A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley is an illuminated novel written and designed by Warren Lehrer due out sometime in 2013.
The novel contains 101 books within it that are all written by Lehrer’s protagonist, the controversial author and pop-culture personality Bleu Mobley, who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. The book pairs Mobley’s reluctant memoir (as whispered into a microcassette recorder form his prison cell) with a retrospective monograph of all 101 of his books, which are represented by their book covers, original catalogue copy, and excerpts that read like short stories.

In addition to the printed edition, which will be 380 pages, and rich with images and stories that unfold from other stories, there’ll be an iPad app version of A Life In Books that will function like an enhanced novel replete with animation, video performances, breakout galleries, and other interactive components. Lehrer is working on this now, with the help of animator/artist Brandon Campbell (brandoncampbell.tv). Lehrer aims for this to go into development soon so it could also be ready for release sometime in 2012. This short video excerpt shows a sampling of Bleu’s Illuminated Manuscripts (book lamps) that he designed and manufactured after coming to terms with the fact that books—the central focus of his working life—are no longer the primary means of storytelling for a growing number of people in his culture.

If you are interested in finding out more about this project or are a programmer of iPad or other tablet apps and are interested in being part of the team developing this project, please contact Warren Lehrer at warren@earsay.org

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