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Gillian Anderson and journalist/activist Jennifer Nadel are teaming up to write what publisher Atria is describing as a “revolutionary self-help guide” for women titled WE.
Atria president Judith Curr announced the acquisition and said the book would be published on March 8, 2016, to coincide with International Women’s Day.
The book is pitched as addressing the spiritual, emotional and psychological needs of all women and “providing a path to inner freedom and happiness, which in turn will have the power to change the world in which we all live.”
Anderson says WE is not a political treatise but “call-out to all women around the world – and by women I include girls, transgender, anyone who identifies themselves as being intrinsically female…that we need to stick together and stand up for each other and not compete against each other.”
Added London-based Nadel: “There is a point at which everything intersects – the psychological, the spiritual, the material, and the political. WE is about taking a journey to that point, and when we reach it suddenly everything becomes possible.”
Anderson is best known for portraying Agent Dana Scully on the X-Files for nine seasons (1993-2002) and in two movies. Fox recently announced that the show would be returning for a six-episode run this summer that will reunite Scully and her partner, Fox Mulder, played by David Duchovny.
Anderson has also been an activist for reproductive freedom, human rights and to raise money for neurofibromatosis research, a disease that killed her brother. She co-wrote the science fiction novel A Vision of Fire with Jeff Rovin, which was published in 2014.
Nadel has worked for the BBC and ITV in the U.K. She also wrote a book about Sara Thornton, the British woman who was convicted of the 1989 killing of her abusive husband and whose case became a flash point in the debate about how the courts should deal with domestic violence. She’s also been an activist for families who had a relative die in police custody and was a Green Party candidate for parliament.
Anderson and Nadel were represented by Lynn Nesbit and Claire Conrad at Janklow & Nesbit. Curr acquired the book for Atria, and senior editor Leslie Meredith will edit it.
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