Ben Folds has signed with a publishing house to write his first book, with a preliminary release date slated for 2019.

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Ballantine Bantam Dell, an imprint of the Random House Group, a division of Penguin Random House, has acquired rights to the first book written by acclaimed musician, songwriter, composer and music education advocate, Ben Folds. North American rights were acquired at auction by Senior Editor Sara Weiss from Laura Nolan of Aevitas Creative Management.

In his first book, Folds plans to plumb his personal experience to offer an insightful and humorous collection of interrelated essays and anecdotes about art, life, and music. Collectively, these short stories are cut from the same DNA that makes his songs relatable and nuanced.

Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation. He’s created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, and collaborative records with artists from Sara Bareilles and Regina Spektor, to William Shatner. His last album was a blend of pop songs and his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra soared to #1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts. An avid photographer, Folds was also a judge for five seasons on NBC’s acclaimed acapella show “The Sing Off,” and in 2017 he was named as the first ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. Folds is also an outspoken champion for arts education and music therapy funding in our nation's public schools, and has served for over five years as an active member of the distinguished Artist Committee of Americans For The Arts.