Ballantine Books announced today what we’ve known for some time: Leah Remini’s memoir is finished and coming out soon. Titled Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, the book is scheduled to be released on November 3, and we expect there to be a tidal wave of publicity over it.
Since her very public defection from Scientology (a story broken here at the Underground Bunker in July 2013), Leah has worked hard to raise her profile, appearing on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and then in her own reality series, It’s All Relative. Along the way, she’s talked about leaving Scientology, but in largely vague terms.
What she hasn’t said, but has held back for her book, are the really amazing details about her long process of disaffection from Scientology that we first detailed here at the Bunker. They include a spectacular scene in 2006 at the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes in a castle outside Rome, which included Leah daring to ask why Scientology’s leader, David Miscavige, was there without his wife, Shelly.
For daring to ask that question, and then following it up with a “Knowledge Report” about Miscavige, Leah was summoned to Scientology’s Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida, where she was subjected to three months of interrogations and behavior modification until she agreed to drop her complaint about the head of the organization. For that three months of brutal treatment, she was also billed $300,000.
These are the kinds of details we’ve been waiting to hear from Leah that she’s been keeping out of her interviews. But now, her book will be filled with them. We’re very much looking forward to it.
Here’s the official announcement from Ballantine Books:
New York, NY –September 24, 2015–Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, announced today the acquisition and publication of a memoir by actress, talk show host, and reality television star Leah Remini. In the book, Remini shares her deeply moving and eye-opening account of her thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology. Entitled Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, Remini’s book will be published on November 3, 2015 in the U.S. in hardcover, e-book, and as an audio book read by the author/actress. Executive Editor Pamela Cannon acquired from APA Talent and Literary Agency.
In Troublemaker, Remini, best known as the star of the popular long-running sitcom King of Queens, will detail for the first time her life growing-up in the Church of Scientology and her rise to fame in Hollywood. Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology’s causes grew increasingly intertwined. But when she began to raise questions about some of the church’s actions, she found herself a target, which led to her—and her family’s—break from the church. Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini’s remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family.
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Sept 24: Minneapolis, Grumpy’s Bar & Grill, 2801 Snelling Ave, Roseville, 7 pm, sponsored by Minnesota Atheists
Sept 27: Portland, Friendly House, 1737 NW 26th Ave, 12:45 pm, sponsored by Humanists of Greater Portland
Sept 29: Vancouver, BC, Seven Dining Lounge, 7 pm
Oct 23: Sydney, Giant Dwarf Theatre (with Sen. Nick Xenophon)
Oct 25: Melbourne, venue secured (announcement coming later)
Oct 28: Adelaide, Wheatsheaf Hotel, (with Sen. Nick Xenophon)
Oct 30: Perth
Past dates: Santa Barbara (5/16), Hollywood (5/17), Orange County (5/17), San Diego (5/20), San Francisco (5/22), New York (6/11), Chicago (6/20), Toronto (6/22), Clearwater (6/28), Washington DC (7/12), Hartford (7/14), Denver (7/17), Dallas (7/20), Houston (7/22), San Antonio (7/24), Austin (7/25), Paris (7/29), London (8/4), Boston (8/24), Phoenix (9/15), Cleveland (9/23)
Posted by Tony Ortega on September 24, 2015 at 11:45
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