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Carrie Prejean Signs Book Deal

by Steve Weinstein
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Monday Jul 20, 2009
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She’s baaaaaack. After almost an entire month without any Carrie Prejean stories (oh glorious month!), book-industry blog Galleycat reports that the dethroned Miss California USA has signed a book deal with Regnery Publishing, to be entitled "Still Standing" (alas!).

The book, apparently a super-quickie, is scheduled for release in November. Normally, nonfiction books take anywhere from two to eight years to see the light of day.

Galleycat quotes Regnery’s press release as noting that "Prejean attracted national attention when she answered a question at the Miss USA Pageant defending traditional marriage ... Now she will tell her side of the story, answering such questions as what happened behind the scenes at the pageant, why she answered the Perez Hilton question as she did, what really led to her losing the Miss California crown, and how she has been forced to battle the left’s double-standard on free speech."

Regnery is a Washington, D.C.-based publisher that specialized in conservative authors. Indeed, it has become the banner publisher for the far right. It has published Newt Gingrich, Haley Barbour, Brent Bozell, William F. Buckley and Barbara Olson (the conservative pundit who died in 9/11 and whose husband has gone over to the dark side by advocating against California’s Proposition 8). But its bread-and-butter author is right-wing fire breather Ann Coulter.

Regnery has gotten into trouble for some of its titles. Its hit job on Bill Clinton, "The Secret Life of Bill Clinton," not only linked him to Paula Jones and many (many!) other liaisons, but also Vince Foster’s death, the Oklahoma City bombing to cocaine wholesaling. Its book on John Kerry, "Unfit for Command," was the linchpin in the "swiftboating" of the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate.

Prejean was the runner-up to the Miss USA pageant who exploded on the public consciousness when she answered a question from pageant judge Perez Hilton about gay marriage by saying she was against it. In the days following the pageant, she claimed victim status--not hurt by Hilton’s calling her a "bitch" on national TV.

She later joined up with the National Organization for Marriage, which made her their spokesmodel. Her activities advocating against gay marriage eventually forced pageant owner Donald Trump’s hand in giving her title to her own first runner-up, who has maintained a deafening silence on any and all issues relating to gay marriage.

Steve Weinstein has been a regular correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, the Advocate, the Village Voice and Out. He has been covering the AIDS crisis since the early ’80s, when he began his career. He is the author of "The Q Guide to Fire Island" (Alyson, 2007).

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