Sunday, June 12, 2011

John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe now on Kindle, Nook, and iTunes

The cult fiction classic by William Hammett, John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe, is now available in e-format on Kindle, Nook, and iTunes at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the Apple Bookstore, respectively. The paperback version remains in print at all online bookstores and at most independent bookstores and some chain outlets, such as Books-a-Million, B&N, and others.

The novel's e-format is very inexpensive and downloads in less than a minute.

With eBooks finally taking off, publishers and industry analysts expect the book to continue to gain traction. You may access the eBook format at the following links:

Amazon/Kindle

B&N/Nook

iTunes/Apple

More news on John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe as it develops.

Peace,
Cat

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Monday, June 6, 2011

San Francisco Chronicle and Philadelphia Inquirer to Review JOHN LENNON AND THE MERCY STREET CAFE

Two of the nation's top newspapers, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Phildelphia Inquirer, will be reviewing John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe in late June. This marks yet another milestone in the publication of a novel that continues to gain the status of cult fiction.

Many European newspapers have also favorably reviewed the novel during the past year, and the book continues to gain traction in Eastern Europe, where the Beatles' music was banned for so many years. Once source told me that "All things 'Beatles' are popular in the former Soviet Union." Many teens even sport Beatles hair styles (from the group's early days). Buying electric guitars and forming Beatles tribute bands is becoming the "thing to do" as a rite of passage for kids discovering rock and roll.

A simple Google search often brings up John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe, and since the book merges hundreds of Beatles facts into the plot, Europeans are now buying the book in record numbers.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

False Rumors About the Book of the Month Selection

Although there was a lot of buzz flying through cyberspace this week about John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe being chosen as a Book of the Month Club selection, the rumor is complelty false. As near as I can tell, a few bloggers were speculating on the possibility, and as is so often the case, speculation turned into alleged fact as it was passed along. The game Kindergarten is alive and well! Perhaps if the book continues to enter new markets, this rumor might one day be converted into fact!

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Free Promotional Copies of JOHN LENNON AND THE MERCY STREET CAFE

Three thousand free copies (promotional) of John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe will be distributed on college campuses this Friday, June 1, 2011. I don't have the names of all colleges yet, but I am told by the author's publicist in an email that the following campuses will definitely have copies available at their respective student centers.

Louisiana State University
Harvard
Yale
Princeton
UCLA
Tulane
Loyola (New Orleans)
Johns Hopkins
University of Pennsylvania
CUNY
University of Nebraska

Approximately ten other universities have been chosen to receive free copies. More info as it becomes available.

In the past few days, it seems as if John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe is moving from cult fiction to mainstream fiction, although it is likely to retain its cult status.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Retracing the Road Trip in JOHN LENNON AND THE MERCY STREET CAFE

A group men in the their sixties, all diehard Beatles fans, recently took a road trip paralleling the trip taken by Lennon and his friends in John Lennon and the Mercy Stree Cafe. Without providing too much of a spoiler, the men retraced the path taken by Lennon as his station wagon, nicknamed the Big Ugly, travels back in time to a point when the ex Beatle meets legendary folk singer Woodie Guthrie before returning to New York City.

"We thought it would be a fitting tribute to Lennon," said Ed Diebold, a retired accountant. "I mean, we all knew that Lennon never actually made the trip, but it seemed like he did after we read the book. Everything about the journey felt right, as if we were doing something positive." Diebold was accompanied by three other men, all retired.

This kind of action is exactly what cult fiction does: it inspires people to do things that might have seem ludicrous otherwise. Analogously, many fathers and sons took motorcycle trips after the publication of Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintenance, another cult favorite.

This latest news is one more example of how cult fiction can grab hold of a reader's imagination and result in life-changing experiences.

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