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.

Peace,
Cat

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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.

Peace,
Cat

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Summer Reading: John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe

With John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe scheduled for eBook release (Kindle, Nook, and iPad) in the first or second week of June, 2011, readership is expected to rise over the summer months. Additonally, I've learned that professors have requested review copies of the book to submit to their English departments for curriculum approval in anticipation of assigning the novel in the summer and fall. This is the second year that the novel has gained notice from academia. Paperback sales recently increased as well, which may indicate that many vacationers taking to the highways this summer will use the book as a "beach read."

As stated in many other articles on this site, such gradual escalations of a book's visibility is a prime indication of how a book can gain an immense following over a period of years and eventually be regarded as a "cult classic."

More news on the eBook versions of John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe when the the novel is available in e-format on Amazon, B&N, and at the Apple Bookstore.

Peace,
Cat

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Most Widely Read Book on College Campuses: John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe

Having followed this novel as an example of cult fiction (and how such a book can go viral), it is no suprise that John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe was the most widely read book on 1,216 college campuses from January of 2010 through April of 2011.

Although several English departments had previously assigned the book in courses on magical realism, most students surveyed said that they had heard about the book from friends, in person or in email, sometimes with a link provided to the book's promotional site.

Paul Rankin, an engineering student at the University of Oklahoma, said, "Hey, I'll read anything about Lennon. The book had an interesting premise."

It will be interesting to see if this trend continues. John Lennon never goes out of style, as evidenced by the theatrical release (and now at Blockbuster) of NOWHERE BOY, the story of young Lennon's relationship with his mother Julia and his Aunt Mimi. It is also the story of how he met Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

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