Alicia Keys Planning ‘Street Mystery’ Series

MTV News reports had been shopping the idea of transforming her diary entries into a full-fledged book last month, but didn’t have a written proposal until recently. Publishers who took meetings with the singer were surprised to learn that she has several literary ideas she’s hoping they’ll buy, explained in a belated proposal that includes plans for suggested co-writers. “None of this was discussed in the meeting,” one publishing source said, “and this proposal is landing three weeks later.” According to the proposal, Keys’ literary influences range “from Ralph Ellison to John Steinbeck to Maya Angelou to James Baldwin,” at least as they pertain to the diary project, which would be a “one-of-a-kind autobiography documenting this unbelievably talented woman’s evolution from a young girl with unlimited hopes, dreams and aspirations into an internationally successful superstar.” Read more.

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