Wyclef Jean's Memoir to be Published by It Books

Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:09am EDT

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NEW YORK, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins
Publishers, today announced plans to publish the memoir of Grammy
Award-winning multi-platinum musician Wyclef Jean. Jean will be writing the
memoir with bestselling author and Rolling Stone writer Anthony Bozza, who
co-authored such books as Whatever You Say I Am with Eminem and Tommyland with
Tommy Lee.   


The book was acquired by Mauro DiPreta, Vice President and Associate Publisher
for It Books, from Richard Abate at 3 Arts Entertainment.


The memoir will chronicle Wyclef's childhood in the tiny rural village of La
Serre in Haiti and his subsequent immigration to Brooklyn, NY, where at the
age of 9 he began his journey into pop culture. He will recount his struggle
between the double life he led as a preacher's son playing music in church
with becoming a young rapper trying to fit in with his peers.  The book will
also document his monumental success as founding member of The Fugees and then
his impressive solo career where he established himself as one of the most
sought-after musicians, performers, songwriters, and producers of his
generation. Wyclef's work as a global philanthropist, especially in his native
country through his work with Yele Haiti which he founded in 2005, will be
featured in the book. His philanthropic work has brought him worldwide
attention for his tireless efforts to change the way the world sees Haiti.


"I am so happy to share my journey which took me from the hut to the projects
to the mansion," said Wyclef Jean. "I am just getting started and feel so
excited about It Books publishing the early stories from my life."


"Wyclef has an incredible story, filled with drama, humor and inspiration,"
said DiPreta. "It is above all a very human story, not necessarily one of
celebrity, and I'm happy to say that he is as gifted a storyteller as he is a
musician." Carrie Kania, Senior Vice President and Publisher of It Books,
said, "As we continue to grow the new It Books list, Wyclef Jean is a perfect
example of the kind of talent we love working with--a passionate, innovative
artist whose book will transcend all expectations."


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including the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, the
Newbery Medal and the Caldecott. Consistently at the forefront of innovation
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www.wyclef.com
www.Twitter.com/wyclef
www.facebook.com/Wyclef
www.yele.org


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SOURCE  HarperCollins Publishers

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alberto.rojas@harpercollins.com; or Julie Lichtenstein, Sunshine Sachs &
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