American stand-up Tig Notaro to Bluebird

American stand-up Tig Notaro to Bluebird

Pan Macmillan has acquired a book by American stand-up Tig Notaro.

It provides a "darkly funny" account of her year of "death, cancer and epiphany" in 2012. 

Within the space of four months, Notaro was hit with a "devastating barrage" of misfortune; she was hospitalised for a debilitating intestinal disease, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and then she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer.

Her response, however, was to take her cancer diagnosis to the stage, breaking new comedic ground. She opened a set with the words: '"Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you? Hi, how are you? Is everybody having a good time? I have cancer." The performace instantly "went viral" and was released as an audio album, selling 100,0000 units in six weeks and was nominated for a Grammy.

Notaro's "moving and often hilarious" book, I'm Just a Person, talks about that period, "in which tragedy turned into absurdity and despair transformed into joy".

UK and Commonwealth rights were acquired from Diana Beaumont at United Talent Agency.

Bluebird will publish in hardback and e-book in March 2017, priced £12.99 and £8.99, respectively.

Picture: Kata Rokkar