With his 80th birthday just around the corner, Patrick Stewart is ready to tackle a new project with all the free time quarantine has given him – his memoir.
It was announced on Tuesday that the beloved actor, best known as Captain Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek: The Next Generation, signed a deal with Gallery Books to pen a “revealing and heartwarming look” into his life. According to an article by The Bookseller, he will be reading the audio version as well!
“The idea of writing a memoir based on my life and career has been in my mind for several years, but always the demands of work have pushed it into the background. Today there are no demands, nor is there a prediction when there might be,” Stewart said in a statement.
“I am caught in the middle of shooting a new series, Star Trek: Picard, and I passionately want to see it through, but in the meantime… what? Well, I have a beautiful study in our house in Los Angeles, sunny and peaceful. I am 80 in a little over two weeks’ time. I have just treated myself to a gorgeous office chair. And… I have the time. But most important, I am loving what I am doing, even though I never thought I would or could.”
The book will cover just about everything you can imagine. From Star Trek, to his work on stage, to voice acting and memories of his abusive father, Stewart will “reflect on his childhood in Yorkshire, England, marked by poverty and domestic violence; as well as his lifelong political advocacy and ongoing charity work.”
As difficult as this reflection sounds, Stewart took to Twitter to confess, “Sitting down to write my memoir has been an extraordinary, and altogether surprising process, and I hope readers will find it equally so.” I’m sure we will.
A title, cover and release date has yet to be released. But we’ll be sure to keep you updated!
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