The decisions of American publishing companies are mysterious, particularly to many writers who follow the industry. This makes the last book published by Sterling, Hoffman & Co., a Michigan media corporation, very interesting. It’s publishing a biography of a student assembly president, really.

According to an article in the Saginaw Valley Journal:

Sterling, Hoffman & Co., the publisher of The Saginaw Valley Journal, [the student paper of Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU)] announced today that it will publish a book on the student presidency of Student Association president Ted Goodman. The book is scheduled to be published in June of 2013 and will be edited by Saginaw Valley Journal executive editor Michael Westendorf.

Last spring, Mr. Goodman became just the second SVSU student since Armen Hratchian in 2004 — and just the seventh student in 45 years — to serve two consecutive terms as president of the association. The year before, Mr. Goodman eked out a 10-vote victory in extraordinary fashion to unseat Julie A. Boon in a nail-biting election that saw more than 880 votes.

“Extraordinary,” “nail-biting,” and, apparently, worthy of book-length coverage. Saginaw Valley State University has 10,000 students. Those 880 votes represent less than 10 percent of the total student body.

The tentative title of the book is Feels Good Man – The Student Presidency of Theodore C. Goodman From the Pages of The Saginaw Valley Journal. A paperback copy will set you back $24.99.

It’s a little unclear how much information the book can convey since, as a student body president, Goodman (above) has very little real power, mostly over things like budgeting and recognizing student clubs.

The book appears to consist of a compilation of articles written about Goodman in the student paper. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer