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Ann Coulter Inks Book Deal for October

Ann Coulter has landed a book deal with Penguin Group’s Sentinel imprint, scheduled to publish an unnamed book “directly relevant to the presidential election” in October.

William Morris Endeavor agent Mel Berger negotiated the deal with Sentinel publisher Adrian Zackheim. The book’s subject will remain “confidential for now,” according to the release.

Jason Pinter added some context to the move: Coulter had previously published her work with Random House’s Crown Forum imprint.

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Jennifer Hudson Inks Deal for Weight Loss Memoir

Singer and Weight Watchers spokesperson Jennifer Hudson has landed a book deal with Penguin’s Dutton division to write a “inspirational weight loss memoir.”

Publisher Brian Tart announced the deal, which was negotiated by William Morris Endeavor agent Mel Berger.  Executive editor Carrie Thornton will edit the currently untitled book.

Here’s more from the release: “[It] will chronicle Hudson’s experience growing up in an environment where healthy living was not a priority, to dealing with talk of her weight as she competed on American Idol and won her first Oscar, to her eventual decision to get healthy after the birth of her son, and her success losing weight with the help of Weight Watchers. Now, 80 pounds lighter, Hudson wants to inspire anyone coping with weight issues, share some of her own best tips for losing and maintaining weight loss, fitting in exercise and keeping it fun and much more.” (Image via)

Bill Cosby Lands Book Deal with Hachette

Comedian and author Bill Cosby will write another book. I Didn’t Ask To Be Born, But I’m Glad I Was will be published in November by Hachette Book Group’s Center Street imprint.

WME agents Norman Brokaw and Mel Berger negotiated the deal. Rolf Zettersten acquired the book and senior editor Kate Hartson will edit.  The book will cover his first date, misbehaving grandchildren and the Bible. Cosby has written a number of books, including Fatherhood and Cosbyology. In the video embedded above, he introduces his own smartphone app.

Here’s more from the release: “Cosby revists the Bible for the first time since his famous Noah routine. This time he discusses how God worked with Adam to name 50,000 species… They must have had a wonderful time. ‘If you look at some of the animal names I believe there’s proof that God woke Adam up and Adam was startled.’”

Glee Star Jane Lynch Lands Book Deal for Memoir

Glee star Jane Lynch has inked a deal to publish a “funny and inspirational memoir” with Hyperion’s Voice imprint. Mel Berger at William Morris Endeavor represented the book and editorial director Barbara Jones acquired the book in an auction.  Jill Schwartzman will edit the memoir.

Happy Accidents will come out in September, following the arc of the actress’ career–from her time in The Second City comedy group to her work in Christopher Guest mocumentaries. It will also explore how “embracing her sexuality helped her find both personal and professional joy.”

In the release, Lynch (pictured, via) had this statement: “If I could go back in time and have a conversation with my 18-year-old self, the first thing I’d say is, ‘Lose the perm.’ Second, I would say, ‘Relax. Really—just relax. Don’t sweat it.’ For a long time, I was anxious and fearful that the parade would pass me by, and that someone or something outside myself had all the answers.  Having finally reached a happy place—a happy accidents place—I want to share my story with others, to let them know things aren’t as bad as they fear.”

Pelosi to Pen Memoir for Doubleday

PW Daily reports that Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, has signed with Doubleday to publishe her memoir. The deal for North American rights was made by Doubleday president and publisher Stephen Rubin, who acquired the untitled work from a trio of the William Morris Agency‘s top executives: chairman Norman Brokaw; vp and co-head of the agency, Jennifer Rudolph Walsh; and senior vp and president Mel Berger.

The memoir will be published in the summer of 2008 and Pelosi’s collaborator is yet to be determined. It will focus on the Speaker’s remarkable life both personally and professionally. “When Nancy Pelosi, surrounded by her six grandchildren, took the gavel as the first female Speaker of the House in January 2007, it was an historic moment in our nation’s history,” Rubin said. “She stood there as wife, mother, grandmother and political leader; her ascension and remarkable career have put the lie to the notion that those roles are in any way in conflict. How she managed to serve her country without compromising her family is a story both fascinating and inspirational, and Doubleday is proud to be publishing it.”

Lance Bass to Publish Memoirs

When the former N’SYNCer came out a little while back, reactions seemed to be along the lines of “uh, yeah!” But now Lance Bass will talk about his decision to come out, as well as the early (glory?) days of the band that gave us the stylin’ moves of Justin Timberlake and attracted hordes of teenage girls to their record signings and concerts, in a book to be published this October by Simon Spotlight Entertainment. Patrick Price at SSE negotiated the world rights deal for OUT OF SYNC with Mel Berger at William Morris. “This I promise you: OUT OF SYNC will be the much-talked about memoir of the fall season,” said SSE Vice President and Publisher Jen Bergstrom, indicating she has at least some vague familiarity with ‘NSYNC songs…