Songwriter Carole King signs book deal

Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:17am EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Singer-songwriter Carole King, whose rich tapestry of tunes has topped pop charts over five decades, is now weaving her life into a book.

"A Natural Woman," scheduled for publication next April, will chart King's story from her beginnings in Brooklyn to her rise to the top of the U.S. album charts through to her current role as environmental and political activist.

Grand Central Publishing, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, said Tuesday it acquired world rights to King's memoir from Joy Harris Literary Agency in an auction last week.

Born Carol Klein to a Jewish family in New York City, King scored her first No. 1 hit as a songwriter in 1961, at age 18, with "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," which she wrote with Gerry Goffin. King also wrote or co-wrote such hits as "Up on the Roof," "You've Got a Friend" and "The Reason."

As a singer, King's "Tapestry" album topped the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks, and sold more than 10 million copies in the United States alone.

King has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her songwriting.

Since 1990, King has been working with environmental groups. She is also an active supporter of the U.S. Democratic Party, and has campaigned for John Kerry, Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama.