MayorEmanuel Twitter author releases book

September 13, 2011 5:23:48 AM PDT
When long-time Chicago political stalwart and then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was rumored to be entering the race for mayor of Chicago, political media and Chicago democrats began to buzz with speculation and excitement.

Emanuel himself remained officially silent on the subject for some time, but a decidedly different Rahm entered the conversation almost immediately, in humorous, profane, 140-character bursts via Twitter. This fake Twitter Rahm spun a faux-insider's story unlike any that had been told before, punctuating the real mayoral race with angst, a coffee addiction, and a quirky campaign team: the omnipresent advisor Dave Axelrod, Carl the Intern (a high-school age MacGyver), a puppy named Hambone, and a duck named Quaxelrod. THE F***ING EPIC TWITTER QUEST OF @MAYOREMANUEL (Scribner, on-sale September 13, 2011) is a modern-day anti-hero epic, parodying the intense theater of Chicago politics in a truly original form.

Garnering a passionate following on Twitter, @MayorEmanuel became a part of the news of the race in dozens of outlets, including The New York Times, Politico, Gawker, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, Nightline, and more, culminating in an appearance on The Colbert Report. This book compiles all of @MayorEmanuel's tweets into the bound record they deserve, alongside additional context of both the race itself and the many historical and pop-culture references sprinkled throughout the story. THE F***ING EPIC TWITTER QUEST OF @MAYOREMANUEL is a surprisingly literary romp, but it's also a document of an historic mayoral race (Chicago's first without a Daley in 21 years), and a look at the creation of a new form of participatory, real-time storytelling.

DAN SINKER is a writer, designer, developer, and educator who focuses on building things on the web. From 1994-2007 he was the founding editor of the influential underground culture magazine Punk Planet and is the editor of the book We Owe You Nothing: Punk Planet the Collected Interviews. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and son.

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