The fake Rahm Emanuel is getting his own book.
Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, said today it will publish the satirical @MayorEmanuel tweets in a book entitled “The F***ing Epic Twitter Quest of @MayorEmanuel,” due later this year.
Sarah Weinman, news editor for Publishers Marketplace, was the first to announce the deal this morning, in a tweet later forwarded and confirmed by Dan Sinker, the Columbia College associate professor of journalism behind @MayorEmanuel.
The book will “compile the tweets, annotate them, and include Sinker’s first-person account of the phenomenon” that @MayorEmanuel became, Scribner said. The book’s title is an homage to the colorful language so common in the tweets.
The foreword will be written by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.
Sinker also said via Twitter that the @MayorEmanuel feed, which ended one day after the real Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago last month, would remain open, if not actually used. “Account and archive will always stay up!” Sinker tweeted.
The @MayorEmanuel feed launched last fall as Emanuel was gearing up his mayoral run and amassed more than 37,000 followers by the time Sinker deemed his story complete. The colorful tale, with characters such as Carl the Intern and Quaxelrod the Duck, drew extensive media coverage and critical acclaim, leading to intense speculation about who was behind it.
The hunt for the @MayorEmanuel author ended Feb. 28 with a story by The Atlantic in which Sinker, founder of the now-defunct Punk Planet magazine, came forward after what The Atlantic called “a protracted e-mail negotiation.”
Sinker has since made numerous media appearances, including one on the satirical “Colbert Report” in which host Stephen Colbert praised Sinker’s work.
“Could I clip and smoke your beard?” Colbert asked. “I would like the same flight of fantasy.”
Despite no activity on the account since Feb. 23, it now has more than 48,000 followers. The real Emanuel has just over 15,000.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun