Lepucki appeared on "The Colbert Report"
Tuesday night to talk about her debut novel,
"California," and thank Colbert and his fans
for getting it onto bestseller lists.
you Colbert Nation for buying my book and reading
it," she said. "Iím so, so incredibly
grateful to be on this show and to have my book talked
about. I just really appreciate it. So thank you."
book has become a battering ram in Colbertís battle
against Amazon. "For the past six weeks we in the
Colbert Nation have been at war with Amazon,"
Colbert explained. "Oh, weíre going to wipe the
smirk right off that boxís face."
online retailer has been playing hardball in its
negotiations with Hachette, Colbertís ó and Lepuckiís
ó publisher. Amazon has imposed artificial delays on
existing Hachette books, made them difficult to find on
its site and impossible to pre-order.
illustrate their tactics to a wide audience, Colbert
selected a single upcoming Hachette book ó Lepuckiís
"California" ó and asked viewers to
pre-order it from Powellís, an independent bookseller
with a robust online store. So many people did, and so
many purchased it in person from brick-and-mortar
bookstores, that it debuted on the New York Times
bestseller list at No. 3.
was author Sherman Alexie, National Book Award winner,
fellow Hachette author and occasional "Colbert
Report" guest who recommended Lepuckiís book to
Colbert on the show. When Lepucki appeared Tuesday, she
paid it forward by recommending another debut novelistís
upcoming Hachette book: "Sweetness #9" by
Stephan Eirik Clark.
Iím going to ask you to pick two of those three names
...," Colbert joked. "If youíre looking for
another book to bump, that would be the one."