Mark Whitaker, who resigned as the executive vice president and managing editor for CNN Worldwide this past January, has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster to write a biography of comedian Bill Cosby. The deal was announced today in Publishers Marketplace.
“Mark Whitaker’s biography of Bill Cosby [will trace] the comedian’s remarkable rise from an impoverished, wayward youth in a Philadelphia housing project to a career as one of America’s most successful and wealthy entertainers,” the announcement said, and will “also [examine] Cosby’s impact on race relations and on our national debate over the role of parenting and education.”
The book sold to editor Alice Mayhew at Simon & Schuster and will be published in the fall of 2014
This is not the first time that Simon & Schuster will publish a book by Mr. Whitaker. Mr. Whitaker’s My Long Trip Home, a memoir about growing up in an interracial family, was published by S&S in 2011. Before going CNN, Mr. Whitaker was the senior vice president and Washington bureau chief for NBC News and was the editor of Newsweek from 1998 to 2006.
Sure seems like S&S has been acquiring a lot of books lately by a range of authors. First Cat Marnell, then Hillary Clinton, now Mark Whitaker. Who’s next?