Sunday, March 12, 2006

Marilyn Johnson's media blitz

Our own Marilyn Johnson has been getting an amazing amount of big-time media attention for her book, "The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs and Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries."

In case you don't know, her book is about, well, us. Obit writers. Fobits, a.k.a. Friends of Obits. And obits of all sorts. Many of us are mentioned by name.

I won't go into great detail on the newspapers, magazines, radio and television views and reviews of Marilyn's book. There's just too many.

But here are some of the more prominent publications that are telling the world about Marilyn, her book and those of us fortunate enough to have been mentioned by her: New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, People magazine, Parade magazine and Publisher's Weekly. The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and USA Today are among the newspapers that are expected to print something about the book in the near future.

Her interviews include National Public Radio's "On The Media" (March 11 & 12) and "Morning Edition" (Renee Montagne, sometime this week).

Marilyn's appearance with Adam Bernstein of the Washington Post at Borders in Washington, D.C., Wednesday (March 15), will be taped for CSPAN2's BookTV. Check the BookTV Web site to find out when it will air.

Visit Marilyn's Web site to learn more about her book tour and other media exposure.

Nice going, Marilyn. We're proud of you and grateful for the spotlight you are shining on the obit world.

3 comments:

Marilyn Johnson said...

Thank you, Alana!
It's a big valentine to
obit writers -- to all of
you.
At least one obit writer
has wrangled a raise out
of this, and
at least one publication
has completely rejuvenated
its obit pages as a result -
I couldn't be happier.
Marilyn

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Someone said...

Just heard the NPR interview. Excellent. Good to have obits in the spotlight.