Bravo’s media maven and ‘Talkative’ Andy Cohen coming to Atlanta

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.