ATRIA BOOKS INKS DEAL FOR CYNDI LAUPER MEMOIR
(NEW YORK) – April 9, 2012. Grammy Award winner, activist and actress Cyndi Lauper has signed a deal for Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir to be published this coming fall by Atria Books. Written with journalist Jancee Dunn, the book will detail for the first time Cyndi’s tumultuous years growing up in Queens, the ups and downs of a career that has spanned over three decades, her conflicted feelings on fame and her advocacy of equality for all that led to the creation of her foundation, the True Colors Fund.
At 17, Cyndi left her chaotic home life with no prospects and no money. While taking jobs at the racetrack, as an I-Hop waitress and gal Friday, music was her refuge. She moved from band to band, playing small gigs and finally landed a solo deal. In 1983 she broke out with “She’s So Unusual” which earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist and made her the first female artist in history to have five top 10 singles on a debut album.
“Most of us think of Cyndi as the free-spirited girl who just wants to have fun and her many die-hard fans will be surprised to know her real life story,” says Judith Curr, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Atria Books.
“Sometimes I come off good, sometimes not so good,” says Lauper. “But I never wanted this book to be anything but my truth. It’s not about what people think of me, but what I learned along the way. And if telling the story of what I went through can help someone else, then it’s worth it.”
The deal, for world rights including audio, was negotiated by Atria editor Amy Tannenbaum who initially approached Cyndi to write her memoir.
Atria Books is an imprint of Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation. Simon & Schuster is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Online, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. For more information about Atria, visit their website.
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