News broke last night that one half of everyone's new favorite awards-show hosting team, Amy Poehler, is working on a book that's set to be published by the Harper Collins imprint It Books in 2014. Though she joins a growing line of female comedians who have ventured into the world of literature — including friend Tina Fey, and "daughter" Lena Dunham — Poehler's proposal sounds less like a straightforward collection of essays and more like a hybrid picture book, joke collection, and diary. And it might have more of a cause than that. A press release described the as-yet-untitled book as such: "An illustrated, non-linear diary full of humor and honesty and brimming with true stories, fictional anecdotes and life lessons, the book will be a unique and engaging experience from one of today's most talented and beloved stars." So what can we expect — or hope — from Poehler's first foray into publishing?
An Appeal to Smart Girls
One of Poehler's most intriguing side projects has been Smart Girls at the Party, a YouTube channel by Poehler and friends aimed at, well, "smart girls," in which Poehler interviews youngsters about their lives and doles out advice. Here's a Smart Girls mission statement of sorts: