Grammy-winning performer and songwriter Lucinda Williams has signed with Simon & Schuster UK to publish her memoir.
Suzanne Baboneau, managing director, Adult Publishing Division, bought UK & Commonwealth and audio rights from Rachel Clements at Abner Stein, acting on behalf of David McCormick at McCormick Literary. Henry Holt will publish simultaneously in the US.
Williams, who has been nominated for 15 Grammys and won three, will detail in her memoir her upbringing in America’s Deep South, her days as a busker in New Orleans, being “undervalued and often misunderstood” by the recording industry to her life now, named by Time magazine in 2001 as America’s Best Songwriter.
Williams said: “I have a lot to say and a big story to tell. I want everyone to know what’s behind the songs and to know more about me than what people previously thought they knew. It’s time to tell my truth.”
Baboneau added: “This promises to be an exceptional memoir and we are thrilled to be publishing it. Lucinda has always been known for her lyrics – vulnerable, vivid, raw and personal in a way that we feel intimately connected with her. How grateful we are that she is ready to write her story.”