25265_remnick_david.gifOn April 9, Alfred A. Knopf will publish The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by New Yorker editor David Remnick. The book will launch with 200,000 hardcover copies and a simultaneous eBook edition.

For this new book, Remnick (pictured, via Gasper Tringale) will use hundreds of on-the record interviews, including talks with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Jesse Jackson, and Bill Ayers. In addition, the book will feature letters from Obama’s late mother, Stanley Ann Dunham. The author has edited The New Yorker since 1998 and won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1994 book, Lenin’s Tomb. Read more about the crowded field of Obama books at Politico.

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group chairman Sonny Mehta had this statement: Obama’s election as President was based less on policy prescriptions than on a sense of his character and biography … The Bridge reveals not only his character, but also his trials, motivations, and perspectives in a way that a memoir, even a remarkable one, cannot.”