Cleveland Kidnap Victim Is Writing a Book

Michelle Knight has book deal, memoir out next spring

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Nov 25, 2013 2:15 PM CST | Updated Nov 25, 2013 2:34 PM CST

(Newser) – One of the three young women held captive for years in a Cleveland house has a book deal. Michelle Knight's memoir is scheduled to come out next spring, publisher Weinstein Books announced today. The book is currently untitled and will be co-written by Michelle Burford, who worked on Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas' memoir. According to Weinstein, Knight will tell the "full story" of being kidnapped in her early 20s by Ariel Castro and held for 11 years.

"I want to give every victim of violence a new outlook on life," Knight said in a statement provided to the AP by the publisher. "Victims need to know that no matter how hard it rains in the darkness, they will have the strength and courage that God gave them when they were born to rise above and overcome any obstacle that stands in their way." Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, her fellow captives, are planning their own book, collaborating with a pair of Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters, Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan.

In a Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, file photo, Michelle Knight sits in the courtroom during a break in the sentencing phase for Ariel Castro, in Cleveland.   (Tony Dejak)
This image from the video provided by Hennes Paynter Communications shows Michelle Knight in the YouTube video posted late Monday night July 8, 2013.   (AP Photo/Hennes Paynter Communications)
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