Ellie Kemper and Carrie Kemper of NBC’s Hit Series The Office To Co-author Comedic Novel for Three Rivers Press
(June 24, 2010 — New York, NY) Ellie Kemper, who stars as receptionist Erin Hannon on NBC’s critically acclaimed comedy series The Office, and Carrie Kemper, a writer on the Emmy award-winning show, have reached agreement with Three Rivers Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group at Random House, Inc., to co-author a debut comedic novel scheduled to be published in spring 2012.
Tentatively titled Monday Sessions, the Kemper sisters’ book takes the form of a collection of misplaced diary entries and patient progress notes belonging to Dr. Amy Rice, a single, thirty-something New York City therapist who becomes humorously and inappropriately involved with the lives of her clients. Through Amy’s increasingly unprofessional notebook entries, readers learn the stories of each of her patients and her own idiosyncratic narrative starts to emerge.
Senior Editor Suzanne O’Neill acquired North American, audio, ebook, and first serial rights from Erin Malone of WME, who represented Carrie and Ellie Kemper in negotiations. The deal was announced today by Tina Pohlman, Vice President, Publisher, Three Rivers Press.
Said Carrie Kemper, “This is the first book we’ve ever written. And it’ll be like the tenth book we’ve ever read. So we’re very excited.”
Said Ellie Kemper “We are hoping that this is only the first in a series of Kemper-family manuscripts. We know that our two brothers are eager to get their own book, Ellie and Carrie: The Worst People In Our Family, off the ground as well.”
Carrie and Ellie Kemper are sisters from St. Louis. In addition to playing Erin on The Office, Ellie is also a contributing writer for The Onion, The Huffington Post, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Carrie was the head writer and editor-in-chief of Stanford University’s humor magazine, The Stanford Chaparral, and currently writes for The Office. Both Carrie and Ellie live in Los Angeles.
Random House, Inc.’s parent company is Bertelsmann AG.
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