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Canadian booksellers show “surge of interest” in Michael Wolff’s Trump takedown, as release date moves up

U.S. president Donald Trump’s plan to stop the publication of journalist Michael Wolff’s controversial new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, has failed in a spectacular way.

Hours after Trump’s personal attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter to Wolff’s publisher, Henry Holt, the company announced the book’s on-sale date has moved up to Jan. 5 at 9 a.m. EST, from its original date of Jan. 9.

The ongoing media attention has already pushed the book, which has been excerpted in several publications, to the number-one spot on Amazon. Interest in Fire and Fury has also spilled over the border. Jamie Broadhurst, vice-president of Raincoast Books, which distributes the title in Canada, says, “We have seen a surge of interest from all our customers, and the publisher has a very aggressive reprint plan underway.”