Monday, June 27, 2011

Whitey Bulger Arrested: What this Means for the Publishing World

After last week’s arrest of elusive mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, authors and publishers are responding to the renewed demand for more information on the FBI Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive.

The interest in books on the subject has already gone up significantly in the past few days. In 2004, Steerforth Press published Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob, the memoir of Edward J. MacKenzie. Steerforth publisher Chip Fleisher noted in Publishers Weekly that Street Soldier has been "steadily reprinted every nine to fifteen months in modest quantities," most recently in March, but now a new reprint has been ordered to meet the higher demand.

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