Misty Copeland, Ballet Dancer, Signs Two-Book Deal

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CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 14: (US TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Ballerina Misty Copeland performs at the Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan 3rd Annual High Tea at the Century Plaza Hotel and Spa on May 14, 2005 in Century City, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images) | Getty Images

NEW YORK — Ballet dancer Misty Copeland has a two-book deal.

Copeland, 30, is working on a memoir for Simon & Schuster's Touchstone imprint and picture book for G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, part of Penguin Group (USA). Copeland helped break ground as an African American female soloist for the American Ballet Theatre. According to a release Wednesday by the two publishers, both of her books are scheduled for 2014.

In her memoir, Copeland is expected to describe the battles between her mother and her dance instructors while she was a teen over whether she should be allowed to pursue her career and who was her legal guardian.

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