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Crown Archetype to publish Neil Patrick Harris first book

Award-winning actor's untitled book scheduled for Spring 2014 publication

Contact: Tammy Blake

(September 25, 2012, New York, NY) Neil Patrick Harris, a three-time Emmy Award–winning actor, singer, director, producer, and star of CBS-TV’s popular series How I Met Your Mother, has reached agreement with Crown Archetype, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group at Random House, Inc., to write his first book.

As yet untitled, Harris’s book will be a work of imaginative nonfiction that delivers an interactive, nonlinear reading experience that breaks the boundaries of conventional memoir. An accomplished amateur magician, Harris will draw upon his love of adventure and surprise in creating the book, as well as upon the many roles he has played in his life and career—from being a child star to coming out, and from acting on Broadway to becoming a proud father.

Harris’s book is scheduled for publication in spring 2014 and will be released simultaneously in the U.S. and Canada in print and digital formats. Tina Constable, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Crown Archetype, acquired world, audio, electronic book, and first-serial rights on exclusive from Laura Nolan of Paradigm. Suzanne O’Neill, Senior Editor for Crown Archetype, will edit the book.

“I’m excited to be writing a book of the observations and stories of my life,” said Harris. “I read with great fondness Tina Fey’s Bossypants, so my plan is just to reprint those exact stories but change the names to people that I knew. What editor would take issue with that?”

Said Tina Constable, “Neil Patrick Harris’s wildly creative, funny, and inventive vision for his book reflects his many talents and dimensions as an artist. We are certain his book will entertain, surprise, and delight not just his legions of fans but also all readers who love a good puzzle.”

Known for his acting and singing accomplishments on both stage and screen, Harris began his Hollywood acting career in 1988 playing opposite Whoopi Goldberg in Clara’s Heart. From 1989 to 1993, he went on to play the iconic and beloved Doogie Howser, the lead character in Steven Bochco’s series Doogie Howser, M.D., which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. He’s also know for his roles as the womanizing Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother (for which he’s been nominated for an Emmy Award four times), a fictionalized version of himself in the Harold & Kumar movie series, and the title role in Joss Whedon’s musical Web series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

Harris has also starred in three Broadway productions, the Tony Award–winning musical Assassins; Proof, opposite Anne Heche; and as the exuberant master of ceremonies in Cabaret. He has hosted the Emmy Awards (once) and the Tony Awards (three times), and made a surprise appearance in the opening number at the 2010 Oscars. He was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2010.

The parent company of Random House, Inc., is Bertelsmann AG.

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