Royalties from ‘Millie’s Book’ Top $1 Million
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Millie, the Bush family dog, is now a millionaire, at least vicariously.
President Bush revealed Wednesday that ″Millie’s Book,″ the dog’s-eye view of life in the White House, has generated $1.1 million in royalties for Barbara Bush’s family literacy foundation.
The droll book, thick with pictures of the English springer spaniel with assorted politicians and celebrities, was a best-seller for seven months last autumn and winter.
Mrs. Bush, the ghostwriter, has earmarked all royalties for the non-profit Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.
Bush, addressing the White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services, jokingly griped that despite Millie’s literary success, she still ″is not allowed to get a library card.″
The robust sales show ″the power of books and the power of what can happen,″ Bush said to loud applause from the librarians.
He paid tribute to librarians as quiet ″revolutionaries ... (who) preserve democracy’s greatest resource: the ideas that have helped reshape an entire world.″
Some 700 voting delegates are attending the five-day conference through Saturday to make policy recommendations to the president and Congress on improving the nation’s libraries.
It is the second White House conference on libraries. The first was held in 1979.