Caitlyn Jenner Reunites with Vanity Fair’s Buzz Bissinger to Write Memoir
Caitlyn Jenner is teaming up with a Pulitzer-prize winning writer to pen a memoir about her very public transformation.
Jenner and Buzz Bissinger, who wrote her now-infamous Vanity Fair cover story in which she made her debut as Caitlyn, are teaming up again to tell the full story behind her journey, Grand Central Publishing announced today (Jan. 19). The Olympic athlete and reality TV star apparently approached him with the idea months after their successful but controversial Vanity Fair story broke.
Bissinger, a self-described “cross-dresser with a big-time fetish for women’s leather,” and Jenner bonded during the latter’s VF cover story, after spending “hundreds of hours over three months with Ms. Jenner before her transition, and countless hours with her after she reintroduced herself as Caitlyn,” the New York Times notes. The “Friday Night Lights” writer said in an interview, “I’ve also been open about cross-dressing and certain aspects of gender fluidity, and that created a bond.”
Jenner’s memoir, expected for a spring 2017 release, will also include “dozens” of interviews with people close to Jenner.
On his role with the memoir, he noted, “I made it clear to her before I agreed that everything has to be on the table, nothing can be left out, and I’m going to be interviewing dozens of other people. It’s her book, but it’s going to be reported out to keep her honest. She’s been incredibly open, and I think it has the potential to be a really important book.”
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) January 19, 2016
Coming off the heals of her emotional and honest KUWTK spinoff reality TV show/docuseries, I Am Cait, Jenner said in a statement, “Things have been moving so quickly that it will be nice to slow things down a bit and take the proper time to reflect on this journey.”
“I couldn’t pick a better team, in Grand Central and Buzz, to make sure this story is told with a lot of honesty and care,” she added.
Jenner also hopes the book will “help her to process all that’s happened to her in the past year, and in the decades leading up to her transition,” the New York Times notes.