News: February 2009 Archives

D-Lister Griffin makes $2 million deal

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The New York Observer reports that comedian Kathy Griffin is being paid $2 million to write a memoir. That's right. Random House apparently put up the winning bid for the Oak Park native to tell all.

Kathy Griffin at the Grammy
Awards earlier this month.

(Getty Images)

Readers will be the judge as to whether her life is as funny as her stand-up comedy act or her TV Show, "My Life on the D-List," in which she regularly skewers A-List celebrities. But seriously, what will she care once the book is out? She'll have the last laugh either way, and $2 million in her pocket.

Obama manager gets 7-figure book deal

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Another Obama insider is hopping on the bookwagon. First it was the president's brother-in-law Craig Robinson; now it's campaign manager David Plouffe, who has agreed to a seven-figure deal to write The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama's Historic Victory.

Books Obama Manager
David Plouffe at his Chicago campaign
(Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

Reportedly 17 imprints competed for the project. Viking won and plans to release the book next fall. The publisher issued a statement, saying the book will offer a unique, high-level account, including "the deliberations about whether to run against long odds, the epic primary battle with Hillary Clinton, the drama of the general election campaign against John McCain and the strategic roads taken -- and not taken.

"The book will also detail the business lessons to be learned from the formation and the functioning of an unprecedented $1 billion start-up -- use of technology, crisis management, grass roots, and personnel management."