I am excited to announce this morning that I've signed with Henry Holt and Company to write a book! It'll be a memoir, of sorts, about my intersections with pop culture over the years, from growing up in front of the TV as a kid in St. Louis to my years at CBS News, all the way up to today. The stories I've been saving up are funny and improbable and really define who I am today.
This is something I've always wanted to do and, if you've read this blog much over the past seven years, you know that writing is something I enjoy. And, yes, I will write every word of it, I don't know how I could settle for anything less than writing it myself. I started last weekend and have much work to do (understatement) before it comes out next summer.
Here are some titles that you will NOT see on the cover of my book:
A Million Little Mazels
Rainy Days and Mazels
Vicki and Me: My Secret Affair with the Queen of Insurance
Every Which Way But Mazel
Stories Sarah Jessica Told Me
Hope Over Heartbreak: My Battle with Rosacea
So the question is, what SHOULD I call it? Let me know if you have any brilliant thoughts... And in the meantime, here's the release that went out today:
BRAVO NETWORK EXECUTIVE ANDY COHEN TO PEN FIRST BOOK; HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY WILL PUBLISH MEMOIR OF HIS LIFE, IN AND ON TELEVISION, NEXT SUMMER
NEW YORK, August 8, 2011 – Andy Cohen, the executive vice president of original programming and development at Bravo and host of the network's buzzy, late night interactive talk show "Watch What Happens: Live," will add writer to his multi-hyphenated résumé. Henry Holt and Company will publish Cohen's book, his first, about his life-long love of popular culture and of television, both behind the desk and on the set, it was announced today by Stephen Rubin, Holt's president and publisher. The book will be published in summer 2012.
"Anyone who sees what Andy Cohen has achieved at Bravo knows the guy is a marketing genius," said Rubin. "What nobody knows as of yet, is that Andy is also a very seductive and compelling writer with a story to tell that will charm, shock and engage readers with its candor, honesty and wit. Andy is as irresistible on the page as he is on screen."
"I love to write and I’m thrilled that I get to share stories of my improbable intersections with pop culture that have enriched my life," Cohen said.
Growing up in the suburbs of St. Louis, Mo., Cohen knew two things about himself: that he loved popular culture and that, around the age of 12, he was gay. He suppressed the latter and fed the former. His media diet was a steady stream of 70s shows like "The Brady Bunch," "Laverne & Shirley," and "Donny & Marie." He had a passion too for the medium's stars like Farrah Fawcett, Mary Tyler Moore and Susan Lucci, many of whom he would later meet. By his twenties, he was out of the closet and out of St. Louis. In 1989, his life changed forever when he landed an internship at CBS News in New York. With his irrepressible personality and sky's-the-limit attitude, over time he went from intern to producer, absorbing everything he could about the industry and the guest stars on the network’s morning show. His book will include many hilarious moments of mishaps on the set and while on assignment, and tell of his coming-of-age social life filled with antics and mayhem.
Cohen's vitae is an A-list of dream jobs in television. Aside from "CBS This Morning" where he rose from producer to senior producer, he also worked as a producer for the network's "48 Hours." He is a recurring commentator on pop culture for NBC's "Today," MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and for HLN's "The Joy Behar Show." Before Bravo, he was a vice president of original programming at TRIO, a division of NBC Universal. As an executive producer, Cohen won an Emmy Award in 2010 for Bravo's "Top Chef"; a Peabody Award in 2004 for the TRIO documentary "The N-Word"; and received 11 primetime Emmy nominations for many of his Bravo series including "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" (2005), "Project Runway" (2006, 2007 and 2008) and for "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" (2010 and 2011). He was named by OUT Magazine as the "hottest blogger of 2006." He graduated from Boston University in 1990. Cohen resides in New York City.
Rubin acquired world rights, audio and first serial for the book from Creative Artists Agency on behalf of Cohen. The book will be edited by Holt executive editor Gillian Blake, who was the editor of the New York Times best-selling memoir by Rob Lowe, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends," published in May.