Random House Canada Announces Jann Arden’s Feeding My Mother: Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss
March, 20, 2017. Toronto, Canada – Random House Canada, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada, has acquired Feeding My Mother: Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss, a new memoir by singer-songwriter, author and social media star Jann Arden, for publication in November of 2017. Based on her hugely popular Facebook and Instagram posts, the book is a frank, funny, inspirational and piercingly honest account of the transformation in Arden’s life that has turned her into the primary “parent” to her mom, who is in the grip of Alzheimer’s. The book will also include more than 100 personal photos as well as 24 family recipes, which Jann developed in her own kitchen to share with her mom. World rights were acquired by Anne Collins Publisher, Knopf Random Canada Group from Bruce Allen, of Bruce Allen Talent
“I was among the thousands and thousands of people hoping that someday Jann would be able to expand on the heart-rending, yet also completely uplifting and occasionally hilarious posts she was writing about living first with her parents, and then with her mom as her mom wanders down an ever-fading memory lane,” says Collins. “So many of us are in Jann’s shoes, looking for how we get through another day as a loved one disappears on us. I am so happy we will be able to publish Jann’s diary of this challenging time in their lives.”
“One of the loveliest surprises to come out of my mom’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis is the outpouring of support and kindness on social media,” Arden says. “I started writing about my journey with my parents several years ago and was completely taken aback by the thousands of comments from people going through the same thing. Time and time again I have been asked to write a book about my experiences caring for someone with severe memory and health issues. I hope this brings some joy and comfort to those looking after parents who struggle to remember.”
Jann Arden is a singer, songwriter, broadcaster, actor, author and social media star. The celebrated multi-platinum, award-winning artist catapulted onto the music scene in 1993 with her debut album, Time for Mercy, featuring the hit single “I Would Die for You.” A year later she had her international break-out hit, “Insensitive.” She has written three books including the #1 bestselling memoir, Falling Backwards. She is much in demand as a public speaker, and a frequent guest on CBC’s Rick Mercer Report and a guest host on CTV’s The Social.
Random House Canada is an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada Limited.
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