“Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor is set to release a memoir on his prolific career, Variety has learned. Crown Archetype, an imprint of Penguin Random House’s Crown Publishing Group, will publish the book — titled “Are You Anybody” — in Spring 2017.
Crown Archetype VP and Editorial Director Tricia Boczkowski has acquired North American, electronic book, and first-serial rights from Joseph Veltre at the Gersh Agency and will edit the book, which will be released simultaneously in the U.S. and Canada in print and digital formats.
The collection of autobiographical essays will see Tambor discuss his creative process and how he drew on the lessons he learned from his own life to create some of his most unforgettable comedic roles on series including HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show,” Fox’s “Arrested Development” and Amazon’s “Transparent.”
Beginning with his childhood, in which he describes himself as a fat kid with a lisp in a Hungarian-Jewish family with a father whose motto was “Don’t celebrate, they’ll take it away from you,” Tambor will share stories of his career, the colleagues he’s worked with, the pain and exhilaration of auditions, the fear of success, and his own personal struggles and attempts to connect with audiences.
Said Tambor, “Books and theater saved me. I am thrilled to be publishing my first book with Crown. I look forward to sharing the stories and lessons from my life that have shaped the characters I’ve played, and how those characters have helped shape me. Some stories will be awkward, others inspiring, some dark, most funny, and all will, I think, be hopeful and instructive.”
Boczkowski adds, “Jeffrey is one of the most gifted storytellers of our time. The stories he’s told through Hank Kingsley, George Bluth, and Maura Pfefferman are a testament to his gift for empathy, vulnerability, and observation. Now he turns a gimlet eye on his own life in a book that reads like an intimate conversation over dinner with a beloved friend and teacher.”
Tambor currently stars in “Transparent,” which has earned him an Emmy Award and Golden Globe to date for his role as Maura Pfefferman. Tambor is represented by the Gersh Agency, manager Joannie Burstein, and the American Program Bureau.