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Wanna be a memoirist?
Dave Holmes is showing how it’s done. The former MTV VJ has inked a deal with Crown Archetype to pen his autobiography.
Holmes will recount the painful and frequently hilarious story of his adolescence and subsequent career in TV in a memoir tentatively titled Party of One.
In 1998, an unknown Holmes became a familiar face to a generation of American teens after placing second to space-case Jesse Camp in MTV’s first Wanna Be a VJ contest.
With his affable ease in front of the camera and quick wit, Holmes went on to become a fixture on the network — “a big, fat grown man in the eye of the teen pop hurricane,” as the self-effacing Holmes puts it.
“I’m honored to be working with Crown Archetype, I’m thrilled to be able to tell these stories and I’m ready to make the transition from TV guy you kind of know to author you kind of know,” Holmes tells The Hollywood Reporter.
In the years since his breakthrough, Holmes — who came out as gay in the pages of Out magazine in 2002 — has forged a career as a host of a wide variety of cable TV shows. He also had a recurring role on Comedy Central’s Reno 911!, and his ongoing “Somewhere in Time” column, which revisits the musical charts of yesteryear, has drawn a devoted following.
Crown Archetype is an imprint of Crown Publishing that specializes in books about celebrity and entertainment. It has published recent memoirs by John Cleese, Mindy Kaling and Neil Patrick Harris.
Party of One is set to publish in spring 2016.
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