First lady Michelle Obama has signed on with Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, to pen a book about her garden on the South Lawn of the White House. To date, the garden has produced 2,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables and folds into the first lady’s campaign to promote healthy eating, creating community, and supporting local foods. Obama explained to the AP her intentions behind the project: ”So we wanted to share the story with the rest of the nation and perhaps with the rest of the world, because we get so many questions about the garden: How did we do it? Why did we do it? How do I do this in my own home or community?”
Obama is following the tradition of past first ladies’ books championing a cause (Hillary Clinton wrote It Takes a Village and Laura Bush Read All About It!), but she’s also embracing the trappings of modern publishing: There will be an illustrated hardcover, an e-book, and an “enhanced” multimedia electronic edition. The book is scheduled for an April 2012 release.