TORONTO, March 8, 2016 /CNW/ - Doubleday Canada is very proud to announce the publishing event of 2016 – a funny, thoughtful and affectionate analysis of his home and native land by Canadian comedy icon Mike Myers. Penguin Random House Canada president and publisher Kristin Cochrane arranged the deal with Mel Berger at WME. The book - part memoir, part history, and complete entertainment - will be published in late fall 2016.
"I'm an actor, producer and writer, but no description of me is complete without saying I'm a Canadian," says Mike Myers. "In 1967, Canada turned 100. Canadians all across the country made Centennial projects. This book is my Centennial Project. I'm handing it in a little late.....sorry."
"I have had the honour to take an early look at Mike Myers' brilliant first book and cannot wait to share it with other Canadians when it goes on sale this fall," says Kristin Cochrane. "It will be very funny – of course – but also a deeply personal and insightful take on Canadians and Canada as a whole. In all that he's created - including some of the most memorable comic characters of our time - I've always enjoyed the wink and the nod he gives his homeland. With this, his first book, Mike will bring his love for Canada centre stage at a time when the country is once again preparing to play a larger role on the international stage."
In his new book, Mike Myers will present his heartfelt and hilarious view of the country's past, present and future as he sets out to define the Canadian mystique. A true patriot who happens to be an expatriate, Myers is in a unique position to explore Canada from within and without. He will show what makes Canada Canada, Canadians Canadians, and what being Canadian has always meant to him.
Fully illustrated throughout - and including many images from Mike Myers' personal archive - this will be THE book of 2016, and the perfect way for readers coast-to-coast to begin celebrating the 2017 sesquicentennial.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mike Myers, one of the most multifaceted performers of his generation, has brought an astonishing array of memorable characters to life in film and television as an actor, director, producer, writer, and creator behind such iconic characters as Wayne Campbell, Austin Powers, Dr. Evil and Shrek.
Myers most recently made his directorial debut with the award winning documentary, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, which chronicles the life of talent manager, Shep Gordon. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in June 2014 by RADiUS-TWC in partnership with A&E IndieFilms. In 2015, the documentary also earned an Emmy nomination for its "Outstanding Arts and Cultural Programming." Myers signed an overall deal for television with HBO in 2015.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Myers began his professional career with Chicago's Second City Troupe. Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels' discovery of Myers at Second City led to his debut as a featured performer and writer on the show in 1989. Myers successfully brought his popular SNL character, Wayne Campbell, to the big screen in Wayne's World and Wayne's World 2, which he also wrote.
Myers also created, wrote, produced and starred in the smash hit, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Myers portrayal of Austin Powers spawned two sequels, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers: Goldmember. Myers lent his voice to the title role of Shrek, the beloved green ogre for the DreamWorks animated franchise, which include Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, and Shrek Forever After. So I Married an Axe Murderer, Myers' first film following his tenure at SNL, is a cult classic.
Myers received a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California for his impressive body of work and an ensemble SAG award for his memorable work in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards. He was also honored with the 'Jack Benny Award' by the student body of the University of California, the AFI Star Award at U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, numerous MTV Movie Awards including the MTV Generation Award, and has a star on Canada's Walk of Fame. His character, Shrek, also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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