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David Hogg Gets a Book Deal

Just how much fame can one person milk simply for witnessing a tragic event? As if countless television interviews, a nationwide rally, and a highly publicized boycott effort weren’t enough to satisfy the apparently inflated ego of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg, he has now scored himself a book deal. The book, titled #NeverAgain, will be published in June by Penguin Random House—one of the biggest publishers in the world.

Entertainment Weekly confirmed the story yesterday:

David Hogg and Lauren Hogg, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and survivors of February’s deadly mass shooting in Parkland, Florida have signed a deal with Random House for a book to be published in June, EW has confirmed.

The siblings have been leaders in the gun control movement that took shape among students, in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting. Their book, #NeverAgain, is described as “a statement of generational purpose, and a moving portrait of the birth of a new movement.” The book will explore their efforts taking on some of the most powerful forces in Washington and beyond, and will detail their commitment to new legislation aiming to prevent future tragedies.

“In times of struggle and tragedy, we can come together in love and compassion for each other,” David Hogg said in a statement. “We can see each other not as political symbols, but as human beings. And then, of course, there will be times when we simply must fight for what is right.”

Hogg originally announced the book deal on Twitter:

Hogg’s 15 minutes of fame were clearly running out, and sadly, this book is yet another attempt to keep him in the limelight, and of course, it is also a continuation of the anti-gun left to make gains in their efforts to ban guns by exploiting children who have experienced a tragedy. Though this latest effort probably scored the Hogg kids a decent payday.

#NeverAgain will be available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook. The audiobook clocks in at 180 minutes, so, make no mistake about it, this is, without a doubt, a hastily written book, most likely not even written by Hogg or his sister. At the time I was writing this piece, both the ebook and paperback rank fairly high on Amazon.

Penguin Random House describes the book as “a manifesto for the movement begun that day, one that has already changed America–with voices of a new generation that are speaking truth to power, and are determined to succeed where their elders have failed.”