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News Corp.'s HarperCollins Acquires Jenna Bush Book (Update3)

March 06, 2007

News Corp. (NWSA:US)'s HarperCollins publishing business acquired rights to a book written by Jenna Bush, daughter of President George W. Bush.

``Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope'' is based on Jenna Bush's experiences working with Unicef in Central America, HarperCollins said today in a statement. The book will focus on a 17-year-old single mother who has the virus that causes AIDS.

Bush, 25, was inspired to write the book while documenting stories of young people living in poverty, said Lisa Szarkowski, a spokeswoman for Unicef, also known as the United Nations Children's Fund. Bush traveled to Argentina, Paraguay and Panama to help prepare personal narratives and create photo diaries of children and adolescents for Unicef.

The book ``was not something that was planned,'' Szarkowski said in an interview. ``It came as a result of Jenna immersing herself in her role as a Unicef staffer. She was completely inspired by the kids she was meeting, especially `Ana.'''

The real name of ``Ana,'' as well as the city and country where she lives, won't be used to protect her privacy, Szarkowski said.

The book will include photos taken by another Unicef volunteer, Mia Baxter, Szarkowski said.

Bush isn't the first presidential daughter to publish a book while her father is in office. Ronald Reagan's daughter, Patti Davis, wrote the novel Home Front, which was published in 1986 during her father's second term.

Some of the proceeds from the book, set for publication later this year, will be donated to the U.S. Fund for Unicef, HarperCollins said. Other terms weren't disclosed.

Unicef Role

Jenna Bush began working with Unicef as an intern late last year, HarperCollins said. She currently teaches at a shelter in Panama several days a week, the publisher said.

She is a 2004 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in English. Before becoming a Unicef intern, she was an elementary school teacher in Washington for about 18 months, HarperCollins said.

News Corp. (NWS:US)'s Class A shares rose 53 cents, or 2.4 percent, to $22.26 at 4 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. They have gained 35 percent in the past 12 months.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael White in Los Angeles at Mwhite8@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Emma Moody at emoody@Bloomberg.net.


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