship, injunctions, or prior restraints. In the First Amendment, the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government’s power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government.”

Then there is Justice William Brennan’s opinion in The New York Times Co. v. Sullivan:

“Thus we consider this case against the background of a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust and wide-open, and that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.” readmoreremove

NYPL & Macmillan are Publishing Partners!

Did you hear? The New York Public Library and Macmillan Publishers have announced a new agreement to create and publish a wide variety of print and e-books for adults and for children drawing from and inspired by the Library’s world-renowned collections of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, artifacts, and more!

Among the first adult titles will be a book by acclaimed and beloved author and illustrator Maira Kalman celebrating libraries; a book on New York restaurant life, featuring menus from the library’s extensive collection of 45,000 eatery menus; and Book Face, a book bringing together the best posts from the #bookface Instagram sensation.

Macmillan CEO John Sargent said, “What a great pleasure it is to be the publishing partner of the NYPL. Their building and the incredible collections it holds has been an inspiration for generations of Americans. It is an honor both personally and professionally to work with them to disseminate this great wealth of content.”

“For over 100 years, The New York Public Library has collected, preserved, and made accessible to the public millions of significant and enlightening books, manuscripts, photographs, artifacts and more from history – items that have informed and inspired countless new works and ideas,” said NYPL President Tony Marx. “This partnership with Macmillan is a new, wonderful way to share our collections and celebrate the role of libraries with the public. We thank our partners at Macmillan, and look forward to filling our shelves with these new titles.”

Monday Fun Day! (6/3/2013 Edition)

Happy post-BEA Monday!

*cue everyone collapsing into a pile and catnapping for a week.*

We're almost at the end of this year's frenzied conference season, so let's wrap up our BookExpo adventures and get you back in gear for ALA Annual.

BookExpo America:

First of all, a huge thanks to all of the happy librarians who joined us for dinner on Wednesday at the AAP's Annual BEA Librarians Dinner with Erica Jong, the author of FEAR OF FLYING (40th Anniversary Edition), and also on Thursday at the AAP's BEA Librarians Author Lunch with Louise Penny, author of the Chief Inspector Gamache novels (pictured below)! We had a great time and we hope you were entertained and well-fed for your other panels and show floor expeditions. Please join us again next year and spread the word!

louise penny and librariansAlene Moroni and Stephanie Chase (King County Library System) bookending Louise Penny!

And also thank you to everyone who came out to hear me gush about a few of Macmillan's forthcoming  titles at the AAP's Annual Librarians Book Buzz panel. My handout is available for you to download (PDF) and definitely go to to register for e-galley downloads of all of Macmillan's featured BEA titles (expires June 10). Read more about Edelweiss here.

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C-SPAN 2 posted the hour-long state of the book industry talk at BookExpo America with Macmillan CEO John Sargent. Watch "Publishing, Bookselling, and the Whole Damn Thing: A Conversation with John Sargent" now.

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Finally, EarlyWord will post the full list of titles mentioned at the 4th Annual Librarian Shout 'n Share panel. Stay tuned! UPDATE: EarlyWord posted the list here.

American Library Association Annual Convention:

Please take a look at our full schedule posted here and find us during the show at booth 2103!

Texas Library Association Annual Conference:

We're still talking about TxLA?? You betcha. That's because you still have a chance to win a stack of super fine signed books! The deadline to enter is today. Enter now.

Cute Stuff:

As we embark into June let's take a look back over last month's ridiculously smile-worthy cat videos:

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