Canongate acquires David Lynch book

Canongate acquires David Lynch book

Canongate Books has acquired Life & Work, a collaboration between director David Lynch and journalist Kristine McKenna.

Life & Work will be a "hybrid" of memoir by Lynch and biography by McKenna, who has been a friend of Lynch and a close observer of his work since his first feature, "Eraserhead" (1977). 

In the book, Lynch will "truly open up for the first time" about his lifetime of creativity, the friendships he has made, and the struggles he has faced to bring his projects to fruition. McKenna’s biographical sections will be based on her new interviews with approximately 90 of Lynch’s friends, ex-wives, family members, actors, agents, musicians and collaborators in various fields, all interwoven into the story of Lynch’s life as a director of "legendary" films.  Lynch will "read these remembrances and respond — essentially riffing on his own life". 

Lynch said: “There’s a lot of bullshit out there about me, in books and all over the Internet. I want to get all the right information in one place, so if someone wants to know something, they can find it here.  And I wouldn’t do it with anyone other than Kristine; she and I go way back, and she gets it right.”

Francis Bickmore, publishing director at Canongate, pre-empted UK and commonwealth rights from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein on behalf of primary agent Chris Parris-Lamb at The Gernert Company.  US rights were sold to Ben Greenberg at Grand Central and to Uli Genzler at Heyne in Germany; sales in several other territories around the world are in process.

Bickmore said: “David Lynch, one of the world’s few true creative visionaries, is putting pen to paper to write an account of his life. This is a major event. As David returns to work on the new series of Twin Peaks now seems the perfect moment to revisit some of the extraordinary highlights of his long career. Canongate are over the moon about publishing him."

David Lynch is the award-winning writer and director of many films, incuding "Eraserhead", "The Elephant Man" and "Blue Velvet". His first book, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity (Michael Joseph), was published in 2007, and has been translated into 26 languages. He also co-created, with Mark Frost, the television series Twin Peaks, a new season of which is currently in production and is forthcoming from Showtime.  

Kristine McKenna is a critic and journalist who wrote for the Los Angeles Times from 1977 to 1998 and whose profiles and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair and The Washington Post.

Life & Work is tentatively scheduled to be published by Canongate in hardback, e-book and audio editions in 2017.