On Tuesday, Spiegel and Grau, a publishing imprint of Random House, announced that the comedian will be publishing a collection of personal essays “about growing up in South Africa during the last gasps of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that came with its demise”.
“Trevor Noah is a naturally brilliant storyteller — funny and light on his feet, but with moments of true depth and emotional resonance. He has a remarkable tale to tell. We’re very excited to bring Trevor’s vivid and original voice to readers in this book about the power and necessity of laughter even — or especially — in the face of the world’s absurdities and injustices,” said Chris Jackson, Executive Editor at Spiegel and Grau.
The book has no title yet, but it has been confirmed that it will be released in November this year. Noah shared with his fans that as well as not having a title, the book is also missing an appendix.
“I couldn’t find a good book about myself so I decided to write one, and just like me this book doesn’t have an appendix,” he said in a statement.
The publishing house has not divulged how much the deal is worth, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, two unnamed publishing officials with insight into the negotiations disclosed that the deal is over $3 million (R49 million).
The Citizen reports that South African publishing company Pan Macmillan has secured the rights to Noah’s book.
“Trevor Noah captured the hearts of South Africans long before he took up the helm at The Daily Show. His incisive, intelligent brand of humour became the perfect antidote to the stresses of life in South Africa. His international success has become our collective success and we so look forward to working with Trevor to bring his unique voice to print,” said Terry Morris, Managing Director of Pan Macmillan SA.
In recent years, comedians like Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling have released books of essays that have gone on to do very well, so Noah seems to be on the right track.