Names in the news, Aug. 17

Posted Aug. 16, 2011, at 5:14 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 17, 2011, at 10:06 a.m.

Rick Perry (photo) has the book world’s attention. “Fed Up!” by the Texas governor and recently declared GOP presidential candidate moved into the top 400 on Amazon.com after he announced his candidacy Saturday, and is out of stock until Friday. The conservative policy book released last year has a foreword by Newt Gingrich, one of Perry’s rivals for the GOP nomination. Perry also is the subject of new book by James C. Moore (co-author of the best-seller “Bush’s Brain” about George W. Bush) and Texas political consultant Jason Stanford. Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Henry Holt and Co., says “Adios Mofo: Why Rick Perry Will Make America Miss George W. Bush” is scheduled for early 2012. According to Metropolitan, the authors have “deep contacts with numerous operatives in the Perry campaign” and will present the governor as an “ideologue with scant interest or success in governing.” The book’s title comes from remarks Perry made in 2005 after a television interview with a Houston reporter. Perry, who later apologized, said he was unaware the microphone was still on. Also, “Rick Perry and his Eggheads,” an inside account of Perry’s 2006 re-election campaign by Sasha Issenberg, will come out next week in e-book. … Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann got her Elvis Presley dates all shook up during a campaign stop Tuesday in South Carolina. The congresswoman from Minnesota played the Elvis tune “Promised Land” at a local restaurant and told the crowd of 300 that she wanted to say happy birthday to the king of rock ‘n’ roll. But Aug. 16 is the anniversary of Elvis’ death in 1977, and someone in the crowd shouted back, “He died today!” Bachmann corrected herself later as she spoke with reporters.

HUNGRY GHOSTS Ethnic Chinese burn joss sticks in front of a 26-foot-high giant paper statue of the Chinese deity Da Shi Ye, or Guardian God of Ghosts, during the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival in Bukit Mertajam, Malaysia, on Tuesday. In the Hungry Ghost Festival, celebrated during the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar, prayers, food and paper models of cars and appliances are offered to appease wandering spirits. It is believed that the gates of hell are opened during the month and the dead ancestors return to visit their relatives.

AP Photo by Vincent Thian

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