Little, Brown & Co. said Tuesday it plans to publish a biography of Joan Rivers in 2016 to be written by veteran journalist Leslie Bennetts. Little, Brown editor in chief Judy Clain called Rivers “an icon and a role model to millions.” The acid-tongued comedian, a prolific author and memoirist, died September 4 at 81.
“Joan Rivers’ life story was…characterized by triumphant highs and devastating lows, one that is both wildly entertaining and deeply moving,” Bennetts, a former New York Times reporter and Vanity Fair contributing editor, said in the publisher’s announcement. “But Rivers’ career was also enormously significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for women in television and comedy and continually redefining the acceptable boundaries of truth-telling for women in public life. It’s hard to imagine a more compelling subject for a book — or one that would be more fun.”