In something of a publishing coup, Brooklyn indie Powerhouse has acquired Madonna’s forthcoming tour book, Madonna: Confessions, which is due out October 1. The book, which will coincide with the star’s forthcoming Sticky and Sweet tour, features pictures by Guy Oseary and marks the first picture book Madonna has endorsed since her controversial 1992 hit, Sex.
The 256-page 8×10 title features color photos from Madonna’s 2006 Confessions Tour, at which Oseary was the sole photographer given full access to the star. Powerhouse, which acquired the project from William Morris after a deal fell apart at Doubleday–according to Powerhouse CEO and founder Daniel Power the Random House division made publicity demands that Madonna did not want to commit to–is going to press with an announced first printing of 50,000 copies.
Confessions isn’t the only Madonna project in the hopper for the Powerhouse, either. The indie is working on a companion book to the Madonna-produced documentary I Am Because We Are. The book will feature black and white photos by Kristen Ashburn chronicling, like the film, the orphan crisis in Malawi. Madonna has written a foreword to Ashburn’s book, which will be released to coincide with the documentary. (Powerhouse said no release date has been set for the movie, but the house is expecting a winter pub date.) And, because the situation in Malawi is a passion project of the star’s, Powerhouse said there is the possibility that Madonna might do more to promote Ahsburn’s book.
Both Ashrburn’s and Oseary’s proceeds on their books are going to the charity Madonna founded, Raising Malawi.
source : publishersweekly