- Author Bio
When Savannah Knoop was unmasked as the face of the mysterious author JT LeRoy in 2005, one of the biggest literary hoaxes of the modern era was revealed. Girl Boy Girl tells the story of how a young, queer college drop out came to portray the literary wunderkind JT LeRoy, a persona created by Knoop’s sister-in-law. For six years, Knoop led a secret double life, traveling through the looking glass of celebrity to find liberation and alienation in equal measures. Knoop’s entanglement with JT and his creator was a game played at the very limits of self-expression, one that changed Knoop’s sense of self forever. This edition includes a new foreword by the author reflecting on the continued life of the JT LeRoy story in the “post-truth” era.
Soon to be a MAJOR MOTION PICTURE directed by JUSTIN KELLY and starring KRISTEN STEWART, LAURA DERN, DIANE KRUGER, and JIM STURGESS (production schedule TK)
JT LeRoy was the subject of CONTROVERSIAL and CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED 2016 DOCUMENTARY Author: The JT LeRoy Story
Features a NEW INTRODUCTION by the author
The hoax itself was INTERNATIONAL NEWS, and the original hardcover was covered in PW, NYTBR, Time Out, Forbes and elsewhere
Marketing: Tie-in with movie promotions / advertising
$10,000 promotion/ad budget
Social media campaign including Kristen Stewart plug on Twitter (almost 500k followers)
Book will use movie art and/or starburst
Multiple Giveaways - BookRiot and/or LitHub and Goodreads
Facebook ads targeting fans of Kristen Stewart, JT LeRoy, BookRiot, Bitch Media, Bust Mag, LGBTQ outlets such as Autostraddle
Publicity: Interviews in major media—as well as LGBT and literary outlets—with Savannah Knoop when book comes out and again when film is released, possibly with Kristen Stewart, who plays her in the film.
“In 2001 I photographed JT LeRoy for Vanity Fair. Five years later, we met again; this time Savannah Knoop was her true self. We immediately became friends. She gave me her book to read. Not only is it beautifully written, it’s a fascinating and intimate story. I couldn’t put it down.”—Mary Ellen Mark