Ballantine Acquires Kathy Griffin Memoir For More Than $2 Million

The comedian Kathy Griffin is writing a memoir, and according to three sources with knowledge of the deal, her literary agent at Endeavor, former Dutton editor-in-chief Trena Keating, sold it at auction last week to an editor at Random House’s Ballantine imprint for more than $2 million.

Ms. Griffin, who got her start on the sitcom Suddenly Susan, stars in a successful reality TV show on Bravo (My Life on the D-List) and has a passionate fanbase that includes lots and lots of gay men.

Carol Schneider, director of publicity at the Random House Publishing Group, declined to comment, as did Ms. Keating. Pamela Cannon, the Ballantine editor-at-large who acquired Ms. Griffin’s book, did not return calls seeking comment.