NEW YORK, NY, November 12, 2013 —It was announced today that Elaine Lui's memoir LISTEN TO THE SQUAWKING CHICKEN: WHEN MOTHER KNOWS BEST, WHAT'S A DAUGHTER TO DO? A MEMOIR (SORT OF), will be published by Amy Einhorn Books, an imprint of G.P. Putnam's Sons. V.P. and Publisher Amy Einhorn negotiated the deal with Amy Moore-Benson of AMB Literary Management for World (minus Canada), Audio and E-book rights. Hardcover publication is planned for April 17, 2014 by Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam with paperback publication by Berkley to follow. Random House Canada will publish on April 1, 2014. LISTEN TO THE SQUAWKING CHICKEN is Lui's first book.

Amy Einhorn said "I am thrilled to be publishing Elaine Lui's first book, LISTEN TO THE SQUAWKING CHICKEN. We've had tremendous success with prominent bloggers such as Jenny Lawson and Neil Pasricha—both of whom published bestselling books for us. We expect Elaine to follow in this tradition. Elaine's book is filled with so much wisdom and humor, that readers everywhere will be touched and entertained by her unforgettable mother. While most mothers might not have a nickname like the Squawking Chicken, my guess is there's a little Squawking Chicken in every mother."

Elaine Lui said "Most people think I'm exaggerating at first when I talk about my ma....But then they meet her and they understand. They get it. Right away. Why I call my ma the Chinese Squawking Chicken: she's Chinese, she squawks like a chicken, she is totally nuts, and I am totally dependent on her."

As fans of Lui's blockbuster site LaineyGossip know, her mother aka The Squawking Chicken, is not like other mothers. In a book that is part memoir, part mother-daughter love story, Elaine tells us the story of her mother's life—in which she overcame tremendous hardship to parent with tough love, humor, and through it all, a mother's unyielding devotion to her daughter. When Elaine Lui was growing up, her mother told her, "Why do you need to prepare for the good things that happen? They're good. They won't hurt you...My job is to teach you how to avoid the hard times, whenever possible." Using Chinese fortune telling, feng shui blackmail, good old-fashioned ghost stories, and shame and embarrassment in equal measure, Elaine's fiercely loving mother raised her to be an intelligent, high-achieving, devoted and grateful daughter. LISTEN TO THE SQUAWKING CHICKEN is a loving mother-daughter memoir that will have readers laughing out loud, gasping in shock, and re-considering modern parenting tactics.

Elaine Lui is a Canadian television personality, reporter, and the gossip maven behind LaineyGossip, one of the most successful gossip sites in the world with nearly 1.5 million unique visitors per month, 800,000 of those in the US alone, and 70,000+ Twitter followers. Long considered the thinking woman's gossip blogger and reporter, Lui has been applying her unique voice and perspective to celebrity gossip since 2005. Both her TEDx Talk, "The Sociology of Gossip" and site examine how celebrity images are manufactured and contextualizes the critical place gossip occupies within modern pop culture. Lui also appears on two national Canadian television shows: as Co-Host of CTV's daytime talk series "The Social," and as a reporter for CTV's nightly entertainment news program "Etalk."


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