Sunday, July 20, 2008

Weinstein Books to Publish Larry King's Autobiography

Weinstein Books has acquired Larry King's definitive autobiography, WHAT AM I DOING HERE?, it was announced today by Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company and Judy Hottensen, Weinstein Books Publisher.

"I am delighted to be working with Bob and Harvey, who have distinguished themselves by making award-winning films and publishing quality books. Their books are some of the most talked-about and well-produced titles in the business, and I am thrilled to be one of their authors. My life story could not be in better hands," King said.

"This book will be absolutely devoured by Larry King's millions of fans," said Weinstein. "He is a true media icon -- one who's personal and professional journey to date is filled with delightfully evocative anecdotes and behind-the-scenes observations on some of our most important world figures. We are thrilled to have this definitive autobiography to add to our important roster of books."

From his humble roots in Depression-era Brooklyn where he was known as "Zeke The Greek The Mouthpiece" because he never stopped talking, to the heights of celebrity and host of CNN's Larry King Live, (which after 21 years is the longest running television show ever in the same time slot) WHAT AM I DOING HERE? is the never before told life story of one of our most beloved news and entertainment icons.

In addition to discussing personal details such as his early radio days, the painful loss of his father at age nine, his seven marriages to six different women, and discovering at age 65 that he had a fully grown son he never knew about, King will also speak candidly about his time spent with major political and cultural figures of the 20th and 21st century, many of them his close friends. Specifically, WHAT AM I DOING HERE? will reveal King's uncensored feelings towards George W. Bush and George Bush, Sr., Bill Clinton, Ronald Regan, Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon. He promises to disclose who he voted for in each election and why, and what political figures have impressed and disappointed him, going so far as to share his pick for America's worst president. Larry will be assisted in the writing of his autobiography by Cal Fussman (After Jackie, Double or Nothing).

Hottensen acquired world publishing rights from David Vigliano at Vigliano Associates, in association with Michael Viner, President of Phoenix Books. WHAT AM I DOING HERE? will be published to coincide with Father's Day in 2009.