Books

Sarah Silverman's Magnum Opus

A high-profile bombing in Europe and a middling television show seem not to have damaged Sarah Silverman’s brand. The New York Observer reports that HarperCollins bid $2.5 million for a book of Silverman’s comedic essays. She must now decide between editors at three imprints—Harper, Collins, and William Morrow. Silverman’s agent pitched the book as “Just like Tina Fey.” By that measuring stick, Silverman’s deal is a disappointment. Fey’s collection of essays recently sold for $6 million. And both women have been outdone by comedy’s leading man. Jerry Seinfeld’s book is drawing bids between $7 and 8 million.