Bravo buffs, this post is for you. The man behind the Real Housewives franchise, Andy Cohen, will be visiting Books & Books Coral Gables on May 17 at 8 p.m. for a personal appearance. No tickets are necessary, just show up early. Cohen will be on hand to discuss his tome, Most Talkative. Here’s the 411 on his memoir:
From a young age, Andy Cohen knew two things: He was gay, and he loved television. Now presiding over Bravo’s reality-TV empire, he started out as an overly talkative pop-culture obsessive, devoted to Charlie’s Angels and All My Children — and to his mother, who received daily letters from him while he was at summer camp, usually reminding her to tape the soaps. In retrospect, it’s hard to believe that everyone didn’t know that Andy was gay; still, he remained in the closet until college. Finally out, he embarked on making a career out of his passion for television. The journey begins with Andy interviewing his all-time idol Susan Lucci for his college newspaper and ends with him in a job where he has a hand in creating today’s celebrity icons.
In the witty, no-holds-barred style of his show Watch What Happens: Live, Cohen tells tales of absurd network-news mishaps, hilarious encounters with the heroines of his youth, and the real stories behind the Real Housewives. Dishy, funny, and full of heart, Most Talkative (Henry Holt, $25) provides a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the world of television, from a fan who grew up watching the screen and is now inside the TV, both making shows and hosting his own.