Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996. She is the author of "News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist," winner of a Minnesota Book Award.

Catching up with Bridget Jones

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel under Book news Updated: February 6, 2013 - 12:15 PM

 

I am probably not the only person who immediately thinks "Colin Firth! Hugh Grant!" when I hear the name Bridget Jones, but that, of course, is wrong of me. I should be thinking "Helen Fielding! Alfred A. Knopf!"

 (Although Bridget Jones herself, I am sure, would think the same thing.)

Author Fielding, who is often credited with the possibly dubious honor of creating the entire genre of chick lit, has announced the impending publication of a third book in her extremely popular series.

The as-yet-to-be-named book is scheduled for November publication.

"Few writers can rival Helen Fielding when it comes to fully capturing the modern woman," Sonny Mehta, Knopf's chairman and editor in chief, said in a press release.

"Her writing is both funny and heartfelt, and her observations about life are piecering and mordantly rendered. I have been waiting for a long time to see what's next for Bridget Jones, and I am beyond thrilled that she's back."

Published in the 1990s, "Bridget Jones's Diary" and "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" were both international best-sellers and made into movies starring Rene Zellweger (and Colin Firth) (and Hugh Grant).

The new book will be set in present-day London, with Bridget at a "new phase in her life," the press release said.

November is a long time off. To pass the time, check out this rather hilarious video of Zellweger, portraying Bridget Jones interviewing Colin Firth.

 

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