BUTTERFLY IN THE TYPEWRITER by Cory MacLauchlin and MARILYN by Lois Banner are PW Best Summer Books 2012

The agency is happy to have two books on the Publishers Weekly Best Books of Summer 2012 Staff Pick and Non-Fiction lists, MARILYN: The Passion and the Paradox by Lois Banner (Bloomsbury) and BUTTERFLY IN THE TYPEWRITER: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of A Confederacy of Dunces by Cory MacLauchlin (Da Capo).

MARILYN will be published simultaneously by Bloomsbury USA and Bloomsbury UK in late July, and PW describes it as “….cutting through the endless Monroe-mania is feminist historian Banner’s biography that tells the story that will put the rest to sleep.” The author has been blogging about the book on the Huffington Post, and the agency has just concluded a three-way auction for the book in Poland.

BUTTERFLY IN THE TYPEWRITER has garnered a terrific amount of admiration, including:
As a fan of Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces, I’m looking forward to reading the first biography to make full use of the Toole papers and interviews with the people who knew the creator of that brilliant misfit, Ignatius J. Reilly. An unexpected bonus: the index lists a real-life brilliant misfit, horror writer H.P. Lovecraft.
 –Peter Cannon

MacLauchlin has created a book that is literary, erudite and accessible all at the same time. He has married scholarship with storytelling, which is not an easy feat.
–Hunter Murphy, Deep South Magazine

Provocative and lovely…a wonderful book.
–Susan Larson, Pulitzer Prize committee member (2012) and host of The Reading Life—WWNO.

…the most thorough and in-depth account of Toole’s sad life and posthumous celebration to date. But here’s the best part: in addition to being the most comprehensive and accurate biography about the man so far, it’s also a gripping read….If you care for the man, and for his grotesque and beloved creations, read this book.

MacLauchlin builds a convincing case that Mr. Toole’s life is one of the most compelling stories in American literary history.
–Larry Cox, Florida Weekly

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