1. You can purchase a copy of A Life In Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley here: http://tinyurl.com/m6aelpz
    This is a short excerpt of a Live Performance/Reading by Warren Lehrer of his new illuminated novel—A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley. It took place on the evening of Nov. 1, 2013 at the Greene Performance Space at WNYC.

    A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley is an illuminated novel that contains 101 books within it, all written by a controversial author who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career.

    In his funny and thought provoking performance/readings, Warren Lehrer presents an overview of Bleu Mobley's Life in Books via many of Mobley's book cover designs, book-like objects, and other biographical materials including animations and video performances of Mobley book excerpts by the band BETTY, beat box artist Chesney Snow, actress/poet La Bruja, and (whenever possible) a live cameo appearance by actress/author Judith Sloan. The resulting retrospective explores the creative process of a writer/artist, as it reflects upon a half century of American/global events, and grapples with the future of the book as a medium, and the lines that separate and blur truth, myth, and fiction.

    In A Life In Books, Bleu Mobley's autobiography/apologia is paired with a review of all 101 of his books, each represented by its first-edition cover design and catalog copy, and more than a third of his books are excerpted. The resulting retrospective contrasts the published writings (which read like short stories) with the confessional memoir, forming a most unusual portrait of a well-intentioned, obsessively inventive (if ethically challenged) visionary.

    Written and designed by acclaimed author/designer/performer Warren Lehrer, acclaimed as a pioneer in the fields of visual literature and design authorship. A Life In Books is Lehrer’s 10th book; his first novel.

    WINNER 2014 IPPY (Independent Publisher) Outstanding Book of the Year Award for Most Original Concept.
    “A stunningly unique take on the novel that unabashedly explores the relationship between the narrator and reader. Mind-blowing… reality bending… a laugh riot and a visual feast.”

    WINNER 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award
    WINNER 2014 National Indie Book Award
    WINNER 2014 CBAA Exhibition Prize (College Book Art Association Biennial Exhibition)

    The 380 page, 4 color novel is published by Goff Books.
    ORDER A COPY NOW: http://tinyurl.com/k8en43c

    For further info about the BOOK, Warren Lehrer's tour dates, videos, press materials, study guide, contests:
    alifeinbooks.net

    to inquire about a performance/reading for your college, art/literary center, or bookstore: warren@earsay.org

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  2. You can purchase a copy of A Life In Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley here: http://tinyurl.com/m6aelpz

    A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley is an illuminated novel written and designed by Warren Lehrer (2013, Goff Books). The novel includes 101 books within it all written by Lehrer’s protagonist—Bleu Mobley—who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. This video provides a glimpse into Bleu Mobley’s 14th book, Precipice.

    Soon after the birth of their first daughter, Bleu and his wife Aconsha move from their Lower East Side walkup to a split-level rental house on Long Island that was listed WATER VIEW, though you could only see the faraway swath of the blue-gray Long Island Sound in the winter when the leaves were down, and only if you stood on the toilet in the upstairs bathroom and pressed your head against the window. Riddled with mixed feelings about living in the suburbs, Bleu writes Precipice, a cautionary novel set at a time in the not-so-distant future when oil supplies have peaked in the Middle East and America finds itself thoroughly unprepared. With nowhere else to turn for its oil fix, and hardly any back-up systems in place, most suburban localities are imploding. Despite pleas for calm by politicians, chaos reigns. The few pockets of hope—community villages sprouting up in abandoned superstores.

    Purchase a copy of the book and read more about Bleu Mobley’s life and books:
    amazon.com/Life-Books-Rise-Fall-Mobley/dp/193962102X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376504745&sr=1-1&keywords=a+life+in+books%2C+warren+lehrer

    Find out more about the A Life In Books project, Warren Lehrer, performance/reading tour, contests, etc:
    alifeinbooks.net/

    Animation by Warren Lehrer in collaboration with Brandon Campbell, Mark T. Saintonge and Jillian Egan.

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  3. You can purchase A Life In Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley here: http://tinyurl.com/m6aelpz
    Excerpt performed by Caridad De La Luz (a.k.a. La Bruja.)
    Written and Directed by Warren Lehrer
    Filmed and Edited by Robert Winn
    Assistant Directors: Judith Sloan & Claire Lebowitz
    Second Camera/Film Crew: Brandon Knopp

    A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley is an illuminated novel written and designed by Warren Lehrer (2013, Goff Books). The novel includes 101 books within it all written by Lehrer’s protagonist—Bleu Mobley—who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. The novel pairs Bleu’s confessional memoir with a retrospective monograph of all his books which are represented by their first edition cover designs, catalogue descriptions, and selected excerpts (that read like short stories).

    This short film is based on an except of Bleu Mobley’s 41st book, No More Mrs. Niceguy: Confessions of a Nice Catholic Girl. In it, Paul Martinez, a dutiful, God-fearing daughter, wife, mother, and church member, is diagnosed with cancer. She soon discovers her own voice through the transformative power of hard-earned rage.

    Mobley wrote No More Mrs. Niceguy out of his own experience with his daughter, who at 11 years old was diagnosed with a rare and potentially deadly blood disease known as ITP. After three years—going to scores of doctors, dozens of labs, too many clinics, treatment centers, and hospitals—Frida became an expert at waiting her turn, but impatient when it came to being bullshitted.

    Read more about Bleu Mobley’s family and their influence on his writing by purchasing a copy of A Life In Books:
    amazon.com/Life-Books-Rise-Fall-Mobley/dp/193962102X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376504745&sr=1-1&keywords=a+life+in+books%2C+warren+lehrer

    Find out more about the A Life In Books project, Warren Lehrer, performance/reading tour, other videos, the writing contests, etc:
    alifeinbooks.net/

    For further information email: info@alifeinbooks.net

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  4. A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley is an illuminated novel written and designed by Warren Lehrer (2013, Goff Books). The novel includes 101 books within it all written by Lehrer’s protagonist—Bleu Mobley—who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. This video provides a glimpse into Bleu Mobley’s 95th book (project)—The Illuminated Manuscripts—a line of book lamps produced by Mobley and his team of assistants.

    At a certain point in his life/career (and in the novel), Mobley senses that he’s living in a world where books are not central to people’s lives like they once were—that reading, deep, long-form contemplative reading is very likely an endangered species. In 2006, he officially quits writing and turns his writing factory (a story in itself) into a laboratory for exploring and entrepreneuring ways to preserve and advance the legacy of the book as a vehicle for telling stories and as a physical object. The Illuminated Manuscript book lamps is one of the product lines that resulted from this effort. Even if you’re not reading books, the lamps help light up a room and evoke a warm, literary feeling as they evoke a variety of metaphorical connections to the experience of reading, writing and sharing stories.

    Purchase a copy of the book and read more about Bleu Mobley’s life and books:
    amazon.com/Life-Books-Rise-Fall-Mobley/dp/193962102X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376504745&sr=1-1&keywords=a+life+in+books%2C+warren+lehrer

    And find out more about the A Life In Books project, Warren Lehrer, performance/reading tour, contests, Goff Books, etc:
    alifeinbooks.net/

    Animation by Warren Lehrer in collaboration with Brandon Campbell and Mark T. Saintonge.

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  5. You can purchase a copy of A Life In Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley here: http://tinyurl.com/m6aelpz

    A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley is an illuminated novel written and designed by Warren Lehrer (2013, Goff Books). The novel includes 101 books within it all written by Lehrer’s protagonist—Bleu Mobley—who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. This video provides a glimpse into Bleu Mobley’s 14th book, Precipice.

    Bleu's pull-out, pop up book on the history of capital punishment—How Bad People Go Bye Bye—was a flop until the cable news programs turned it into a controversy. Within two months the book was banned in school libraries in every state of the Union (except Massachusetts), and it became the top grossing children’s book of 1998, and Bleu’s first number one bestseller.

    During this time, Bleu became a frequent guest on tv talk shows and was accused of being a pornographer, a propagandist (for both sides of the issue), a sly manipulator of the media, a truth teller, the devil’s accomplice and God’s accomplice.

    Purchase a copy of A Life In Books and read more about Bleu Mobley’s life and books:
    amazon.com/Life-Books-Rise-Fall-Mobley/dp/193962102X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376504745&sr=1-1&keywords=a+life+in+books%2C+warren+lehrer

    Find out more about the A Life In Books project, Warren Lehrer, performance/reading tour, contests, etc:
    alifeinbooks.net/

    Animation by Warren Lehrer in collaboration with Brandon Campbell, Mark T. Saintonge and Julie Verardi.

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