Olympian Johnny Weir to publish book of "anecdotes and essays"

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The Independent Online

Two-time Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir is set to publish a book in 2011, announced North American publisher Gallery Books on April 19. The as-yet-untitled book will feature a collection of anecdotes and essays written by the famously outspoken athlete and reality TV star.

"His book will be all things Johnny - vivacious, stylish, honest and one-of-a-kind," said Jennifer Bergstrom, vice president and editor-in-chief of Gallery Books. Also from the announcement: "His as of yet untitled book will be a collection of wildly entertaining anecdotes and essays about everything from pop culture to skating to fashion to Johnny himself."

Johnny Weir came in sixth place during the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, gaining worldwide attention for his expressive style and demeanor. He is now featured in his own eight-part reality TV show, Be Good Johnny Weir, which airs on the Sundance Channel. Weir joins a host of Olympic athletes who have published or will publish books, among them track superstar Usain Bolt, who is set to publish an autobiography in 2012.

Weir's book is due out in North America in June 2011; no details have yet been announced about international publication deals or dates. In the meantime, Twitter users can follow Weir's daily adventures at http://twitter.com/johnnygweir.