Tyler Perry’s New Book Debuts At #1 On The New York Times Bestseller List

Tyler Perry, the ground-breaking and immensely popular playwright, director, producer and performer, has conquered the literary world at #1 on The New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list with his first book, Don’t Make A Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life, published in hardcover by Riverhead Books on April 11, 2006. This blockbuster debut, which will appear on the April 30th New York Times bestseller list, is another example of how he has soared to the top of every facet of entertainment he has entered: from #1 movies (Diary of A Mad Black Woman and Madea’s Family Reunion) to multi-million selling DVDs to sold-out national stage tours. Mr. Perry, a true renaissance artist, has proven once again that he is able to communicate his comedic brilliance and words of inspiration to expand his enormous popularity in whatever venue he chooses.

Don’t Make A Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings is currently the #1 selling nonfiction hardcover title at retail chains and at a number of independent bookstores across the United States and also reached #1 on Amazon.com as well as barnesandnoble.com, with more than 301,000 copies in print after only one week on sale. In addition, the book debuted today as the #1 hardcover nonfiction title on USA Today’s Best-Selling Books list.

Tyler Perry said, “I’m really happy for the loyalty and continued support of my fans.”

Geoffrey Kloske, Vice President and Publisher, Riverhead Books, commented, “This tremendous market reaction to Tyler Perry’s extraordinary new book comes as no surprise. This is a great Riverhead success story and confirms our faith in Tyler’s dynamic talents and his ability to connect with his ever-expanding audience on every level.”

Mr. Perry shares his wise, endearing, and ferociously funny observations, advice, and beliefs in his book through the voice of his beloved character, Madea Simmons — the irreverent, sharp-tongued, pistol-packing grandmother at the center of his back-to-back #1 hit movies, Diary of A Mad Black Woman and Madea’s Family Reunion, multi-million selling DVDs and sold-out theatrical productions, including Madea Goes to Jail.

Major media appearances accompanied the release of Don’t Make A Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings, with Mr. Perry interviewed on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” and “The View,” CBS-TV’s “The Early Show” and “The Late Show with David Letterman,” The Christian Broadcasting Network’s “The 700 Club” (to be aired later this month) as well as PBS’ “The Charlie Rose Show,” WNYC-FM’s “The Leonard Lopate Show” and NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “Talk of the Nation.” Last week, he also did a 30-market national television satellite tour and a 25-market national radio satellite tour.

Huge crowds of people of all ages have been turning out to see Mr. Perry in person. He recently held phenomenally successful autographing sessions at Barnes & Noble on Fifth Avenue and Hue-Man bookstore in New York City, the Borders bookstore just outside of Washington, D.C., and Wal-Mart in Atlanta. Other appearances include stops in Pittsburgh, Jacksonville and the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Print coverage includes Entertainment Weekly (April 7 issue), Jet magazine (April 10 issue), Essence (May issue), Ebony (May issue) and The Charlotte Observer (April 15 issue), with much more to come.

Sean McDonald, Vice President and Executive Editor, Riverhead Books, was the acquiring editor of Don’t Make A Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings. Tyler Perry is represented by Jay Mandel and Charles King of the William Morris Agency.

Via PRNewswire

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