Actress and comedienne Mindy Kaling announced this week she will be joining the Amazon Publishing family with a new essay collection on her parental adventures.
The collection will be released via Amazon Original Stories in summer 2020 and free for Amazon Prime members with the audiobook narrated by Mindy. It will focus on her life as a single mother in Hollywood and working around other celeb bookwomen such as Oprah and Reese Witherspoon. Amazon Studios is behind Mindy’s new movie Late Night, co-starring Emma Thompson, which had a premiere Thursday night and opens nationwide in theaters on June 7.
“It’s so exciting for me to share the secrets of how I balance being a professional writer, actor, and single mom in a new collection of essays,” Mindy said in a statement. “I mean, it would be so exciting to share those secrets. I don’t have them. Like, not even close. This morning I bribed my baby with a remote control to get my car keys back. But I do have funny stories about my life and I can’t wait for you to read them.”
The e-retailer has controversially taken the book industry by storm, with gearing business toward indie authors and now successful traditionally published authors. Other recent well-known authors on the Amazon Publishing roster include Congresswoman Jackie Speier, N.K. Jemisin, and Veronica Roth. Amazon Original Stories and Amazon Studios have had joint acquisitions, such as with a climate fiction, or cli-fi, series by Lauren Groff, Jane Smiley, Jess Walter.
“Working with Mindy Kaling is an absolute dream project for Amazon Publishing, where every day our guiding light is to strive for the best not only for our readers, but for our authors as well,” said Mikyla Bruder, publisher of Amazon Publishing, in the same statement. “Whether she’s delighting fans on-screen or on-the-page—as The Office’s Kelly Kapoor, The Mindy Project’s Mindy Lahiri, Molly Patel in the upcoming film Late Night, or as a New York Times bestselling memoirist—Mindy is guaranteed to entertain. We’re privileged to be a part of bringing Mindy’s deeply personal essay collection to life, and can’t wait for readers to laugh, cry, and fall in love with her all over again.”
Penguin Random House published both of Mindy’s previous essay collections, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) in 2011 and Why Not Me? in 2016.
Founded in 2009, Amazon Publishing has a staff of mostly female editors with what looks like to be at least five women of color.