Anthony Bourdain was a man who was often at work: on Parts Unknown, on a business venture, or on a manuscript for a new book. So while it may not seem much of a surprise that Bourdain’s story will continue on following his death earlier this month, today there’s news of a forthcoming biography that sounds like it will follow a nontraditional format, and one that’s particularly suited to the late writer and television personality’s unpredictable life.
Cookbook author and former editor Paula Forbes relayed (via Twitter) a newly logged Publishers Marketplace deal for Anthony Bourdain’s “authorized” biography, to be published by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins, in fall 2019. Bourdain: The Oral Biography will be edited by Laurie Woolever, the TV host’s longtime assistant and collaborator. The pair previously co-authored 2016’s Appetites.
In the staggering aftermath of Bourdain’s death, thousands of people, famous and otherwise, shared stories online about encounters. In a statement to Eater, Woolever wrote: “After working with and collaborating with Tony since 2004, I’m honored to now be working with his estate, and talking to the people who knew him best, in order to share the story of a life that influenced so many people, in so many ways, all across the globe.”