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Brothers Mark and Jay Duplass have signed a deal with Ballantine Books to publish an untitled essay collection in 2017.

The essays will be an exploration of the messiness and awkwardness of life, charting the journey of the brothers’ lifelong collaboration, beginning when they were kids with a movie camera in New Orleans. The brothers will wrestle with what it means to be a good friend, husband, father, and brother, and what it’s like to collaborate so intimately with a sibling that you love but sometimes want to murder.

The Duplass Brothers are best known for their HBO series “Togetherness,” which they write, direct, and produce, and in which Mark stars. The second season is set to premiere in February.

Jay stars in the series “Transparent” and they have also had acting roles on “The Mindy Project.” The brothers signed a four-picture deal with Netflix in January.

The two have also collaborated on several films including “Jeff Who Lives at Home,” “Cyrus” and “The Puffy Chair.”

Pamela Cannon acquired world rights from ICM Partners. The brothers are both repped by ICM Partners and Sloane Offer.