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|Bravo's media maven and 'Talkative' Andy Cohen coming to Atlanta|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|June 04, 2012 15:20|
Andy Cohen, the mastermind behind Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise, series, hot mess — whatever you want to call the shows — as well as numerous other shows on the gayest network on TV will be in Atlanta on Wednesday to talk about his new book, "Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture" at SCAD-Atlanta.
You can attend Cohen's appearance at SCAD-Atlanta for free with the purchase of the book at the door or $10 without the purchase of the book. The event is being sponsored by Inman Park's A Capella Books and SCAD-Atlanta's writing program at Ivy Hall. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the main campus of SCAD-Atlanta at 1600 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.
The book is the story of Cohen's obsession with TV — especially soap operas. From a press release:
From a young age, Andy Cohen knew one thing: He loved television. Not in the way that most kids do, but in an irrepressible, all-consuming, I-want-to-climb-inside-the-tube kind of way. And climb inside he did. Now presiding over Bravo's reality TV empire, he started out as an overly talkative pop culture obsessive, devoted to Charlie's Angels and All My Children and to his mother, who received daily letters from Andy at summer camp, usually reminding her to tape the soaps. In retrospect, it's hard to believe that everyone didn't know that Andy was gay; still, he remained in the closet until college. Finally out, he embarked on making a career out of his passion for television.
The book also explores Cohen's rise to the top of programming at Bravo from his work at his college newspaper and interviewing his idol and soap star Susan Lucci to "Watch What Happens Live," the live show where he brings on celebrities including many he's created.
In 2010, the Atlanta HRC Dinner and Gala awarded Cohen with its National Visibility Award.
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