Independent booksellers in the US have said the online release of John Oliver’s surprise title is ‘a slap in the face’ for stores on the frontline of diversity.
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, a picture book written by Jill Twiss that recounts how Pence’s rabbit falls in love with a male bunny, was an immediate hit, reaching No 1 on Amazon. Publisher Chronicle Books has said it is now printing 400,000 copies, up from an initial figure of 40,000. Dedicated “to every bunny who has ever felt different”, Oliver’s title was released in response to – and just before – Pence’s daughter Charlotte and wife Karen’s Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President, which is currently No 48 on Amazon. Pence has said that gay marriage will lead to the “deterioration of the family” and “societal collapse”. Proceeds from Oliver’s book will go to Aids United and the LGBTQ charity the Trevor Project.